Northcote Senior Team 1933 (SLV 122_059)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV

Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/59

Team: Northcote (VFA)
Top row - Unknown, Len Smith (centre half back), Peter Brown, George Simmonds (half forward flank), Frank Seymour (full-forward), Jack Woods (half back flank)
Middle row - Unknown, Bob Ross (rover), Unknown, Frank Ackland, Percy Rowe (follower), Ralph Goullet (follower), Unknown, Eddie Bray (forward pocket)
Front row - Ern Hart (back pocket), Tom Corrigan (centre), Alec Gray, Stan Powell (half back flank).

Possibly Colin Williamson - walking though door on left (not wearing a hat)

Date: 1033


This is a Northcote (VFA) senior team of 1933. Northcote in the thirties was the VFA’s dominant club. They won the 1929 flag and then three premierships in consecutive years (1932-1934). They followed up in 1936 with yet another premiership. Ironically, this was the Northcote club’s very last VFA premiership in the top division.

There are some big names in this team, although it is evident (and surprising perhaps) the physical size of the Northcote players is not so imposing. Len Smith (brother of Norm, and later famous as coach of Fitzroy and Richmond) and Frank Seymour (Northcote’s outstanding goal-sneak) are standing in the back row, and captain-coach Percy Rowe (ex-Collingwood and father of Richmond’s Des) is at the centre (fifth from left) in the middle row. Ralph Goullet (who became Northcote’s captain in 1934 and later captain-coach of Brighton) is sixth from the left in the middle row. Rover Bob Ross, who won the VFA’s Recorder Cup in 1932, is in the middle row. Tom Corrigan, a member of Fitzroy’s 1922 premiership team, is in the front row. Corrigan died in action in World War Two and a chapter about him is included in Jim Main and David Allen, Fallen - the Ultimate Heroes, Melbourne, Crown Content, 2002.

Colin Williamson, centre-half-forward in Northcote’s 1934 premiership team, and later coach of both Brighton and St.Kilda, is, I believe, seen standing in the doorway at left.

This particular Simmonds (from Murtoa) is possibly the same George ‘Nugget’ Simmonds (from Kerang) who played four games for Melbourne in 1924. ‘Nugget’ Simmonds was aboriginal. Northcote’s George Simmonds appears to be aboriginal.

Some players appear to be wearing black armbands. As in Northcote 1934 (H2008.122/76), the gold yokes worn on the green Northcote jumpers appear to be different shades.

Further Work Needed

It is not yet known which 1933 match the photo was taken at.

The 1933 Grand Final team list may give some clues to the names of other players
Argus 6-Oct-1933 p13
Argus 6-Oct-1933 p13

No heading. (1933, October 6). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 14. Retrieved August 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page523166

The Grand Final match report indicates there were a number of team changes
No heading. (1933, October 9). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 15. Retrieved August 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page523261

Billy Cole - 1938 St.Kilda Personalities Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Billy Cole - 1938 St.Kilda Personalities Source: Australian Rules Football Cards

W.Cole was future StKilda player Billy Cole who played over 100 games for Northcote from c1929-1933.

Interestingly, the Northcote cricket team, playing on October 7, 1933 (VFA Grand Final day), wore black armbands as a tribute to Councillor A.H. Oldis. It is conceivable that the football team also wore black armbands, and that this is a photo from around the time of the VFA Grand Final. See
CRICKET SEASON OPENS. (1933, October 9). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 13. Retrieved August 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11699788

Duplicates - Near Identical Photos

122_197 - Northcote Senior Team 1933
122_059 - Northcote Senior Team 1933 - This image

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