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joffa corfe 

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:26 am
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die4pies wrote:
Magnificent work Joffa.

Our history defines who we are today.

The significance of the win is often focussed solely on protecting the 4 in a row and the fact that Melbourne came so close to 6 straight. Another important part of the win was the fact that this was the centenary premiership. Melbourne started football back in 1958, they played with themsleves for a year (Some say they haven't stopped after 150 years Wink ) and were looking for a huge win in the 100th season of Australian Rules. Once again the Flatites pooped all over their party as only we know how.

Keep up the great work Joffa. People need to know just how great our aged Magpie breathren really were.


You can understand why the snobs from the MCC loathe the pies..We did stop the Melbourne football club from winning 6 in a row...They were going for four in a row in 1958..our 58 heroes had something to say about that!
Melbourne went on to defeat Essendon in 59 and defeated the Pies in 1960,
Before the game in the rooms prior to the 1958 Grand Final the world was laughing at Collingwood..Kyne barked at his never say die heroes ' We are the men to decide if these bastards equal our four in a row record '..inspiring stuff..Lest We forget ' our mighty heroes from 58!
To be continued...

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Fact...
At 3/4 time Kyne was beside himself at what his team had been doing..they were on a dream on their way in creating something so special it would be talked about some 50 years later..He had no stats sheets nor white board.
He could only be heard in yelling over and over again
Hang on... we gotta hang on
Bloody well hang on... they will come home hard we gotta hang on..Hang on Boys
WOW gives ya goosebumps!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:59 am
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That last quarter seemed like a full afternoon as Melbourne punched and probed, but our defenders, by sheer will power, and led by Harry Sullivan and Ron Reeves, held firm. None of our players shirked those bone crunching knocks when they were bowled over by the shirtfront atacks and punches in the clinches.
Watching the hands on the clock and noticing we were three goals in front, the crowd, which had been screaming for blood, were shocked.
The stands were sullenly silent as a dream ended, while i and other weary magpies seemed to be entering the dream world.
The siren sounded the death knell for Melbourne and a blast of a victory for us. The scoreboard showed we won 12.10 to 9.10.


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The following day at Victoria Park the players went through a barrel of beer in 3 minutes.

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The mid-1950s saw the emergence of arguably the most formidable force in Victorian football since the Magpies' mighty four--in-a-row' team of three decades earlier. Norm Smith was the instigator of this threat to the Collingwood legend, and Melbourne, which conclusively won the premierships of 1955-56-57, was the team. On 20 September 1958, in a scenario that no Hollywood script writer could have wished to surpass, the only team standing between the Demons and the immortality of four successive VFL flags was - Collingwood. Regarded by most as an ordinary team fuelled more by old-fashioned 'G and D' than by any innate football talent, embarrassingly thrashed by Melbourne in the 2nd semi final, missing both their skipper Frank Tuck and arguably their most talented player in Bill Twomey, the Magpies entered the 1958 grand final as the longest odds outsiders for years. The Demons, thought the experts, would be too quick, too skilled and much too cohesive for Collingwood, whose only potential trump card lay in the almost fanatical determination of its players, who 'Phonse' Kyne had ensured were imbued to the brim with awareness of and heartfelt devotion to the club's unique tradition, as well as an understanding of the damage to that tradition which would result from Melbourne emulating - and hence, inevitably, de-valuing - one of its chief cornerstones, the winning of an unprecedented four VFL flags in succession.

Grand final day was cool and very wet, but this did not prevent a large crowd of 97,956 turning up to see Melbourne explode out of the blocks in typical, vibrant, assured fashion. With 'big guns' Barassi, Mithen, Beckwith and Johnson firing, the Demons totally dominated the opening term, and when they entered the first change with a 5.1 to 2.2 lead the only question on most observers' minds - Collingwood supporters excepted - was 'how much Melbourne?'

During the 2nd term, however, a change came over the game. As the ground got heavier, so the pace slowed, and the normally elusive Melbourne players were at the wrong end of some fierce body clashes. Moreover, they reacted in such a way that Collingwood's 'enforcers', Murray Weideman and Barry 'Hooker' Harrison, sensing a weakness, "systematically roughed up the potential Melbourne match-winners, notably Barassi and Mithen, who seemed to be involved in almost every flare-up" . Slowly but surely, as Melbourne players concentrated on avoiding danger, or on 'evening up' with Harrison and Weideman, the Magpies began to make inroads into the deficit, adding 5.4 to 2.3 for the quarter to end up 2 points to the good at the long break.

The 3rd quarter brought more fiery incidents, but in between it was the Magpies who were playing nearly all the football, rattling on 5.3 to the Demons' 2 solitary behinds to more or less seal the game. Although Melbourne attacked relentlessly for most of the final term, the Collingwood backline, notably full back Harry Sullivan and back pocket Ron Reeves, reigned supreme, and when the final siren sounded the scoreboard confirmed what was arguably the biggest grand final boil-over in the VFL since Melbourne's triumph over Essendon precisely a decade earlier: Collingwood 12.10 (82); Melbourne 9.10 (64).

The Magpies' victory had been achieved by means of a quintessential team performance in which every player carried his weight. Even so, some individuals inevitably stood out, notably diminutive rover Thorold Merrett, who was credited with 25 kicks, ruckmen Graeme Fellowes and Ray Gabelich, half forward Bill Serong, wingman Ken Turner (21 kicks and 11 marks) - plus, of course, the aforementioned 'strong man' duo of Weideman and Harrison and, particularly in the final term, the last line defenders Reeves and Sullivan.

Despite the intensely physical nature of the contest, the umpires made only two reports: Melbourne's Ron Barassi was charged with striking Murray Weideman, and Barry Harrison was alleged to have charged Barassi. Both players were exonerated at the tribunal.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:34 am
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Fact:

When Bill Serong arrived at Magpie land he was penniless and jobless, He befriended a trainer who let him sleep in the trainers rooms at Victoria Park until he got his feet back on the ground.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:00 am
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Frank Tuck missed out on the 1958 Grand Final due to injury as well as the 1953 Grand Final..was Frank Tuck cursed at birth ?

A half back flanker very much in the Collingwood tradition, Tough relentless and indifatigable. Frank Tuck gave the magpies excellent service in 131 VFL games between 1950 and 1959. He was amazingly unfortunate to miss out on both premierships during his career at Collingwood 1953 and 1959. suspended in 53 and whilst captain in 1958 could not take his place due to injury.
His misfortune includes playing in three losing Grand Final teams. Tuck came to the pies from Strathmerton and left the pies in 1960 to coach Corowa.
It would be amiss not to mention Frank Tuck great Magpie dogged by bad luck.


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A significant figure at Collingwood, as both player and coach, for a total of twenty-five seasons, Phonse Kyne enjoyed involvement in four Magpie premierships, and his importance to the club was later affirmed by his inclusion, as a forward pocket and change ruckman, in its official 'Team of the Century'. Having played for Old Paradians and St Kevin's Old Boys, he made his senior VFL debut with Collingwood in 1934, and the following year was at centre half forward as the Magpies beat South Melbourne in the grand final by 20 points. Kyne also lined up at centre half forward, and was one of the best players afield, when Collingwood went back to back in 1936, once again at the expense of South.
After the 1936 flag, Kyne began to spend more time as a ruckman, and it is as one of the all time great exponents of that position that he is best remembered. His palming skills in particular have perhaps seldom been equalled, and it was often claimed that the main reason for Lou Richards' renowned reluctance to come off the ball was the fact that Kyne gave his rovers such an armchair ride. The onset of World War Two significantly curtailed his availability, although he did serve as club in 1942, but once VFL football was back in full swing in 1946 he began to produce the best and most consistent football of his career. A Copeland Trophy winner three times in succession between 1946 and 1948, and his total of 9 interstate appearances included the captaincy at the 1947 Hobart carnival. Kyne captained Collingwood from 1946 until 1949, and was appointed coach in 1950. His playing career came to an end that year after 245 games and 237 goals, but he remained as the Magpies coach until 1963, steering the side to finals participation in eight out of fourteen seasons, and to the premierships of 1953 and 1958.

We salute the coach of 1958 who led our warriors to everlasting Glory..The beautiful Phonse Kyne..Is he our best of the best ?

The journey with our 58 Gladiators to continue..


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Collingwood's Peter Lucas was a half back flanker of the highest order, whose ability to keep even the most dangerous opponents in check was perhaps the most noteworthy feature of his game. Pacy, strong overhead, and a fine kick, he did everything with a smooth consistency that effectively redoubled its impact. His 177 VFL games between 1949 and 1959 included the winning grand final of 1958 against Melbourne, injury having ruled him out of the previous premiership win against Geelong in 1953. Peter Lucas returned to Collingwood as an administrator after his playing days were over.

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Key position forward Ian Brewer had the rare distinction of enjoying top level success in the three main football states. At Collingwood he impressed as a full forward, kicking 164 goals in 84 VFL games between 1956 and 1961, topping the league list with 73 goals in 1958. He topped the Magpies' goal kicking ladder twice, and was at full forward in the 1958 when the Woods upset firm flag favourites Melbourne by 3 goals. Earlier that season, on the Queen's Birthday holiday, he had produced arguably his most memorable performance for Collingwood in booting 6 of the side's 10 goals in an 11 point loss to Melbourne in front of an all time record VFL home and away crowd of 99,346.
In 1962 he crossed to St Kilda, but proved unable to break into the senior side. As a result, he seems to have decided that a change of scenery might suit him, and travelled to Western Australia. He spent the next couple of seasons with Claremont where, playing mainly as a centre half forward, he booted 55 goals to top the club's list in 1963, and was a member of its sensational 'rags to riches' premiership team the following year.

The next stop was the SANFL where Brewer lined up with Norwood. In 1965 he was the competition's outstanding forward, missing the elusive ton by just 4 goals. He also topped Norwood's list with 76 goals the following year. After three years spent captain-coaching Wangaratta Rovers in the Ovens and Murray Football League he made a somewhat faltering return with the Redlegs in 1970, when his 3 appearances for the season gave him a career total of 171 league games comprised of 84 with Collingwood, 43 with Claremont, and 44 for Norwood.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:12 am
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Remembering M Twomey

At 185cm in height, Collingwood's Mick Twomey was taller than his brothers Bill and Pat, and played most of his 157 VFL games between 1951 and 1961 as a ruckman. If his attitude occasionally seemed almost lackadaisical, he always seemed to raise his performance level a notch or two when it mattered most, such as in finals. Twomey's main strengths were his tremendous leaping ability, and his pace. He was widely acknowledged as the fastest ruckmen in the VFL for much of his career, boasting the same distinctive long striding running style as his oldest brother, Bill. Unlike his brothers, Mick Twomey was a right foot kick. He was capable of propelling the ball over enormous distances, but his accuracy often left much to be desired. Over the course of his career Twomey was a member of five Collingwood grand final teams, enjoying premiership success in 1953 and 1958.


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And so it is written that in 2008 the 50th anniversary of our 1958 triumph the 1958 Gladiators would be entered into our Hall Of Fame. The emotion of the evening will live forever. To be in the same room as these guys was an incredible experience. Murray Weideman stand in Captain on the day spoke of how the boys rallied at the quarter time break and go on and win the most famous of all victories in the history of the Collingwood football club. He and ' Hooker ' Harrison would do the rough stuff whilst the other guys would go about playing football.

This victory of 58 epitomises everything about the Collingwood football club and it's people even to this day...One can only imagine what it would of been like to have been there.

To have the courage last night and walk up to the men who made it all happen.. Weideman, Serong, Delahunty, Beers and the great Thorald Merrett will be something i will never ever forget, i really did feel like a midget amongst giants.
They were friendly and warm, Not only great players on the field but great people in real life..How lucky i am to have been given the oppertunity to speak and mingle with Collingwood Legends. It will be a night i'll never forget. I have photos i will post later..Murray Weideman, Bill Serong and Thorald Merrett have agreed to be interviewed.

The interview will be a Nicks Board exclusive and will appear on my website after it's appeared on Nicks board.

And special thanks must go to Collingwood for honouring these guys who have now etched themselves into football imortality..and deservedly so!
1958-50 years on..to continue

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The great Murray Weideman with the 1958 Team Premiership Hall of Fame medallion

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Mr and Mrs Delahunty Premiership Legend from the 1958 Premiership @ The Hall of Fame Dinner

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:38 am
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Bump.

Let's celebrate the 50th anniversary in style this weekend.

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Yarra Falls End wrote:
Bump.

Let's celebrate the 50th anniversary in style this weekend.

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