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Snake_Baker

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Thanks snake, my dad kept all this stuff which I am now starting to read and will post on here. It’s actually heartening to read .

Magnificent mate, get it all in here as much as your spare time allows, and some of us can download it in to our own personal archives to assure it's historical integrity.

Great work.
 

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Legendary photo.

Loving your work here KG :thumbsu:
Yes a great photo but as Keith Greig told me at Mick Nolan's wake, just after that incident, KG said (something like) 'you've just cost us the flag Krackers'.
A lot of things went against us in 78. If only one of the things went right, we probably would have won the flag :(
 

Snake_Baker

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Yes a great photo but as Keith Greig told me at Mick Nolan's wake, just after that incident, KG said (something like) 'you've just cost us the flag Krackers'.
A lot of things went against us in 78. If only one of the things went right, we probably would have won the flag :(
I'm pretty sure Barrassi stated it was the best North side he coached.
 

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I'm pretty sure Barrassi stated it was the best North side he coached.
Does not surprise me.
Back to 78 GF, no Dench. No Icke. No Crosswell. No Keenan. Alves did a hamstring in the first quarter. Blight a groin in the second.
1978 should’ve been ours.
I know Don Scott had a very punchable head, but if only Krackers had have held back!

Not that Graeme Corns is held in the highest of thresholds around here. But he did a preseason and early season in 1979 with North and he also said something like - 'I have never been surrounded by such football talent than at North'
 

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CARICATURES OF NORTH PLAYERS AND OFFICIALS OVER THE YEARS

1920S


05 01 (Herald) W Eicke.jpg
05 22 (Herald) Stan Thomas (Secretary).jpg

Wels Eicke, North's first captain-coach in the VFL. The club had received 20 applications for the position, including one from Charlie Hardy. They had appointed Fitzroy veteran Gordon Rattray, who had coached Melbourne the previous year. But at the eleventh hour Rattray backed out to accept the coaching position at Brighton. North then quickly approached StKilda veteran Eicke. He took the job, but lasted less than two seasons, returning to his old club in mid 1926.
Stan Thomas had been the club secretary since 1924. He helped the club's transition to the VFL and served as secretary until 1928, when he went to Footscray.


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Syd Barker returned to the club in 1927 as captain-coach (later as coach only). With him came Collingwood champion Charlie Tyson. The two were both fireman and were often depicted wearing fireman's helmets. The club went for height this year, recruiting many "six footers" but had limited success.


05 20 (Herald)  Tall Poppies cartoon.jpg


Some of the "Tall Poppies" of 1927.


09 07 (Herald) Wells cartoon.jpg


The end of the home and away season for 1928. The bottom shows the eight teams who missed the finals. North is represented by new coach Tyson, again drawn with his fireman's helmet.


08 08 (Table Talk) E Clauscen.JPG


Edmund Clauscen, recruited from Williamstown, was a good full-back who stayed at North for one and a half seasons before going to Warrnambool, possibly for work or more money.



Next---the 1930s
 
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1930s



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Champion Melbourne winger Dick Taylor came to North as captain-coach in 1932 to try and lift the side. The club had its most successful seasons to that time in 1932-33. But in 1934 they did not win a match and Taylor retired during that year and was replaced by Fitzmaurice.


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Sporting Globe cartoon showing an optimistic North fan after North's 1932 Round 3 over Fitzroy--their first win since Round 5 1930. They played power team South Melbourne the following week and came very close to causing a boilover, going down by just 3 points.


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1933 Sporting Globe cartoon after North's win over Footscray in Round 7. The previous week they had defeated Collingwood for the first time. Up to this stage they had 3 wins and a draw-- a much better start than usual.

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1934 Sporting Globe cartoon showing club president Arthur Calwell (later to lead the Labor Party) Calwell had high hopes, but Johnnie Meere was a lot closer to reality. North failed to win a match in 1934.


04 08 (Age) Fitzmaurice.JPG
07 11 (Age) Lewis.JPG


Fitzmaurice was lured back to VFL football by the club in 1932. He was North's first superstar forward being their leading goalkicker for 3 seasons. He took over as coach in mid 1934 after Taylor left, but could not get results and resigned in 1935.

Johnny Lewis was easily North's best player in their first 11 years in the VFL. 1935 would be his last year at the club.

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1937 Age cartoon after Round 1 when North went down to Hawthorn 11.12 to 9.22--bad kicking. It set the tone for another disappointing season. North would gain only 3 wins--and the wooden spoon. Johnny Meere, the club's longserving Secretary and Treasurer, was a cartoonist's delight.


05 30 (Age) K Forbes.JPG



Former Essendon champion Keith Forbes came to coach North in 1938 and coached them for two seasons. North gave plenty of cheek under him and Forbes himself was suspended for 6 weeks in the third last round of 1939 for disputing the umpire's decisions in a fiery match against Richmond.


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1938 Age cartoon after North went down to Melbourne in Round 8.

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Johnny Meere's smile lampooned again in this Age cartoon. North started the 1939 season with a win over Fitzroy. They would win six for the season, including a final round win over Geelong--their first win over the cats since Round 1 1925.


Next--1940s
 
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Further caricatures. First one more from the 30s:


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A Herald cartoon by Alex Gurney showing how the sides finished in 1939. Note how teams were represented then. The Carlton cockatoo, the Fitzroy gorilla. North and Hawthorn still each had an identity crisis with no club emblem to represent them. The smiling Johnny Meere and Len Thomas represent them. North finished 9th that year with 6 wins. South got the wooden spoon.


1940s


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A 1944 Patron's ticket. Then club was celebrating its 75th year of existence. That year they finished 6th with 10 wins--their most in a season until then.


06 12 (Herald) J Crane.jpg


1945 Herald cartoon of North's full back Jack Crane. Crane was traded from Richmond in exchange for Sel Murray, who wanted to leave. He gave valuable service to North this season and was one of their best in their losing semi-final to Carlton, although North could have used Murray that day as they kicked 8.20 including 4 posters.


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1945 Argus cartoon after North's great win over South in Round 6. South would be on top of the ladder for most of the season, and had won their first 5 games. But North played brilliantly to stop South's unbeaten run. Les Foote was best on the ground and future defender Ted Jarrard kicked 3 goals.


To be continued
 
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