Manuka Oval, 1955

Manuka v Ainslie 1955


This photo is from the handsome 2013 book, Kick it Long, A history of Eastlake & Manuka Football Clubs 1926 – 2012.

The player on the left is Lou Pini, whose Manuka career spanned from 1947 to 1963: 150 games and three premierships.

According to the book, ‘Lou remains a wonderful character around the club. He is famous for his call from the past players’ stand: Kick it long!’

As for the scoreboard, we’re guessing it stood the test of time until the early 1980s when the old MCG scoreboard was re-built there, and named The Jack Fingleton Scoreboard.