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Fitzgerald, Len (SLV 122_190)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
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SLV Accession no. H2008.122/190

Team: Collingwood (VFL)
Location: Victoria Park (Abbotsford)
Date: 1945-50

People: Len Fitzgerald

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Collingwood great Len Fitzgerald photographed at Victoria Park circa late forties. Fitzgerald played his first senior game for the Magpies in 1945, just before he turned sixteen. After playing 96 games for Collingwood, Fitzgerald was lured to South Australian club Sturt where his reputation reached even greater heights. Fitzgerald played 125 games for the Two Blues ( 1951-55, 1959-1962 ) and won the coveted Magarey Medal three times ( 1952, 1954, 1959 ). He was named in the 1953 All-Australian team. Fitzgerald also coached - Sturt ( 1951-55 ) and Glenelg ( 1964-66 ). The grandstand seen in the background here has been beautifully captured in a 1902 photo reproduced in The Official Collingwood Illustrated Encyclopaedia. See M.Roberts and G.McFarlane, The Official Collingwood Illustrated Encyclopaedia, Slattery and Lothian, 2004, p. 46. Collingwood jumper worn over long pants. Small amount of emulsion damage. Brunswick did not wear striped ( black and white ) sleeves but black sleeves.

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