Tuesday 11th December, 2018

Footscray’s 10 Premierships 1898-1954

FOOTSCRAY PREMIERSHIPS: ALL 10 OF THEM 1898-1954

1898 1899 1900 1908 1913 1919 1920 1923 1924 1954

Information gained from ‘Unleashed’ – the Official History of the Footscray Football Club book.

The VFA did not hold Grand Finals as such until 1903. The team on top of the ladder at seasons end were declared Premiers.

All names have been taken from ‘Unleashed.’ So there are some unknown full names, be they full names, or just as a surname, or an initial and then surname. Some examples are F. Hewitt from 1899 and L. Serby of 1900. Spelling in the ‘Unleashed.’ Premiership players register is different for some in the general registry.

 
1898

The 21 players

Arthur Armstrong William Kruse
Charlie Brockwell Charlie Molyneaux
Dave De Coite (Captain) Billy McCarthy
Dave Drew Alex Mitchell
Bobby Dick Robert (Stump) Montgarrett
Billy Dickens William Robinson
Charlie Grunden Pat Shanahan
Col Gregory Ted Suffolk
William (Ching) Harris Alf (Tracker) Wilson
Thomas (Paddy) Hinch Arthur (Nance) Williams
Jack James

 
1899

The 24 players

Arthur Armstrong Jack James
Charlie Brockwell William Kruse
Alf Cunningham Billy McCarthy
Lou Daily Joe Marmo
Dave De Coite (Captain) Alex Mitchell
Billy Dickens T. Mitchell
Dave Drew Charlie Molyneaux
Col Gregory Robert (Stump) Montgarrett
Charlie Grunden William Robinson
F. Hewitt # Ted Suffolk
William (Ching) Harris Alf (Tracker) Wilson
Thomas (Paddy) Hinch Arthur (Nance) Williams

 
1900

The 24 players

Charlie Brockwell Edgar ‘Coronation’ McGlynn
Lou Daily Joe Marmo
Dave De Coite (Captain) Alex Mitchell
Billy Dickens Charlie Molyneaux
Dave Drew Robert (Stump) Montgarrett
Charlie Grunden Jim ‘Slim’ Pymm
Col Gregory William Robinson
William (Ching) Harris L. Serby*
Thomas (Paddy) Hinch Robert Sevior
William Kruse Ted Suffolk
Billy McCance Jack Todd
Billy McCarthy Arthur (Nance) Williams

 
Footscray Premiers 1908

Teams Quarter Time Half Time 3/4 Time Full Time
Footscray 1. 2. 8 3. 4. 22 6. 5. 41 9. 10. 64
Brunswick 2. 0. 12 4. 0. 24 5. 3. 33 6. 4. 40

Footscray Grand Final Team of 1908

Backline Vic Neilson William (Ching) Harris Joe Greenwood
Half Back Line Tom Sevior Joe Marmo Dan (Soldier) McCarthy
Centreline Fred Hansen Archie Clarke George Stewart
Half Forward Line Johnny Lander W. Egan Fred Elliott
Forward Line Jim Neylan Jack Hutchinson Tom McKinley
Followers Arthur Gregory
Rover Roy Cotton
Captain Tom McKinley
Coach Jim Cassidy

 
Footscray Premiers 1913

Teams Quarter Time Half Time 3/4 Time Full Time
Footscray 4. 2. 26 7. 10. 52 8. 13. 61 10. 14. 74
North Melbourne 3. 4. 22 6. 4. 40 10. 6. 66 11. 7. 73

Footscray Grand Final Team of 1919

Backline Billy Mongan Jack Meuleman Bill Edwards
Half Back Line Charles Grierson Norm Ford Frank Davidson
Centreline Alec (Tattles) Patterson Johnny Grierson F. Fitzgibbon
Half Forward Line Aubrey McKenzie Vernon Banbury Harry Greaves
Forward Line Harry Morgan Johnny Craddock Paddy L’Estrange
Followers Jack (Chooka) Howell Vic Samson
Rover Johnny Martin
Captain Johnny Craddock
Coach Billy Sewart

 
Footscray Premiers 1920

Teams Quarter Time Half Time 3/4 Time Full Time
Footscray 3. 3. 21 5. 4. 34 6. 7. 43 10. 9. 69
Brunswick 1. 5. 11 3. 12. 30 6. 15. 51 8. 18. 66

Footscray Grand Final Team of 1920

Backline Vic Samson Jack Meuleman C. Miller
Half Back Line Len Jonnson Charles Grierson Bill Edwards
Centreline Sam Holden Johnny Grierson Les Govan
Half Forward Line Percy Maybury Vernon Banbury Aubrey McKenzie
Forward Line Paddy L’Estrange Johnny Craddock Roy Park
Followers Jack (Chooka) Howell J Carmody
Rover Johnny Martin
Captain Johnny Craddock
Coach Not established Most likely to be Johnny Craddock

 
Footscray Premiers 1923

Teams Quarter Time Half Time 3/4 Time Full Time
Footscray 3. 4. 22 3. 4. 22 6. 9. 45 7. 10. 52
Port Melbourne 0. 0. 0 2. 1. 13 2. 2. 14 5. 8. 38

Footscray Grand Final Team of 1923

Backline William Doolan Sivies Vic Smith
Half Back Line Morden Norm Ford Frans Nielsen
Centreline Rupert Gibb Alby Outen Bill McIntyre
Half Forward Line Wally Fraser Jack O’Brien Vic Samson
Forward Line Jack (Chooka) Howell Tom Mullens J. Scanlon
Followers Con McCarthy Charlie Zinnick
Rover Alex Eason
Captain Con McCarthy
Coach Con McCarthy

 
Footscray Premiers 1924

Teams Quarter Time Half Time 3/4 Time Full Time
Footscray 3. 5. 23 4. 6. 30 9. 9. 63 11. 11. 77
Williamstown 0. 1. 1 0. 4. 4 0. 4. 4 3. 4. 22

Footscray Grand Final Team of 1924

Backline William Doolan Jack Meuleman Wally Fraser
Half Back Line Bill McIntyre Norm Ford Frans Nielsen
Centreline Rupert Gibb Colin Laidlaw Alf Merton
Half Forward Line Alan Hopkins Jack O’Brien Tom McHenry
Forward Line Charlie Zinnick Tom Mullens Les Punch
Followers Con McCarthy Vic Samson
Rover Alex Eason
Captain Con McCarthy
Coach Con McCarthy

 
Footscray Premiers 1954

Teams Quarter Time Half Time 3/4 Time Full Time
Footscray 6. 3. 39 8. 5. 53 12. 9. 81 15. 12. 102
Melbourne 1. 4. 10 4. 6. 30 6. 7. 43 7. 9. 51

Footscray Grand Final Team of 1954

Backline Wally Donald Herb Henderson Dave Bryden
Half Back Line Alan Martin Ted Whitten Jim Gallagher
Centreline Ron McCarthy Don Ross Doug Reynolds
Half Forward Line Roger Duffy Peter Box Ron Stockman
Forward Line Charlie Sutton Jack Collins Brian Gilmore
Followers Harvey Stevens Arthur Edwards
Rover John Kerr
Reserves Angus Abbey Jack Nuttall
Just missed out Lionel Ryan Omitted to make way for return of Sutton
Captain Charlie Sutton
Coach Charlie Sutton

The players written in the Bold & Italic font are still alive.