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Subi v Ducks 1 year 10 months ago #220653

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What's the first season you can remember SS? I'm a fair bit younger than you, I imagine. I can remember a game in  1974, close to finals time, being on the radio. 

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Subi v Ducks 1 year 10 months ago #220654

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I remember the early 60's where the family would sit behind the western goals on the grass bank in front of the little Brightspot burger van. Mum was a huge Ocker, Brian Sarre and Ross Gosden fan so she had a favourite to watch each quarter. Dad loved to watch Tommy Robbins, the current Robbins Grandfather and the smooth stylish Wally Martin, both wingman as Dad played wing for the Subi ressies back in the 40's. My clearest earliest memory was the '64 1st semi v Claremont, when Spud Slater coached us, it was torrential rain all day and we lost by a couple of goals, Claremont went on to win the GF. Always great fun to run out after the game with the autograph book to get our favourite players monika's.
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Subi v Ducks 1 year 10 months ago #220662

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Great stuff SS. I can remember 2 wooden stands on the northern side of the oval, including the old members stand. Not sure if the 3 tier stand was there then. 

My grandfather and family often watched from the grass bank at the city end.  

I missed the 90s and some of the 2000s.  Have you seen all the seasons since 64? 

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Subi v Ducks 1 year 10 months ago #220667

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Yes SS. I used to sit on that bank as well with my long departed parents. I remember we were sitting there one day when I was around 5 or 6 from memory and someone took a shot at goal and I wasn't looking and the ball whacked me in the face. It hurt like buggery but I think we won that day which made it better.

I also recall sitting in the little fenced off members area in front of the change rooms before the social premises was built. We were playing Perth and there was a scuffle against the fence right in front of us. My auntie Joy was a smoker and she pressed a lit cigarette against a Perth players arm. He called her a bitch and she said she hoped gangrene would set in. She'd be done for assault these days but back then it was on for young and old and I remember it like it was yesterday.

The other memory I had was after the 73 GF. If you have a recording of the game, right at the very end after the final siren when all the crowd were running onto the ground seconds from the end of the telecast, there's vision of a young bloke carrying a Subi flag with long blond hair running through the centre. No prizes for guessing that it was me. I gave the flag to Ocker and found it outside the change rooms later that night. It finished up on top of our roof at home and given we were living deep in South Freo country at the time, we got some pretty ordinary feedback from the locals. It lasted up there for a week before my old man made me take it down.  I think he was worried someone was going to burn the joint down.

My other lasting memory was watching Subi run out before a game one Saturday and Reg Hampson head over to the boundary and throw up. He must have had a big one the night before. Good memories indeed.

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Great stories BC:  the flag and the gangrene  one in particular. 

One of my and my sisters' memories is of an aboriginal woman who used to sit on  the city end bank behind the goals in the early 80s. At that time,  the wafl was dominated by Aboriginal players and Subi only had a guy called Kelly for a few games and few aboriginal supporters. We remember this lady  always being there in her subi gear.  You pay attention to those things as kids. 

As kids in the seventies, we got lemonades after the game  in that wierd carpeted bar, under the old wafl members stand. 

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Yes were were definitely the poor relations of the comp back then, well right up until Merryfield took over in the early 80's. Those dingy little red brick change rooms and the "salubrious" seats in front that BC referred to. The club was never permitted to have a liquor licence because the WANFL held a licence in their WANFL members stand. The club had to get a 1 day function licence and set up kegs and tressel tables under the wooden "public stand", no wonder we couldn't attract members. that all changed when we had the new premises behind the 3 tier stand and got our own licence but still couldn't stand and watch the game from the bar like all other clubs had. That 3 tier stand was supposed to be the first stage of a full circle of 3 tiers with the ground re-aligned north south, would have had a 60k capacity. Imagine 60,000 yellow plastic tractor seats!!!
Ahhhh thems was the days.

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