FACES IN THE CROWD

The Society is fortunate to have a number of photographs, each of which are currently being processed for cataloguing into  their online repository.

The images we have added here are from the background of a photograph taken at the 1969 Sydney Football Grand Final at Trumper Park between, Western Suburbs and Newtown where the Magpies won by a goal.

They reflect the tremendous disparity in crowds at Sydney football today and in particular, those who visit Trumper Park.

This ground used to be the headquarters for the game in Sydney.  In fact in 1963, the league operated out of a single storey brick building, which was near the Glenmore Road entrance.  They temporarily used it as their office.  The canteen was at one end.

How many faces do you know in these three photos?  We have picked out a few whom we have marked:

*  Former footballer, umpire, and administrator Jack Armstrong,
all decked out in his South Sydney jumper ready for the club’s dramatic half-time reaction to their forced relegation to second division.
*  1970 League’s leading goalkicker, Jeff Jarret.
*  North Shore official Bob Quinn
*  Newtown player and later umpire, Alan Sigsworth.

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The photos also show the fashions of the day.  In a period which saw much change in society you can see the short and long hair on males.  Some who wore collars and ties, suits and other semi formal attire, only to sit on the sparsely grassed hill, rather than pay the extra one and six (15c) to gain entry to the Frank Dixon Grandstand which stood on the southern wing.

Today, the stand is gone, reshaped several years ago into the small boutique amenity block which fits in with the trendy environment the suburb of Paddington has now assumed.  The hill now boasts several trees which would make it difficult to sit and enjoy the football.

Other older men are wearing hats, once a common sight and worn more as a fashion attachment rather than to keep the sun from their pale skin.