Diggins, Brighton (SLV 122_438)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/438

Team: Carlton (VFL)
Location: Princes Park, Carlton
Date: Probably in the late-thirties

People: Brighton Diggins


I’m inclined to believe the player seen here (his face unfortunately partly obscured by the emulsion damage in the top left corner) is Brighton Diggins. Diggins was recruited by South Melbourne from Subiaco and played 65 games (1932-36). With a ‘foreign legion’ of players from the west, the Bloods won the 1933 VFL flag. Diggins was then lured by Carlton as a ruckman and installed as captain-coach. Diggins captain-coached the Blues for three seasons (1938-40) including the 1938 premiership. Diggins enlisted for war service in 1941. Despite only having played 31 games for the Blues, his name is revered at Carlton.

Photographed at Princes Park in front of the Carlton grandstand, probably in the late-thirties.

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