Fitzroy Thirds 1940s (SLV 122_045)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
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SLV Accession no. H2008.122/45

Team: Fitzroy (VFL)
Date: late forties

People: Len Smith - extreme right of the back row


Almost certainly a Fitzroy (VFL) Thirds (under-19) team of the late forties photographed at Brunswick Street Oval.

Standing at the extreme right of the back row is former Northcote and Melbourne player Len Smith who had become Fitzroy Thirds coach straight after the war. Smith coached Fitzroy Thirds from 1946 to 1957 and then took over coaching of the Lions’ Senior Team. He also later coached Richmond seniors. No players recognised. Black shorts.

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If the two players below are correct then the team is probably early 1950s.

Back row, second player from left resembles Arnie Bench, future 2nds and Firsts Full Back, who played in the Senior Team 1953-55.

Player Back Row third left resembles Graham Gotch who played for Fitzroy Senior Team 56-60.

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