1936 ESPCFA B Grade: Senior Premier
St Mary’s defeated Box Hill Adelphians
Back Row: Jack Chamberlain; Harren Weatherall; Dave Tugnett; Trevor Rathjeans; Les Tugnett
Second Row: George Malcolm (President); Fred Scanlon, Robert Windley; Bernie Carr; William Rathjeans; Arthur Sutton (Vice President)
Middle Row: Joey Blease; Frank Titus; Arthur Leashon (Vice Captain); William Lester (Captain); Jack Allen; Arthur Hutchens; Rob McHutchinson
Front: Len Breaut; Keith Sanders; Colin Madder, Richard Sutton
ST MARY’S B GRADE PREMIERS 1936
In 1932 St. Mary’s Football Club took to the field in their inaugural season, and won its first premiership in 1936 by defeating Box Hill Adelphians in B Grade in the Eastern Suburbs Protestant Churches Football Association.
David Malcolm’s grand-father, Mr George Malcolm was the club president in 1936, and David’s father Don takes up the story of the 1936 premiership:
“The game was a great event. The team formed up at the Malcolm home in Toorak Rd, Sth Camberwell, opposite St Mary’s Church. Our major sponsor at the time was Ware’s Timber Yard and Removalists. The main reason being that they had a furniture truck and both the Ware boys played for St Mary’s. The truck pulled up and the seats in the back were quickly filled. The girls backed their players fully and had been busy on the old treadle machines making huge red, black and yellow banners. The game was played at the Blackburn Sports Ground Main Oval, which was used for many years by the ESPSCA for finals encounters. The van arrived, down hopped the eager St Mary’s players who formed up behind the ladies with the banner and marched as a group to the change rooms. It must have been rather an awe inspiring sight in those days for an opposition to see such a show before a game.”
THE ORIGINAL JUMPER
The original St Mary’s jumper, in use from 1932-1939 consisted of three vertical stripes in red, black and yellow. Sometime in those early years a shield was added, similar to the St Kilda Football Club Shield. The shield was placed on the yellow stripe under the heart region and was in the red, black and yellow colours. The arms of the jumper were black with red and yellow rings at about elbow height. Socks were similarly black with red and yellow rings.
Football boots were very expensive but most players had good quality work boots which in most cases doubled for football.
LOOKING BACK TO 1932
St Mary’s Team Photo: 1932
Back Row: George Malcolm; Doug Kinnear; Les Tugnett; Trevor Rathjeans; tba; Roy Eastor; Harry Ware; Jack Fyfe; Mr Sutton; Dave Allen; Mr William Kinder
Second Row: tba; Jack Allen; Frank Ware; Bob Kinder; Fred Scanlon; Bob Wingley; Jack House
Front: tba; Russell Pitt; Jack Delaney; Dave Lewis; tba; tba