Old Woollen Footy Jumpers: Peter Haby – Barwon Football Club


Peter Haby Barwon frontPeter Haby Barwon back

by Peter Haby


My Guernsey dates back to least 1957 (it was a previously worn) when I attempted to play football with the Barwon Football Club under 15’s … the team photo attached is that team … it’s one of my proudest pieces of footy memorabilia along with my Barwon Guernsey …


Our home ground was the Belmont Recreational Ground out on the Torquay Road.  The dressing sheds were a corrugated iron creation which unfortunately no longer exist being demolished years ago  … the grass in the main was onion grass and very slippy and even more so when wet … it made sliding to get the footy somewhat more dangerous with unavoidable collisions …


We played on Saturday mornings prior to the under 18 followed by the seniors who played in the Everlyn Hurst Competition … it always seemed to rain on Saturdays often with a cold and howling wind which made scoring very difficult … looking back the side had some success coming third in the competition …


We could match it or beat most sides with the exception of school teams St Marys and St Josephs … the season highlight was playing the finals on Kardinia Park as a curtain raiser to the Geelong third 18’s followed by the big boys …

Peter Haby Barwon Under 15s

In the photo I’m standing in the back row third from the left with my good friend Ken Robinson third from the right … it was Ken who in later years passed back my guernsey which had been found with many others stored in a long forgotten trunk in our coach Ronnie Houghton’s garage …


In 1958 Barwon moved to the Highton Recreational Ground between Roslyn and Barrabool Roads and we graduated to the under 18s … I was only good enough to make up the numbers where Ken my good mate developed into a really good player and later played in a premiership with the seniors … by then I was at Art School in Melbourne and being unable to train had to drop out but would often help out with either boundary umpiring or the scoreboard duties.


Ken remained in at Barwon for years and was eventually rewarded with Life Membership for his amazing behind the scene contribution to grass roots footy … meanwhile my football journey led me to Hawthorn then in the VFL assisting with its history then developing the Hawks Museum …


When the Hawks are not playing on a Saturday Ken and I will meet behind the goals to watch South Barwon one more time with the traditional pie and sauce … About four years back there was reunion of the old Barwon sides … we wore our old under 15 Guernseys and was quite a hit …




  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Another top jumper.

    This is the design adopted by Centrals after originally using the Footscray kit (Although I don’t think they had the red collar and cuffs)

    I’ve ignorantly thought for forty-odd years that they used it first.

    Thanks Peter

  2. Good stuff, Peter. Keen to see a photo of yourself in the jumper at that reunion!

  3. Skip of Skipton says

    Where on Torquay Rd was the ground, Peter? Or do you mean the ovals down on Barwon Heads Rd?

  4. Another great footy jumper story – thanks for sharing it Peter. You have got to love these old simple designs – and the collars.

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