I snapped this lovely little bit of graffiti on Collingwood’s Vic Park wall back in the mid 2000’s, the Roy Boys long gone and Victoria Park in a state of decay. Most of the wall is gone, and tag most certainly gone, yet Vic Park has been spruced up somewhat and I plan to feature it in a post soon. The photo just appeals to me, the industrial, near jail-like appearance of the ground with the word Fitzroy written in such a way as to suggest Franco Cozzo was pronouncing it.. “Fit-z-roy!”
Here’s a gem of a video I found in an opportunity shop…it’s titled ‘150 goals’. A short film by Michael Nicholson (1985) sees Fitzroy and Collingwood do battle as never before-; in and around the streets of Melbourne. It’s footy meets Monty Python as play takes us to Flinders St, the old Planetarium and Parliament house, players ducking and weaving trains and trams.
One passage of play even enters a time warp and takes place in the early 1900’s, while a skyscraping mark is taken atop….a skyscraper! (Rialto towers under construction) Watch for the special cameo by Cliff Young. For Melbourne and footy lovers…can the two be separated?
Though I feel as though I am posting this entire series of old club songs entirely for my brothers amusement….the show must go on. Collingwood’s song is next alphabetically, and my brother is taking the lead vocals on this one. It’s rough and ready but you can sense the passion behind this project.
For those who are new to these recordings, I recently salvaged them from an old cassette tape I found. They were recorded with great haste on an old cassette 4-track machine in the late 90’s. Apologies for the poor quality.
Accompanying these themesongs are my brother’s MS-paint drawings from the late 90’s also, featuring each club’s ‘average supporter.’ Don’t be offended, he has ripped into his own club too.
Former Richmond and Collingwood footballer David Cloke’s career was dominated by the number 3. So grab a calculator, abacus, your fingers or toes…whatever, and prepare to be awestruck!
David began his career with Richmond in 1974 wearing the number 33 on his back, the same number he took with him to Collingwood some ten years later. When he returned to Richmond he wore number 16.
Clokes career spanned through 3 decades…70’s 80’s and 90’s, and also he played in 3 Grand Finals.
Cloke kicked 333 career goals, and in his final 3 games, he polled 3 Brownlow Medal votes in each match!
Cloke was also a member of the 300 game club….his 300th a memorable affair with a surprise Richmond victory over Carlton!
He played for 18 seasons and was 36 when he retired, both numbers divisible by 3!
Famously, Cloke had 3 sons that played/play league football, each drafted under the father-son rule to Collingwood. They neatly wore or still wear the 3 numbers, 32 (Travis) 33 (Cameron) and 34 (Jason) that surrounded their own fathers number 33.
Now we get a bit nutty!
David Cloke gave away 33 free kicks in his first year (1974) and also in 1985. Son Jason gave away a career total of 33 free kicks in away matches only, while middle brother Cameron received a career total of 33 free kicks in home matches. Youngest son Travis is yet to join the 33 party, although as a left-footer amongst righties, he clearly doesn’t follow the status quo!
Some other 3’s that cropped up…David Cloke played 33 games against Fitzroy, something his sons will clearly never achieve.
Cloke also played just 3 games at Cararra, now Metricon Stadium.
Cloke senior kicked 3 goals in his last game for Richmond (1982 Grand Final) before moving to Collingwood, where in his first match he again booted 3 goals.
And finally, David Cloke’s final game for the Pies in 1989 saw him have 12 kicks, 6 marks, 6 handballs, for 18 disposals…and 9 hit outs. All stats are divisible by 3!
Interestingly, but not related to the number 3, David Cloke played in the 1990 Richmond v’s Carlton ‘Save our Skins’ legends match out at Windy Hill, only to come out of retirement and play on again in 1991!
Today’s post was brought to you by the number 3.
With a little help from my friends…