Carlton Dreaming

Marcus Spiller 1965

Almanac supporter Marcus Spiller recently discovered this gem of a photo dating back to 1965 at Princes Park, when as a young Italian-Australian growing up in North Carlton, he spent many a weekend playing footy and dreaming of bigger things.

Asked about this shot, and in particular the soccer ball, Marcus recalls “Looking at that photo, I still have a vivid memory of how I felt.  The funny thing is I had no sense that it was odd to have the Carlton footy jumper on whilst playing soccer! It was just about sport and belonging”.

No doubt there’s a tonne or more of similar memories amongst the Almanac community, captured in shots like this, forever.


  1. Just a short, sharp, wonderful little piece. That picture just says so much about Carlton the suburb & football club. Love it

  2. Thanks very much John. The obvious pride in and love for the jumper strikes me. Cheers

  3. Barkly St End says

    That was the Carlton of the 60s and 70s.

    I started at Melb Uni in 1981 and it was pretty much still like that, but already starting to dissipate a bit, different restaurants starting to move in, etc.

    I remember going to watch Carlton vs Footscray at Princes Park in 1982, just as Italy was making its run to a famous World Cup victory, and during the breaks there was plenty of world cup talk amongst the young Italian-Australians in the crowd (mostly supporting Carlton).

Leave a Comment