Carlton Thirds 1949c (SLV 122_144)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/144

Team: Carlton (VFL)

Location: Victoria Park (Abbotsford)
Date: circa 1949


A Carlton (VFL) Thirds team photographed at an ‘away’ venue, circa 1949. Cannot identify the grandstand.

The one player definitely identified is Harry Sullivan (third player from right in the middle row of players). Sullivan played his first senior game for Carlton in 1950. (See Brian Hansen, The Blue Boys, p. 317 for photo of 1951 Carlton Senior Team with Sullivan fourth from right in top row). Sullivan later transferred to Collingwood where he starred at full-back. Sullivan was born April 1932, so would be 17 here.

Carlton Seconds coach Mick Price is in the photo - he and unidentified Thirds coach (also in 122_134 - Carlton Thirds, circa very early sixties(Maybe 1963)) are seated third and fourth from left in middle row, and are both wearing the club guernsey.

A few spectators. White shorts. Only seventeen players. Two trainers. Seven officials. One St.John’s Ambulance man. Carlton were VFL Thirds premiers in 1948, 1949 and 1951. This could easily be the 1949 premiership team. For another photo of a 1949 Carlton Thirds team, see Main and Holmesby, Carlton - The 100 Greatest, p. 168.

Further Work Needed

Ground is without doubt Collingwood. See 1986.1170.1049

If this is Carlton Seconds 1951 then Ken Aitken (Centre) is captain. Which means thereare 18 players rather than 17 as is indeicated in Ken's Text

Back Row: fifth Player from left , Gerald Burke
Middle Row: Far left, Harry Dern
Middle Row 4th Left Ken Aitken
Middle Row 5th Left Harry Sullivan

Trainer is O.Vincent (Note the eyebrows)

Ken Aitken was Carlton Under-19s coach for four years, from 1956 to 1959
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Aitken

Gerald Burke Carlton Senior Career 1953-55, 1957-60 (Burke in Canberra 1956)
Harry Dern Carlton Senior Career 1950–53, 1949 - Reserves Most Consistent DOB 10 May 1929
Harry Sullivan Carlton Senior Career 1950-54, DOB 8 April 1932
Ken Aitken at Collingwood in 1952
Mick Price was never thirds coach

Why is this not a Carlton Seconds team from 50-51?
Carlton were Seconds Premiers in 1951
Mick Price was Seconds Coach in 1951
Ken Aitken was Seconds Captain in 1951
Don Calder was Vice Captain 1951

See http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-browse_gallery.php?galleryId=833&offset=50 for a photo of Carton under 19s in 1949

Top Row Far left may be Don Calder
Source - Blueseum
Source - Blueseum

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