St Kilda Past Players Team (SLV 122_232)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/232

Team: St Kilda (VFL)
Location: Brunswick Street Oval (Fitzroy)
Date: Circa 1944-45

Jack James - Middle row, 2nd person from right (Standing)
Roy Bence - Front Row Second right
Brian Hodgson - Mascot (Kid at Front)


Almost certainly a past-players match, circa late 1940’s. At first glance - St.Kilda past players. The jumper does appear to be similar to St.Kilda’s old white-dominated strip but only two of the eighteen players have a breast monogram and even these two monograms are not clearly St.Kilda’s. The players are all quite well advanced in years, in their forties, fifties and sixties. (No SLV mention of this). Past players presumably, but which team? The photo was taken at Fitzroy’s ground: the currently existing stand is in the background and the old destroyed stand is partially visible at left. There are two trainers in the group, plus one official and one mascot. The players are wearing both white and black shorts. A good, clear photo.

Further Work Needed

Monogram on jacket are StKilda, player on far left in cap. And two players in front row
Look for South vs Fitzroy old players at Fitzroy

Captain is possibly J. Robertson

Maybe Jack James
Jack James

Maybe Roy Bence
Roy Bence
Roy Bence

Maybe Colin Watson
Colin Watson

Maybe LloydJones

Maybe Bert Day (Front Row far Left)
The Photo match is with "A.Day" in a 1929 Oakleigh Team Photo in the Australasian. Bert Day finished with St Kilda in 1928. An Early 1953 Argus article indicates that Bert Day was a Selector for the St Kilda team, so he obviously maintained a relationship with the club in the right time period.
New selectors for St. Kilda. (1953, February 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 13. Retrieved September 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23226052

The Encyclopedia of League Football confirms tat Day played for Oakleigh after leaving St Kilda.

Another photo of Day is from 1924. See PLAYING FOR VICTORIA. (1924, August 1). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 20. Retrieved September 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36566144

See discussion at http://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/please-identify-stkilda-players-in-1950s-old-players-matches.957674/#post-24623380

Photo posted in the bigfooty forum is of the same group of people

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