I just quickly want to post this picture from the family photo album as there are a few interesting little aspects to it. Firstly, this is just seconds before the Fremantle Football Club commenced playing in the Australian Football League, round 1, 1995. The time is 2:10…traditionally when matches used to begin! It’s anyone’s guess these days! We were there because Richmond were again used as the guinea pigs to welcome a new Western Australian club into the big time.
But thanks to my dad, we have some idea as to the Dockers mindset in relation to their powerful big brothers, West Coast, who had won two of the past three premierships. This little home-made sign hanging over the fence simply says…
“Eagles don’t look after members…Freo Dockers!”
A disgruntled Eagles fan perhaps? Sick of success? Or perhaps sick of being on a ten year waiting list to get a seat at a home match? Either way, this Freo fan or fans have failed miserably in one aspect…you can’t read yellow texta from a distance!
Richmond nervously held on for a 5 point win, with little indication that it would be the first of 7 successive victories. As a side, this is the old Western or Ponsford stand at the MCG, and the photo is dated by the ‘Telecom’ (not Telstra) and “Brian Nailor-Ray Martin…Who’s who of news” advertisements!
PS.Thanks to mum for her happy-snappery!
Interesting! Need to be picky about the “traditional” 2.10pm start though. It was 2.08 for ages, and 2.00pm before that. Strange to see an ad for Channel 9 in the stadium when the footy was shown on 7 – with exclusivity deals nowadays there’s no chance that could occur!
And the old scoreboard… Am I right in thinking that was the one that burnt / caught on fire?
I was there that day, in the rain (and more rain, and more rain) in the old Northern Stand, and watched it go up (well, part of the screen anyway).
…and Carlton Diamond beer – what a disgrace that was! Bad rating too (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/carlton-diamond/6987/)