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Here are a few more cartoons from The Age from September 1958 by Wells.

The first one is from September 5th 1958 and is a preview to the big semi-final clash between the Magpies and the Demons. Melbourne were the overwhelming favourites for the flag that year and it was considered a major upset when Collingwood beat them in the grand final.

(Why is Phonse Kyne beating full forward Ian Brewer with a shoe?)

The second is from September 8 1958 after Melbourne beat Collingwood in the 1st Semi-Final by 45 points.

Obviously Wells didn’t have high hopes for the Pies, with Phonse passed out claiming “We’re gone”. Was this Graeme Fellowes first senior game?

This cartoon is a preview of the preliminary final between Collingwood & North Melbourne. It’s from September 12th and shows just how much of an overwhelming favourite Melbourne was for the premiership that year.

The fourth cartoon is from September 15th 1958 after Collingwood defeated North Melbourne by 20 points in the Preliminary Final.

Unfortunately there is not a digital copy available of Wells’ Grand Final Preview cartoon from the 19th of September. The online version of that newspaper is a little screwed up.

I do however have the premiership cartoon from September 22nd which I will post again.

It would be good if Rupert Murdoch would allow the Herald and the Sun to be digitised and put online but alas he would only do that if he could find a way for people to pay for the honour of viewing the archive. The least he could do is compile all of the Hook & WEG and Wells (pre-1950 before he was sacked and started at The Age) cartoons and publish them in book form. I’m sure there would be a few people interested in seeing these cartoons.

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I swear that this is the last post that I am going to make about this. I guess that the good thing about being a Collingwood supporter is that there is always going to be a lot of merchandise featuring our beloved Magpies as Collingwood fans are renowned as being big spenders and there are so many of us, but this has almost become ridiculous. I am talking in respect to the 2010 Premiership Poster or should that be posters, as there are a few of them available.

First up is the Herald Sun poster by Knight (not WEG). I already have a few of these signed by Mark Knight. The poster is OK but not fantastic, but it is the only official Premiership poster. I guess most Pies fans would have several of these but if not they can be purchased at the Herald Sun shop in Southbank or online at the Herald Sun website or from the Good Friday Appeal website. They are $2 with proceeds going to the Good Friday Appeal.

The next poster is the 2010 WEG Art poster. Apparently before he died WEG made sketches for posters of all the teams mascots so that the tradition could be continued after his death. Not sure if that is true but I do know that this poster is more attractive than the Knight version. I do have this one but it cost me $15, including postage. Apparently Legends & Heroes in Richmond stock it for just $2 with the proceeds being donated to the Fight Cancer Foundation. It’s being sold at the WEGArt website for $10 plus postage.

The next poster is the WEG’S World one which is the official website for reprints of WEG’s posters. I’m not really sure of the difference between WEG’s World and WEGArt. Their poster is by Paul Harvey and is OK. It has sorta grown on me and I may purchase this if I could be bothered. If is available from the WEG’s World site starting at $10.

Also at that site is the Limited Edition posterof the Draw Grand Final. This is selling for $29.50 from the WEG’s World site. I wonder why there has not been more Draw merchandise released?!

The final poster is one that I just discovered today and is the one that seems to be the least publisised. As far as I know it is not available on Ebay as the others are but only available from the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria. It is known as the Joffa Premiers Poster after the well known Collingwood cheer squad leader who does a lot of fundraising work for the Epilepsy Foundation. The prices start at $20 which includes delivery and it comes in a number of styles, including one signed by Joffa himself. It does look very good and I am tempted to buy one. It is in the WEG style but is by Allan Purvis. It’s better than the WEG’s World posters by Harvey and almost as good as the Knight and WEGArt ones.

If there are any people who really love Joffa, you can also purchase a Joffa Bobblehead doll from the Epilespy Foundation for $30.

There is another one which Joffa got made up to use as an avatar on Nick’s Bulletin Board. To my knowledge it’s not official and is just a one off but it is perhaps the best of all the posters that have been made.

Would it be overkill to buy all of these or at the very least the Knight, WEGArt and Joffa Epilepsy ones?


This Saturday is AFL Grand Final day with Collingwood taking on St Kilda for the premiership. I know that watching the Magpies smash the Saints is excitement enough for some of us, but for those who may get a little bored during Channel 7s telecast there is always the 2010 AFL Drinking Game. Here are a few of the rules to the game…

  1. Anytime that 1966 is mentioned – take a drink
  2. Anytime Bruce McAvaney says the word ‘special’ – take a drink
  3. Anytime the cameraman focuses on ‘Molly’ Meldrum or Eddie McGuire in the crowd – take a drink
  4. Anytime that the name Barry Breen is mentioned – take a drink
  5. If we get the tips of Channel 7 celebrities like Kochie, Matt White, Larry Emdur, Alf from Home & Away or any other person who knows nothing about AFL footy – take a drink
  6. Anytime that Channel 7 talks about the latest betting trends and the odds for the match – take a drink (If it is David Schwartz doing this then you have to skol a full stubby)
  7. If Channel 7s production value has not improved since 1989 – take a drink
  8. Anytime the camera focuses on Joffa Corfe and his gold jacket – take a drink
  9. If in the pre-game telecast anyone talks about Lou Richards or Darrel Baldock – take a drink (Have an additional drink if they are interviewed)
  10. Anytime that Denis Cometti makes one of those smart-arsed, off the cuff comments that you know that he’s rehearsed all week – take a drink
  11. Anytime the umpire stuffs up bouncing the ball – take a drink
  12. If Steven Baker hits a Collingwood player – take a drink
  13. Anytime a commentator talks about X-Factor – take a drink
  14. If Sandy Roberts is commentating – take a (very big) drink (of something with a high alcohol content). Believe me, it’s the only way you’ll make it through the telecast with your sanity intact
  15. Anytime that umpire ‘Razor’ Ray Chamberlain decides he wants to be in the spotlight and gives a contentious free-kick – take a drink
  16. Anytime that Travis Cloke misses a goal – take a drink
  17. Anytime that Justin Koschitzke accidentally injures one of his team mates through his own unco-ordination – take a drink
  18. Anytime that Stephen Milne throws a punch – take a drink
  19. Anytime that Nick Reiwoldt berates his team-mates for not kicking the ball to him – take a drink
  20. Anytime Dayne Beams misses a goal – take a drink
  21. If Cometti uses the cliche ‘the Magpies swoop’ – take a drink
  22. Anytime the commentator use the phrase ‘Saints footy’ – take a drink
  23. Anytime Dane Swan gets a possession – take a drink
  24. If the pre-game entertainment is crap – take a drink (If it involves Angry Anderson and the Batmobile  – take another drink)
  25. Anytime a commentator mentions the new 7Mate TV channel – take a drink bonus drink if they talk about Jersey Shore or Family Guy
  26. Anytime the commentators mention how unlucky Dane Swan was to not win the Brownlow Medal – take a drink
  27. If Jim Stynes is interviewed during the pre-game telecast – take a drink
  28. If Nick Riewoldt cries after the match – take a drink (same goes for Mick Malthouse)
  29. If Channel 7 cuts off the telecast at 6pm to go to the news, regardless of whether the winning team has sung their theme song – take a drink
  30. If you wish that Channel 10 were televising the game instead of Channel 7 (I empathise with you) – take a drink

This is probably all of the rules that I have come up with so far, although there are undoubtedly many more. I don’t advocate anyone actually following this by the way, because if you did you’ll be suffering alcohol poisoning just by following rule number 1 alone, as I know that 7 will mention 1966 hundreds of times before the game actually starts. You may have gathered that I am not impressed with Channel 7s football coverage and you would be correct. In my opinion the biggest problem with 7 is that their coverage is the same as it was in 2001. It learnt nothing from the innovative ways in which 9 telecast the footy from 2002-2006 or the way that Channel 10 has broadcast the football since 2001. They just picked up from where they left off and have not added anything of substance to their coverage. Hopefully Channel 9 will regain some of the rights in 2012 after the current deal finishes.

As for my prediction for the Grand Final, I hope Collingwood win but I am not willing to tip them that as it would be bad luck. (I’m very superstitious!)


Collingwood has just scraped by and beaten the Adelaide Crows by 3 points in a very low scoring match.


Not only does it look as though there could be the possibility of Tony Abbott being our next Prime Minister but Adelaide are currently 10 points in front of Collingwood. This is looking to be a sad night.

It’s currently showing ALP 71 to LNP 66. ALP need 5 more seats to form government or alternately LNP need 10 more seats.

Antony Green has predicted we’re headed for a hung Parliament.

Here’s his prediction: Labor: 73 seats; Coalition: 72 seats; Greens: 1 seat; Independents: 4 seats.

I hate Geelong!!!

Posted: September 19, 2009 in AFL, Sport
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I hate Geelong but after tonight’s performance I think I hate Collingwood even more!

Sigh!

Posted: September 7, 2009 in AFL, Sport
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I am resigned to the fact that Collingwood will not win this year’s AFL Premiership. A couple of weeks ago I was confident but after successive losses to the Bulldogs and St Kilda, I concede that they have no hope. Today’s loss to St Kilda showed that the Magpies still have a long way to go if they want to be able to compete against the top teams. Now we have to play a semi-final against the Adelaide Crows at the MCG and while we always do well against the two South Australian teams, especially in finals matches, I don’t think that we will be the in-form Crows. As I said in an earlier post Collingwood don’t have any really great players, but do have a lot of good and potentially great players, but this is not good enough in the finals month, especially when playing against super-star studded teams such as St Kilda, Geelong and Adelaide. A lot of Collingwood’s highly rated players often go missing during big matches, especially finals games. Sadly I think our season will end next week.