Happy Snap #20 The impossible mark on the dunny wall


Danny Hargrave!
Do you remember when you were a kid and your imagination wasn’t limited by the laws of physics, gravity and the like? The above drawing by my little brother Pete embraces this freedom in creativity as  he imagined his Footscray hero, Danny Hargraves, floating above the pack and plucking a grab in the square. I have to say it also bares a remarkable likeness to the famous mark by taken by Footscray’s Merv Hobbs in the 1961 preliminary final.

Merve Hobbs

What was a bit special about this drawing however was that it was ‘immortalised’ upon the  dunny wall at Blackburn primary school, the same dunny where I had my 1991 BPS premiership photo taken. Amid flutes, skipping, flowers and trees, all lovely, sits this footy gem, or at least sat. The toilet block was demolished some years ago.
Pete pic 22

The giggling artist, 1997, as a 10 year old Doggy fan in Melbourne’s leafy east.

pete pic 2

A broader shot of the dunny wall, which was basically included to show how mangy the rubbish bins were!

And I show you this picture as a source of inspiration. I am currently collecting peoples footy drawings that they did as kids, or drawings their own children have done, for an upcoming post. I have already received some cracking entries, and would love to see your drawings too, with any back story you may have.

Please contact me on twitter @TheHolyBoot or by email-john@cherrystone.com.au.

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6 thoughts on “Happy Snap #20 The impossible mark on the dunny wall

  1. How cool! Love it….what mother wouldn’t!!!!!!! I always loved that the art teacher took enough interest in the children’s artwork, that she bothered to copy what they did then repaint it to scale as she has done. I believe there is still a photographic copy of this somewhere in the school even though they sadly demolished the wall.Keep blogging. Hope you get many responses….looking forward to seeing them…love mum xo

    Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2013 22:55:23 +0000 To: davidandjoy01@hotmail.com

  2. Beautiful work John! As a rusted on bulldog boy who followed them from afar, i’m curious how Pete came to follow them in a tiger household. Also loved the fact that of all the players, he chose an obscure one such as Danny Hargraves! Watching him play reserves, doggies fans would get excited, thinking he could be the next KT (kelvin templeton); he could kick like a mule and had hands that could could hold 2 dozen eggs (700g). But alas, it was not to be…
    Ripper picture too Pete.

    • My brother barracking for Footscray is still a bit of a mystery. It’s not as if he’s defiant or stubborn. One Sunday arvo, early 90’s, Footscray v the Bears was on the telly from Carrara. Pete was 4 or 5, and dad, unable to remain neutral, said ‘Go Dogs.’ Well Pete started copying him…AND IT STUCK!! I now live in Footscray, and have a definite soft spot for them, was never one for ‘2nd teams,’ but they really are. And yes, the Danny Hargraves angle is very my brother. Richmond’s had a number of promising stars do the same thing…Justin Plapp the poster boy!

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