Geelong Seconds 1937 (SLV 122_184)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/184

Team: Geelong (VFL)
Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne
Date: 1937

Back Row: Ashley Foley, *J Nichols, Stan Howard, Neil Tucker, Clyde Helmer, Chappie Hinchliffe, Jack Walker, Ray Gottsche
Middle Row: Andy Wood, *R. Taylor, Cliff Taylor, Bob Walker, *W. Muller, E. Tucker, Jack Butcher, *A. Nash
Front Row: Bill Dyer, Bill Tansing, Leo Dean

Note - Names with a star, please refer to notes below.


This is the Geelong (VFL) Second Eighteen of 1937. The team is photographed at the MCG, in front of Bay 3, almost certainly on the day of their Grand Final victory. Geelong were Seconds Premiers in 1937 (and again in 1938).

Player names were completed by reference to names on framed version of this image kept in the NSM Boyles Collection.

The presence of Clyde Helmer in the back row (fifth from left) indicates this is the 1937 Seconds team. Helmer was at centre-half-forward in the 1937 (Seconds) Premiership win but played (sensationally at that) for Geelong seniors in 1938. Helmer, from Mooroopna and the uncle of fifties Geelong player John Helmer, had a successful but all too brief career with the Cats. He was tragically killed while serving overseas in World War Two. For his biography, see J. Main and D. Allen, Fallen - the Ultimate Heroes, Melbourne, Crown Content, 2002.

Captain ‘Bob’ Walker is at the centre of the group, fourth from the left in the middle row. Walker is also at the centre of 122_183 - Geelong Seconds Circa 1941-44.

Jack Walker, second from the right in the top row, is also shown in 122_183 - Geelong Seconds Circa 1941-44. The player third from the right in the middle row, E.Tucker, appears in 125_013 - Prahran Senior Team circa 1939-41.

Photo taken before start of match. Sparse crowd. White shorts. Seven officials attached to the playing group. Cannot identify officials. Emulsion damage on right-hand side but no players obscured.

Team list from Grand Final matches the players in the photo. See
GEELONG TEAM FOR SECONDS' FINAL. (1937, September 29). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 30. Retrieved July 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11104067

Report of Geelong's win of Seconds Grand Final
NEW FOOTBALL RECORD. (1937, October 1). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 20. Retrieved July 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11099737

Further Work Needed


Player Names

First Names for a number of players found via http://www.geelongcats.com.au/reserves/tabid/9388/default.aspx
R. Gottsche=Ray Gottsche
A.Wood=Andy Wood
W.Tansing=Bill Tansing
C.Hinchliffe=Chappie Hinchliffe

J Nichols is probably Jack Nicholls

No R.Taylor...but Beau Taylor and Percy Taylor
No W. Muller...but Nick Muller
No E. Tucker...but Neil Tucker and Joe Tucker
No A. Nash...but Jim Nash

Duplicates - Near Identical Photos

122_184 - Geelong Seconds 1937 - No Frame and includes officials - This Image
XX_M02631 - Geelong Seconds 1937 - Frame and no Officials (Players named on Frame)

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