Booktown Oval, Clunes, Victoria

The Jack McMillan Memorial Score Board: was Jack a scoreboard attendant, a time keeper, club secretary, footballer, gate keeper? All of these?

Like a bull at a millgate..The Neil (Bull) Millgate Oval
Personalised goal post padding!


Clunes, a Victorian Goldfields town, is best known for its big Booktown weekend on the first weekend of May. Apparently the place is chockers with books, and book lovers, and book sellers, and book buyers. Hopefully I’ll be there this year for my first taste of what sounds like a mighty fine idea.

More about Clunes football club

More about Booktown


  1. John Angus “Jack” McMillan (22 September 1912 – 30 August 1969) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Footscray in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

    McMillan, a full-forward, kicked a club record 119 goals for Hastings in 1934. He left Mornington Peninsula Football League for the VFL two years later and had an immediate impact.

    On his debut, against North Melbourne at Arden Street, he kicked a seven goal haul. This equaled the VFL record, held by George Moloney and Ernie Sellars. He continued this form with five goals the following week but his run soon ended when he broke a wrist. After he recovered from his injury, McMillan returned, but mainly played in the seconds. He played eight gamed for the firsts, and was a member of Footscray’s 1936 seconds premiership winning team.

    He must have played around Clunes after his short AFL career. With an average of 4.25 goals a game I find it remarkable that he didn’t have a longer spell at Footscray.

    • Thanks Bill, for this info about Jack McMillan. An average of 4.25 goals stacks up pretty well, I’d imagine. Footscray’s loss was Clunes’ gain. Cheers. Vin Maskell, co-editor, Scoreboard Pressure.

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