Author(s): Neridah McMullin
One hundred years ago, footy was a different version of the game we see today.Footy grounds were rough and muddy and the game was characterised by long passing kicks. It wasn't unusual for a defender and his opponent to sit down on the ground while play was up the other end and it wasn't unusual for them to chat with each other and spectators during play. The clothes they wore were different, the jumpers were canvas cotton vests laced up the centre and their shorts were long and tapered in at the knee, worn with long socks. They often wore caps and hats.Australia was a young nation and Collingwood was growing from an industrial shanty town into a suburb of its own right. These were tough times: times of war time and depression.But the one thing that never changed from the very beginning is Collingwood Football Club's desire to win. They strive to be best and during the first thirty four years of the clubs history, they reflected the aspirations of the suburb. Its impossible to mention all the amazing players and administrators in this story.
It's just a small snapshot of a day at the footy in 1916 and what it meant to a young boy watching his first footy match and how his life was never the same again.