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VFL Fixture 2014
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simmo27, post: 1430638 Wrote:If you can get in.

I'm to young to have seen the Tigers play at Punt Road but apparently we moved to the MCG as Punt road could no longer accommodate the Tiger army. Seems to me that we will need to move our VFL side to the G as well as I cant see Punt rd supporting 70K members at curtain raisers.

Actually there was a lot more to it than that.

Remember the record crowd at Punt Road was 46,000 in 1949. That's a few years before our move to the MCG. In those days our membership would not have been much above 1000 tickets. Large membership numbers are a modern phenomenon.

At the height of our glory years we had only about 10,000 members. The move to the G was master-minded by Len Smith who saw the open spaces of the ground as beneficial to his ideas of the play-on style of football he pioneered. Graeme Richmond engineered the actual move and, together, they set about building a team suited to the G.

It was not only Richmond who saw changing grounds to be the future of footy. St Kilda moved to Moorabbin in '65 and won the flag in '66, and in 1966 Fitzroy moved from the Brunswick Street ground to Princes Park.
[COLOR=rgb(255, 140, 0)]MY AVATAR: [SIZE=4]1967 WEG tiger[/SIZE][/COLOR]
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