Glenferrie Oval, Hawthorn, Victoria

Hawthorn played its last senior home game at Glenferrie Oval on 1 September 1973, defeating South Melbourne by 37 points: 16.20 (116) to 11.13 (79).  Michael Moncrief kicked seven goals and Leigh Matthews three.

The boundary-fence scoreboard on the railway-line side of the ground was still there on March 2 2006 for a legends game between teams led by Chris Langford and John Platten. (Langford’s team won.) The game celebrated 100 years of the Hawthorn Football Club at Glenferrie, as well as marking the move to Waverley Park.

Shortly after the legends game Hawthorn’s club historian and museum curator Peter Haby made sure the scoreboard didn’t disappear, like some other relics from Glenferrie Oval. He had the scoreboard moved out to the Hawks’ new headquarters at Waverley Park, where it sat in the carpark basement for about four years.

The scoreboard is now part of the Hawks museum, situated in a stairwell, surrounded by flags and photos.

“It was a tight fit,” Peter Haby recalled. “We had to trim about two centimetres off. The board is actually two pieces, so we trimmed from the middle.”

Peter noted that the ‘1’ numbers are not original.

” Somebody souvenired them a long time ago.”

A different set of numbers were used for the 2006 legends game. “I think those numbers were amongst a pile of rubbish found during some re-building at Glenferrie Oval.”

This 1929 team photo shows a cricket scoreboard. It’s quite likely the scoreboard may have been adapted for football games.

Glenferrie Oval had three or four scoreboards over the years. Back in the 1930s was a scoreboard with a simple reassuring message: ‘score correct’.

In later decades there was a Dunlop scoreboard on the Linda Crescent side of the ground, seen here in the background at the unfurling of Hawthorn’s 1971 flag, at the first home game of 1972.

In the foreground you’ll find a famous foursome: D.Parkin, L.Matthews, P.Crimmins and P. Hudson,  alongside some other pretty handy players: Hendrie, Meagher, Stevenson, Martello, etc.

Gary Ayres handballs to a young Hawks fan during a pre-season clinic in March 1984.  By the 1980s the scoreboard had changed sponsors and changed sides of the ground. The ground hosted reserves and Under 19 games until the early 1980s. There are no official remnants of the larger Glenferrie Oval scoreboards but thanks to Peter Haby’s foresight there is still the boundary-fence scoreboard, set in stone in a Waverley Park stairwell.

Archival photos courtesy of Hawthorn Football Club

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