Welcome back to “Crackers Chronicles”. This week we trace some of the history of the Old Scotch Football Club by recounting the contributions made by some of our greatest players. We will continue with the OSCFC Team of the Century announced in 2000.
On 5 August 2000, at a dinner to celebrate the club’s 80th anniversary, the club announced its “Team of the Century”:
FB: Peter Brown Jim Lillie Rohan Price
HB: Rob Fuller (VC) Mike Perry Richard Tindale
C: Marten Bedford Mike Fitchett Ken Melville
HF: Mick Eggleston John Morgan Peter Sherwen
FF: Manson Russel (DVC) David Hughes Peter Harkness
Foll: Michael Bates John Anderson (Capt) Ian Law
Int: Andrew Smith Simon Tallent John Moir
Coach: Laurie Aghan
This week we focus on the centreline players and followers...
M. G. Marten Bedford (“Cheeky”)
In 1948, Marten Bedford was recruited from Scotch College and played 59 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club from 1948 – 1952. He was a Victorian representative in 1949 & 1951 and an Australian Amateur Football Council representative in 1951. He also coached our Juniors in 1953.
M. K. Michael Fitchett
In 1946, Michael Fitchett was recruited from Scotch College and played 67 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club from 1946 – 1949. He was the club’s leading goalkicker in 1946 & 1947 and captained our club from 1947 – 1949. He was a Victorian representative in 1948 & 1949. Later from 1953 – 1956 he played 30 games for the Hawthorn FC.
P. K. Ken Melville
In 1958, Ken Melville, an Old Scotch boy was recruited to the club from University Blacks FC. He had been a Victorian amateur representative in 1952 & 1953, and then played 71 games for the Melbourne FC from 1953 – 1956. From 1958 – 1961, he played 59 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club and captained our Club in 1961.
M. K. Michael Bates
In 1978, Laurie Aghan recruited Michael Bates to the club from Reservoir Old Boys FC where he had played under Laurie. Michael had been a Victorian representative in 1973, 1975 & 1976. He went on to be our club’s Best & Fairest in 1978 and played in our 1978 A Section premiership team.
J. D. John Anderson (“Ando”)
In 1966, John Anderson was recruited from Scotch College and played 229 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club from 1966 – 1980. In 1966, he was our Under 19s leading goalkicker.
John captained the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club for seven years from 1972 – 1973 & 1975 – 1979. He was our club’s Best & Fairest in 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976 & 1977, and our club leading goalkicker in 1973.
He played in our back-to-back premiership teams of 1977 (B section) & 1978 (A section).
He was a Victorian representative in 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 & 1977 (Captain), and Australian Amateur Football Council representative in 1973 & 1976.
In 1978, he was awarded a Life Member of the club, also for having played 200 games for the Club in 1978.
Unfortunately, John died of a heart attack in Greece in 1999.
In 2000, John was named a captain of the OSCFC Team of the Century, and later in 2013 made a VAFA Big V Champion.
I. K. Ian Law (“Liberty”)
In 1956, Ian Law was recruited from Scotch College and played 71 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club from 1956 – 1960. He was a Victorian representative in 1958, 1959 & 1960 and an Australian Amateur Football Council representative in 1958. He was our club’s Best & Fairest in 1959 and VAFA “A” section Best & Fairest in 1959. He then went on and played 106 games for the Hawthorn FC from 1960 – 1968. Later he coached our club in 1973 & 1974.
Next week we will look at the forwardline players ...
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