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NorthPort
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North Melbourne merger
A question for some of the more knowledgable about the competitions history... According to the official history (VFL website) Essendon A/Town (the Dreadnaughts) amalgamated with North Melbourne in 1922, however the VFA history book written by Marc Fiddian makes no mention of this, and says that the club disbanded in 1921. The Kangaroos website makes no mention of it either. Was there a merger in 1922 between the two clubs?
NorthPort
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Answered my own question: http://www.fullpointsfooty.net/Essendon_A.htm [quote] In 1922 VFL club Essendon re-located to Essendon A's home ground of Windy Hill forcing the VFA side to undergo a nominal merger with North Melbourne (shades of the Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy more than 70 years later) which effectively ended its existence as an autonomous entity. [/quote]

 


Sandridge
Football club histories tend to be a little bit self-serving (see particularly that largely fictitious history of Hawthorn written a few decades ago). It's no wonder that North won't call themselves a twice (or more?) merged club. North Melbourne had also taken over West Melbourne a few years before.
crashlander
Certainly the merger with Essendon A had an effect on the North melbourne guensey. A few years ago there was a list of the the North guernseys from their beginning as Hotham to then (1980's). The Merger guernsey had a red stripe, that disappeared after a year or so. By 1924 a more traditional NM colour scheme had returned, which they took into the VFL with them in 1925. I can't think of any other club which has actively swallowed so many partners in "mergers". No wonder they wanted Fitzroy.
Sandridge
[quote="crashlander"]Certainly the merger with Essendon A had an effect on the North melbourne guensey. A few years ago there was a list of the the North guernseys from their beginning as Hotham to then (1980's). The Merger guernsey had a red stripe, that disappeared after a year or so. By 1924 a more traditional NM colour scheme had returned, which they took into the VFL with them in 1925.[/quote] I think it was the merger with West Melbourne which resulted in them wearing a red sash for a few years (unless they did the same thing twice).
billythekid
[quote="Sandridge"][quote:51a66628d8="crashlander"]Certainly the merger with Essendon A had an effect on the North melbourne guensey. A few years ago there was a list of the the North guernseys from their beginning as Hotham to then (1980's). The Merger guernsey had a red stripe, that disappeared after a year or so. By 1924 a more traditional NM colour scheme had returned, which they took into the VFL with them in 1925.[/quote] I think it was the merger with West Melbourne which resulted in them wearing a red sash for a few years (unless they did the same thing twice).[/quote] You could well be right as West Melbourne were red and white hoops like Mordialloc wore from 1958 when they entered the VFA From "full points footy" Richmond's and University's eventual admission to the VFL left the newly concocted and as yet unnamed North-West Melbourne club in a state of limbo which was rapidly transformed into hell, as the VFA, at a special meeting convened on 22 November 1907 at Jackson's Hotel, voted resoundingly to expel both North Melbourne and West Melbourne, individually and jointly, from the competition (see footnote 7). . Technically, it could be argued that the original North Melbourne Football Club, formed in obscure circumstances back in 1869, ceased to exist at this point, and that the club which emerged in 1908, and which has existed ever since, was in fact an entirely new and separate organisation. From the contemporary perspective of the VFA, however, not to have a club based in the North Melbourne area would have been seen as seriously debilitating, and so it should come as no surprise to note that the VFA ladder for the 1908 season includes a team bearing the North Melbourne moniker. Established early in 1908, the club had an entirely new committee, and indeed its admission to and continuation in the VFA was conditional on no members of the former executive being permitted to hold office..
gibbke
[quote="Sandridge"]Football club histories tend to be a little bit self-serving (see particularly that largely fictitious history of Hawthorn written a few decades ago). [/quote] Got a link or a source contradicting what I'm assuming is a reference to The Hard Way? Open mind - I'm a proud Hawk, but I don't wear blinkers...
Parra-Power
It was a Definate Burner for the West Melbourne FC which thought that if it merged with North Melbourne, it would be able to play in the AFL... North Melbourne dogged the Deal & threw away that Rd Stripe on their Jersey. Now that's slack for the Wes Melbourne Fans at the time who got nothing out of the Merger.