122_052 - Unknown Schoolboy Team

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/52

Location: Western Oval (Footscray)
Date: Circa early-fifties

People: Harry Beitzel - Umpire at rear - fifth person from left


Cannot identify team, ground or grandstand. Possibly photographed at Footscray. Age of players suggests schoolboys team. No players recognised. Guernseys not recognised. Circa early-fifties. VFL senior umpire and football identity (and member of AFL Hall of Fame) Harry Beitzel, presumably the umpire for the occasion, stands at the rear, fifth person from left. Beitzel’s career as a VFL umpire started in 1948. Grandstand has groups of spectators. Also some people on terrace.

Further Work Needed

Definitely at Footscray, signs in grandstand confirm this. ie “Footscray Committee Only” and “visiting Committee Only”

Kids in school uniform in crowd leads to conclusion that this is probably a school team. This is either a game through school time, or just after school. Unlikely to be a weekend game as there was no school on Saturday.

Possibly hawthorn fourths?

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