Northcote Senior Team 1934 (SLV 122_076)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV

Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/76

Team: Northcote VFA senior team 1934

Top row - Unknown, Unknown, Frank Seymour, Len Smith, Stan Wilson

Middle row - Stan Powell (half back flank),Unknown, Alec Gray (rover), Ralph Goullet (c) (follower), Frank Ackland, Unknown, Unknown, Eddie Bray

Front row - (player obscured by emulsion damage), Ern Hart (centreman),
Jack Lyngcoln(back pocket), Jack Woods, Bob Ross (rover).

Date: 1934


This is the champion Northcote VFA team of the early thirties. Northcote in the thirties was the VFA’s dominant club. The Green and Golds won the 1929 flag and then three premierships in consecutive years (1932-1934). They followed up in 1936 with yet another premiership. Ironically, 1936 was the Northcote club’s very last VFA premiership in the top division. This particular photo was taken in 1934.

Frank Seymour was the most outstanding goal-kicker in the VFA for a number of years in the thirties. Len Smith, brother of legendary Norm, played for Melbourne and Fitzroy and then went on to coaching honours at Fitzroy and Richmond. He moved to the VFL in 1934. Bob Ross won the VFA’s 1932 Recorder Cup.

For the Northcote 1933 team, see 122_197 - Northcote Senior Team 1933). Note that ex-Collingwood star Percy Rowe, captain-coach of Northcote in 1933, is present in 122_059 - Northcote Senior Team 1933, but is not present in this photo. Rowe stepped down after the 1933 season. The same applies to Tom Corrigan, formerly of Fitzroy.

Note the hole in the grandstand wall. Note also the gold yoke on jumper appears to be missing (or at least so dark as to blend in with the green) on the guernseys of some of the players. As Marc Fiddian explains in his history of the Northcote Football Club, economic depression meant all VFA clubs were finding it hard to balance the books. Despite having been premiers two years running, Northcote started season 1934 with a debt of 462 pounds and only 600 members. See M.Fiddian, Gold Threads Among the Green - A History of the Northcote Football Club, Raccoon Tail Books, 2007, p. 78.

Further Work Needed

Len Smith played 13 games for Melbourne in 1934. This may be 1933.

Fixtures for Season. (1934, March 27). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 8. Retrieved August 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10922280

The Northcote (Westgarth Street) grandstand is small with a stairway in the centre of the grandstand. This grandstand looks different - so the photo probably was not taken at the Northcote ground. Yet the players are wearing black shorts. This suggests the photo may have been taken at a Final.

1934 VFA Grand final played at Showgrounds? or Olympic Park?
ASSOCIATION GRAND FINAL. (1934, September 29). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 19. Retrieved August 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10974154

VICTORIAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION. (1934, October 6). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 28. Retrieved August 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10968102

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