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Steve Leo

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 9:45 am
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We recieved this piece by Two_Pies the other day, great read.
thanks for sharing the Story with us Two_Pies m8.

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Victoria Park - In our hearts forever.
By Two_Pies
29th June 1991
Round 15

It was surprisingly sunny for the time of the year. The Epping line train packed to the max. The stations fly by, the tension mounts, today we play a new team, the first time since their inception. That team is the “Camry Crows”. It’s a new era in supporting attitudes. The visitors have never been here before and the state rivalries are now a full reality in the home and away competition. What will happen is the main thought in that crowded train carriage that is a sea of Black and White.

Will we win? How much will we crunch these new upstarts by?

As we pass through Clifton Hill station and cross over the Eastern Freeway the Mighty Magpie on the Social Club comes into view. The crowd stirs and utterances of Go Pies and Carn’ the Woods get louder and more forceful as if to will the team to victory. The crowd spills out of the train in relief, now being able to move and have space. This won’t be for long from the footbridge we can see the crowd milling outside in Lulie Street already snaking from the turnstiles, which means another packed house.

But a new element has emerged. The visiting supporter buses have arrived. The very new scarves, t-shirts, beanies, caps and other supporter gear are visible in unusual colours. Navy, gold and red. Nervous faces peer down from the buses. The milling Black & White throng notices the new arrivals and point and jeer. Not surprisingly police are present to ensure that no transgressions occur. This does not dissuade the protected ones who upon seeing their guardians have a newfound courage to taunt and deride the Magpie faithful. What could have turned ugly became a non-event as these supporters are quickly ushered into our hallowed arena.

This little cameo over with, we quickly pop into the Club for a few “frothies” and pies before the game. The Social Club is abuzz with anticipation. A new team means a new foe to despise and for Victorians even better that they are from S.A. We make our way to our usual possie in the Rush Stand about three quarters up to get the best view and stake our claim of concrete standing room. More and more people squeeze in and our territory is reduced to the bare minimum. Friends are quickly made with those in the immediate area as the occasional steadying hand is placed on the shoulder of strangers with a polite “Sorry mate”. Then “The Voice” kicks in. The mysterious Magpie supporter with the screeching voice heard above the din and generally in moments of quiet. “The Voice” has become a noted fan of Gary Pert, the new addition from Fitzroy. It is an extraordinary voice one that is uniquely football … “Go Puurt!” and the ever popular “Puuurt!!” “The Voice” was heard but never seen, yet was Vic Park to a tee.

Visiting teams to Victoria Park were always subject to a particular welcome due the fact that the visitors’ rooms were located under the Sherrin Stand. The Sherrin Stand at the railway end holds a majority of seasons ticket seat/box supporters who have had these same seats reserved for a millennia. The race leading from the rooms comes out onto the ground in front of these supporters and similarly the umpires use the same race. Naturally this led to many”controversial” incidents and today the “Camry Crows” received a particularly focused welcome. Additionally just to the left of the Sherrin is the Members or Bob Rose Stand where our Social Club devotees could move on mass between the island bar on the second floor and the mostly standing room viewing area in front of the stand. Woe betide umpiring or player stuff ups in that pocket. The assembled mass would move as one, pouring abuse and jeers or cheers, which from our side would bring comments such as “Members don’t like that one”, “Report the so-and-so” and “Drag ‘im.”

One notices on such a day as this, where the crowd is literally jammed into the terraces and over at “One-eyed Hill” the Trennery Crescent (or scoreboard) end, that the game becomes almost secondary. Sure oohs and ahhs, applause, cheers and chants accompany the game’s highlights. Self-preservation however comes to the fore as the swaying crowd forces you to concentrate on not falling over and squashing someone’s kid or someone’s mother.

So here we all are on this thankfully sunny’ish day, all 29,125 of us. But today we also see the bussed in supporters hidden in the left pocket of the railway or Lulie Street end. Waving flags and floggers and attempting A-D-E-L-A-I-D-E chants only to be drowned out by the arrival of the teams and the roar of the Magpie Army.

The game commenced to no extraordinary fanfare other than the usual Magpie mania, this was Victoria Park and Collingwood were the reigning premiers and the Adelaide Camry Crows were here to be initiated into the horrors (for away teams) of Victoria Park. The game in the first quarter on the scoreboard was a fairly even affair with Collingwood kicking 5.3 to Adelaide 3.4. However the game in the second quarter saw the hapless Crows start to run in circles, their heads spinning in this unfamiliar patch of green in the midst of terrace houses and saw-toothed industrial buildings. They added a solitary point to be way in arrears - Collingwood 11.7 & Adelaide 3.5.

The usual half-time hubbub and murmurs accompanied the mass exodus under the Rush to the bars, pie stands and toilets. Because once you were in the stand you were in. No escape till quarter time breaks. Then the warning siren sees the rush back to somewhere near where you were standing, as you attempted to regain some portion of your previously-held section of the terrace.

The third quarter was more of the same as the Pies started to pour it on. Collingwood 18.11 to Adelaide 5.6. The crowd was now focusing on the Adelaide supporter’s pocket, as goal after goal was met with chants and cheers. It was an assured result now and just how much was the question now. The final quarter told the tale, Collingwood 23.22.160 to Adelaide 5.7.37. Laughter and applause helped the Pies from the ground and boos for the Crows and the Umpires. It was after the ground was clear of players and officials that Collingwood FC officials suddenly realized that the Crows supporters were still there and becoming even more of a focus. The stunned supporters who after a 123-point drubbing were immobile, jubilant Pies supporters were welcoming them to the realities of the AFL and life at Vic Park. Luckily sane heads prevailed and nothing too untoward occurred. We saw a few of the Magpie brethren trading witty repartee such as “Losers” chants and the like but we had a more important task of making it across the ground without some little tacker kicking a ball into your face. Safely arriving at the members’ race, we enter the Social Club for the lusty repeated verses of Good Old Collingwood Forever and later Cold Chisel in the Magpie Disco.

A footnote to the above was I was also able to attend the return bout for our first trip to Football Park.

17 May 1992 Round 9.

You could taste the anger in the air; revenge was at hand for the Crows supporters who had packed out Football Park to the tune of 44,723 (of which we estimated 5,000 Pies supporters). A close match all night saw the lead change many times. The end result was too sweet for words Adelaide 9.10.64 defeated by Collingwood 9.15.69. Pies by 5 points !!

The way out was perilous but thrilling, we came, we saw, we beat them AGAIN !!

Long Live Collingwood - Long Live Victoria Park.

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Johnson#26 



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 4:04 pm
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I'm sorry I've been slack - I hope to start a story on VP in the near future.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:18 pm
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Excellent article on that Crows game. I travelled from Queensland to attend that game, it was the last match i saw at our magnificent home ground.
I also saw that bus leaving the ground, and recieved a one fingered salute from one of the flannelette-shirt-wearers.

Victoria Park rules.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 9:51 pm
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At Victoria Park:

Best mark-David Cloke on the halfforward flank flying over somebody. It was circa 1983, possibly against the swans, can't quite remember.

Best goal-Wally Lovett in the forward pocket against either Footscray or Stkilda in one of the games that Mick Erwin coached.

Best Game-The win over Carlton in the wet 1983.

Worst game-Thrashed by the swans 1987.

Best spot-Outer wing, about 10 steps back.

Worst spot-Those crappy seats in the forward pocket that used to be given to the opposition cheer squad.

Best drinking place-The past players bar in the Ryder stand, it was like stepping back into the 1930s, absolute magic.

Best parking spot-Next to the train line up towards Collingwood station.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 4:30 pm
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Could we get a camera in there now that the Club have gone? would anyone be willing to take a camera down and shoot the place from top to bottom? Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 5:49 pm
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I'd love to, Steve. I'll see what I can do.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:33 am
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anyone else willing to get us some pics of the old girl?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:28 am
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I have several from July this year.

I'll email them to you.

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Me and some mates had a night on the grog and went to Vic Park the next day. It was 1984 ,I think, Collingwood verus North (30,000 of us 500 North supporters) We were in the outer about three rows behind Collingwood cheer squad we all had a great time bagging North players "come on (Gary)Dempsey use your pace" etc.

At half time Magies are about 7 goals up we are rapt except for Andrew a North supporter who had been copping heaps off us and is getting drunk and upset.

Third quarter starts doing well about 15 beers since noon Collingwood Full Forward (for the younger readers) Dale Woodall marks the ball and lines up to kick a goal Andrew yells out "come on Collingwood use your Grand Final Experience" entire crowd turns and looks at us. Instantly sober i explain that should he say anything else i will hit him and so save his life

Collingwood went on to win Andrew given life ban from Victoria Park by us

Earlier this year i saw the match on Fox footy when Woodall lines up you can hear the crowd go quiet at the exact time
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On the 27th of Auguest 1999, me, Joffa, hes daughter Emma and a few of the old outer cheersquad all went to Vic park late at nigth and cracked open our beers and started just yarning about the Pies and everything else! We slept there had a BBQ and just stayed awake all night until it was time to go into the game only to see us get our asses kicked! That was one of the top times I had at Vic Park! Joffa if you see this post make sure you let everyone know about the laughs we had that night! Smile
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My memory is really foggy on the details (alcohol induced) but it was in about 9o or 91. I don't remember who we were playing but i took my (6or7 year old) step son to the game. Met up with a mate from work and a number of his friends prior at a pub near clifton hill station and had several quiet ones before the game then walked to the ground.

Settled back in the standing room area on the nth Eastern flank and proceeded to demolish lots of tins of VB. the young bloke couldn't see standing with us, so i agreed to let him walk from where we are straight down to the fence and stand there with the agreement that he wasn't to go anywhere else. During the match he strolled back and forward a few times to get a drink or some tucker so i thought all was good until during the 3rd quarter, i heard my name over the PA to come to the police area in the Rush (I think) stand to collect my son. First thought was WTF, where did he go?

I tried to walk the shortest way but couldn't cos there was a reserved area in the way so i had to do 3/4 lap of the ground to get to the police area where they gave me a look like I was lower than shark droppings.

Apparently, some people had moved in between where he and i were standing, he looked around for me, couldn't see me and panicked. A copper strolling the boundary picked him up for a look and when he still couldn't spot me, they took him on a stroll along the boundary and then paged me.

I gave him buggery for ages about that.

The only other time I took him to Vic park was a year or so later when he played in the Vic kick at half time at the ground. Only problem was, he was playing for the hawthorn team. I knew where he was supposed to be playing but had a really bad time trying to spot him on the ground. After the match, he explained why. he had been sent to full back in his hawthorn jumber and didn't like either the jumper or the possie, so he convinced his opponent to swap jumpers. he played full forward for the other team and didn't give a rats cos he was wearing a pies jumper. Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:27 pm
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LeonSkyDiamonds wrote:
I have many memories of Vic Park.Who remembers when the Swans Barry Mitchell was awarded an iffy free kick within 30 metres of goal,straight in front at scoreboard end of the ground,kicked the goal to get the Swans home by a couple of points.The Vic Park crowd was at its most hostile as phlegm,half full cans,coins and an assortment of solids hailed down upon the cowering,now very hastily departing umpires.Those were the days when Vic Park was a fortress,giving us an automatic 5 goal advantage before a ball had been bounced.

I also remember big BT and Dakes kick many bags there.Saw Billy Picken take mark after mark after mark there.Saw Geoff Raines end Paul Salmon's incredible goalkicking spree there when he dived across his leg.And last but not least,i remember when Craig "knuckles"Kelly knocked several of Sydney's Ben Doolans teeth out.Gee there's some good memories.There are too many to type down.Will probably do a couple every few days aqs they come back to me.



i was going to mention that swans match, i remember that match like it was yesterday. It was in the mid 1980's, i was sitting in the Rush stand right next to the sherrin stand, where the umpires go to leave the ground. The umpires made alot of poor decisions that day in the last quater, you just don't do that against Collingwood at VIC PARK. You could tell everybody at the ground was getting real upset. When the siren went, all hell broke loose beer cans where being throw from every direction, how the umpires made it out alive i will never know. This actual game was on Fox footy a couple of weeks ago, and i remember Lou Richards saying "the umpires have been alright today i don't know what the Collingwood supporters are upset about". well i remember the Swans getting about 3 free kicks in front of goal all in the last 1/4, and the Pies lossing by a kick.
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Who remembers the old fella that used to sell the peanuts in the outer at Vic Park and other Collingwood away games.I can still hear him coming around at half time and saying "peanuts......peanuts.......".What about the half time blanket.Throwing out all your loose change.I remember the deathly silence that used accompany the arrival on to the playing arena of the opposition-especially interstate teams.DOH...i'm having trouble recalling actual incidents and i didn't miss a game at VP from 81 up until 89.


I remember all of the above, i think the guy that sold the peanuts (if i remember correctly had a few teeth missing) and i remember when people where throwing the money out on the blanket the people holding the blanket would get hit with the spare change.
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Being an old fart, my most memorable day at Vic Park was about 1971 or 72, the day of the brawl between the Essendon and Collingwood cheersquads. It led to burning of floggers, after which the VFL banned them from games. The ground was so packed (about 35,000) there were people sitting all along the roofs of the Ryder and Sherrin stands. If memory serves me right, McKenna kicked 13 goals that day, including 7 goals in the third quarter! Ah, the memories....
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