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die4pies Scorpio

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:10 pm
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On Feburary 12th, 1892 a meeting was held at the Collingwood Town Hall for citizens to discuss the posibility of creating a football team to play in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) competition that year. William Beazley chaired the meating in front of packed out Town Hall with several people having to observe proceedings through the windows. It was never really in doubt, the Collingwood Football Club had to happen. Victoria Park was proclaimed the place to play and W. D. Beazley in his first role as club president secured 600 from the council to level and top dress the surface and erect a picket fence around the ground. The VFA approved the club's admission for the 1892 season and the first game was scheduled to be played at Princes Park against our fellow working class club Carlton on Saturday May 7th.

A new grand stand was also scheduled to be built to provide offices and facilities for the players but this would not be opened until mid-June and in the mean time the players used the Yarra Hotel in Johnston Street to change and run up to the ground for the game.


1887 - From the Collingwood Town Hall you can see in the distance the Victoria Park oval.


Carlton, as gesture of good will for the newly formed team, offered to play the first game at Victoria Park. This helped get some much needed cash into the bank for The Club. 16,000 people were reputed to have attend the game, upwards of 7,000 from outside the municipality and many of them women, and even though Carlton won on the day, Collingwood had definitely made its mark and many were left saying that bigger things were just around the corner. The level of business generated on games days along Johnston Street and the surrounding area gave a significant boost to local moral and more importantly cash flow during very bleak economic times which always hit the Collingwood Flat harder than most areas of Melbourne.

The Magpies did not need to wait long to taste success. After a thumping in round 3 to St Kilda at the Junction Oval the Pies travelled down to Gellibrand Oval in round 4 and narrowly beat Williamstown 4 goals to 3. The boys were on the board at last but would finish the season on the bottom of the ladder with just 3 wins from 17 games. The Pies did finish the season on a high beating Carlton in the final round. The wait would not be long to savour the sweet taste of premiership success and after 1896, we became addicted to the taste.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:46 pm
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My late Grandmother was born one year later in 1893, in Abbotsford, and she told me she danced a couple of times with Dick Lee, at a club function at the Collingwood town hall. Also, im pretty sure that William Beazley is a close relation to ex Labor leader Kim Beazley, now ambassador to the US. I remember Kim talking about him, and about his love for the Pies. No doubt some of those homes in the photo are still there, no doubt totally renovated and owned by Yuppies now. Times change, but I will always have a love for ol Vic Park, spent many Saturdays there in my youth, many great memories of the ol gal, and of Collingwood in general.
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David Libra

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:00 am
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That's a lovely photograph, Shane. That's Johnston St running through the left-hand side of the image, right? Amazing to think we walk the same streets today, 125 years on.
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John Wren Virgo

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:09 am
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David wrote:
That's a lovely photograph, Shane. That's Johnston St running through the left-hand side of the image, right? Amazing to think we walk the same streets today, 125 years on.


that first cross street looks like vere st. it is too close to be johnston st and the oval is further away in the shot.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:11 am
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Happy birthday to the greatest club in world sporting history.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:34 am
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If only the traffic on Hoddle St was like that these days , other than that it's amazing how little it's changed over 3 centuries

Vic Park will always be our spiritual home .

Happy Birthday CFC .

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:51 am
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Happy Birthday to the biggest, brightest and best football club in the world.

Oh, and happy birthday to Dayne Beams too, nice coincidence. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:04 am
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Can't wait to see my wife roll hers eyes when I tell her our anniversary falls on the same day as Collingwood's birthday.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:26 pm
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Happy 121st Birthday to the Greatest Football Club in the world. Hopefully the next 121 years are even better.

Great photo Die4Pies Smile

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