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Welcome back to this years’ edition of “Crackers Chronicles”.  This week we will trace some of the history of the Old Scotch Football Club by recounting the contributions made by some of our greatest players.


On 3 May 1994, in the weekly OSCFC Drumsheet newsletter, Manson Russel published his best ever Old Scotch side based on the players that he actually saw play. On 22 June 2017, I interviewed Manson to confirm his selections. (The era they played is in brackets underneath):


FB: Brian Barkway Jim Lillie Don Morone

(50-60’s) (40-50’s) (40-50’s)


HB: Rob Fuller Mike Perry Dick Tindale

(80-90’s) (60’s) (50-60’s)


C: Marten Bedford Ken Melville Peter Brown

(40-50’s) (50-60’s) (80-90’s)


HF: Mick Eggleston Lionel King Peter Sherwen

(40-50’s) (50’s) (70-90’s)


FF: Mike Fitchett David Hughes Graeme McLean

(40’s) (60-70’s) (60’s)


Foll: Peter Harkness John Anderson Ian Law

(50-60’s) (60-80’s) (50-60’s)


Int: John Moir Rod Olsson Andrew Smith

(80-90’s) (60’s) (80-90’s)


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 debuted in our Seniors on 24 April 1948.  He was a Victorian State Representative in 1949 & 1951 and an Australian Amateur Football Council Representative in 1951.  After he retired from playing, he coached our Juniors in 1953.

His son David Bedford played 120 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club from 1978 –

1985, playing in our 1978 “A Section” premiership team.

In 2000, Marten was selected on the wing in our OSFC Team of the Century.

Manson described Marten as a very skilful and pacey player both handballing and kicking.


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.  He debuted in our Seniors on 12 July 1958 and captained our Club in 1961.

Ken’s brother, Colin Melville, played 188 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club from 1953 – 1966.

In 2000, Ken was selected on the wing in our OSFC Team of the Century.

Manson described Ken as a very skilful ex-VFL all-rounder.  Ken gave up VFL football to become a Presbyterian minister.


P. A. Peter Brown


In 1975, Peter Brown was recruited from Scotch College and played three games while still at school.

He played 192 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club from 1975 – 1976 & 1982 – 1992.  

From 1977 – 1980 he played 44 games for the Fitzroy FC.  He was a Victorian State Representative in 1982, 1983 & 1984, and an Australian Amateur Football Council Representative in 1983.

He was awarded a Life Member of our club in 1994.

In 2000, Peter was selected in the back pocket in our OSFC Team of the Century.

Manson described Peter as very solid all round player.


P. K. Peter Harkness (“Pole”)


In 1956, Peter Harkness, an old boy of Scotch College was recruited from University Blues and played one season to become our club’s Best & Fairest.  He debuted in our Seniors on 21 April 1956.  He also played in a demonstration game of Australian Rules football at the Olympic Games between the VAFA and a team of amateur players drawn from the VFL and VFA.  In 1959, he returned to the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club and played 73 games for our club in 1956 & from 1959 – 1962.  He was our club’s Best & Fairest again in 1960 & 1962, a Victorian State Representative in 1956 & 1960, and an Australian Amateur Football Council Representative in 1960.  He captained our club in 1962.

In 2000, Peter was named in the ruck changing in the forward pocket in our OSFC Team of the Century.  Peter died in 2016.

Manson described Pole as a tremendous footballer who, because of his height, always played in the ruck.  He was a good mark and kicked goals when resting in the forward pocket.


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.  He debuted in our Seniors on 21 June 1966.  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 State 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 as captain and ruck rover of our OSCFC Team of the Century, and later in 2013 made a VAFA Big V Champion.

Manson described Ando as brilliant all round footballer.


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 debuted in our Seniors on 27 April 1957.  He was a Victorian State 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.

Manson described Liberty as an automatic pick as first rover.



Next week we will look at the forwardline players ...


I welcome any feedback to gmccracken@oldscotchfc.com.au


Comments are closed for this post, but if you have spotted an error or have additional info that you think should be in this post, feel free to contact us.

Welcome back to this years’ edition of “Crackers Chronicles”.  This week we will trace some of the history of the Old Scotch Football Club by recounting the contributions made by some of our greatest players.


On 3 May 1994, in the weekly OSCFC Drumsheet newsletter, Manson Russel published his best ever Old Scotch side based on the players that he actually saw play. On 22 June 2017, I interviewed Manson to confirm his selections. (The era they played is in brackets underneath):


FB: Brian Barkway Jim Lillie Don Morone

(50-60’s) (40-50’s) (40-50’s)


HB: Rob Fuller Mike Perry Dick Tindale

(80-90’s) (60’s) (50-60’s)


C: Marten Bedford Ken Melville Peter Brown

(40-50’s) (50-60’s) (80-90’s)


HF: Mick Eggleston Lionel King Peter Sherwen

(40-50’s) (50’s) (70-90’s)


FF: Mike Fitchett David Hughes Graeme McLean

(40’s) (60-70’s) (60’s)


Foll: Peter Harkness John Anderson Ian Law

(50-60’s) (60-80’s) (50-60’s)


Int: John Moir Rod Olsson Andrew Smith

(80-90’s) (60’s) (80-90’s)


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 debuted in our Seniors on 24 April 1948.  He was a Victorian State Representative in 1949 & 1951 and an Australian Amateur Football Council Representative in 1951.  After he retired from playing, he coached our Juniors in 1953.

His son David Bedford played 120 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club from 1978 –

1985, playing in our 1978 “A Section” premiership team.

In 2000, Marten was selected on the wing in our OSFC Team of the Century.

Manson described Marten as a very skilful and pacey player both handballing and kicking.


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.  He debuted in our Seniors on 12 July 1958 and captained our Club in 1961.

Ken’s brother, Colin Melville, played 188 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club from 1953 – 1966.

In 2000, Ken was selected on the wing in our OSFC Team of the Century.

Manson described Ken as a very skilful ex-VFL all-rounder.  Ken gave up VFL football to become a Presbyterian minister.


P. A. Peter Brown


In 1975, Peter Brown was recruited from Scotch College and played three games while still at school.

He played 192 games for the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club from 1975 – 1976 & 1982 – 1992.  

From 1977 – 1980 he played 44 games for the Fitzroy FC.  He was a Victorian State Representative in 1982, 1983 & 1984, and an Australian Amateur Football Council Representative in 1983.

He was awarded a Life Member of our club in 1994.

In 2000, Peter was selected in the back pocket in our OSFC Team of the Century.

Manson described Peter as very solid all round player.


P. K. Peter Harkness (“Pole”)


In 1956, Peter Harkness, an old boy of Scotch College was recruited from University Blues and played one season to become our club’s Best & Fairest.  He debuted in our Seniors on 21 April 1956.  He also played in a demonstration game of Australian Rules football at the Olympic Games between the VAFA and a team of amateur players drawn from the VFL and VFA.  In 1959, he returned to the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club and played 73 games for our club in 1956 & from 1959 – 1962.  He was our club’s Best & Fairest again in 1960 & 1962, a Victorian State Representative in 1956 & 1960, and an Australian Amateur Football Council Representative in 1960.  He captained our club in 1962.

In 2000, Peter was named in the ruck changing in the forward pocket in our OSFC Team of the Century.  Peter died in 2016.

Manson described Pole as a tremendous footballer who, because of his height, always played in the ruck.  He was a good mark and kicked goals when resting in the forward pocket.


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.  He debuted in our Seniors on 21 June 1966.  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 State 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 as captain and ruck rover of our OSCFC Team of the Century, and later in 2013 made a VAFA Big V Champion.

Manson described Ando as brilliant all round footballer.


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 debuted in our Seniors on 27 April 1957.  He was a Victorian State 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.

Manson described Liberty as an automatic pick as first rover.



Next week we will look at the forwardline players ...


I welcome any feedback to gmccracken@oldscotchfc.com.au


Comments are closed for this post, but if you have spotted an error or have additional info that you think should be in this post, feel free to contact us.

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