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Reference_ 1953 R05 Footscray v Fitzroy - Flood Match

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Introduction


TheAge25May1953p12 Section of Wells Cartoon
TheAge25May1953p12 Section of Wells Cartoon

On a rain soacked afternoon at the Western Oval on the 23rd of May 1953, 14,087 fans endured the rain to watch on the the few games in the 20th Century where a team was held to one scoring shot.

To add to the amazement these were not teams at the bottom of the ladder, at the time, both were in the four. Footscray would end the season losing to Geelong in the Preliminary final, where Fitzroy managed a respectable sixth with 10 wins and eight losses for the season.

Description

Flooding at the ground was deep enough so that parts of the boundary line were ankle deep under water, making the job of the boundary umpire very difficult.
Argus 25May1953 p12 DidYouSee (Rearranged Layout)
Argus 25May1953 p12 DidYouSee (Rearranged Layout)


The Football Record expressed the level of shock that the result provided to all football supporters:
The Football Record 1953 r6 p4-5
The Football Record 1953 r6 p4-5


Fitzroy would have been held scoreless except for the efforts of their captain Alan Ruthven who 5-10 minutes before the end of the game who somehow got his foot to a ball already in the air and got it through for a goal.

Commentators such as Essendon coach Dick Reynolds (The Argus 25-May-1954-p11) remarked that the result was a sign that Footscray had matured and loomed as a new power in VFL Football and that their defence, with the return of Ted Whitten, would command respect.

Match Report


Read the Argus 25-May-1953 p12 : http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23246462



Scores

Footscray2.2 (14)5.3 (33)8.5 (53)10.6 (66)
Fitzroy0.0 (0)0.0 (0)0.0 (0)1.0 (6)
MarginFO by 14FO by 33FO by 53FO by 60

See http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1953/060719530523.html

Teams


Footscray

B:Wally DonaldHerb HendersonJack King
HB:Jim GallagherTed WhittenAlan Martin
C:Allen WarrenDon RossRon McCarthy
HF:Peter BoxJack CollinsRoy Harper
F:Brian GilmoreRoger DuffyDoug Reynolds
Foll:Dave BrydenHarvey Stevens
Rover:Charlie Sutton
Res:Allan RogersAngus Abbey



Fitzroy


B:Joe MurphyArnie BenchBill Stephen
HB:Jack GaffneyEddie GoodgerTom Meehan
C:Vin WilliamsNeville BroderickNoel Carroll
HF:Norm JohnstoneRon SimpsonJack Gervasoni
F:Ken RossJoe HickeyAlan Ruthven
Foll:Alan GaleJack MacGregor
Rover:George Coates
Res:Tom MageeKevin Wright


Last Minute change of Magee for Simpson (The Age 25-May-1953, p12)

Photos

Argus 25May1953 p11 WesternOval - Photographer Unknown
Argus 25May1953 p11 WesternOval - Photographer Unknown
TheAge 25May1953 p14 - Photographer Unknown
TheAge 25May1953 p14 - Photographer Unknown
The Age 25May1953 p14 WesternOval - Photographer Unknown
The Age 25May1953 p14 WesternOval - Photographer Unknown
Footscray v Fitz1953 p149 The Bulldog Heritage - Historical Player Register - Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation 2010 Adjusted
Footscray v Fitz1953 p149 The Bulldog Heritage - Historical Player Register - Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation 2010 Adjusted


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