Committeeman, Ian Wright contacted former umpiring guru, Jim McSweeney who seconded former Society member, Chris Huon, to help identify a mysterious umpiring group from what we thought was the 1970s – attached.
The image was taken at Erskineville Oval, the umpires’ training venue at the time, on Monday 9 March 1970, where VFL Assistant Umpires’ Advisor, Norm Grant visited Sydney to present lectures and assist umpires in the finer points of their particular discipline. He also visited the South Coast. Umpires trained on Mondays and Wednesdays.
His week long visit was funded by the Rothmans National Sport Foundation, an organisation set up by the manufacturers of Rothmans Cigarettes to promote the development and education of various sports. It is fair to say that the local league received a reasonable amount of assistance from the Foundation.
Fortunately, both McSweeney and Huon were able to identify 90% of those in this picture which we have since named.
The umpires’ coach in 1970 was Brian O’Donoghue, who also acted as field umpire. In the photo is Graham Allomes, who is reputed to have boundary umpired in more games than any other person in senior league football and is identified in the centre row.
While the majority in the photograph have been identified there are some that have not. If you can assist, please let us know.