Some information from 1960 in particular is very riveting. Amongst them are those of the Australian National Football Council Section 2 Championships played at Trumper Park in Sydney over a period of seven days.
With the passage of time and the constant change of administrators at the NSW Football League, this is one series that has been forgotten.
The combatants were: NSW, VFA, Queensland and “Canberra“ the latter playing under that title until midway through the 1970s. Here are the results:
|25 June||NSW||14-24 (108)||QLD||13-19 (107)|
|26 June||VFA||17-31 (133)||Canberra||3-11 (29)|
|29 June||NSW||13-13 (92)||Canberra||13-12 (90)|
|29 June||VFA||22-20 (152)||QLD||3-7 (25)|
|2 July||Canberra||16-16 (112)||QLD||13-10 (88)|
|3 July||VFA||23-24 (162)||NSW||8-9 (57)|
As well, there were some extraordinary lead-up games, particularly the games played during the week.
Before the VFA v Canberra match, Sydney University, who were not competing in the Sydney league that year, 13-11 (99) d Combined Newcastle 6-5 (41).
In the match Canberra v Qld, the curtain raiser was East Side v West Side while on the following day, which turned out to be the final in the game VFA v NSW, the Navy 9-16 (70) d Army 4-9 (33).
A very interesting aspect to the 1960 season which a few readers may remember, was the opening of the Frank Dixon (pictured) Stand at Trumper Park. It replaced a dilapidated timber stand which was built early in the first decade of last century and stood almost on the corner of Glenmore Road and Hampton Street.
Frank was a very charismatic character and a long time player and supporter of the game in Sydney.
While he probably deserves a page on his own (which we will work on) Frank was born and raised in Doncaster Avenue, Kingsford. After attending St Mary’s Cathedral High School, he played rugby league as a youth then switched to Australian Football in 1926 turning out with with the Daceyville Waratahs Junior club, winning the best and fairest in his first year.
He later played with South Sydney and coached them to the 1934 & 35 premierships as well as runner-up in 1936 & 37.
He represented NSW on nine occasions from 1935-37 and at one stage was a player-coach of the state team.
Frank enlisted for the Second World War where he was wounded at El Alamein, later became a proud ‘Rat of Tobruk’.
Upon return he was elected senior vice president of the NSW Football League and subsequently appointed non-playing state coach from 1947-1952.
He was involved in politics and for a number of years a Labor alderman for the ward of Fitzroy in the City of Sydney Council. He was deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney between 1960-62.
The new stand was opened on 25 June by Sydney Lord Mayor Harry Jensen and named after this legend of the game in Sydney.
The new stand, since now remodelled if not almost destroyed, “will seat 1500 people and has first class amenities, including tiled bath and shower rooms and dance hall and refreshment room.”