Finished the 1983 H & A on top of the ladder. 16-6 recordWhy weren't they a better performed side? Maybe they were, I'm no historian.
IIRC, 1985Some thoughts:
John Byrne- one of the first genuine ruck rovers. Career ruined (IMHO) by a hairline broken leg which wasn't diagnosed for ages. He tried for WEEKS to run out the soreness. I used to watch them train Tuesday and Thursday nights in those days.
Steve Hedley - IIRC, he came from a very wealthy family. All I remember about him.
Tony Furey- career ruined by injury.
Peter Jonas- ditto. What year did he change to #45?
Ian 'Mocca' Dunstan- lured from the Bulldogs. He was a gun for them, couldn't touch it for us. John Kennedy hated the way he played- sneaking round the back of the pack for the easy kick.
Bruce Abernethy- I loved the way he played. Went to Collingwood for more money. He was about the first player we ever lost that way.
Graeme Atkins- dead eye dick, like Boomer. Went to Collingwood for more money IIRC. Kicked the ball like Ben Cousins- dropped it from outstretched arms, i.e. close to his boot.
Dugdale Boys- honest battlers. Dean won us a game in Sydney once- he had a blinder.
Brendan Mutimer- left footer. Looks of a choir boy. Could play a bit though.
The training tops were FLASH back then... made from a mesh material very similiar to Gridiron guernsey's.. had to get one and put 12 on the back for Brilliant Bruce...when he left, swapped numbers around but Furey didn't play much after that. Grrrrr..have the framed team poster on my wall i won it in a vfl footy record comp, also got to be in that yrs gf parade.
north budget for success
our jumper sponsor that yr
Shane had a bro named Rohan who contributed to the club much more ON & OFF the field as for Sandy Robert's favourite ARMY RESERVE player, HI-OH Angelo was Libba's sidekick at the Doggie's in coming seasons.Shane Robertson played for Carlton too didn't he, and Petraglia played for the Bulldogs?
WE PLUNGED in 1984.... second from bottom. Dench, Dempsey retired mid-season.. But I think our footy wasn't as bad compared to 2006.. sure, we had struggles in 1984 but at least we THUMPEd the reigning Premiers, Hawthorn in 1984.. by a whopping 71 points.. won 3 on the trot and got enough % to pip the pathetic Sainters to LAST.Gee i thought we struggled that year,maybe it was a few years later?
Yeah it does seem that way, but again, if you compare these two images below, you will see entirely different shades of blue so which one is a printing error? Or both? The only thing I know for sure is that the blue of the late 70s is the same as the blue of today. Jury's still out on that 80s colour.The blue in our jumpers DID used to be paler.