The I ❤️ Collingwood thread.

leon

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All this induces so much great nostalgia. It's no fun getting 'older' but it IS great to have been around to see all SEVEN of our flags from the wonderful 1967 win which broke a similar drought of 24 years from 1943. Similarly we were regarded as no-hopers by most, so '67 was greeted with rapture by Tiges fans. Funny, always felt that many of my fellow-posters on here were similar vintage - 50s to 60s - but hereby confirmed. Amusing, but you could tell by the level and depth of knowledge and experience.

Hart was the 'renaissance' player for RFC's rebirth as power team of the VFL. Those 60s flags teams were star-studded. The explosive, scintillating Barrot with his 60m dropkicks was like the Dusty Martin of the team, and there were heaps of other brilliant players like Bourke, Clay, Sheeds, Bartlett, Green, Northey, Richardsons and co. along with many solid role-players. But Hart was the star; the equivalent of Riewoldt/Lynch, for that era. His effort to turn that '73 prelim was so exciting.

Unfortunately, had to watch most on TV, until I got to attend that heartbreaking 1972 GF for my first live. I was still in disbelief for what unfolded before my eyes; at the time and for days after. It was like some cruelly ordained fate. We scored heavily, mounting a comeback, but they just kept answering.
However, 1973/74 erased the bad memories to an extent. While 1980 was that much sweeter for thrashing the Colliwobbles, but only watched on the tube. Being there live at 2017 and now 2019, is just the sweetest thing. Feel so fortunate to see 7 in a lifetime ... so far.
[Imagine being an Aints, Dogs or Dees follower!!]
 
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Bernie

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I have seen 7 Tigers flags live and 2 defeats. I have less memory of 67 than the others but I do recall 69 quite well.

Apart from the last 2 the one that stands out to me in my memory is 1974. It was the Tigers vs the world because every neutral wanted North to win their first flag but we were just too good.

Apart from the GFs the final that stands out to me the most was the 73 prelim against our hated enemy in Collingwood when we were 6 goals down at halftime and a hobbled Royce Hart came on. You could feel the lift in the crowd when our superstar came out with the team, it's a feeling I still remember. My Dad hated Collingwood with a passion and I have carried that on from him.
Yes, that was a palpable experience the PF in '74.

But to return to GFs, the '69 had its moment with Eric Moore standing his ground in the goal square, marking, getting flattened and then dusting himself off and goaling. as I recall, we were 10 pts down approaching 3/4 time. To a man the team and the crowd lifted; steam rolled the Blues after that incident. another great final by #24, Billy Barrot!
 
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Tenacious

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All this induces so much great nostalgia. It's no fun getting 'older' but it IS great to have been around to see all SEVEN of our flags from the wonderful 1967 win which broke a similar drought of 24 years from 1943. Similarly we were regarded as no-hopers by most, so '67 was greeted with rapture by Tiges fans. Funny, always felt that many of my fellow-posters on here were similar vintage - 50s to 60s - but hereby confirmed. Amusing, but you could tell by the level and depth of knowledge and experience.

Hart was the 'renaissance' player for RFC's rebirth as power team of the VFL. Those 60s flags teams were star-studded. The explosive, scintillating Barrot with his 60m dropkicks was like the Dusty Martin of the team, and there were heaps of other brilliant players like Bourke, Clay, Sheeds, Bartlett, Green, Northey, Richardsons and co. along with many solid role-players. But Hart was the star; the equivalent of Riewoldt/Lynch, for that era. His effort to turn that '73 prelim was so exciting.

Unfortunately, had to watch most on TV, until I got to attend that heartbreaking 1972 GF for my first live. I was still in disbelief for what unfolded before my eyes; at the time and for days after. It was like some cruelly ordained fate. We scored heavily, mounting a comeback, but they just kept answering.
However, 1973/74 erased the bad memories to an extent. While 1980 was that much sweeter for thrashing the Colliwobbles, but only watched on the tube. Being there live at 2017 and now 2019, is just the sweetest thing. Feel so fortunate to see 7 in a lifetime ... so far.
[Imagine being an Aints, Dogs or Dees follower!!]
Not sure if any of 67, 69, 73, 74 were on "live" TV.
My vivid memory is listening to '67 on the radio out in the backyard with my old man (who had endured the 24 year drought up to that point).
Presumably we got some form of replay that night - but can't remember if they showed the whole game in those days.
Likewise I remember listening to the '72 GF on a car radio which was parked at the local cricket since it must have been the first week of the cricket season (coz the GF was put back a week after the 2nd semi draw)
Fortunately I got to attend in '73 and stood behind the goals where Balmey did his dirty deed on Southby.
I couldn't get to '74 - but don't remember if that was on on TV - or another radio broadcast.
 
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CarnTheTiges

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Not sure if any of 67, 69, 73, 74 were on "live" TV.
My vivid memory is listening to '67 on the radio out in the backyard with my old man (who had endured the 24 year drought up to that point).
Presumably we got some form of replay that night - but can't remember if they showed the whole game in those days.
Likewise I remember listening to the '72 GF on a car radio which was parked at the local cricket since it must have been the first week of the cricket season (coz the GF was put back a week after the 2nd semi draw)
Fortunately I got to attend in '73 and stood behind the goals where Balmey did his dirty deed on Southby.
I couldn't get to '74 - but don't remember if that was on on TV - or another radio broadcast.
I may be wrong, but I think the ‘77 GF was the first one that was televised from start to finish. The replays of the earlier ones were probably extended. I remember those days, hoping that Richmond was the team that got the biggest replay on the TV Saturday night.
 
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leon

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Not sure if any of 67, 69, 73, 74 were on "live" TV.
My vivid memory is listening to '67 on the radio out in the backyard with my old man (who had endured the 24 year drought up to that point).
Presumably we got some form of replay that night - but can't remember if they showed the whole game in those days.
Likewise I remember listening to the '72 GF on a car radio which was parked at the local cricket since it must have been the first week of the cricket season (coz the GF was put back a week after the 2nd semi draw)
Fortunately I got to attend in '73 and stood behind the goals where Balmey did his dirty deed on Southby.
I couldn't get to '74 - but don't remember if that was on on TV - or another radio broadcast.
Yes, sorry. Should have added - one drawback about being around long enough to see all 7 - is that the memory gets vaguer. Just googled it. First live GF broadcast was 1977 (Wikipedia). But certainly would have seen full replays of those earlier finals after listening avidly on radio beforehand. Probably memory further muddled by getting gifted video copies of earlier flag wins, so many repeat viewings have muddled my memory into thinking like they were watched live, rather than listened to.
 

Bernie

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Yes, sorry. Should have added - one drawback about being around long enough to see all 7 - is that the memory gets vaguer. Just googled it. First live GF broadcast was 1977 (Wikipedia). But certainly would have seen full replays of those earlier finals after listening avidly on radio beforehand. Probably memory further muddled by getting gifted video copies of earlier flag wins, so many repeat viewings have muddled my memory into thinking like they were watched live, rather than listened to.
I consider these grand Richmond recollections are too fine to be discussed within the subject title thread!
 
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Tenacious

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Yes, sorry. Should have added - one drawback about being around long enough to see all 7 - is that the memory gets vaguer. Just googled it. First live GF broadcast was 1977 (Wikipedia). But certainly would have seen full replays of those earlier finals after listening avidly on radio beforehand. Probably memory further muddled by getting gifted video copies of earlier flag wins, so many repeat viewings have muddled my memory into thinking like they were watched live, rather than listened to.
Totally understand.
I used to have VHS tapes of those GF's (recorded from those Ch 7 GF eve Footy marathons) and more recently have had the full set of DVD's.
And so over the (dismal 37) years have often sat down and watched one or other - and because they were such great moments it's natural that they become embedded in our brains.
Anyway the best thing now is that we no longer have to totally rely on those "oldies".
Let the good times keep on rolling.
 
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TOT70

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Games were never live on TV in the 60s and early 70s, they were replayed on Saturday night. There were 6 games a week and about an hour and a half on the replay, including ads. Usually, that meant about a quarter or the main game, maybe 20 minutes of the second. Generally a third game got a highlights package.

The hour and a half format still applied to the finals, so only a bit over half the game was replayed.

The Grand Final was replayed in its entirety. What a treat that was! Can’t remember if they showed ads, probably only at the breaks.
 

CarnTheTiges

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Games were never live on TV in the 60s and early 70s, they were replayed on Saturday night. There were 6 games a week and about an hour and a half on the replay, including ads. Usually, that meant about a quarter or the main game, maybe 20 minutes of the second. Generally a third game got a highlights package.

The hour and a half format still applied to the finals, so only a bit over half the game was replayed.

The Grand Final was replayed in its entirety. What a treat that was! Can’t remember if they showed ads, probably only at the breaks.
Yeah, you got a quarter of the main game (seemed to feature Collingwood more often than not) and it was usually the 3Rd quarter for some reason.
 

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I may be wrong, but I think the ‘77 GF was the first one that was televised from start to finish. The replays of the earlier ones were probably extended. I remember those days, hoping that Richmond was the team that got the biggest replay on the TV Saturday night.
Correct Carn. 77 was the first.
In colour too !
 

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Games were never live on TV in the 60s and early 70s, they were replayed on Saturday night. There were 6 games a week and about an hour and a half on the replay, including ads. Usually, that meant about a quarter or the main game, maybe 20 minutes of the second. Generally a third game got a highlights package.

The hour and a half format still applied to the finals, so only a bit over half the game was replayed.

The Grand Final was replayed in its entirety. What a treat that was! Can’t remember if they showed ads, probably only at the breaks.
Didn’t they in the 60s televise the last quarter of H&A live?
 

DavidSSS

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I have seen 7 Tigers flags live and 2 defeats. I have less memory of 67 than the others but I do recall 69 quite well.

Apart from the last 2 the one that stands out to me in my memory is 1974. It was the Tigers vs the world because every neutral wanted North to win their first flag but we were just too good.

Apart from the GFs the final that stands out to me the most was the 73 prelim against our hated enemy in Collingwood when we were 6 goals down at halftime and a hobbled Royce Hart came on. You could feel the lift in the crowd when our superstar came out with the team, it's a feeling I still remember. My Dad hated Collingwood with a passion and I have carried that on from him.
Alive for 7 but moved to Melbourne at the start of 1974. I was a Richmond supporter . . . so the fact that North had no flag meant nothing to us. It was us against the world and we won, I was so rapt. Pity about the '75 PF.

That '73 prelim is astounding, fantastic game and on a par with the 1970 GF which is a great game too. The full '73 prelim is on YouTube, you have to watch this.

DS
 

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Alive for 7 but moved to Melbourne at the start of 1974. I was a Richmond supporter . . . so the fact that North had no flag meant nothing to us. It was us against the world and we won, I was so rapt. Pity about the '75 PF.

That '73 prelim is astounding, fantastic game and on a par with the 1970 GF which is a great game too. The full '73 prelim is on YouTube, you have to watch this.

DS
I have the 73 prelim on my computer DS. Not something you watch all the time but every now and again!
 
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