This is the second part of three articles on the History of Camberwell Football Club. We recommend starting from the first article Part 1 From the Junction to Nashville 1886-1941.



Part Two – Camberwell Football Club 1945-1959


Cock of the Walk to Rock Bottom

The Forties – 1945-1949


1945


VFA football resumed at last in April 1945, even as Allied forces were still settling scores with Hitler in Europe and war in the Pacific theatre continued. Laurie Nash had returned for one more season at South Melbourne. From August to November the previous year the VFL and VFA had conducted talks with a view to possible merger but the talks in the end came to nothing. 1

Camberwell started the season with a team that bore very little resemblance to the one that had taken the field in 1941. Apart from Nash and Cazaly, 1941 players who were missing included George Bennett, George Clamp, Reg Henderson, Ian McKay, Stan Spinks, Jim Toohey and Harry Whitehead. Those players who had returned to Camberwell after the war were not many - Bob Austen, Reg Horkings, Barney Jorgensen, Owen McPherson, Bill Olliver, Laurie Peters, Arthur Rowe, Jack Seelenmeyer and Laurie Taylor. On the other hand, Kollin Bryce, Ken Dineen, Bob Harland, Jack Matthews, Clarrie Shields, Bill Winward, Alan Jensen, Tom Campbell, Alan McDonald, Bruce Ferguson, Bruce Sinclair, Eddie Griffin and Russell Elliot were all new players, as were the three big-name acquisitions from Collingwood – Jim ‘Nipper’ Bradford, Marcus Boyall, and Albert ‘Leeter’ Collier. Collier, the 1929 VFL Brownlow Medallist, was cleared by the Magpies and appointed Camberwell captain-coach. 2 Collier, about to turn 36, proved to be an inspiring leader, despite his temporary absence during the season with the RAAF. (Collier returned for the August 18 match against Preston). The nippy Bradford more than lived up to his nickname and, despite suffering head injuries and shock mid-season when his car overturned, won the first of his two Camberwell best and fairest awards. Boyall, centre half back in two losing Collingwood Grand Final sides (1937, 1938) and a Magarey (South Australia) Medallist, played his first game for Camberwell on June 23 against Brighton and was soon saddled with coaching duties in the absence of Collier.

Camberwell won only three of the first nine games but then turned the season around by winning nine of the last eleven to finish fourth after the 'home and away' games.

1945 FINAL FOUR AFTER 20 ROUNDS

Coburg 20 0 0 2504 1355 184.80 80
Williamstown 17 3 0 2446 1522 160.71 68
Port Melbourne 15 5 0 2294 1608 142.66 60
Camberwell 12 8 0 1948 1887 103.23 48

In 1945 the Tricolours produced some impressive performances. Possibly the best of them was the May 26 Round Seven win (12.20 to 12.14) at home against previously undefeated Williamstown – the eventual 1945 VFA premiers - with Jack Seelenmeyer managing to restrict the rampant Ron Todd to a mere six goals. Todd went on to kick 188 goals for the season. In Round Ten a crowd of 14,000 – the largest ever at Camberwell – saw the home side overcome Port Melbourne 18.15 to 16.14. 3

Unfortunately, Port, led by the two 35-year-old veterans Tom Lahiff and Ted Freyer, was too good for the Tricolours in the First Semi Final played at St.Kilda, winning by 54 points.

The 1945 VFA First Semi Final teams (from the back lines) were:

Camberwell –
Back:Bob Austen Barney JorgensenLaurie Peters
Half Back:Bill WinwardMarcus Boyall Bruce Ferguson
Centre:Reg HorkingsAlan McDonaldLaurie Taylor
Half Forward: Jack MatthewsTom CampbellClarrie Shields
Forward: Kollin BryceKen DineenAlan Jensen
Followers: Albert CollierBob Harland Jim Bradford

Reserves – Owen McPherson, Jack Seelenmeyer, Bruce Sinclair.
In: Matthews, Peters, Austen.
Out: Olliver (injured), Seelenmeyer, Sinclair.

Port Melbourne –
B:Jim McBethSid SearleRon Kimberley
Half Back:Bob KelseyDes Baker Lance Dobson
Centre:Ray JulierGordon GoldsmithFrank Kelly
Half Forward: Ted FreyerBill HoustonAlby Lewis
Forward: Norm FletcherCharlie Culph Tommy Lahiff
Followers: Ron ReynoldsAlan Storey Percy Taylor


CAMBERWELL - AGES, HEIGHTS, WEIGHTS – 1945 first semi final
Austen 30, 5.9, 13.2
Jorgensen 23, 5.11, 13.0
Peters 28, 6.0, 13.3
Winward 24, 6.0, 13.0
Boyall 25, 6.3, 14.0
Ferguson 26, 5.9, 11.4
Taylor 27, 5.9, 11.8
McDonald 25, 5.8, 10.7
Horkings 26, 5.7, 10.13
Matthews 23, 5.8, 11.0
Campbell 21, 6.3, 15.4
Shields 29, 5.11, 11.8
Bryce 25, 6.1, 13.4
Dineen 28, 5.11, 13.0
Jensen 23, 5.5, 10.8
Harland 27, 6.3, 15.5
Collier 35, 5.11, 13.10
Bradford 19, 5.3, 8.13

First Semi Final – September 15 – Junction Oval – Umpire Merrington – Fine and Sunny.
Port Melbourne 6.2, 12.10, 14.14, 23.17
Camberwell 5.2, 7.4, 13.9, 15.11
Best Camberwell – Taylor, Campbell, Bryce, Bradford, Horkings, McDonald
Goals Camberwell – Campbell 5, Bryce 2, Dineen 2, Austen 2, Matthews 1, Harland 1, McDonald 1, Bradford 1.
Best Port Melbourne – Houston, Lewis, Culph, Taylor, Searle, Kelsey
Goals Port Melbourne – Houston 6, Culph 5, Freyer 3, Reynolds 3, Taylor 2, Lahiff 2, Fletcher, McBeth.

Given the inexperience of many of the Camberwell players, to finish in fourth place was a commendable effort. No wonder the club’s Annual Report, noting the ‘sound finances’ and ‘record year’, bristled with optimism. The players enjoyed an after-season trip to Warrnambool and on October 13 played a Charity match against a Warrnambool team. 4

1945 season in detail


Top Goal kickers 1945
Bradford 48, Olliver 42, Dineen 24, Harland 21, Jensen 15, McDonald 15, Jorgensen 14, Campbell 14, Griffin 13, Bryce 12.

Games played 1945 (total games in brackets)

21 – L.Taylor (32), R.Jorgensen (33), J.Bradford (21), K.Bryce (21)
19 – W.Olliver (35), A.W.Austen (38), R.Harland (19)
18 – O.McPherson (45), J.Matthews (18)
17 – W.Winward (17)
15 – A.Collier (15)
14 – E.Griffin (14), A.McDonald (14)
13 – B.Ferguson (13), B.Sinclair (13)
12 – J.Seelenmeyer (78), C.Shields (12), A.Jensen (12)
11 – M.Boyall (11), K.Dineen (11)
9 – L.Cooper (10)
8 – L.Peters (13)
7 – W.Quill (18)
6 – R.Horkings (86)
5 – R.Lawes (5), J.Purcell (5), J.McDonald (5), T.Campbell (5)
4 – L.Shean (4)
3 – K.Harrison (3), A.Rowe (76), R.Elliott (3), C.Dixon (3), L.Brockenshire (3)
2 – W.Duckworth (2), J.Hinson (2), H.Amey (2)
1 – J.Peggie (4), G.Harland (1), K.Price (1).

Match results 1945


Round 1 at Camberwell
Camberwell 3.9, 6.20, 12.25, 14.28
Oakleigh 1.1, 5.3, 7.5, 10.9
Best – Bradford, Duckworth, Jorgensen, Seelenmeyer, Griffin
Goals – Bradford 4, Jorgensen 2, Olliver 2, Griffin 2, Bryce 2, Shean, Harrison.

Round 2 at Coburg
Coburg 5.7, 9.9, 13.13, 18.16
Camberwell 0.1, 4.7, 9.9, 11.14
Seelenmeyer, Collier, Bradford, Lawes, Jorgensen, Allen
Olliver 3, Shean 2, Bradford 2, Harrison, Jorgensen, Duckworth, Hinson

Round 3 at Northcote
Northcote 2.2, 6.6, 8.10, 15.14
Camberwell 2.6, 6.9, 11.14, 13.16
Taylor, Winward, Bradford, McDonald, Jorgensen, Bryce
Bradford 4, Hinson 3, McDonald 2, Olliver, Shean, Bryce, Harland

Round 4 at Camberwell
Camberwell 3.5, 5.10, 7.15, 10.20
Brunswick 4.6, 8.8, 11.11, 13.20
Seelenmeyer, Austen, Peters, Jorgensen, Olliver, Harland
Olliver 3, Jorgensen 2, Ferguson 2, McDonald, Quill, Bryce

Round 5 at Camberwell
Camberwell 5.7, 10.10, 14.15, 16.17
Sandringham 0.2, 3.8, 3.9, 7.13
Bradford, A.McDonald, Collier, Peters, Seelenmeyer, Quill
Dixon 5, Bradford 3, Quill 3, Jorgensen 2, Bryce, J.McDonald, Olliver

Round 6 at Yarraville
Yarraville 5.7, 8.8, 12.9, 15.13
Camberwell 3.5, 4.11, 8.16, 11.21
Collier, Austen, Bradford, Taylor, A.McDonald, J.McDonald
McDonald 5, Quill 4, Bradford, Jorgensen

Round 7 at Camberwell
Camberwell 1.3, 6.7, 10.14, 12.20
Williamstown 2.4, 8.4, 10.9, 12.14
Collier, Jorgensen, Seelenmeyer, Bradford, Winward, J.McDonald
Jorgensen 4, Bradford 3, McPherson 2, Olliver 2, J.McDonald

Round 8 at Preston
Preston 2.0, 7.0, 11.3, 12.4
Camberwell 1.6, 4.11, 6.14, 8.21
Austen, Bradford, Collier, Taylor, Winward, Rowe
Rowe 2, Jorgensen 2, J.McDonald, Brockenshire, Bradford, Olliver

Round 9 at Prahran
Prahran 3.2, 7.8, 10.15, 12.18
Camberwell 5.6, 7.10, 10.12, 11.17
Austen, McPherson, J.McDonald, Winward, Collier, Seelenmeyer
Olliver 4, Quill, Shean, Bradford, Harrison, J.McDonald, McPherson, Jorgensen

Round 10 at Camberwell – Monday June 18 (King’s Birthday)
Camberwell 8.5, 13.8, 15.10, 18.15
Port Melbourne 1.3, 7.5, 12.11, 16.14
Collier, Bradford, Ferguson, Bryce, McDonald, Olliver
(For Port Melbourne – Searle, Houston, Fletcher, Lewis, Freyer, Lahiff)
Griffin 4, Bradford 4, Olliver 4, Harland 3, McPherson 2, A.McDonald
(For Port Melbourne – Freyer 7, Lewis 6, Mallett, Houston, Irving)

Round 11 at Brighton (Elsternwick Park)
Camberwell 3.4, 5.8, 8.14, 10.16
Brighton 4.2, 5.6, 9.6, 10.7
Taylor, Collier, Bradford, Austen, Griffin, Shields
Dineen 3, Boyall, Griffin, Harland, Olliver, Taylor, Jensen, Bradford

Round 12 at Oakleigh
Camberwell 5.3, 8.4, 10.10, 14.10 (94)
Oakleigh 1.3, 6.6, 12.21, 12.21 (93)
Bradford, Olliver, Collier, Austen, Jensen, Boyall
Olliver 6, Bradford 3, Griffin 2, McPherson, Dineen, Jensen

Round 13 at Camberwell
Coburg 7.5, 11.8, 15.14, 17.16
Camberwell 3.1, 6.6, 7.10, 11.18
Boyall, Jensen, Bradford, Collier, Taylor, Austen
Jensen 3, Bradford 2, Harland 2, Olliver 2, Horkings, Griffin

Round 14 at Camberwell
Camberwell 3.5, 7.5, 14.8, 17.10
Northcote 6.2, 10.3, 13.7, 16.11
Austen, Bradford, Shields, Boyall, McDonald, Bryce
Harland 4, Bradford 4, Shields 3, McDonald 2, Jensen 2, Boyall, Olliver

Round 15 at Brunswick
Camberwell 4.5, 10.6, 13.8, 15.10
Brunswick 1.3, 7.3, 7.3, 13.13
Bradford, Boyall, Harland, Austen, Shields, Dineen
Dineen 5, Bryce 3, Griffin 2, Matthews 2, Harland, Shields, Bradford

Round 16 at Sandringham
Camberwell 2.4, 9.6, 9.10, 15.13
Sandringham 1.5, 2.7, 7.12, 10.14
Boyall, Taylor, Bradford, Elliott, Jorgensen, Shields
Elliott 3, Olliver 3, Shields 2, Jensen 2, Bradford 2, Griffin 2, Harland

Round 17 at Camberwell
Camberwell 4.5, 7.11, 12.20, 16.21
Yarraville 2.2, 6.4, 7.5, 10.9
Jorgensen, Jensen, Bradford, McDonald, Taylor, Boyall
Elliott 4, Bradford 3, Olliver 3, Jensen 3, Dineen 2, Shields

Round 18 at Williamstown
Williamstown 4.2, 10.6, 13.7, 24.14
Camberwell 3.5, 5.6, 9.11, 12.13
Boyall, Dineen, Bradford, Campbell, Shields, Olliver
Bradford 3, Dineen 2, Olliver 2, Campbell 2, Elliott, Boyall, McDonald

Round 19 at Camberwell
Camberwell 5.2, 7.6, 10.10, 16.16
Preston 2.3, 5.4, 10.6, 13.7
Olliver, Campbell, Dineen, Collier, Harland, Bradford
Dineen 5, Harland 4, Bradford 2, Jensen 2, McPherson, Olliver, Campbell

Round 20 at Camberwell
Camberwell 4.4, 7.11, 12.13, 19.18
Prahran 6.4, 9.5, 15.8, 17.8
Collier, Seelenmeyer, Harland, McDonald, Bradford, Taylor
Campbell 6, Dineen 4, Shields 2, Harland 2, Bradford 2, McDonald, Bryce, Olliver

Camberwell FC 1945
Camberwell FC 1945

1945 team photo belonging to Norm Pilbeam. Image originally from Thelma Baker scrapbook borrowed by Norm’s Aunty Tess from her friend Thelma Baker about 2003.

Camberwell FC 1945
Camberwell FC 1945


Photo of 1945 Camberwell team July 21 versus Brunswick at Brunswick
Back row – Ken Dineen, Kollin Bryce, Bill Winward, Bruce Ferguson, Bob ‘Donkey’ Harland, R.’Barney’ Jorgensen, Owen McPherson, Jack Matthews.
Centre row – Alan Jensen, Bruce Sinclair, Clarrie ‘Chilla’ Shields, Marcus Boyall, Laurie Taylor, Albert ‘Bunny’ ‘Bob’ Austen, Eddie Griffin.
Front row – Jack Purcell, Jim Bradford, Ron Lawes, Reg Horkings. Mascot - Norm Pilbeam (5 years). Norm Pilbeam, nephew of Charlie Clamp junior, won Burwood Football Club's best and fairest award 1964.

Norm Pilbeam - Camberwell's 1945 mascot (seventy years on)
Norm Pilbeam - Camberwell's 1945 mascot (seventy years on)


Charity football match at Warrnambool October 1945
Charity football match at Warrnambool October 1945


1946


Clinton Walker, in his superb football autobiography ‘A Football Life’, has described the sense of optimism that prevailed in the VFA immediately after the end of the war and I will take the liberty of paraphrasing his evocative description here. 1946 was a boom season for the Association. Before the VFL monopolised the multi-media focus, the VFA in the forties had a profile which almost matched the VFL. From the perspective of many football followers in the newly-developing outer suburbs, the VFL, centred around the city, was as remote as the VFA was accessible and attractive. The VFA was always snapping at the VFL’s heels. With the big names enticed from the League, and with the 'throw pass' making VFA games faster, people flocked to Association matches. In the opening Round of the 1946 football season 140,000 attended the League fixture and an impressive 50,000 attended the six Association games. 5

Pre-season activity at Bowen Street reflected this same sense of optimism. The Camberwell club distributed 3000 free membership tickets to school children in areas from Glenferrie to Ferntree Gully. As the season proper got underway Camberwell supporters grew ever more excited. The Tricolours shot out of the blocks to win their first seven matches (new full forward Max Mayo having kicked 38 goals to that point). In Round One, at Oakleigh, Camberwell thrashed the home side 26.16 to 12.13, with new player Max Mayo kicking seven goals, Bradford 5 and Bryce 5.

Max Mayo 1946
Max Mayo 1946


The Camberwell team in Round One 1946 was

Jim Burkhalter Dal Kennedy Ray Bond
Jack Sharples Marcus Boyall Jack Seelenmeyer
Laurie Taylor Alan McDonald Reg Horkings
Bill Olliver Alf Bennison Ron Lambden
Kollin Bryce Max Mayo Alan Jensen
Albert Collier Bob Harland Jim Bradford
Reserve: Malcolm McBean.

Though they came back to the rest of the field – losing four games and drawing another – Camberwell remained on top at the conclusion of the home and away season and were the clear flag favourites when the final series got under way.

1946 FINAL FOUR AFTER 20 ROUNDS
CAMBERWELL 15 4 1 2239 1791 125.01 62
WILLIAMSTOWN 14 5 1 2205 1866 118.17 58
SANDRINGHAM 14 6 0 2088 1959 106.58 56
PORT MELBOURNE 14 6 0 2120 2020 104.95 56

For the Second Semi Final against Williamstown at St.Kilda the team was strengthened by the return of Collier, Boyall, Seelenmeyer and Sharples (replacing Shields, Barnes, Bennison and Shelley). The Camberwell team for the Second Semi Final (with ages, heights and weights) was:

Jim Burkhalter 19, 5.11, 12.0 Herb Naismith 29, 6.1, 12.7 Frank Finn 30, 5.9, 11.7
Jack Sharples 25, 5.10, 12.6 Ivor McIvor 27, 6.1, 14.0 Gordon Styles 26, 5.10, 12.4
LaurieTaylor 27, 5.9, 12.1 Wally Bristowe 24, 5.11, 12.4 Reg Horkings 27, 5.7, 10.8
Frank Anderson 28, 5.8, 11.4 Marcus Boyall 29, 6.2, 14.4 Bill Olliver 25, 5.8, 11.10
Ken Herbert 20, 5.7, 11.7 Kollin Bryce 26, 6.0, 13.11 Ray Bond 27, 5.10, 12.10
Albert Collier 36, 5.11, 13.6 Jack Seelenmeyer 28, 6.3, 12.8 Jim Bradford 20, 5.3, 9.3
19th – Clarrie Shields 29, 5.10, 11.7

A crowd of 16,000 saw Camberwell recover from a slow start and storm home to win by eleven points – 12.19 to 11.14. 6

Camberwell 1.7 2.12 6.13 12.19
Williamstown 5.5 6.5 8.11 11.14

Camberwell’s best were Boyall, Sharples, Bradford, Horkings, Collier, Bryce, McIvor, Olliver, Naismith, and Burkhalter. Olliver kicked five goals, Bryce three, Bond two, and Bradford and Herbert one each.

Camberwell’s Second Semi Final team had seven players who had come to the club from Collingwood - Collier, Boyall, Bradford and Bryce, as well as Ken Herbert, Herb Naismith, and Clarrie Shields. ‘Sporting Globe’ writer Jim Blake quite probably had this fact in mind when he penned an article in praise of Albert Collier’s coaching philosophy. ‘A Collingwood tradition is being built’, he wrote. ‘There are no stars’. 7

The 1946 Second Semi Final victory against Williamstown meant that Camberwell had become outright favourites to win the 1946 flag. Expectation of a premiership was palpable at the practice night before the Grand Final –

‘Undaunted by heavy rain, scores of followers crowded the grandstand and hung over the fence to see the Camberwell eighteen practice last Tuesday…when players arrived on the ground they were besieged by a swarm of eager autograph hunters who thrust open books and pencils in front of them’. 8

Ultimately however Camberwell’s position at this point proved to be the highest point reached – and never again attained - in Camberwell’s entire post-war history. For many years afterwards Camberwell old-timers would literally cry whenever they recalled the nightmare of the 1946 Grand Final against Sandringham. Sandringham had long been the VFA’s Cinderella side and in 1941 (a horror season in which it failed to win a match and had 43.29 kicked against them in a game against Port Melbourne) won its fourth wooden spoon since entering the Association in 1929. It took the Zebras until Round Eleven in 1945 to break a 44-game losing streak. 9

Enter new Zebra playing-coach Len Toyne, formerly of Geelong and Fitzroy. Clinton Walker describes Toyne’s tactical trademark of kicking against the wind. The idea that the younger legs in his super-fit and speedy team would run all over the opposition in the last quarter obviously worked. In a 1946 game at Camberwell, Sandringham, kicking five very late goals, won after being 27 points behind with four minutes to play. In the 1946 Preliminary Final against Williamstown the Zebras, down 40 points at three quarter time, kicked 8.2 in the last seventeen minutes to win by a point.

Camberwell made two changes for the Grand Final, bringing in Anderson and Naismith for Jensen and Seelenmeyer. Camberwell’s 1946 Grand Final team was -

Frank Finn, Herb Naismith, Jim Burkhalter
Jack Sharples, Ivor McIvor, Gordon Styles
Reg Horkings, Wally Bristowe, Laurie Taylor
Clarrie Shields, Marcus Boyall, Frank Anderson
Bill Olliver, Kollen Bryce, Ken Herbert
Albert Collier, Ray Bond, James Bradford
Reserve – Alf Bennison.
Emergencies – Seelenmeyer, Barnes.

30,000 people, taking advantage of the sunny weather, packed into the St.Kilda ground to witness one of the all-time classic VFA Grand Finals. Camberwell, kicking with the south west breeze, jumped away to lead by 29 points at the first change but were pegged back emphatically in the second quarter. The Tricolours led by two points at the last change. The gripping, nail-biting finish is legendary – Sandringham seven points down at the start of time-on, then kicking 2.2 to win by seven points.

Sandringham 2.2 9.7 11.10 14.15 (99)
Camberwell 6.7 6.9 11.12 13.14 (92)

Camberwell’s best were Bradford, McIvor, Boyall, Olliver, Bristowe, Sharples, Bond, Collier, Horkings and Naismith. Bond kicked three goals, Olliver two, Herbert two, Shields two; Collier, Bradford, Bristowe and Boyall each kicked one. 10

After the Grand Final sixty players and officials of the Camberwell and Williamstown clubs sailed on the ‘Taroona’ to Tasmania to display the VFA rules and carry out ‘good propaganda for Association football’. They stayed ten days and staged an exhibition match against one another in Launceston on October 19 which was broadcast by 7EX Launceston. 11

Sporting Globe 21 September 1946 p.3
Sporting Globe 21 September 1946 p.3


Sporting Globe 5 October 1946 p.3
Sporting Globe 5 October 1946 p.3



1946 Season in Detail


Top Goal kickers 1946
Bryce 61, Bradford 50, Mayo 49, Olliver 34, Herbert 21, Boyall 19, Shields 18, Bond 17, Anderson 13, Bristowe 12, Jensen 11, Harland 10.

Games played 1946 (total games in brackets)
22 – J.Bradford (43), J.Burkhalter (22)
21 – A.Collier (36), M.Boyall (32), L.Taylor (53), R.Horkings (107)
20 – J.Sharples (36), G.Styles (20)
19 – K.Bryce (40)
18 – R.Bond (71), F.Anderson (73)
17 – K.Herbert (17)
15 – F.Finn (62), W.Bristowe (15)
14 – C.Shields (26), W.Olliver (49)
12 – A.Bennison (12), J.Seelenmeyer (90), M.Mayo (12), H.Naismith (12)
11 – R.Harland (30), A.Jensen (23), D.Kennedy (11), I.McIvor (11)
8 – Ron Lambden (8)
4 – A.McDonald (18)
3 – M.McBean (3), Reg Barnes (3)
2 – B.Sinclair (15), J.Matthews (20), D.White (54), Les Shelley (2) Harry Ingram (2)
1 - A.Austen (39), A.Lewis (1)

Round 1 at Oakleigh
Camberwell 7.4, 17.7, 22.10, 26.16
Oakleigh 0.4, 3.6, 6.10, 12.13
Bryce, Boyall, Bradford, Collier, Mayo, Kennedy
Mayo 7, Bryce 5, Bradford 5, Jensen 3, Harland 3, Lambden, Bennison, Olliver

Round 2 at Camberwell
Camberwell 6.5, 9.9, 19.16, 22.18
Prahran 2.2, 6.6, 7.9, 13.15
Bradford, Harland, McDonald, Horkings, Bennison, Collier
Mayo 7, Bradford 5, McDonald 3, Bryce 3, Bennison 2, Olliver, Horkings

Round 3 at Northcote
Camberwell 3.7, 7.8, 9.11, 12.15
Northcote 5.4, 8.6, 9.12, 12.14
Bryce, Collier, Mayo, Harland, Bradford, Styles
Mayo 5, Bryce 2, Olliver 2, Bradford, Taylor, Horkings

Round 4 at Camberwell
Camberwell 3.6, 10.14, 15.16, 19.22
Port Melbourne 3.0, 6.3, 10.5, 13.10
Horkings, Boyall, Bradford, Collier, Mayo, Harland
Mayo 4, Bryce 4, Harland 4, Bond 3, Olliver 2, Anderson, Dobson

Round 5 at Camberwell
Camberwell 5.2, 6.8, 6.11, 13.20
Preston 0.2, 5.4, 11.8, 12.10
Bradford, Collier, Sharples, Harland, Kennedy, Styles
Mayo 2, Jensen 2, Anderson 2, Shields 2, Boyall, Bond, Horkings, Finn, Harland

Round 6 at Brunswick
Camberwell 3.3, 6.6, 6.10, 11.11
Brunswick 3.4, 6.9, 8.11, 9.13
Bradford, Horkings, Harland, Boyall, Mayo, Herbert
Mayo 7, Bryce, Bradford, Boyall, Finn

Round 7 at Camberwell
Camberwell 7.7, 14.10, 21.15, 25.17
Yarraville 2.3, 7.10, 11.11, 14.17
Boyall, Olliver, Bradford, Jensen, Harland, Sharples
Mayo 6, Olliver 6, Boyall 5, Bradford 4, Shields 2, Jensen, Harland

Round 8 at Brighton
Brighton 2.3, 7.13, 9.16, 12.20
Camberwell 4.7, 7.8, 9.12, 9.13
Bradford, Styles, Collier, Boyall, Jensen, Burkhalter
Mayo 3, Bradford 2, Shields 2, Bristowe, Jensen

Round 9 at Camberwell
Sandringham 4.1, 9.8, 12.12, 17.16
Camberwell 5.8, 8.10, 15.16, 16.19
Taylor, Styles, Boyall, Olliver, Jensen, Horkings
Mayo 4, Collier 4, Jensen 3, Bryce 2, Bradford 2, Taylor

Round 10 at Williamstown
Williamstown 2.4, 4.9, 9.11, 13.12 (90)
Camberwell 2.3, 4.9, 9.15, 12.18 (90)
Herbert, Boyall, Kennedy, Styles, Bradford, Bristowe
Herbert 5, Bristowe 3, Mayo, Boyall, Bradford, Harland

Round 11 at Camberwell
Camberwell 1.5, 4.8, 7.17, 9.22
Coburg 1.1, 6.6, 7.8, 9.11
Herbert, Bradford, Boyall, Bennison, Styles, Kennedy
Herbert 3, Bryce 2, Bradford 2, Bristowe, Jensen

Round 12 at Camberwell
Camberwell 1.0, 10.4, 12.5, 20.9
Oakleigh 4.6, 6.7, 10.11, 12.15
Bradford, Sharples, Naismith, Bryce, Seelenmeyer, Bristowe
Bryce 5, Bradford 4, Olliver 4, Anderson 2, Bristowe 2, Seelenmeyer 2, Boyall

Round 13 at Prahran
Camberwell 3.6, 7.10, 12.14, 15.20
Prahran 5.1, 7.5, 9.7, 13.13
McIvor, Naismith, Bryce, Bristowe, Collier, Bradford
Bryce 7, Olliver 3, Seelenmeyer, Anderson, Shields, Bristowe, Bradford

Round 14 at Camberwell
Camberwell 6.3, 9.10, 15.13, 18.19
Northcote 3.4, 3.8, 7.15, 9.20
Bradford, Boyall, Sharples, Bryce, Taylor, Styles
Bradford 6, Bryce 3, Anderson 3, Seelenmeyer, Horkings, Ingram, Bristowe

Round 15 at Port Melbourne
Port Melbourne 1.1, 11.2, 12.2, 16.9
Camberwell 7.5, 7.8, 11.16, 12.16
McIvor, Bryce, Sharples, Seelenmeyer, Herbert, Naismith
Bryce 5, Herbert 2, Bennison 2, Anderson, Boyall, Bradford

Round 16 at Preston
Camberwell 7.2, 12.3, 18.12, 21.14
Preston 1.1, 6.7, 6.8, 11.14
Boyall, Bristowe, Bradford, Collier, Sharples, Styles
Boyall 7, Bryce 4, Bond 3, Bradford 2, Sharples 2, Shields, Anderson, Collier

Round 17 at Camberwell
Camberwell 1.1, 5. 10, 7.13, 14.21
Brunswick 5.8, 6.12, 8.20, 8.22
McIvor, Herbert, Styles, Bristowe, Bradford, Sharples
Bradford 3, Herbert 3, Bryce 2, Mayo 2, Bristowe, Bond, Shields, Anderson

Round 18 at Sandringham
Camberwell 4.5, 7.9, 12.15, 12.19
Sandringham 1.4, 8.8, 11.11, 12.15
McIvor, Bristowe, Bryce, Boyall, Herbert, Bradford
Bradford 4, Bryce 3, Boyall, Shields, Herbert, Mayo, Collier

Round 19 at Camberwell
Camberwell 4.5, 8.9, 12.12, 20.16
Williamstown 3.5, 5.8, 6.10, 11.15
Herbert, Naismith, Bryce, Burkhalter, McIvor, Horkings
Bryce 5, Shields 4, Herbert 4, Bradford 2, Olliver 2, Anderson, Bristowe, Bond

Round 20 at Coburg
Coburg 3.5, 8.12, 15.18, 21.23
Camberwell 5.0, 6.1, 7.5, 12.6
Bennison, McIvor, Naismith, Bristowe, Taylor, Bond
Bryce 3, Bond 3, Shields 2, Olliver 2, Herbert, Lambden

1946 Camberwell team - CFC History Book 1952
1946 Camberwell team - CFC History Book 1952

1946 Camberwell team at Brighton
1946 Camberwell team at Brighton


Camberwell off the field


‘The local footy ground was the hub of your entertainment, particularly when you got into your teenage years the footy club was all your entertainment. What’s on at the footy club tonight?’ 12

The VFA took the Saturday off on August 10 between Rounds 16 and 17 and Camberwell was able to take advantage of the free weekend by conducting a Sports Parade at the Camberwell Town Hall on the Friday night (August 9). The Sports Parade was sponsored by Kia-Ora and Denzil Don, with the first half of the program broadcast on 3KZ. Hundreds of supporters were unable to gain admission and Norman Banks, opening proceedings, pointedly remarked on the small seating capacity of the Town Hall. 13

Souvenir program – CFC/3KZ Sports Parade (Kia Ora and Denzil Don) Camberwell Town Hall August 9, 1946 – note Opperman roller cycling, A.Collier interviewed
Souvenir program – CFC/3KZ Sports Parade (Kia Ora and Denzil Don) Camberwell Town Hall August 9, 1946 – note Opperman roller cycling, A.Collier interviewed


Souvenir Itinerary - Camberwell/Williamstown Trip To Tasmania 1946 - Cover
Souvenir Itinerary - Camberwell/Williamstown Trip To Tasmania 1946 - Cover

Souvenir Itinerary - Camberwell/Williamstown Trip To Tasmania 1946 - Inside
Souvenir Itinerary - Camberwell/Williamstown Trip To Tasmania 1946 - Inside


Camberwell FC Annual Report 1946 - Cover
Camberwell FC Annual Report 1946 - Cover


Camberwell 1946 List Of Players
Camberwell 1946 List Of Players

Camberwell 1946 Social Committee
Camberwell 1946 Social Committee

Camberwell1946 Song
Camberwell1946 Song


Noel Counihan's 1946 cartoons of Camberwell players Collier, Bradford, Boyall, Bryce and Olliver.  Also Edema cartoon of Oliver
Noel Counihan's 1946 cartoons of Camberwell players Collier, Bradford, Boyall, Bryce and Olliver. Also Edema cartoon of Oliver



1947


The biggest early-season news at Bowen Street in 1947 was the arrival of star Hawthorn player Jim Bohan, renowned for his magnificent kicking. Bohan, a Victorian representative and captain of Hawthorn in 1946, left the Hawks without a clearance. 14 After the hype and excitement of 1946, Camberwell’s 1947 brought bitter disappointment for its fans, particularly as the club lost six of the last seven games (two of them very badly) and finished out of the four - seventh with ten wins and twelve losses. Along the way there were positives however. A massive crowd of 10,000 turned up for the first match of the season at Camberwell and saw the Tricolours trounce Oakleigh by 50 points. In Round 8, again at home, they soundly defeated Port Melbourne by 44 points, new forward John McDonald kicking seven goals.

Camberwell v Port Melbourne 1947 - CFC History Book 1952
Camberwell v Port Melbourne 1947 - CFC History Book 1952


The most satisfying Camberwell victory of 1947 however would have been the three point win, playing away, against Sandringham in Round Eleven, a match Camberwell all but threw away with atrocious kicking for goal (12.31). Marcus Boyall, appointed captain-coach, relinquished his leader role after ten Rounds. He continued as a player and won the 1947 best and fairest award. Boyall’s replacement as captain-coach was the 39-year-old former Collingwood captain and 1930 Brownlow Medallist Harry Collier.

Camberwell team Round 13 versus Williamstown at Camberwell
Dal Kennedy, Herb Naismith, Keith Cook
Jack Seelenmeyer, Ivor McIvor, Gordon Styles
Ken Herbert, Bill Olliver, Wally Bristowe
P.Hogan, Jim Bohan, Harry Collier
Tom Campbell, George Cracknell, John McDonald
Marcus Boyall, Clive Kinder, Jim Bradford.
19th – Jim Burkhalter.

Results - Camberwell 1947

Won home Oakleigh 20.15 - 11.19
Lost away Williamstown 13.20 - 17.7
Lost away Coburg 11.15 – 16.20
Won home Northcote 16.22 – 14.18
Won home Preston 17.23 – 11.10
Lost away Prahran 13.14 – 15.12
Lost away Brunswick 14.11 – 15.18
Won home Port Melbourne 20.10 – 12.14
Lost away Brighton 17.18 – 19.26
Won home Yarraville 14.23 – 16.10
Won away Sandringham 12.31 – 14.16
Won away Oakleigh 18.25 – 11.26 (VFA behinds record)
Lost home Williamstown 9.9 – 10.16
Attendance 5000 at Camberwell. C’well 2.1, 7.6, 8.8, 9.9; W’town 2.5, 5.8, 7.11, 10.16.
Won home Coburg 13.23 – 10.16
Won away Northcote 12.13 – 11.8
Lost away Preston 15.15 -15.17
Lost home Prahran 14.16 – 16.19
Won home Brunswick 18.23 – 17.17
Lost away Port Melbourne 6.14 – 19.21
Lost home Brighton 12.16 – 15.22
Lost away Yarraville 10.15 – 19.16
Lost home Sandringham 10.16 – 13.19

Top Goalkickers 1947 (some totals in brackets)
J.McDonald 47, Bohan 39, Campbell 33, Bradford 32 (130), Olliver 32 (122), Bryce 27 (100), Herbert 19, McIvor 14, Hogan 13, Boyall 12, Jensen 10, Kinder 6, Bristowe 5, H.Collier 5.

Games played 1947 (total games in brackets)
22 – J.Bohan (22), M.Boyall (54), T.Campbell (27)
21 – I.McIvor (32), H.Naismith (33)
20 – W.Bristowe (35), K.Herbert (37), J.McDonald (20)
19 – G.Styles (39), K.Cook (19)
18 – J.Burkhalter (40)
16 – J.Bradford (59), D.Kennedy (27)
15 –K. Bryce (55)
14 – P.Hogan (12)
13 – W.Olliver (62), J.Seelenmeyer (103), L.Taylor (64)
12 – H.Collier (12), J.Sharples (48)
11 – A.Jensen (34)
10 – C.Kinder (10)
8 – G.Dempster (8)
7 – W.Rochford (7)
5 – A.Bayliss (5), R.Lambden (13), F.Stubbs (5)
4 – J.Flaherty (4), R.Horkings (111)
3 – N.Goddard (3)
2 – G.Ahon (2), G.Cracknell (2), J.King (2)
1 – L.Shelley (1), E.Worrell (1)

1947 CFC Annual Report - Cover
1947 CFC Annual Report - Cover


Camberwell FC Annual Report - Players 1947
Camberwell FC Annual Report - Players 1947


VFA Recorder 21 June 1947 - Cover
VFA Recorder 21 June 1947 - Cover

VFA Recorder 21 June 1947 - pp.12, 13
VFA Recorder 21 June 1947 - pp.12, 13

VFA Recorder 21 June 1947 - pp. 20, 21
VFA Recorder 21 June 1947 - pp. 20, 21

VFA Recorder 21 June 1947 - pp. 28, 29
VFA Recorder 21 June 1947 - pp. 28, 29


VFA Recorder 30 August 1947 - Cover
VFA Recorder 30 August 1947 - Cover

VFA Recorder 30 August 1947, pp. 2, 3
VFA Recorder 30 August 1947, pp. 2, 3

VFA Recorder 30 August 1947, pp.10, 11
VFA Recorder 30 August 1947, pp.10, 11

VFA Recorder 30 August 1947, pp. 24, 25
VFA Recorder 30 August 1947, pp. 24, 25


1948


Camberwell appointed former champion centreman Roy Williams as non-playing coach. Some big names were missing in the 1948 list when it was announced, six of them from the 1946 Grand Final side - Boyall, Naismith, Bryce, Olliver, Taylor, and Horkings – plus Harry Collier and Tom Campbell. The club’s new recruitment policy of prioritising young local players was evidenced by the fact that 44 players were used during the season. Of the twenty who were new, Alec Millar, Wally Cook, Norm Unstead and Reg Fletcher stood out, along with Furlong and Page.

Camberwell 1948 senior list


P.Barbeta, Jim Bohan, George Bradford, Jim Bradford, Wally Bristowe, Jim Burkhalter, W.Coghlin, George Cracknell, A.Flowers, F.Furlong, A.Gale, Cliff Hanman, Ken Herbert, P.Hogan, Dal Kennedy, Clive Kinder, Ron Lambden, Ken Mace, Alec Millar, Ivor McIvor (capt), A.McCreachan, John McDonald, Jack Seelenmeyer, Les Shelley, Jack Sharples, C.Short, Gordon Styles, Frank Stubbs. SUPPLEMENTARY: Barton, Bayliss, Bendle, Bennison, E.Bristowe, Campbell, Dempster, Ferguson, Fletcher, Gordon, G.Hale, J.Hale, Harris, Hayes, Ingram, Jensen, Lester, Pitman, Rochford, Shean, Smart, Thompson, Unstead, Wickham, Woodford, Yole.

Camberwell started the season well, winning six of the first eight matches, before sliding back into the ruck, losing six of the last eight to finish seventh. On the way there were good wins against Port (twice) and eventual premiers Brighton at Brighton. The state of the Camberwell Oval was of some concern, with one (local Williamstown) newspaper account of the Round 9 slog against Williamstown railing against the Bowen Street mud heap - 'Seldom has a football match been played under such conditions as prevailed on Saturday at Camberwell, the oval resembling a sea of mud rather than a football ground'.

Results – Camberwell 1948

Oakleigh (A) won 18.7 - 14.19
Prahran (H) lost 8.13 – 13.19
Sandringham (A) won 19.17 – 15.23
Brunswick (A) lost 9.9 – 10.15
Port Melbourne (H) won 17.24 – 12.17
Preston (H) won 16.23 – 14.22
Yarraville (A) won 15.16 – 14.15
Brighton (A) won 19.16 – 16.20
Williamstown (H) lost 11.12 – 14.15
Goals – Bohan 5, Hanman 2, Furlong 2, Page, Monohan; Best – Furlong, Bohan, Hanman, Bradford, Unstead, Monohan.
Northcote (A) lost 11.15 – 14.25
Coburg (H) won 15.13 – 15.11
Oakleigh (H) won 19.11 – 10.19
Prahran (A) lost 16.15 – 21.19
Sandringham (H) lost 13.12 – 17.17
Brunswick (H) lost 15.10 – 16.21
Port Melbourne (A) won 7.15 – 6.4
Preston (A) lost 14.7 – 14.9
Yarraville (H) won 17.18 – 14.14
Brighton (H) lost 15.8 – 15.18
Williamstown (A) lost 7.11 – 21.19
Williamstown exacted revenge (for the Round 9 mud) in the return encounter at Williamstown, thrashing the visitors by 92 points.
Goals – Bohan 3, McIvor, Herbert, McDonald, Jensen; Best – Bohan, Stubbs, Jensen, Herbert.

Camberwell team Round 20, 1948 v Williamstown at Williamstown:
Millar, Kennedy, Pitman
Joubert, Rochford, Styles
Cook, Connell, Unstead
Smith, McIvor, Benbow
McDonald, Bohan, Jensen
Stubbs, Page, Herbert
19th - Tainton

Top Goalkickers 1948

Bohan 66, Bradford 39, McDonald 31, Stubbs 24, Page 14, Furlong 13, Herbert 13, McIvor 12, Cook 12, Cracknell 11,

Games played 1948 (total games in brackets)
20 – A.Millar (20)
19 – W.Cook (19), I.McIvor (51), F.Stubbs (24)
18 – J.Bohan (40), K.Herbert (55), D.Kennedy (40)
17 – J.Bradford (76)
16 – F.Furlong (16), G.Page (16)
15 – J.McDonald (35), N.Unstead (15)
14 – R.Fletcher (14)
13 – J.Burkhalter (53)
12 – G.Styles (51)
10 – W.Rochford (17)
9 – R.Monohan (9), A.McGreachan (9)
8 – A.Flowers (8)
7 – A.Bennison (19), C.Hanman (7), K.Mace (7)
6 – K.Benbow (6), A.Jensen (40), J.Seelenmeyer (109), J.Sharples (54)
5 –J.Bendle (5), B.Ferguson (18), L.Shelley (6)
4 – P.Barbeta (4), W.Bristowe (39), P.Hogan (18), C.Tainton (4)
3 – G.Cracknell (5), D.Smith (3)
2 – H.Ingram (4), G.Joubert (2), C.Kinder (12), L.Shean (6)
1 – G.Bradford (1), J.Connell (1), R.Lambden (14), E.Pitman (2), C.Short (1)

Camberwell FC advertisement for match June 5, 1948 at Camberwell (v Preston)
Camberwell FC advertisement for match June 5, 1948 at Camberwell (v Preston)


1948 Camberwell 'huddle' - Billy Rochford
1948 Camberwell 'huddle' - Billy Rochford

1948 Camberwell 'huddle' - Norm Unstead (left)/G.Page (right)
1948 Camberwell 'huddle' - Norm Unstead (left)/G.Page (right)

1948  Camberwell 'huddle' - Jim Bohan in foreground (Colin Tainton in dressing gown)
1948 Camberwell 'huddle' - Jim Bohan in foreground (Colin Tainton in dressing gown)

1948 Camberwell 'huddle' breaks - Gordon Styles (left) and Alec Millar (right)
1948 Camberwell 'huddle' breaks - Gordon Styles (left) and Alec Millar (right)

1948 - Wally Bristowe watching game at Camberwell
1948 - Wally Bristowe watching game at Camberwell

1948 - Wally Cook
1948 - Wally Cook

1948 Camberwell 'huddle' - possibly Norm Unstead (left); possibly Frank Stubbs (right)
1948 Camberwell 'huddle' - possibly Norm Unstead (left); possibly Frank Stubbs (right)


Camberwell senior team 1948
Camberwell senior team 1948


1949

Again under the coaching of Roy Williams, Camberwell were well in the running for a place in the 1949 finals. Although only winning three of the first nine matches, the Wells stormed home by winning nine of the next ten. For the second year in a row they beat Port Melbourne twice. Missing from the 1948 team were Bradford, McDonald, Burkhalter, Bennison, Seelenmeyer and Bristowe. Losing McIvor to Brunswick at season’s start was a blow. However the Wells unearthed two fine players in sharp-shooting Bob Milgate and tough defender Gordon Duff. With two rounds to play a finals berth was still within reach if fourth-placed Coburg were to lose both games. Unfortunately Camberwell lost the last two to finish sixth. For the second year in a row the Wells ended the season with a Round 20 drubbing at the hands of Williamstown, a great disappointment for the 6000 fans at Bowen Street. 15

Ladder after 20 Rounds (one Round remaining)
Williamstown 15.5 123%
Brighton 15.5 113%
Oakleigh 14.6 136%
Coburg 13.6 (one draw) 107%
Camberwell 12.8 99%
Brunswick 11.8 114%

Ladder after 21 Rounds
Williamstown 16.5 122.4%
Oakleigh 15.6 136.2%
Brighton 15.6 110.2%
Coburg 13.7 (one draw) 105.8%
Brunswick 12.8 (one draw) 115.5%
Camberwell 12.9 98.9%

Camberwell Final List 1949
OLD – Benbow, Bohan, Connell, Cook, Cracknell, Fletcher, Flowers, Furlong, Herbert, Jensen, Joubert, Kennedy, Millar, McIvor, Rochford, Sharples, Stubbs, Unstead.
NEW – Brentnall, Davis, Duff, Finnegan, Foote, Hester, Heavey, Lovitt, Philpott, B.Taylor, Turvey, Zampatti.
SUPPLEMENTARY – Allan, Arthur, Barbeta, Barnard, Fisher, Grigg, Houry, Hicks, Lanning, Moore, Osbourne, Wake.
TO BE CONSIDERED – Bradford, Campbell.

Round One 1949 versus Oakleigh
Miller Kennedy Joubert
Sharples Rochford Fletcher
Unstead Connell Taylor
Bohan McIvor Zampatti
Benbow Cracknell Hester
Stubbs Foote Herbert
Res: Turvey, Finnegan; Emerg: Flowers, Heavey

Round Twelve 1949 versus Oakleigh
Miller Lovett Wake
Horwill Stubbs Styles
Unstead Herbert Cook
Gibbs Philpott Benbow
Hanman Milgate Jensen
Bohan Rochford Finnegan
Emerg: Heavey, Flowers, Sharples
In: Horwill Styles Benbow
Out: Fletcher (inj) Duff (inj) Flowers

Round Seventeen 1949 versus Brunswick
Miller Lovett Wake
Sharples Stubbs Fletcher
Unstead Herbert Cook
Gibbs Philpott Duff
Benbow Milgate Jensen
Bohan Rochford Finnegan
Res: Kennedy Styles
In: Finnegan Out: Flowers

Round Eighteen 1949 versus Port Melbourne
Miller Lovett Wake
Sharples Stubbs Fletcher
Unstead Herbert Cook
Gibbs Philpott Duff
Benbow Milgate Jensen
Bohan Rochford Finnegan
Res: Joubert Flowers; no change

Round Nineteen 1949 versus Prahran
Miller Lovett Wake
Sharples Duff Fletcher
Unstead Flowers Cook
Benbow Philpott Furlong
Stubbs Milgate Gibbs
Bohan Rochford Jensen
Res: Styles Joubert
In: Furlong Flowers Out: Finnegan (inj) Herbert (inj)

Round Twenty 1949 versus Williamstown
Millar Lovett Wake
Fletcher Duff Sharples
Unstead Flowers Cook
Gibbs Philpott Benbow
Taylor Milgate Stubbs
Bohan Rochford Jensen
19/20 – Styles, Furlong
Emerg; Joubert. In Taylor Out Furlong

1949 season in detail


J.J.Liston Trophy 1949
J.Blackman (Preston) 58, Stubbs equal fifth 24, Bohan 14, Millar 13,
Herbert 11, Jensen 10, Finnegan 7, Sharples 3, Milgate 3, Rochford 2, Unstead 1, Cook 1, Lovett 1.

Results – Camberwell 1949

Lost Oakleigh (H) 11.11 – 22.27
Won Coburg (A) 10.26 – 11.17
Won Yarraville (A) 14.12 – 9.17
Lost Brighton (H) 11.16 – 12.15
Lost Preston (A) 8.21 – 12.15
Lost Brunswick (H) 6.20 – 11.12
Won Port Melbourne (A) 12.18 – 7.12
Lost Prahran (H) 12.16 – 14.9
Lost Williamstown (A) 6.17 – 10.12
Won Sandringham (H) 17.16 – 10.14
Won Northcote (A) 9.8 – 6.12
Won Oakleigh (A) 13.16 – 11.25
Won Coburg (H) 12.14 – 12.13
Won Yarraville (H) 26.22 – 18.15
Lost Brighton (A) 12.13 – 15.25
Won Preston (H) 18.18 – 11.17
Won Brunswick (A) 11.11 – 10.10
Won Port Melbourne (H) 14.16 – 13.6
Won Prahran (A) 10.15 – 9.7
Lost Williamstown (H) 9.13 – 23.17
(Ron Todd 11 goals)
Lost Sandringham (A) 16.16 – 17.17

Top goalkickers 1949
Milgate 63, Bohan 45, Finnegan 25, Stubbs 19, Jensen 19, Herbert 16, Philpott 11, Cracknell 10, Rochford 10.

Games played 1949 (total games in brackets)
21 – J.Bohan (61), A.Millar (41), W.Rochford (37), N.Unstead (36)
19 – F.Stubbs (43), J.Sharples (73), A.Jensen (59), R.Milgate (19)
18 – K.Herbert (71), W.Cook (37), G.Duff (18)
17 – R.Fletcher (31)
16 – K.Benbow (22), T.Finnegan (16), J.Lovett (16), H.Gibbs (16)
13 – D.Kennedy (53), A.Flowers (21)
12 – F.Furlong (28), D.Wake (12)
10 – G.Joubert (12), A.Philpott (10)
9 – G.Styles (60)
8 – G.Cracknell (12), K.Heavey (8)
5 – S.Lanning (5), C.Hanman (12)
4 – B.Taylor (4), R.Horwill (4)
3 – J.Allan (3)
2 – J.Hester (2)
1 – J.Connell (2), J.Foote (1), I.McIvor (52), J.Turvey (1), A.Zampatti (1), R.Moore (1), L.Shelley (7)

1949 Camberwell senior team at Camberwell
1949 Camberwell senior team at Camberwell

1949 Camberwell Seconds v Shepparton
1949 Camberwell Seconds v Shepparton


Camberwell - Stars of the Forties


Albert ‘Leeter’ Collier

Former Collingwood champion. Appointed Camberwell captain-coach 1945 as 35 year-old. Camberwell 1945-46 (36 games). Collingwood 205 games (1925-30, 1933-39), Fitzroy 12 games (1941-42). 1929 Brownlow Medallist. Australian Football Hall of Fame member. See profile, Marc Fiddian, Well Done Camberwell, p. 36.

1933 Allens League Footballers - Albert Collier
1933 Allens League Footballers - Albert Collier
1933 Godfrey Phillips Victorian Footballers - Albert Collier
1933 Godfrey Phillips Victorian Footballers - Albert Collier
1933 Standard (Mirams Caricatures) - Albert Collier
1933 Standard (Mirams Caricatures) - Albert Collier
1933 Wills League Footballers - Albert Collier
1933 Wills League Footballers - Albert Collier
1934 Hoadleys Victorian Footballers - Albert Collier
1934 Hoadleys Victorian Footballers - Albert Collier
1933 Turf - A Collier
1933 Turf - A Collier


Jim ‘Nipper’ Bradford

Recruited from Collingwood 1945. Collingwood 7 games 16 goals (1943). Camberwell 76 games and 169 goals (1945-48). Camberwell best and fairest 1945, 1946. Camberwell goals (48, 50, 32, 39). VFA suspension Round 17, 1947. Left to North Melbourne – 9 games, 8 goals (1949). ‘Collingwood’s smallest ever player’ – 5’ 1’’ (Holmesby and Main).

Marcus Boyall

Camberwell 54 games (1945-47). Appointed Camberwell captain-coach 1947 but relinquished the role after ten matches. Camberwell best and fairest 1947. Collingwood 50 games 29 goals (1935-38, 1942, 1944-45). Collingwood centre half back in losing Grand Finals 1937, 1938. Equal third 1938 Brownlow Medal. 1936 Gardiner Medal (VFL Seconds). Magarey Medal (Glenelg) 1941.

Marcus Boyall
Marcus Boyall


Reg Horkings

Ex-Auburn. Camberwell 111 games (1937-41, 1945-47). Hawthorn 34 games (1942-44). Camberwell best and fairest 1940. Camberwell Team of the Century (wing).

Jack Sharples

Camberwell 92 games (1941, 1946-50).

1948 Kornies - Jack Sharples
1948 Kornies - Jack Sharples
1949 Kornies - Jack Sharples
1949 Kornies - Jack Sharples


Ivor McIvor

Camberwell 52 games (1946-49). Essendon 12 games (1940, 1944, 1946). Camberwell captain 1948. Fifth Liston Trophy 1948. Cleared to Brunswick Round 2, 1949.

1949 Kornies - Ivor McIvor
1949 Kornies - Ivor McIvor


Frank Stubbs (see also ‘The Fifties’)

Camberwell 43 games (progress total 1947-49). Camberwell best and fairest 1948, 1949. Camberwell captain 1949. (Later 1950 Liston Trophy; appointed 1951 Camberwell captain coach). Recruited by North Melbourne from Fawkner. North Melbourne 66 games 17 goals (1937-41, 1945-46).

Jim Bohan (see also ‘The Fifties’)

Camberwell 61 games 150 goals (progress total 1947-49). Camberwell goals (39, 66, 45). Arguably Camberwell’s greatest-ever player. Captain Camberwell Team of the Century. Crossed to Camberwell 1947 from Hawthorn without clearance. Hawthorn 131 games 145 goals (1938-46). Hawthorn captain 1944-46. Hawthorn best and fairest 1943, 1945. (Later Camberwell best and fairest 1951, 1952, 1953).

Hawthorn 1946 (Hawthorn Museum) - Jim Bohan centre of middle row; Ken Munro third left middle row. Bohan can also be seen in two other Charles Boyles photos on this website: SLV 122/168 and SLV 122/96. SLV 122/168 shows the 1942 Hawthorn team (at Brunswick Street Oval) and includes the following six players who played for Camberwell - Bohan, Wally Bristowe, George Bennett, Laurie Taylor, Laurie Peters and Reg Horkings.  SLV 122/96 shows a Hawthorn Seconds team circa 1938 or 1939
Hawthorn 1946 (Hawthorn Museum) - Jim Bohan centre of middle row; Ken Munro third left middle row. Bohan can also be seen in two other Charles Boyles photos on this website: SLV 122/168 and SLV 122/96. SLV 122/168 shows the 1942 Hawthorn team (at Brunswick Street Oval) and includes the following six players who played for Camberwell - Bohan, Wally Bristowe, George Bennett, Laurie Taylor, Laurie Peters and Reg Horkings. SLV 122/96 shows a Hawthorn Seconds team circa 1938 or 1939


Camberwell - Notable Players 1945-49


Frank Anderson

Camberwell 73 games (1938-41, 1946). North Melbourne 8 games 5 goals (1942, 1944). Ex-Corowa.

A.W. Bob ‘Bunny’ Austen

Camberwell 39 games (1941, 1945-46). Third Camberwell best and fairest 1945. Hawthorn 6 games 1 goal (1942). Ex-Kew (VFL Sub-districts competition). Brother of Col Austen (1949 Brownlow Medallist - Hawthorn).

Alf Bennison

Camberwell 19 games (1946-48). South Melbourne 42 games 32 goals (1939-44); Footscray 9 games 6 goals (1944). Ex-Richmond Seconds and Burnley.

Ray Bond

Camberwell 73 games (1938-41, 1946). Camberwell FC Secretary 1951-54. Father of Graeme Bond (Richmond 1967-73, 1975-77; St.Kilda 1977-80; radio commentator).

Wally Bristowe

Camberwell 39 games (1946-48). Hawthorn 11 games 4 goals (1940-42). Fitzroy 18 games 14 goals (1944-45). Ex-Carnegie.

Kollin Bryce

Camberwell 55 games 100 goals (1945-47). Ex-Collingwood Seconds.

Jim Burkhalter

Camberwell 55 games (1946-48, 1951). Ex-Glen Iris.

Wally Buttsworth

Appointed Camberwell captain-coach 1945 but refused clearance by Essendon. Essendon 188 games (1939-49). Essendon best and fairest 1945.

Tom Campbell

Camberwell 27 games (1945-47). Hawthorn 27 games 12 goals (1943-45). Ex-Glen Iris and East Malvern CYMS.

Harry Collier

Replaced Marcus Boyall as Camberwell captain-coach 1947 (played twelve consecutive games at age of 39). Collingwood 253 games 299 goals (1926-40). Collingwood captain 1935-39. 1930 Brownlow Medallist. Collingwood Team of the Century. Australian Football Hall of Fame. Brother of Albert Collier.

1933 Allens League Footballers - Harry Collier
1933 Allens League Footballers - Harry Collier
1933 Godfrey Phillips Victorian Footballers (50) - Harry Collier
1933 Godfrey Phillips Victorian Footballers (50) - Harry Collier
1933 Standard (Mirams Caricatures) - Harry Collier
1933 Standard (Mirams Caricatures) - Harry Collier
1933 Wills League Footballers - Harry Collier
1933 Wills League Footballers - Harry Collier
1934 Allens - Harry Collier
1934 Allens - Harry Collier
1934 Hoadleys Victorian Footballers - Harry Collier
1934 Hoadleys Victorian Footballers - Harry Collier
1939 Allens Footballers - Harry Collier
1939 Allens Footballers - Harry Collier
1933 Godfrey Phillips Victorian Footballers (75) - Harry Collier
1933 Godfrey Phillips Victorian Footballers (75) - Harry Collier


Ken Dineen

Camberwell 11 games 24 goals 1945. South Melbourne 47 games 50 goals (1939-41, 1944-45). Ex- Preston.

William Duckworth

Camberwell 2 games (1945). Collingwood 2 games 2 goals (1943-44).

Gordon Duff (see also ‘Fifties’)

Camberwell 114 games (1949-56). Ex-Collingwood Seconds.

Russell Elliott

Camberwell 3 games (1945). Hawthorn 9 games 4 goals (1939-42).

Frank Finn

Camberwell 62 games (1939-41, 1946). Aged 30 in 1946 so presumably not the same Frank Finn (born 1911) who played Carlton 4 games (1934); Footscray 3 games (1936-37).

Tom Finnegan

Camberwell 22 games (1949-50)

Reg Fletcher

Camberwell 113 games (1948-54).

Bob ‘Donkey’ Harland

Camberwell 30 games (1945-46). Hawthorn 1 game (1944).

Ken Herbert

Camberwell 83 games (1946-50). Collingwood 20 games (1942-45). Ex-Collingwood District.

John Hester

Camberwell 2 games (1949). Hawthorn 15 games 15 goals (1947-48).

Alan ‘Snowy’ Jensen

Camberwell 67 games (1945-50). Hawthorn 12 games 3 goals (1943-44).

Barney Jorgensen

Camberwell 33 games (1941, 1945). Hawthorn 4 games 3 goals (1942). St.Kilda 4 games 1 goal (1943).

Dal Kennedy

Camberwell 72 games (1946-50). Footscray 17 games (1943-45). Ex-Braybrook.

Jack Lovett

Camberwell 40 games (1949-54). VFA representative 1950 ANFC Carnival Brisbane.
Cartoon by Jim Edema, The Argus 17 June, 1950, p.44 - Jack Lovett Camberwell
Cartoon by Jim Edema, The Argus 17 June, 1950, p.44 - Jack Lovett Camberwell


Malcolm McBean

Camberwell 3 games (1946). Footscray 4 games (1944-45). St.Kilda 55 games (1946-49). Ex-West Footscray.

Alan McDonald

Camberwell 18 games (1945-46). Richmond 49 games 8 goals (1939-41, 1943). Starred on wing 1940 VFL Grand Final. Richmond VFL coach 1957-60. Ex-Leongatha.

John McDonald

Camberwell 35 games (1945,1947-48). Camberwell 47 goals (1947); 31 goals (1948). Hawthorn 33 games 45 goals (1951-53).

Ken Mace

Camberwell 7 games (1948). Hawthorn 8 games (1946-47). St.Kilda 12 games (1947). Later Captain of Burwood United Football Club.

Max Mayo

Camberwell 12 games 49 goals (1946). Ex-Glen Iris.

Bob Milgate

Camberwell 61 games (1949-52). Camberwell 63 goals (1949).
Hawthorn 10 games 15 goals (1948). Ex-Auburn.

Alec Millar

Camberwell 41 games (1948-49),

Herb Naismith

Camberwell 33 games (1946-47). Collingwood 75 games 15 goals (1938-46) . Ex-Alphington Amateurs.

Bill Olliver

Camberwell 62 games (1940-47).

Bill Rochford

Camberwell 75 games (1947-51). In the headlines after 1949 incident involving Port ruckman Reg Murray (Murray suspended 14 weeks).
1952 Kornies Footballers In Action - W. Rochford
1952 Kornies Footballers In Action - W. Rochford


Jack Seelenmeyer

Camberwell 109 games (1937-41, 1945-48). Ex-Auburn. Norwood FC (SANFL) 1941. Served RAAF 457 (Spitfire) Squadron in World War Two. (See www.spitfireassociation.com.au/peacock-kenneth-2/ ). Camberwell Cricket Club Team of the Century.

Clarrie ‘Chilla’ Shields

Camberwell 26 games (1945-46). Footscray 13 games 8 goals (1935-37). Collingwood 7 games (1938-39). St.Kilda 26 games 5 goals (1941-43).

Clarrie Shields in Collingwood colours 1939
Clarrie Shields in Collingwood colours 1939



Gordon Styles

Camberwell 75 games (1946-50). Richmond 16 games (1942-43, 1945). Ex-Croydon.

Laurie Taylor

Camberwell 66 games (1941, 1945-47). Second Camberwell best and fairest 1945. South Melbourne 4 games (1937-38). St.Kilda I game (1940). Hawthorn 40 games (1942-44). Ex-Prahran Churches.

Norm Unstead

Camberwell 55 games (1948-52). VFA representative 1950 ANFC Carnival Brisbane.

The Fifties


At the end of the 1949 football season the VFA took the extraordinary step of joining the ANFC and resuming the permit agreement with the VFL. This of course meant the end of the ‘throw pass’ and the VFA’s other peculiarities. According to Marc Fiddian, the moves had been ‘initiated’ by Camberwell’s own Dr Frank Hartnett, elected President of the VFA the previous year. It seems Hartnett entertained dreams of a merger with the VFL under unified control, and was prepared to sacrifice the VFA’s most attractive feature, along with its prized integrity and independence, in order to achieve this goal – even though it was always unlikely the VFL would submit to a fair and appropriate merger. 16

Sporting Life May 1950 Dr Frank Hartnett
Sporting Life May 1950 Dr Frank Hartnett

Sporting Life May 1950 Dr Frank Hartnett on crutches
Sporting Life May 1950 Dr Frank Hartnett on crutches


In historical retrospect it can be seen the re-affiliation with the ANFC was detrimental, nay disastrous, for the VFA. The benefits of it – such as participation in ANFC Carnivals – were spurious at best. It is clear VFA crowd numbers had already been dropping over the period from 1946 to 1949, and the loss of the 'throw pass', combined with the end of petrol rationing, contributed to further ongoing losses throughout the fifties.17 Already, by 1951, VFA clubs were making it very clear they were not happy with the ANFC, particularly the loss of the 'throw pass'. Camberwell seems to have been rather vocal in this respect, repeatedly raising its dissatisfaction in its Annual Reports. New Camberwell Secretary, the former player Ray Bond, was especially outspoken in his comments. ‘During the year your committee again supported a move to break away from the ANFC but without success’ he wrote in the 1952 Camberwell Annual Report. Bond retired as Camberwell Secretary after the 1954 season. His ‘Secretary’s Addendum’ in the 1954 Annual Report is a quite remarkable statement, a battle cry and manifesto all in one, and a parting shot aimed in particular at the VFA. Given all this, it seems odd that the club’s own ‘Souvenir History’ published in 1952 carried an article –‘Association Pioneers’ - by the VFA Secretary Harold Snook justifying affiliation to the ANFC in unqualified terms. 18

Ray Bond Secretary's Addendum 1954 CFC Annual Report (my copy of AR cut off after 'one answer to this' - only few words missing - KM)
Ray Bond Secretary's Addendum 1954 CFC Annual Report (my copy of AR cut off after 'one answer to this' - only few words missing - KM)



VFA attendances dropped significantly in 1950, heralding a gradual but definite decline in interest over the next twenty years. Camberwell’s fortunes in the fifties traced a similar pattern. From being strong and competitive in the forties, the club’s performances both on field and off slumped downwards, culminating in the catastrophic year of 1959.

YEARLADDER POSITIONWINSLOSSES
19509 (12 teams)810 (one ‘no game’)
195112 (14 teams)316 (one draw)
19526 118 (one draw)
195311514 (one draw)
195413218
195513515
195612 515
19579812
19589 (16 teams)108
195916119


Looking back at the fifties, Marc Fiddian wrote that even in 1950 Camberwell was 'no longer a force'. It was not immediately obvious the Wells were on a slope however. In 1950 they were twice thrashed by Brighton but almost beat Williamstown at Williamstown and defeated Port Melbourne at Port. 19 Certainly ‘1951’ was the club’s worst season for twenty years, with big losses to Coburg and Williamstown, and the instability created by the ‘Frank Stubbs Affair’ (see below – ‘Stars of the Fifties’), but in 1952 the team performed admirably, even defeating Williamstown at home by 63 points in Round 13. In Rounds 17 and 18 the Wells defeated eventual premiers Oakleigh (at Oakleigh) and Box Hill to move to third place. Alas, the last two games were lost and the Wells finished sixth. The improvement may have suggested ‘1951’ was an aberration. In fact time was to prove ‘1952’ was the aberration in what became a depressing decade for the Wells. Camberwell finished near the bottom in 1953, 1954 and 1955. In 1954 the Wells defeated only the bottom team (Sandringham). Camberwell regularly suffered big losses to both Williamstown and Port Melbourne in this period, and although tight games in 1955 against these adversaries were seen as positive omens, things returned to ‘normal’ in 1956 when the team twice lost badly to the Seagulls (76 points and 63 points) – and also lost the last eight games. An improved performance in 1957 – when the Wells scored good wins against Northcote and Oakleigh and ran Port close at Camberwell in Round 17 - might have suggested an upswing, particularly as it was followed by an extremely impressive start to the 1958 season.

In 1958 Camberwell lost to Mordialloc by a point in Round 1, but then won the next seven matches (including against 1957 premiers Moorabbin) to sit top of the ladder (7-1) with a percentage of 131.36%. Then the rot set in, the club losing seven of the last ten matches to finish ninth. Frank Hartnett - perhaps not a ‘megalomaniac’ but certainly dictatorial - may have been at least partly responsible for this. Hartnett returned as President in 1958 and his impact was immediately felt. 1956 Brownlow Medallist Peter Box was lured to the club and the Footscray-style hooped jumper changed back to the tricolour panels plus monogram. However Hartnett offended the coach Ken Ross by inviting Laurie Nash to inspire the players before the Round Eight Moorabbin match, and by himself addressing them at half-time of the Round Nine match against Oakleigh.20

There were others factors at play in the poor finish to the 1958 season. Star centre player Lloyd Holyoak, unable to abide Ken Ross, left Camberwell to coach Kilsyth (starting 1958 season). He had been Camberwell’s best player in the previous three seasons (1955-57), and the team no doubt missed his drive. 21 Also, it seems the 1958 Centenary Carnival was costly to the club, leaving VFA captain Ross exhausted, Peter Box injured, and the finances depleted. 22 In 1959, without Ross and Box, and having cleared a total of fourteen players, Camberwell hit rock bottom, winning one game (Brighton, Round 13) and the wooden spoon. There were some pitiful and embarrassing results - scores of 2.7, 2.4 and 1.8; eight defeats of more than 100 points; two 90-point defeats. During the season the percentage dropped below 30% but picked up slightly to finish at 39.1%.

Off-field troubles plagued the administration throughout the fifties. Before the start of the 1955 season Hakoah Soccer Club applied to use Camberwell Oval on alternate Saturdays and the VFA club was threatened with the loss of its ground. 23 On top of all that, the Wells, after sacking 1954 coach Ted Jarrard, struggled to find a coach for 1955. After fifteen attempts they eventually settled on committee man and selector Roy Laing, coach in 1937 and 1938. 24 The 1959 season began with ructions over the clearance of rover Brian Coleman (49 games) to Hawthorn. President Hartnett took umbrage at the decision of the Committee to clear Coleman and resigned. Clearly, even before this, frustration had been building in Hartnett. ‘I make my exit from the frustrated fields of local football ambition’ he wrote in his addendum to the 1958 Annual Report, and lashed out savagely at Camberwell Council for its ‘pusillanimous recognition’.

Most damaging of all however were the club’s money troubles. In 1953 Camberwell’s players agreed to play the last nine games without pay. By 1956 they were virtually amateurs. The money ran out in 1958 (with 500 pounds of liabilities), and the players were not paid at all in 1959. Reminiscent of ‘1931’, the very existence of the club was in question. The fundamental reason for the club’s financial difficulties lay with the lack of local community support, not just Council timidity. Lack of local support had first been raised in the twenties but the successes of the thirties and forties had seemingly overcome the problem. In the fifties, as local support dried up and attendances dwindled, the issue was raised constantly, always linked to the lack of publicity in the press, and the lack of finance to meet ever-increasing costs. Ray Bond had come to the conclusion by 1954 that Camberwell, despite its 100,000 people, was simply ‘not a football suburb’ – its people were not interested in football. By 1958, the Committee was questioning whether the suburb was worthy of a senior football club? 25

'Being a residential suburb, Camberwell has no football atmosphere, and has found the going hard' wrote C.C.Mullen in his landmark 'History of Australian Rules Football (1858-1958)', published in 1958 to coincide with the VFL/ANFC 'Centenary' celebrations. Historically the suburb of Camberwell did not possess the sociological attributes that had spawned strong football clubs in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. It was non-industrial, non-working class, and dry – a middle class ‘wowser’ suburb. In the fifties, the relative few that were interested in football were being drawn to watch nearby Hawthorn, then beginning its rise in the VFL. Camberwell’s 1950 report carried a sly dig at Hawthorn, euphemistically described as ‘adjacent grounds’, but by 1957, when the Hawks finally made the VFL finals, Camberwell was bemoaning the ‘loss of many supporters to Hawthorn’. The VFA fought a rear guard action, reducing the number of players on the field to sixteen in 1959, introducing new clubs, and establishing two divisions (1961). Until the VFA fully embraced TV coverage in the seventies, the VFA remained a poor cousin of the VFL and limped along in its wake. 26

For my own personal reflections on Camberwell social (and football) life in the 1950's, I refer the reader to two relevant memoir articles on this website - 'The Footy Swap Cards that never got Swapped' and 'Statistician Extraordinaire - Eat your heart out Ted Hopkins'.

The Fifties Story in Pictures


1950

1950 Argus badge - Camberwell
1950 Argus badge - Camberwell

The Argus 26 June 1950 p.1
The Argus 26 June 1950 p.1


Camberwell v Corowa 17 September 1950 - Cover
Camberwell v Corowa 17 September 1950 - Cover

Camberwell v Corowa 17 September 1950 - Teams
Camberwell v Corowa 17 September 1950 - Teams


1950 Camberwell FC Annual Report - List Of Players
1950 Camberwell FC Annual Report - List Of Players

1950 Camberwell senior team
1950 Camberwell senior team


1951

Camberwell senior team 1951 - CFC History Book 1952
Camberwell senior team 1951 - CFC History Book 1952


1956

Camberwell FC membership ticket 1956 - Front
Camberwell FC membership ticket 1956 - Front
Camberwell FC membership ticket 1956 - Inside
Camberwell FC membership ticket 1956 - Inside


1957

Camberwell FC 1957 senior team (courtesy Lloyd Holyoak)
Camberwell FC 1957 senior team (courtesy Lloyd Holyoak)

Top row – left to right: Ron McCurdy (1956-7, 7), Graeme Tempany (1954-57, 64), Peter Bell (1956-58, 35), Ken Chambers (1957-61, 58), Geoff Mason (1952-61, 127), Eric Chaplin (1957-61, 60), Brian Hegarty (1957, 18), Oscar Skalberg (1954-62, 151), Kevin Johnson (1954-62, 116).
Middle row – left to right: Ted Higson (1957-59, 38), Lloyd Holyoak (1953-57, 82), Ken Ross (1956-58, 55), Keith McGuinness (1953-60, 105), Les Amery (1957-58, 30), George Dugdale (1953-57, 48).
Front row – left to right: (unidentified player - possibly Jim Alway), David McPhail (1957, 6), Bruce Seymour (1955-59, 48), Brian Coleman (1956-58, 49), Norm Watts (1956-60, 48).
First year players: Chambers, Chaplin, Hegarty, Higson, Amery, McPhail.

The Players


1952


Round 14, July 26, 1952 - lost to Coburg at Camberwell - 3.3 to 12.18 (only goal kickers – Bradley, McFee, Thynne).
Camberwell team:
R.Callahan J.Bohan D.Waters
R.Fletcher G.Mason J.Allan
R.Heatley D.Bedford J.Bendle
L.Marian C.McCulloch A.Thynne
G.Duff R.Bradley K.McFee
K.Benbow F.Rosenbrock J.Hedley
19/20 - R.Hayes R.Kilby (no change)

Round 17, August 16, 1952 – defeated eventual premiers Oakleigh at Oakleigh – 6.21 to 5.14
R. Callahan, J.Bohan, D.Waters
R.Fletcher G.Mason D.Evans
A.Thynne D.Bedford R.Kilby
M.Young F.Rosenbrick J.Allan
G.Duff R.Bradley K.McFee
K.Benbow R.Hayes J.Hedley
19/20 - J.Connell L. Marian.

Games played 1952 (Total games in brackets)
20 - J.Allan (42), D.Bedford (35), K.Benbow (76), J.Bohan (120), R.Callahan (28), R.Fletcher (82), L.Marian (30), K.McFee (31).
19 – R.Bradley (19), R.Hayes (19).
18 – F.Rosenbrock (46).
17 – J.Hedley (17).
15 – G.Duff (68).
14 – R.Kilby (14).
12 – J.Connell (12), A.Thynne (12), D.Waters (12).
10 – G.Mason (10), R.Heatley (36).
9 – D.Dunachie (9), C.McCulloch (29)
8 – G.Harriot (8), M.Young (8).
7 – J.Little (7)
6 – D.Evans (6)
5 - J.Bendle (5), N.Unstead (5).
4 – W.Cook (4), R.Milgate (4), H.Schneider (4).
3 – D.Downes (3), J.Lovett (3), K.Taylor (3).
2 - A.McLellan (10).
1 – I.McLellan (24).

1952 CFC Annual Report - List Of Players
1952 CFC Annual Report - List Of Players


1953


Camberwell 1953 final list (The Argus, Wednesday, April 15, p. 11).
OLD - J.Bohan, R.Callahan, D.Waters, J.Allan, R.Fletcher, G.Mason, R.Bradley, J.Connell, R.Kilby, A.Thynne, R.Heatley, L.Marian, M.Young, E.Farrell, K.Benbow, G.Duff, J.Little, R.Hayes, F.Rosenbrock, J.Hedley, K.McFee, H.Schneider.
NEW – W.Nicholson, M.Wright, L.Holyoak, B.Lithgow, F.Wain, F.Allsop, R.Burchill, A.Scott, D.Donaldson, K.Clark, E.Johnson, P.Walsh.
SUPPLEMENTARY – A.Welch, A.Picton, D.Evans, R.Brown, R.Battersby, J.Kavanagh, E.Pratt.

Round 1, April 18, 1953 – defeated Box Hill at Camberwell – 7.10 to 5.13
F.Wain J. Bohan K.Benbow
J.Allan G.Mason R.Fletcher
A.Thynne R.Bradley K.McGuinness
E.Farrell F.Allsop L.Holyoak
A.Scott R.Burchill K.McFee
G.Duff R.Hayes J.Hedley
19/20 - R.Kilby R.Callahan

Round 2, May 2, 1953 – lost to Williamstown at Williamstown – 8.9 to 20.17
R.Callahan J.Bohan K.Benbow
R.Kilby G.Mason J.Allan
A.Thynne L.Marian K.McGuinness
R.Bradley F.Allsop E.Farrell
A.Scott R.Burchall K.McFee
G.Duff R.Hayes J.Hedley
19/20 – H.Schneider M.Young
In: R.Callahan L.Marian E.Farrell
Out: R.Fletcher L.Holyoak (inj) F.Wain (unavail)

Round 5, May 23, 1953 – defeated Prahran at Camberwell – 14.9 to 9.14
F.Wain J.Bohan E.Johnson
R.Fletcher G.Mason J.Allan
A.Thynne R.Bradley H.Schneider
K.McGuinness L.Marian F.Rosenbrock
A.Scott J.McKenzie K.McFee
G.Duff R.Hayes J.Hedley
19/20 - R.Heatley R.Callahan
In: J.Hedley A.Scott F.Rosenbrock
Out: R.Brown (inj) K.Benbow K.Clark

Round 7, June 6, 1953 – lost to Moorabbin at Camberwell – 12.12 to 17.17
R.Fletcher B.Brown J.Allan
F.Wain M.Young G.Mason
G.Dugdale R.Bradley H.Schneider
K.McGuinness A.Scott L.Marian
B.Carter J.Bohan K.Clark
G.Duff R.Hayes K.McFee
19/20 - E.Johnson F.Rosenbrock
In: R.Brown M.Young B.Carter K.Clark G.Dugdale
Out: J.Hedley (inj) A.Thynne (inj) F.Rosenbrock E.Johnson L.McKenzie

Round 13, July 18, 1953 - lost to Brunswick at Brunswick - 11.8 to 11.14
E.Johnson J.Bohan R.Hayes
R.Fletcher F.Wain A.Welch
A.Thynne L.Holyoak R.Bradley
K.McGuinness G.Mason B.McCombe
K.Benbow B.Tilley H.Schneider
J.Allan B.Carter J.Hedley
19/20 - M.Wright F.Allsop

Round 15, August 1, 1953 - defeated Northcote at Northcote - 17.9 (McFee 6, Bohan 5) to 11.18
E.Johnson F.Rosenbrock R.Hayes
R.Fletcher G.Mason F.Wain
A.Thynne L.Holyoak R.Bradley
K.McGuinness G.Duff H.Schneider
K.Benbow J.Bohan K.McFee
B.Carter B.McCombe J.Hedley
19/20 - D.Evans R.Kilby

1953 Camberwell senior team
1953 Camberwell senior team

1953 Camberwell senior team - names
1953 Camberwell senior team - names


1953 - Round 14 - July 25 - Camberwell v Sandringham (Jim Bohan 7 goals)
1953 - Round 14 - July 25 - Camberwell v Sandringham (Jim Bohan 7 goals)


1954


Camberwell 1954 Final List (The Argus, Wednesday, April 14, 1954) (possible mistakes/typographical errors).

OLD – Ted Jarrard, Gordon Duff, Alan Thynne, K.Clark, R.Battersby, Ted Farrell, Fred Milne, Alan Scott, R.Burr, K.Coleman, Reg Fletcher, Lloyd Holyoak, Ken McFee, Fred Allsop, Robert Hayes, Bob Kilby, Geoff Mason, Maurie Young, Keith McGuinness, Norm Black, Barry McCombe, Harry Schneider, D.Evans, W.Nicholson, Ted Heatley, S.Burr, Radin, Aitken, George Dugdale, Ted Johnson, Ron Allsop, A. McCulloch, Hourigan, Brian Carter, Muir Wright, K.Battersby, R.Burchall, Jim Alway. Subject to clearance – Ron Cunningham, Splatt, R.Coker, William Lynch, G.Dennison, O’Shannessy, McCoubrie, Robert Charlton.
OFF – Jim Bohan (retired), Bob Bradley (retired), Fred Wain (cleared).

April 17, 1954 – Round 1 v Box Hill at Box Hill – lost 10.14 to 14.17
N.Black R.Cunningham R.Hayes
M.Young E.Farrell R.Fletcher
R.Battersby L.Holyoak A.Thynne
K.Clark F.Allsop K.McGuinness
A.Scott W.Lynch G.Dennison
G.Duff R.Burr K.McFee
Emerg: R.Coker B.Carter F.Milne H.Schneider

April 24, 1954 – Round 2 v Williamstown at Camberwell – lost 9.9 to 16.15 (McGuinness four goals)
N.Black B.McCombe E.Farrell
M.Young A.Scott R.Fletcher
O.Skalberg L.Holyoak A.Thynne
J.O’Shannessy F.Allsop K.McGuinness
R.Burr W.Lynch G.Dennison
R.Cunningham B.Carter K.McFee
19/20 – R.Kilby H.Schneider
In: O.Skalberg J.O’Shannessy B.Carter B.McCombe
Out: G.Duff (inj) R.Hayes (inj) R.Battersby K.Clark

May 1, 1954 – Round 3 v Northcote at Northcote – lost 9.11 to 13.6 (Alan Scott kicked five goals).
N.Black R.Cunningham E.Farrell
M.Young G.Mason R.Fletcher
F.Milne E. Jarrard A.Thynne
L.Holyoak F.Allsop K.McGuinness
A.Scott J.Douglas O.Skalberg
G.Tempany R.Hayes K.McFee
19/20 - W.Lynch B.McCombe
In: E.Jarrard G.Mason J.Douglas F.Milne R.Hayes G.Tempany
Out: W.Lynch B.McCombe B.Carter R.Burr J.O’Shannessy G.Dennison

May 8, 1954 – Round 4 v Sandringham at Camberwell – won 10.16 to 9.12.
N.Black R.Cunningham R.Hayes
E.Jarrard G.Mason M.Young
G.Dugdale W.Lynch O.Skalberg
F.Milne F.Allsop K.McGuinness
A.McCulloch L.Holyoak G.Dennison
G.Tempany A.Scott K.McFee
19/20 – E.Farrell H.Schneider
In: A.McCulloch W.Lynch G.Dugdale G.Dennison
Out: R.Fletcher (unavail) A.Thynne (inj) J.Douglas (inj) E.Farrell

June 12, 1954 – Round 9 v Yarraville at Yarraville – lost 12.9 to 13.8.
R.Cunningham J.Douglas G.Tempany
O.Skalberg G.Mason M.Wright
A.Thynne M.Young K.McGuinness
F.Allsop E.Jarrard L.Holyoak
A.McCulloch A.Scott G.Dennison
B.Carter R.Hayes K.McFee
19/20 – B.McCombe G.Dugdale
In: A.Scott R.Cunningham
Out: R.Fletcher (inj) A.Price

July 3, 1954 – Round 12 v Coburg at Camberwell – lost 7.8 to 10.9.
N.Black J.Douglas R.Cunningham
M.Young E.Jarrard R.Fletcher
O.Skalberg E.Johnson R.Kilby
A.Thynne G.Mason J.Alway
F.Allsop L.Holyoak K.McGuinness
R.Hayes G.Duff K.McFee
19/20 – M.Wright B.McCombe
In: K.McGuinness N.Black
Out: E.Farrell (cleared) R.Battersby

August 14, 1954 – Round 17 v Prahran at Camberwell – lost 10.17 to 17.8.
E.Johnson J.Douglas R.Cunningham
M.Wright G.Mason M.Young
R.Kilby E.Jarrard O.Skalberg
K.McGuinness J.Dugdale J.Alway
G.Tempany L.Holyoak K.McFee
F.Allsop R.Hayes K.Johnson
19/20 – F.Milne B.McCombe
In: E.Jarrard K.Johnson R.Cunningham
Out: G.Duff (inj) B.Carter H.Schneider

August 21, 1954 – Round 18 v Oakleigh at Oakleigh – lost 9.12 to 16.13.
E.Johnson A.Richardson G.Tempany
M.Wright G.Mason J.Douglas
F.Milne M.Young O.Skalberg
G.Dugdale B.McCombe J.Alway
G.Duff L.Holyoak K. McFee
R.Hayes F.Allsop K.Johnson
19/20 – N.Black R.Charlton
In: A.Richardson B.McCombe G.Duff F.Milne
Out: E.Jarrard (inj) R.Cunningham (inj) R.Kilby (inj) K.McGuinness (ill)

September 4, 1954 – Round 20 v Port Melbourne at Port Melbourne – lost 9.9 to 22.23.
N.Black F.Allsop J.Douglas
M.Wright G.Mason R.Cunningham
F.Milne E.Jarrard O.Skalberg
G.Dugdale B.McCombe L.Holyoak
A.Richardson G.Tempany H.Schneider
R.Hayes G.Duff K.McFee
19/20 - J.Alway M.Young
In: G.Duff
Out: J.Alway

Games played 1954
20 – M.Young, K.McFee
19 – O.Skalberg, L.Holyoak
18 – F.Allsop, R.Hayes, G.Mason
17 – R.Cunningham
16 - G.Tempany
14 – M.Wright, J.Douglas, G.Dugdale
13 - N.Black, R.Fletcher, K.McGuinness, B.McCombe
12 – T.Jarrard
11 – A.Thynne
9 – J.Alway, G.Duff, E..Johnson, F.Milne, H.Schneider, G.Dennison.
8 – R.Kilby, E.Farrell, A.Scott.
7 – B.Carter
5 – A.McCulloch
4 – W.Lynch, K.Johnson
3 – A.Price, A.Richardson
2 – R.Battersby, R.Burr, R.Charlton, K.Clark, E.Heatley
1 - J.Ford, J.Lovett, J.O’Shannessy, C.McCulloch

Camberwell FC 1954 - List Of Players
Camberwell FC 1954 - List Of Players


1955


Camberwell FC 1955 Final List (jumper numbers in brackets)
P.Deagan – 1, R.Hayes – 2, L.Holyoak – 3, J.Hedley – 4, F. Allsop – 5, J.Lane – 6, F.Milne – 8, P.Heil – 9, K.Benbow – 10, G.Tempany – 11, G.Dugdale – 12, E.Johnson – 13, G.Duff – 14, L.West – 15, K.McKaige – 16, J.Alway – 17, M.Young – 18, K.Johnson – 19, K.McGuinness – 20, L.Turnbull – 21, K.Clarke – 22, G.Mason – 23, O.Skalberg – 24, B.Seymour – 25, R.Kilby – 26, H.Schneider – 27, M.Wright – 28, R.Cooke – 29, A.Price – 30, E.Farrell – 31.

May 14, 1955 – Round 5 v Sandringham at Camberwell - lost 12.9-17.20.
K.Johnson G.Duff L.Turnbull
A.Price G.Mason P.Deagan
J.Alway K.McKaige B.Seymour
L.West M.Young L.Holyoak
J.Lane G.Tempany H.Schneider
R.Hayes K.Clarke J.Hedley
19/20 – O.Skalberg F.Allsop
In: K.Johnson L.Turnbull P.Deagan J.Alway L.Holyoak G.Duff
Out: K.McGuinness (inj) E.Johnson F.Milne L.Smith F.Allsop O.Skalberg

June 4, 1955 – Round 8 v Moorabbin at Moorabbin – lost 8.10 to 11.16
O.Skalberg G.Duff E.Farrell
M.Wright G.Mason M.Young
F.Milne L.Holyoak K.McGuinness
E.Johnson R.Hayes J.Alway
H.Schneider J.Lane L.Turnbull
K.Clarke K.Benbow J.Hedley
19/20 – A.Price F.Allsop
VFA Recorder June 4, 1955 – Round 8 - Camberwell v Moorabbin at Moorabbin
VFA Recorder June 4, 1955 – Round 8 - Camberwell v Moorabbin at Moorabbin


June 18, 1955 – Round 10 v Williamstown at Williamstown – lost 7.14 to 8.12
O.Skalberg G.Duff E.Farrell
K.Johnson G.Mason M.Wright
K.McGuinness L. Holyoak J.Alway
H.Schneider R.Hayes F.Allsop
L.Turnbull G.Dugdale V.Sabbatucci
K.Clarke K.Benbow J.Hedley
19/20 - A.Price R.Charlton
In: K.Johnson G.Dugdale M.Wright F.Allsop
Out: M.Young (inj) F.Milne (inj) J.Lane A.Price

Camberwell FC Mildura Trip 1955
Camberwell FC Mildura Trip 1955


1958
Camberwell Final List 1958
OLD - K.Ross, P.Bell, K.Chambers, K.Johnson, E.Chaplin, B.Seymour, L.Amery, K.McGuinness, G.Mason, E.Higson, B.Coleman, I.Skalberg, N.Watts, R.Castles, F.Batey, C.Douglas, G.Hambrook, B.Madden, A.Moran, S.Lanning.
NEW - P.Box, R.Fletcher, G.McIsaac.
SUPPLEMENTARY - R.Allsop, H.Schneider, V.Sabbatucci, M.Commons, A.Moule, J.Stenberg, D.McPhail, A.Schwab.
SUBJECT TO CLEARANCE - B.Johnson, R.Brown, I.Whitten, B.McKechnie, D.Clarke, J.Leach, B.Bennie, R.Veale.

Camberwell team - Round One 1958 v Mordialloc
P.Bell B.Johnson K.Chambers
F.Batey C.Douglas G.McIsaac
L.Amery P.Box B.Seymour
K.McGuinness G.Hambrook I.Whitten
E.Chaplin E.Higson N.Watts
K.Ross I.Skalberg B.Coleman
Res: K.Johnson, B.Madden; Emerg: S.Lanning, R.Castles.

Image not dated but almost certainly 1959 Camberwell team
Image not dated but almost certainly 1959 Camberwell team


Camberwell - Stars of the Fifties


Jim Bohan 1947-53

Arguably Camberwell’s greatest-ever player and comparable to Laurie Nash in his ability to dominate games. Played a further 79 games (and kicked a further 64 goals playing mainly at full-back) for the Wells in fifties (to finish on 140 games overall). Took over captain-coach role from Stubbs mid-season 1951 (see below) and continued in role 1951-53. Camberwell best and fairest 1951, 1952, 1953. Close second 1952 Liston Trophy (45 votes – Frank Johnson Port Melbourne 47). Captain/full back Camberwell Team of the Century.

1950 Kornies Victorian Footballers - Jim Bohan
1950 Kornies Victorian Footballers - Jim Bohan
1953 Kornies Footballers In Action - Jim Bohan
1953 Kornies Footballers In Action - Jim Bohan


Frank Stubbs 1947-51

Camberwell captain 1949. 1951. The champion ruckman lost the captaincy/coaching position in 1951 (after 13 Rounds) when teaching job at Monbulk interfered with his role at Bowen Street. Played only a further 27 games for Camberwell in fifties (to finish on 70 games). Camberwell best and fairest 1948, 1949, 1950. Won 1950 Liston Trophy. Ruckman in Camberwell Team of the Century.

1951 Kornies Footballers In Action - Frank Stubbs
1951 Kornies Footballers In Action - Frank Stubbs
1951 Argus badge -  Frank Stubbs
1951 Argus badge - Frank Stubbs


Frank Stubbs
Frank Stubbs


Gordon Duff 1949-56

Ex-Collingwood Seconds. Ruckman/defender, renowned team player. Camberwell 110 games. Third Camberwell best and fairest 1953. VFA representative ANFC Carnival 1953. Playing coach of Camberwell Seconds 1963-65 (including 1963 premiership). Assistant coach Camberwell seniors 1979-86. Ruckman Camberwell Team of the Century.

Ken McFee 1951-55

Ex-Sandringham. Goalkicking rover. Camberwell 73 games 131 goals (20, 41, 35, 33, 2). Second Camberwell best and fairest 1953. VFA representative ANFC Carnival 1953. Cleared to Brunswick after three rounds 1955.
Ken McFee
Ken McFee


Geoff Mason 1952-58, 1961

Ex-Malvern Amateurs; ex-Melbourne (4 games 1951). Solid and reliable defender. Camberwell 127 games. Camberwell best and fairest 1954. Camberwell Team of the Century (Centre Half Back). Missed 1959 and 1960 seasons.

Lloyd Holyoak 1953-57

Ex-Balwyn. Camberwell 82 games (1953-57). Smooth-moving gazelle, fearless combatant. Camberwell’s best player in the mid-fifties with exceptional Liston Trophy voting results – second 1955 (35 votes – Les Moroney Moorabbin 37), fourth 1956 (24 votes - missed last four games), fifth 1957 (23 votes). Camberwell best and fairest 1955. Camberwell Team of the Century (Centre). 27
Lloyd Holyoak  - Source: Marc Fiddian - East Side Story
Lloyd Holyoak - Source: Marc Fiddian - East Side Story


Keith McGuinness 1953-58, 1960 (two games only)

South Melbourne 2 games 1961. Ex-Richmond Seconds. Fast and flashy wingman and half-forward. Camberwell 105 games. 144 goals (1953-58 - 17, 12, 17, 38, 32, 28). Second Camberwell best and fairest 1956. VFA representative ANFC Carnival Perth 1960. Missed 1959 season.

Kevin Johnson 1954-62

Back pocket. Camberwell 116 games. Camberwell best and fairest 1959.
Included here as ‘star’ for sheer guts and determination alone. Mid-way through 1957 season - badly smashed breastbone. Played last three matches season 1957 – three months later work accident (right eye pierced by nail – damage to lens and his sight). Start of 1958 season prepared for a comeback (kept damaged eye shut while playing). Chosen for senior team Round 5, 1958.

Ken Ross 1956-58

Ex-Northcote. Ex-Fitzroy (129 games 1948-55, 1959-60). Camberwell 55 games 1956-58. Camberwell captain-coach 1956-58. Camberwell best and fairest 1956-57. Won Liston Trophy 1957. Second Liston Trophy 1956. Fourth Liston Trophy 1958. Captain VFA team 1958 ANFC Carnival. Back pocket Camberwell Team of the Century.
1954 Argus Football Swap Cards - Ken Ross
1954 Argus Football Swap Cards - Ken Ross


Some Camberwell players (1950-59) who played senior football in the VFL (for a complete list see Part Three).


Cec Ruddell

Ex-Fitzroy Seconds. Ex-Northcote. Essendon 122 games (1940-49 – including premierships 1942, 1946). Camberwell captain-coach 1950 (8 games).
1950 Argus badge - Cec Ruddell
1950 Argus badge - Cec Ruddell


Ted Jarrard

North Melbourne 130 games (1944-53). North Melbourne Team of the Century. Camberwell captain-coach 1954 (12 games).
1951 Kornies Footballers In Action - Ted Jarrard
1951 Kornies Footballers In Action - Ted Jarrard


Bob Milgate

Ex-Auburn. Hawthorn 10 games 15 goals (1948). Camberwell 61 games (1949-52). Camberwell 171 goals (63, 35, 69, 4). VFA representative 1950 ANFC Carnival Brisbane.

Peter Box

Ex-Cheltenham. Footscray 107 games (1951-57). Brownlow Medal 1956. Camberwell 18 games (1958). VFA representative 1958 ANFC Carnival. Camberwell best and fairest 1958.
Peter Box - 1952 Kornies Footballers in Action - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Peter Box - 1952 Kornies Footballers in Action - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Peter Box - 1954 Argus Football Swap Cards Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Peter Box - 1954 Argus Football Swap Cards Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Peter Box - 1954 Coles Victorian Footballers - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Peter Box - 1954 Coles Victorian Footballers - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards


Oscar Skalberg

North Melbourne 9 games (1951-52). Moorabbin (1953). Camberwell 151 games (1954-62). Camberwell captain 1960-62.
Oscar Skalberg By WEG
Oscar Skalberg By WEG


Kevin Clarke

Collingwood 18 games (1953-54). Camberwell 36 games (1955-56). Camberwell captain 1955/vice-captain 1956.

Pat Deagan

South Melbourne 48 games (1951-54). Camberwell 15 games (1955). Camberwell captain 1955.

Alan Thynne

Carlton 15 games (1949-51). Camberwell 42 games (1952-54).

Norm Black

Hawthorn 55 games (1949-53). Camberwell 13 games (1954).
1953 Kornies Footballers In Action - Norm Black
1953 Kornies Footballers In Action - Norm Black


Jack Hedley

North Melbourne 31 games (1948-50). South Melbourne (1954 – no senior games). Camberwell 55 games (1952-53, 1955). Second Camberwell best and fairest 1952.

Fred Wain

Ex-Balwyn. Hawthorn 34 games (1949-50, 1952). Camberwell 17 games (1953).
1950 Kornies Victorian Footballers - Fred Wain
1950 Kornies Victorian Footballers - Fred Wain


Bob Bradley

Essendon 62 games (1947-50 including 1949 premiership). Camberwell 38 games (1952-53). Camberwell 39 goals in 1952 season.
1950 Kornies Victorian Footballers - Bob Bradley
1950 Kornies Victorian Footballers - Bob Bradley


Ken McKaige

Ex-Old Melburnians. Melbourne 9 games (1951-52). Carlton 10 games (1953-54).
Camberwell 5 games (1955).

Ken Chambers

Ex-Northcote YCW. Fitzroy 4 games (1954-55). Camberwell 58 games (1957-61). Camberwell captain-coach 1959.

Brian Coleman

Camberwell 49 games (1956-58). Hawthorn 6 games (1959).

Vin Sabbatucci

St.Kilda 6 games (1954-55). Camberwell 23 games (1955-58).

Gordon Proudfoot

Ex-Frankston. Fitzroy 5 games (1954-55). Camberwell 18 games (1956-57).

Terry Mountain

Represented (from Melbourne FC) VFL Seconds versus SANFL Seconds Adelaide Oval July 16, 1955. Melbourne 3 games (1957). Geelong 2 games (1958). Camberwell 8 games (1958).

Dave Bedford

Ex-Melbourne Grammar. Melbourne 4 games (1950). Camberwell 35 games (1951-52).

Peter Rice

Camberwell 12 games (1958). South Melbourne 39 games (1959-62).

Roy Laing

Essendon 130 games (1913-15, 1918-25 including premierships 1923, 1924). Captain of Victoria 1921. Camberwell coach (1937-38, 1955).

George Hams

Approached to coach Camberwell in 1955
1952 Kornies Footballers In Action - George Hams
1952 Kornies Footballers In Action - George Hams


Camberwell 1950-59 – Top Goalkickers


1950 – Milgate 35, Stubbs 26, Bohan 21, Herbert 11, Schneider 11, Duff 11, Moore 9, Rosenbrock 8.
1951 – Milgate 69, McFee 20, Schneider 16, Moore 13, Rochford 12, Bohan 12.
1952 – McKee 41, Bradley 39, Hedley 28, Marian 25,
Hayes 12, Rosenbrock 12, Little 10.
1953 – McFee 35, Bohan 31, McGuinness 17, Hedley 15, Duff 9, McKenzie 9.
1954 – McFee 33, Holyoak 24, Tempany 16, Allsop 15, Scott 15, Dugdale 13, McGuinness 12, McCombe 9, Duff 9.
1955 – Hedley 27, Schneider 20, McGuinness 17, Matthews 15, Dugdale 9, Allsop 9, Tempany 9, Sabbatucci 9, Holyoak 8, Turnbull 8, Young 7, Benbow 7, Hayes 5, Lane 4, Wright 4, Milne 3, Mason 3, West 3, McFee 2, Duff 2, Kilby 1, Heil 1, Cooke 1, McKaige 1, E.Johnson 1, Alway 1, Farrell 1, Tobias 1, K.Johnson 1.
1956 - McGuinness 38, Tempany 19, Coleman 19, Dugdale 17, Matthews 10, Watts 9.
1957 - Higson 45, McGuinness 32, Coleman 17, Holyoak 16, Mason 13, Skalberg 12, Dugdale 10, Watts 9.
1958 – Higson 33, McGuinness 28, Coleman 23, Whitten 22, Mountain 12, Rice 11.
1959 – Freiberg 38, Seymour 27, Higson 11, Eades 11, B.Johnson 7, K.Johnson 7, Ellis 6, M.Chambers 6, Skalberg 5, Commons 4, Whitten 4, Bennie 4, K.Chambers 3, Muir 3, McPherson 2, Whiting 2, Betheras 1, Edwards 1, Castles 1, Watts 1, Simon 1, Kilpatrick 1, K.Douglas 1.

Camberwell Players 1950-58 - Games played

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PlayerPre 1950195019511952195319541955195619571958Total
J.Bohan 6119202020 140
W.Cook 3719164 76
W.Rochford 371918 74
R.Milgate 1918204 61
F.Stubbs 431710 70
G.Duff 18161915199171 114
H.Schneider 16184199176 89
K.Benbow 2214202012 13 101
J.Lovett 161463 1 40
N.Unstead 3614 5 55
R.Fletcher 311318201813 113
R.Heatley 10161032 41
F.Rosenbrock 10181814 60
A.McLellan 10122 24
E.Moore 918 27
R.Paterson 71 8
J.Lumsden 611 17
C.McCulloch 51591 30
Alan Philpott 1051 16
E.Farrell 34 5872 29
J.Allan 3 192013 55
D.Bedford 1520 35
B.Carter 14 97 30
K.McFee 112020202 73
L.Marian 10206 36
R.Callahan 8204 32
J.Little 87 15
I.McLellan 82 10
K.Taylor 53 8
R.Bradley 1919 38
R.Hayes 19201815 72
J.Hedley 1718 20 55
R.Kilby 14983 34
A.Thynne 121911 42
G.Mason 10191818151914113
M.Young 872017 52
D.Evans 65 11
K.McGuinness 191317191916103
E.Johnson 1396 28
F.Allsop 11188 37
B.McCombe 1113 24
A.Scott 108 18
L.Holyoak 719191720 82
K.Clark 52 7
R.Battersby 42 6
M.Wright 4149 27
G.Dugdale 31481112 48
O.Skalberg 191619161585
G.Tempany 16151518 64
J.Alway 97 16
F.Milne 911 20
K. Johnson 4158171862
A.Price 35 8
R.Charlton 2522 11
Kevin Clarke 1620 36
J.Lane 1213 25
L.Turnbull 165 21
V.Sabbatucci 711 523
L.West 72 9
B.Seymour 52121029
F.Matthews 86 14
W.Clarke 55 10
K.Ross 20181755
I.Clarke 202 22
G.Nelson 1910 29
L.Smith 198 27
R.Allsop 175 22
B.Coleman 17151749
P.Bell 1416535
N.Watts 1310326
G.Proudfoot 126 18
R.McCurdy 34 7
E.Higson 201535
E.Chaplin 18927
K.Chambers 181836
L.Amery 171330
R.Castles 213
B.Madden 235


Note - Camberwell's Alan Philpott (16 games - see above) sadly died during the 1951 VFA season.

One season only

J.Sharples (1950 – 19, 92); D.Wake (1950 – 18, 30); G.Styles (1950 – 15, 75); D.Kennedy (1950 – 14, 67); H.Gibbs (1950 – 10, 26); K.Herbert (1950 – 10, 81); A.Jensen (1950 – 8, 67); C.Ruddell (1950 – 8, 8); J.Donald (1950 – 7, 7); T.Finnegan (1950 – 6, 22); M.Hood (1950 – 5, 5); C.Hanman (1950 – 4, 16); R.Milne (1950 – 3, 3); D.Tehan (1950 – 3, 3); G.Davis (1950 – 2, 2); R.Horwill (1950 – 1, 5); G.Joubert (1950 – 1,13); M.Williams (1951 - 11, 11); K.Kane (1951 - 5, 5); E.Vogel (1951 - 4, 4); J.Archibald (1951 - 4, 4); R.Gribble (1951 - 3, 3); J.Diamond (1951 - 2, 2); J.Burkhalter (1951 - 2, 55); Ron Horkings (1951 - 2, 2); J.Martin (1951 - 2, 2); J.Kearney (1951 - 2, 2); F.Tate (1951 - 1, 1); J.Connell (1952 - 12, 12); D.Waters (1952 - 12, 12); D.Dunachie (1952 - 9, 9); G.Harriott (1952 - 8, 8); J.Bendle (1952 - 5, 10); D.Downes (1952 - 3, 3); F.Wain (1953 – 17, 17); A.Welch (1953 – 6, 6); W.Nicholson (1953 – 4, 4); L.McKenzie (1953 – 4, 4); R.Brown (1953 – 3, 3); R.Burchall (1953 – 3, 3); B.Tilley (1953 – 2, 2); R.Cunningham (1954 – 17, 17); J.Douglas (1954 – 14, 14); N.Black (1954 – 13, 13); E.Jarrard (1954 – 12, 12); G.Dennison (1954 – 9, 9); A.McCulloch (1954 – 5, 5); W.Lynch (1954 – 4, 4); A.Richardson (1954 – 3, 3); R.Burr (1954 – 2, 2); J.O’Shannessy (1954 – 1, 1); J.Ford (1954 – 1, 1); P.Deagan (1955 – 15, 15); P.Heil (1955 – 3, 3); K.McKaige (1955 – 5, 5); R.Cooke (1955 – 2, 2); Tobias (1955 – 3, 3); D.Donaldson (1956 – 11, 11); R.Flinton (1956 – 10, 10); M.George (1956 – 9, 9); G.Walker (1956 – 8, 8); M.Hellmrich (1956 – 6, 6); R.Jackson (1956 – 6, 6); R.Rochford (1956 – 3, 3); G.Eades (1956 – 3, 3); P.Taylor (1956 – 2,2); D.Dossor (1956 – 2, 2); A.Edwards (1956 – 1, 1); R.Elleray (1956 – 1, 1); B.Hegarty (1957 – 18, 18); S.Lanning (1957 – 10, 10); R.Bloodworth (1957 – 9, 9); C.Bock (1957 – 7, 7); D.McPhail (1957 – 6, 6); G.Kenneally (1957 – 4, 4); R.Stanborough (1957 – 4, 4); E.Johnson (1957 – 3, 3); W.Egan (1957 – 2, 2); K.Piper (1957 – 2, 2); K.Horne (1957 – 1, 1); H.Smith (1957 – 1, 1); D.Grace (1957 – 1, 1); P.Box (1958 – 18, 18); I.Whitten (1958 – 18, 18); C.Douglas (1958 – 18, 18); G.McIsaacs (1958 – 18, 18); B.Johnson (1958 – 16, 16); A.Moran (1958 – 15, 15); P.Rice (1958 – 12, 12); M.Young (1958 – 9, 9); J.McDonald (1958 – 9, 9); T.Mountain (1958 – 8, 8); D.Clarke (1958 – 7, 7); C.Lonsdale (1958 – 6, 6); B.Bennie (1958 – 4, 4); L.Symons (1958 – 3, 3); R.Brown (1958 – 3, 3); G.Hambrook (1958 – 1, 1); F.Batey (1958 – 1, 1).


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End Notes


1. Marc Fiddian, Well Done Camberwell – The Camberwell v Oakleigh Football Saga, 2016, pp. 32-35.
2. Former Essendon star Wally Buttsworth was Camberwell’s initial appointment as 1945 captain-coach but Essendon refused to clear him.
3. The game at Camberwell was the only VFA game played that day – the Monday (June 18) Public Holiday.
4. Camberwell’s big names – Boyall, Collier and Bradford – played in the match. Even more interesting is the fact that Collingwood’s Jack Regan and Williamstown's Ron Todd were roped in to play, along with Oakleigh’s 1945 Liston Trophy winner Eric Beard.
5. Clinton Walker, A Football Life, Pan Macmillan, Sydney, 1998, pp. 43-50.
6. The Tricolours hit the front late in the match and were four points in front with five minutes of play (plus ‘time-off’) remaining.
7. Jim Blake, Collier's Part in Rise of Camberwell, The Sporting Globe, n.d (1946?).
8. Undated, unidentified newspaper cutting, Thelma Baker scrapbook 1945-69.
9. Clinton Walker has suggested that in spite of its poor record Sandringham were one of the Association’s best supported sides in the forties and wore ‘one of the handsomest of all Australian football strips’. Sandringham finished eleventh in 1945.
10. For further comment, see Marc Fiddian, The VFA – A History of the Victorian Football Association 1877-1995, Melbourne, 2004 (First Edition), p. 141; Marc Fiddian, The Roar of the Crowd – A History of VFA Grand Finals, 1987, p. 50.
11. A small crowd of 4,500 saw Williamstown win 15.11 to 13.16, with Ron Todd kicking five goals on Seelenmeyer. McIvor, Boyall and Bradford stood out for Camberwell. It was the last game in senior football for the great Albert Collier, sadly replaced at half-time with injured ribs. The ‘Players’ Trip Committee’ was headed by Marcus Boyall (Chairman) and Ray Bond (Secretary). Bond reported that ‘Camberwell players (were) not good sailors and the ship’s rail was well patronised’. See 1946 Camberwell Football Club Annual Report.
12. Cliff Hanman (Sandringham footballer), cited Clinton Walker, A Football Life, op.cit, p. 51.
13. One can imagine the excitement. The program included an interview with President Gil Hendrie and Coach Albert Collier, community singing, a ‘Players Quiz’, a ‘Players Drama’, and in the second half, a ‘Players Ballet’. Hubert Opperman performed on the rollers.
14. Jim Bohan played 131 games and kicked 145 goals for Hawthorn and was twice best and fairest (1943, 1945). Ultimately he would be named as centreman in the Hawthorn Team of the Century.
15. The nickname ‘Wells’ seems to have come into vogue in the late forties and early fifties, largely replacing the previously preferred moniker ‘The Tricolours’.
16. See Marc Fiddian, Well Done Camberwell – The Camberwell v Oakleigh Football Saga, 2016; Football Doctor Prescribes, Sporting Life, May 1950, pp. 49-50; Dr Hartnett Discusses Unified Control, Oakleigh Football Club Year Book 1950, pp. 35, 37. For biographical details, see Marc Fiddian, The Pioneers – 100 Years of Association Football, VFA, 1977, pp. 141-142. Apparently Hartnett was also behind the move to introduce Box Hill and Moorabbin to the VFA in 1951.
17. A comparison of VFA and VFL crowd numbers for the 1949 season is instructive:
CROWDS 1949 (Source: The Argus)
Round 3 – VFA 20,500 (Yarraville-Camberwell 1500) VFL 110,250
Round 14 – VFA 16,800 (Brighton- Camberwell 5000) VFL 79,000
Round 20 - VFA 20,350 (Camberwell-Williamstown 5000) VFL 99,000 (Round 19)
18. See Camberwell Football Club Annual Report 1951; Camberwell Football Club Annual Report 1952; Camberwell Football Club Annual Report 1954; Australian Rules Football Schism (1938-1949) (Wikipedia). Given Camberwell’s strenuous opposition to the ANFC affiliation, and the likelihood their own identity (Hartnett) had actually initiated it, one is bemused by the club’s 1952 description of VFA President Hartnett as a ‘tower of strength’. See Camberwell Football Club – Souvenir History, 1952 (Introduction by C.S.Greenwood, President), p. 17. (See pp. 43-44 for the article by VFA Secretary Harold Snook). In May 1949, Len Toyne, complaining about lack of protection from the umpires, resigned as Sandringham captain-coach and blasted the VFA for its ‘pathetic umpiring and management’. He was probably right. See The Argus, May 20, 1949.
19. Defeating Port Melbourne at Port Melbourne was never a good idea if you wanted your supporters to get home in one piece. Port Melbourne supporters did not take kindly to being beaten on their home ground. On this particular occasion, according to The Argus, police drew pistols and used batons when more than 1000 angry football supporters attacked them. The trouble started in the three-quarter time interval when a man rushed on to the oval and kicked the umpire. (See The Argus article pictured below).
20. See Marc Fiddian, The VFA – A History of the Victorian Football Association 1877-1995, Melbourne, 2004 (First Edition); Marc Fiddian, Well Done Camberwell – The Camberwell v Oakleigh Football Saga, 2016. See the work immediately above (pp. 68-69) for a profile of Hartnett. Fiddian recalls the charge of ‘megalomania’ being levelled by a fellow VFA official.
21. See Marc Fiddian, The VFA – A History of the Victorian Football Association 1877-1995, Melbourne, 2004 (First Edition), p.142. See also ‘Stars of the Fifties’ below.
22. See Camberwell 1958 Annual Report. At the start of the 1958 football season I had only been living in Burwood for twelve months and my heart therefore also remained loyal to the VFA club I had grown up with – Camberwell. My 1958 exercise book devoted considerable space to the results of Camberwell’s season. I recorded the weekly goal kickers for the Wells, the best players (presumably based on newspaper reports), and the training list. Note that Terry Mountain, fresh from Geelong, kicked five goals in Round Thirteen. Camberwell’s stars were Liston Trophy winner Ken Ross, Brownlow Medallist Peter Box, and Geoff Mason. One page in the exercise book recorded the weekly Camberwell results (match, result, result by, umpire, best). On another page I kept a table of VFA teams’ round-by-round ladder positions. After eight rounds Camberwell occupied top spot on the VFL ladder – after winning seven of their first eight matches. By Round Sixteen however the ‘Wells’ had slipped to seventh.
23. Knocked back by Camberwell Council for 1955, Hakoah and J.U.S.T then tried again for 1956.
24. Among others, Camberwell sought the services of George Hams, formerly of Collingwood.
25. Indeed even the Camberwell players came in for some criticism in 1958 for not sufficiently supporting the club social functions.
26. The first-ever VFA game to be televised was the Oakleigh-Preston match on May 25, 1957.
27. Holyoak’s last twelve months at Bowen Street were complicated. Not happy with Ken Ross, Holyoak asked Camberwell for a clearance at the end of the 1956 season. The Committee promised to release him if he played one more year. He again played brilliantly in 1957, won the Best Clubman Award, and was granted a clearance to captain-coach Kilsyth (Croydon-Ferntree Gully League) in 1958. During the 1957 season Ross shifted Holyoak from the centre to centre half forward. Marc Fiddian, in the 2004 first edition of his history of the VFA (The VFA – A History of the Victorian Football Association 1877-1995, p. 142), claimed that Holyoak told him in 1993 the move out of the centre in 1957 cost him the Liston Trophy. Holyoak, objecting strongly to the implication that he played for the Liston rather than the team, contacted Fiddian and demanded a retraction. Fiddian altered the wording in his second edition of the work, but still not to Holyoak’s satisfaction. In the early part of his career, before becoming a fixture in the centre, Holyoak often played at half forward or full forward. In 1954 he kicked 26 goals for the season, including seven against Sandringham at Beach Road in Round 14; in 1955 he kicked five goals at full-forward against Oakleigh; in 1957 he kicked four goals at centre half forward against Oakleigh (Round 16). In 1954 (at Oakleigh) Holyoak was reported for allegedly throwing the ball at Umpire Bailes, but got off. In another memorable incident involving Oakleigh, this time at Camberwell (July 16, 1955), Holyoak was struck (from behind) by Oakleigh’s Vic Hill, sparking an all-in brawl and police intervention.
28. Camberwell’s Annual Reports for seasons 1955 and 1959 were not available and I have had to use other sources to establish players’ games for those two seasons. It was possible to deduce the 1955 figures from the Annual Reports of 1954 and 1956, from the Camberwell ‘Team of the Century’ book, and from 'Gap Chess Club'. Extra names (cited in the Camberwell ‘Team of the Century’ book as playing in 1955) were Charlton 4, W.Brookes 3, Douglas 3, Smith 2, Evans 1. ‘1959’ was much more difficult as the Camberwell 1960 Annual Report was not available either, making deduction impossible in this case. Nevertheless, using 'Gap Chess Club' and the Camberwell ‘Team of the Century’ book, I was able to establish the following figures for 1959 - B.Seymour (19), E.Higson (3), M.Chambers (15) L.Muir (15), W.McPherson (17), R.Whiting (8), R.Betheras (5), A.Edwards (5), R.Castles (7) C.Douglas (11), D.Clarke (3), A.Moule (17), N.Whetton 3, A.Dunne (4), J.Stenberg (5). The following also played for Camberwell in 1959: K.Freiberg, Eades, B.Johnson, K.Johnson, B.Ellis, O.Skalberg, M.Commons, I.Whitten, B.Bennie, K.Chambers, N.Watts, K.Kilpatrick, Long, E.Chaplin, and possibly Simon, Chapman, Northcote and Sharp.