Players gather for the unfurling of the 1969 premiership at the club’s first game at Beaumaris. Playing Hampton Rovers, the Bloods won by 11 points. The date is April 11, 1970. Players, left to right, are Max Lyon, Jim Bonwick, Rob Jackson, John Rigby, Ian Fraser, Andrew Williams (with socks up!), Rob Pollock (complete with ankle bandages), Jim Mason, Adrian Bode and John Lambert.
President Ross Venn shakes hands with Council officials at Beaumaris watched by players Peter Davies, John Curtis, Andrew Langford-Jones, Don Lord, Peter Gadsden, Garry Marshall, Andrew Home and coach Darrell Cranch.
The Bloods’ President of the day, Ross Venn, addresses the crowd at Beaumaris in the Haileyburians’ first game back in C Grade. Players and officials from left to right include: A lightweight Andrew Langford-Jones, Don Lord, Peter Gadsden, Garry Marshall, Andrew Home and coach Darrel Cranch. This is a particularly rare photograph, made so by the condition of Andrew Home’s boots and beautiful white laces!
Players Jim Mason, Adrian Bode, John Lambert, Peter Davies, John Curtis, Andrew Langford-Jones, Don Lord, Peter Gadsden, Garry Marshall, Andrew Home, coach Darrell Cranch and President Ross Venn
A local Councillor addresses the crowd ...
... and unfurls the Bloods' 1969 premiership flag prior to their opening round match against Hampton Rovers
Ross Venn surveys proceedings in his days as President in 1970. On his right is Rod Home. On his left is future VAFA President Alex Johnson, Tom Fisher and an unusually grim-looking Ian Nichols.
The Beaumaris Community Reserve pavilion, the Bloods' home for a single year in 1970
Peter MacFarlane played his 150th game in 1970 in a career that stretched back to the club's first year in 1961
The definitive picture of a veteran. Old warrior Peter Burke strides out for his final game, against Power House at the Ross Gregory Oval in May 1970. Wearing a black jumper in the background, Murray Ponsford pulls his socks up. Admiring team mates applauding “Pom”, from left to right are Barry Gartner, Peter Atkinson, Rob Mackay, Colin Quick, Peter Hayes, Peter Kane, Ian Fraser, Crombie Redd, Bruce Benjamin and (on Burke’s other side) Lou Irving, John Rigby, Phil Marshall, Russ Hare and Michael Bowden.
Peter Gadsden won the 1970 Best and Fairest in his own inimitable style
Old Haileyburians return to Halifax Street for the 1970 team photo. Standing are team manager Gordan Moore, Dennis Caddy, Daryl Regan, Rob Mackay, captain Andrew Home, John Lambert, Gil Urquhart, Peter Gadsden, Grant Brearley and John Curtis. Kneeling are Peter Kane, Don Lord, Peter Mason, coach Darrell Cranch, John Trapp, Andrew Langford-Jones, David Young, Nigel Sawyer and Andrew Williams. On the ground are Ric Mulvey, Ian Fraser, Neil Cocks, Adrian Bode, Rob Pollock, Dick Metherall, Jim Bonwick.
Haileybury won its second APS football premiership in 1970 under coach and former OHAFC player Ian Greenaway. It included future OHAFC stars John Cracknell (back row, 3rd from left), David Legge (centre row, 5th from left) and John Houghton (centre row, 7th from left)
Two views of 1971 Best and Fairest winner and future captain Peter Mason
John Houghton and Peter Bowring demonstrating the art of ruckwork
In 1972 rookie ruckman John Houghton won the first of three Best and Fairests and represented the VAFA for the first time
John Rigby and Gil Urquhart both reached the 150 game milestone in 1973
Training on the Keysborough Main Oval in 1973
A precursor to the Hearts? "Augies Angels" at Halifax Street
Pacy wingman Neil Cocks won the 1973 Best and Fairest award
“Augie’s Boys” are a happy bunch after their 1973 triumph in C Reserve Section. Back row: Jim Bonwick, Michael Troup, John Cracknell, Dean Lovig, Graeme Campbell, Bob Mehegan and Rob Pollock. Centre row: Tim Parkes, Lou lrving, Rob Forbes, John Legge, John Langford, Greg Lucas, Ian Roberts and trainer Peter Parkes. Front row: Andrew Williams, Richard Lingard, captain Barry Gartner, coach John Augustine, president David Child , John Rigby, Mike Pritchard, Gil Urquhart and Dicky Metherall.
The 3rd XVIII under coach Ian Fraser (centre of photograph) also took out the flag in 1973, when 70s fashions were in full flow at Presentation Night held at Chaucer's, Canterbury
More 70's fashion from John Houghton and John Cracknell
President David Child shakes hands with Haileybury’s new headmaster Michael Aikman on the boundary of the school’s Main Oval. This photo was taken at the unfurling of the reserves’ premiership flag in the first round of 1974. Also included in the background from left are Bruce Marshall, Ian Nichols, Don Lord, Frank Northcott, Bill Allen, Tom Fisher and Don McQueen.
“Art and Cool”. Legendary trainers Peter Parkes and Artie Goodwin prepare for battle in the bowels of the Harry Trott Oval pavilion. “Cool” is just a boy alongside the venerable Artie, who holds the hot towels that were the trademarks of his calling. A show of pride and nervousness in their poses, but no sign of potato cakes here!
Captain Peter Gadsden bursts out from behind the paper barrier held by admiring femme fataIes Denise Mehegan, Robin Williams, “Willie” Mason and Sandy Pollock. Johnny Gyngell just manages to peep through a tear in the banner.
The football is about to travel over a considerable distance; an unhurried John Cracknell prepares to deliver one of those familiar torpedo-punts
Not just a face in the crowd, coach John Masters directs traffic in the 1974 Grand Final. By Masters’ left shoulder Andrew Langford-Jones looks on with concern.
Peter Gadsden exhibits his considerable marking skills with a strong example in the 1974 Grand Final against Old Marcellin. Rob Pollock’s roving skills will not be required. In the background a young Greg Lucas watches his captain take a firm grip on the ball.
Captain Peter Gadsden stretches to spoil in the 1974 Grand Final
Johnny Gyngell calm under pressure in the 1974 Grand Final
All eyes on the goals as ruck-rover Grant Hattam kicks through the ball, although on most occasions he would prefer to handball; perhaps that is why the bearded Peter Cunningham is running around behind him. Peter Gadsden looks on open-mouthed and flat-footedly. 1974 Grand Final.
John Houghton (8) head and shoulders above everyone else in the 1974 Grand Final
Ruckman John Houghton at the height of his leap and approaching the peak of his career, against Old Marcellin in the 1974 Grand Final. Around him John Gyngell (24) waits expectantly and John Trapp anxiously.
John Legge braces himself and struggles to deliver a handball under pressure from a desperate Old Marcellin opponent
A great action shot from the 1974 Grand Final. Wingman Doug Loney, eyes closed, is hotly pursued by his Marcellin opponent.
Peter Mason sends a long kick soaring into the forward line, unusually with his right foot, face lined with aggression and competitiveness. He wears the “Arena” brand boots made famous in the VAFA by Lou Zachariah and in great demand around 1974 when this picture was taken.
First year player Roger Paul on the turn under a mop of hair in the 1974 Grand Final
Immaculate apart from socks turned down, Rob Pollock delivers the ball in his own self-fashioned and determined style. Roger Paul, just out of school but ready to protect his smaller team mate, looks on in disbelief.
Michael Storrer, the Bloods' leading goal kicker in the 1974 Grand Final with four majors, takes aim
A team photograph of the 1974 runners-up. Back row: Rob Pollock, Grant Hattam, Roger Paul, Greg Lucas, Ian Roberts, Peter Cunningham and Andrew Langford-Jones. Centre row: Trainer Artie Goodwin, Don McQueen, Mike Storrer, John Legge, John Warnock, Mark Shapter, Doug Loney and trainer Peter Parkes. Front row: Peter Bowring, John Houghton, president David Child, captain Peter Gadsden, coach John Masters, Peter Mason, John Gyngell and Andrew Williams.
Vote Count Day at Parkes’, 1974. From left to right included are Don McQueen, David Child, John Masters (kneeling), George Whiteman, Geoff Abbott, Peter Harris, Peter Cunningham and Rob Pollock.
Vote Count Day at Parkes’, 1974
Vote Count Day at Parkes’, 1974
Vote Count Day at Parkes’, 1974
Members of the official party at the opening of the Gadsden Pavilion in 1975. They include Tom Fisher and his wife Jo, Bill Butterss, Michael Aikman and Tom Russell.
Opening of the Gadsden Pavilion in 1975, Tom Russell in the foreground and Principal Michael Aikman (seated)
At last the Bloods take the field at the Fisher Oval, with the newly completed Gadsden Pavilion in the background. The result of the club’s first match in B Grade was a sobering experience though, as the Bloods lost heavily to Old Caulfield Grammarians. Peter Mason leads his team on to the ground.
In 1975 Roger Paul won the second of a club record six Best and Fairests
Ruckman's party - Don McQueen listening to the bagpipes of John Houghton made famous at many Grand Final breakfasts from the 1970s onwards
David Code won the Best and Fairest in 1976 and represented the VAFA before embarking on a brief career with Melbourne and a series of triumphs in country football
Rob Pollock played his 150th game in 1976, almost at the end of his career
Andrew Williams also played his 150th game in 1976
Action at the Fisher Oval in 1976. John Houghton and Peter Mason contest in the pack while Bob Curry prepares to swoop, but Peter Kane can only scratch his head at the scene.
Coach Michael Porter (left) with another of the noted strongmen in Roger Paul at a Keysborough training session
VAFA identity Don McQueen's first term as President spanned 1975 and 1976
Roger Paul in his kicking stride as Bob Curry shepherds at the Fisher Oval
Neville Schmidt tries to shrug off the St Kilda CBC players who surround him, as six hands claw for the ball
David Code played for the VAFA representative team in 1977
A svelte Don Lord in front of the Gadsden Pavilion prior to his 200th game in 1977, with Michael Troup in the background
The ever-smiling Dicky Metherall flexes that healthy moustache, a few years after he played his 200th game in 1977
Andrew Langford-Jones played his 150th game in 1977
Former long-serving President and the club's first Life Member, Tom Fisher, in repose, 1977
Coached by John Masters and captained by David Hodge, Haileybury won its third APS premiership in 1977. Future captain Roger Gerny (4th from right) and coach Wayne Shand (2nd from right) are seated in the front row.
Old Haileyburians’ first junior team, premiers in Junior Section 2, 1978. The vice-captain, Ian Chambers, and Andrew Lynch missed the photograph. Back row: David Southgate, Andrew Mitchell, Ian Ridoutt, Simon Farnbach, Jeff Taylor, Philip Kingston, Roger French and Peter Berry. Centre row: Team manager Peter Chambers, David Thomas, Brett Mattingley, Ian Clydesdale, Bob Anderson, Michael Collins, Bob Shergold, Steve Castles, Tony Mitchell, Jack Kingston and Lloyd Thomas. Front row: Chris Haydon, Dick Lyons, Geoff Carruthers, Richard Kingston, coach Ken Rowse, captain David Hodge, Clint McDonell, Roger Gerny and Geoff Brookman.
Action from the U19s match against Therry on the Keysborough Main Oval with Geoff Brookman (9) and Clint McDonell (3) in attendance
U19 centre half-forward Michael Collins just gets his kick in against Therry
Roger Gerny contests a mark in the U19s Grand Final against De La Salle
Big Bob Anderson (11) and Roger Gerny (23) in pursuit in the 1978 Grand Final
Michael Collins (15) kicks a sealing goal in the 1978 Grand Final
Ruck contest in the U19s Grand Final against De La Salle
Andrew Lynch (foreground) and team mates at the end of the 1978 Grand Final
Coach Ken Rowse (second from left) conducts a post-mortem of the 1978 Grand Final with Jack Kingston and John Masters, who had coached virtually the same team the year before
In 1978 the Best and Fairest was tied between club greats Roger Paul and John Houghton, for both of whom it was their third win
In a spectacular debut season, Roger Gerny played in the inaugural Under-19 team that won the premiership as well as winning his Section and club Best and Fairest
Roger Gerny won the 1979 Best and Fairest in his first year of senior football
John Houghton represented the VAFA and was selected in the All-Australian Amateur team in 1979
Coach Bob McDonald conducting a post-mortem with brothers Stephen and Phil Poole and (with back to camera) Rob Pollock
Club legends Peter Bowring and Andrew Langford-Jones
Party time 70's style - Dean Lovig and partner
Rod Wise in complete university regalia including overalls and a very full head of hair, enjoying Mark Newton’s hospitality at Mount Martha in 1979. Phil “Stretch” Derham at the left of the photo.