Geelong West (West Oval), Victoria

The scoreboard at the Church Street end of West Oval hasn’t changed much since Jeff Lawton took this photo in 1993 or so. It still has a red and white sponsor’s sign (different multinational) and it still has that curious Tardis-like box that presumably gives the scoreboard attendant an unhindered view.

Geelong West’s heyday was in the VFA in the 1970s, when Billy Goggin was coaching and Joe Radojevic was kicking bags of goals.

Like many VFA clubs the Roosters struggled in the 1980s but instead of disappearing they merged with St Peters in 1989. West Saints play in the Geelong Football League. (Another Geelong West club, the blue and gold Cheetahs, play in the Geelong & District Football League. (See Bakers Oval)

The ground is distinguished by its cycling track, which is still very much in use.

There’s a very good history of the Roosters and the West Saints on the club’s website.

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