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vfa
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Better known as Dicky Knee or Tattoo.
I got that book when first out. Great read and bought back memories of those grand VFA grounds.

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[quote=vfa]Still a crowd of 3500 looked good at Yarraville Oval.
I didn't go to any other WRFL GFs at Yarraville Oval.
What was the biggest crowd they got for a GF there.

I do remember that game as when the siren sounded (not many heard it) there was hardly a whimper as most of the crowd were going for St Albans.[/quote]

Parkside always had bugger all supporters... and when the money started to run out, quite a number of them split.

From what others tell me, a usual WRFL Grand Final use to draw 8,000 on a good day at Yarraville.

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Would have loved to have seen a crowd of 8,000 plus at Yarraville Oval.
I watched a Centenary Cup game there when Dick Clay was coaching Prahran in 1977 and they were of course in 1st Division and played at Yarraville. The two blues won by a couple of goals and the crowd was pretty good but no where near 8000. Maybe 3,000 to 4,000 I reckon.
Probably in the early 70s the eagles would have drawn good crowds of around 6,000 to 8000 in games against the likes of Port Melbourne, Sandringham and Dandenong.

billythekid

[quote=vfa]Would have loved to have seen a crowd of 8,000 plus at Yarraville Oval.
I watched a Centenary Cup game there when Dick Clay was coaching Prahran in 1977 and they were of course in 1st Division and played at Yarraville. The two blues won by a couple of goals and the crowd was pretty good but no where near 8000. Maybe 3,000 to 4,000 I reckon.
Probably in the early 70s the eagles would have drawn good crowds of around 6,000 to 8000 in games against the likes of Port Melbourne, Sandringham and Dandenong.[/quote]

When Sunday VFA footy came in the early 1960s Yarraville was one of the VFA grounds that the Sunday League had used along with Port,Brunswick and I think Preston.

Yarraville were in the first group of VFA clubs that played on sundays and did get some big crowds way back then.I remember going to a match there and the ground was pretty well full (maybe 10,000/12,000) and in those days there were quite big embankments around the ground.

The biggest crowds ever at Yarraville Oval were most likely when Footscray played there during WW2.St Kilda also played at Toorak Park during the war.

The Sunday league used to play their GF at Port and apparently got crowds of up to 25,000 to North Port but once the VFA started playing regular games on sundays the Sunday League folded pretty quickly..

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Looking at a past thread the average crowd for matches that have the crowd listed from 1967 televised games are as follows :
Mordialloc 2000, Sunshine 3000, 200, Oakleigh 500, Sandringham 7000, 4000, Dandenong 5000, 10000, 2500, Frankston 1000, Brunswick 4000, 500, 3500, Box Hill 600, Port Melbourne 7000, Northcote 250, 350, Yarraville 3500, Preston 5000, Waverley 400, Coburg 500, Punt Road 9500, 11000, 11000, 25000
25 matches had the crowd figures listed with an overall attendance of 116,490 at an average of almost 4,660. Obviously the second divison games crowds weren't great on a Saturday but were bolstered when the big teams played in 1st Division.

VFA matches televised by channel 0 in 1967

Saturday April 15 Mordialloc v Oakleigh (This was the first ever VFA match televised by Channel 0 ). There was also live crosses to the Woodend Races. * Channel 2 did televise 2 games in 1957 *16.9.105 - 11.9.75 (Crowd 2000)
Sunday April 16 Sunshine v Werribee 13.10.88 - 9.9.63 (Crowd was 3000)
Saturday April 22 Oakleigh v Sunshine 13.12.90 - 13.11.89 (Oakleigh won by a point with a crowd of 500)
Sunday April 23 Sandringham v Preston 15.14.104 - 7.17.59 (Preston won by 45 points in front of a crowd of 7000)
Saturday April 29 Mordialloc v Frankston
Sunday April 30 Dandenong v Preston 17.9.111 - 13.14.92 (Dandenong won by 19 points in front of a crowd of 5000)
Saturday May 7 Yarraville v Waverley
Sunday May 8 Brunswick v Preston
Saturday May 14 Oakleigh v Frankston
Sunday May 15 Coburg v Prahran
Saturday May 21 Frankston v Box Hill
Sunday May 22 Brunswick v Yarraville
Saturday May 28 Dandenong v Williamstown
Sunday May 29 Yarraville v Port Melbourne
Saturday June 4 Northcote v Box Hill
Sunday June 5 Preston v Yarraville
Saturday June 11 Werribee v Caulfield
Sunday June 12 Prahran v Preston
Saturday June 18 Oakleigh v Mordialloc (includes live crosses to Heathcote races)
Sunday June 19 Port Melbourne v Prahran
Saturday June 25 Sunshine v Oakleigh (includes live crosses to Woodend races)
Sunday June 26 Sandringham v Preston
Saturday July 1 Frankston v Mordialloc (includes live crosses to Moe races) 11.15.81 - 10.16.76 (Crowd 1000)
Sunday July 2 Dandenong v Port Melbourne 8.15.63- 9.5.59 (Crowd 10,000)
Saturday July 8 Sunshine v Frankston (includes Wangaratta Races) 14.18.102 - 5.10.40 (Crowd 200)
Sunday July 9 Brunswick v Coburg 7.13.55 - 10.16.76 (Crowd 4000)
Saturday July 15 Box Hill v Werribee (includes Bacchus Marsh Races) 14.15.99 - 15.11.101 (Crowd 600)
Sunday July 16 Sandringham v Port Melbourne 10.13.73 - 8.12.60 (Crowd 4000)
Saturday July 22 Brunswick v Waverley 11.11.77 - 10.14.74 (Crowd 500)
Sunday July 23 Port Melbourne v Preston 26.15.171 - 15.15.105 (Crowd 7000)
Saturday July 29 Northcote v Oakleigh 10.14.74 - 5.11.41 (Crowd 250)
Sunday July 30 Yarraville v Brunswick 23.15.153 - 16.11.107 (Crowd 3500)
Saturday August 5 Williamstown v Dandenong 17.16.118 - 12.19.91
Sunday August 6 Coburg v Sandringham 12.23.95 - 12.18.90
Saturday August 12 Northcote v Frankston 16.6.102 - 9.23.77 (Crowd 350)
Sunday August 13 Preston v Yarraville 17.7.109 - 16.12.108 (Crowd 5000)
Saturday August 19 Waverley v Williamstown 15.15.105 - 8.4.52 (Crowd 400)
Sunday August 20 Brunswick v Dandenong 12.12.84 - 13.17.95 (Crowd 3500)
Saturday August 26 Coburg v Waverley 7.9.51 - 12.16.88 (Crowd 500)
Sunday August 27 Dandenong v Yarraville 9.11.65 - 7.11.53 (Crowd 2500)
1st Division Final series at Punt Road Oval Richmond televised by both Channel 0 and Channel 7
Sunday September 3 FS Preston v Sandringham at Punt Road 13.12.90 - 14.16.100 (Crowd 9500)
Sunday September 10 SS Port Melbourne v Dandenong at Punt Road 14.17.101 - 9.11.65 (Crowd 11,000)
Sunday September 17 PF Dandenong v Sandringham at Punt Road 15.10.100 - 11.15.81 (Crowd 11,000)
Sunday September 24 GF Port Melbourne v Dandenong Punt Road 12.12.84 - 16.13.109 (Crowd 25,000)

billythekid

vfa - I think you will find there were some big crowds in the very early days of Sunday VFA footy as only a few clubs had permission to play on sundays and therefore got a lot of "floaters" and ex Sunday League followers just looking for a game of footy on a sunday in inner Melbourne.

By 1967 there were many more clubs like Sandy, Willy,Oakleigh,Coburg and Dandenong playing on Sundays pulling good sized crowds.

As you see the Saturday crowds were something similar to todays VFL ones.

Also for a number of years the clubs were techically not allowed to charge entry fees and could only ask for a "donation" at the gate.
Eventually the State Govt brought in a permit system that allowed the VFA and clubs to leagaly charge entry fees.

Also it was said at the time that some of the clubs used to play down the crowds so they would pay less of a fee to the VFA which charged the clubs a % of the gate takings

Eventually the VFA woke up to what was happening supplied their own tickets and had inspectors at each game keeping an eye on things.

It was truly one the golden eras of VFA football that lasted for a good 20 years.

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