Merrett, Thorold (SLV 122_088)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/88

Team: Collingwood (VFL)
Location: Victoria Park (Abbotsford)
Date: circa 1950

People: Thorold Merrett


A very young (and small) Thorold Merrett photographed at Victoria Park (Collingwood), circa 1950. Merrett, later famous for his magnificent stab-kicking, came to Collingwood from Cobden. Starting as a diminutive sixteen-year-old, Merrett played 180 games for the Magpies from 1950-60 before a broken leg prematurely ended his career. The brilliant wingman won two best and fairest awards (1958,1959), played in two premierships (1953, 1958), and represented Victoria seven times.
This same photograph of Merrett is reproduced in The Official Collingwood Illustrated Encyclopaedia, p. 70.

Further Work Needed

A crop similar to this image appeared in the 1951 Football Record
Football Record v38n12 Round 10 30-Jun-1951
Football Record v38n12 Round 10 30-Jun-1951

The location is absolutely identical.

Maybe the Record Photo is taken from a second image or maybe slightly doctored.
There are a few minor differences between the photos. (Note the sleeve colour and the missing crossed arms)

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