With St Kilda set to host Collingwood this weekend what better time for a Friday Flashback to the most famous encounter between the two clubs. Go back to that day way back in 1966 published on The Sportress two years ago.
The Golden Jubilee of Football’s Most Famous Behind
“Potter has it, he can’t break clear. IT’S TAKEN BY BREEEN…it’s a….
Point! It’s a point! ST KILDA IN FRONT! ST KILDA IN FRONT!”
That is how Mike Williamson called Barry Breen’s decisive score in the 1966 Grand Final, most possibly VFL/AFL football’s most famous behind. Excited, yet a little incredulous that St Kilda were within touching distance of football’s ultimate prize. 50 years ago this weekend, it remains just as unbelievable.
Formed in 1873, St Kilda had been the League’s loveable losers from the get go. A foundation member of the VFL in 1897, their first win came only after suffering 48 losses. Their second and third wins almost as difficult, 27 losses between wins one and two and a further 23 between wins two and three.
By the time the club had appointed 27-year old, recently retired utility Allan Jeans as senior coach for the 1961 season, the club had only contested six finals series, in its history, and had not seen September action for 22 years. The no nonsense policeman from Finley was about to change all that.
The story continues at The Sportress here: The Golden Jubilee of Football’s Most Famous Behind