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The Greatest

Footballer Ever !

West Leederville Veteran Says George Coulthard

An Interesting Glance  

Back at the Past

"THE greatest footballer ever? Looking back over the

champions of many years, I would say George   Coulthard, of Carlton. A very dose second was Jimmy

"Wilson, of Geelong, Aitken, of Melbourne, was a great man, and so were Moloney, of Carlton, and Lampard, of Melbourne."

The speaker was veteran Robert John ("Bob") Dickson, of 129 Tower-street West Leederville-he'll be 76 next September-and, as an old-time player in Victoria   and one who has followed the game keenly in Western   Australia since he came here vat '92, his impressions will  

be read with interest by both the younger and die older generation.  

In his younger years Bob Dickson played, with Hawthorn and South Yarra, but a bad injury to a shoulder in a game against Geelong com-   pelled him to toss in his guernsey. As a footballer he was mostly a fel-   lower tower and a 20 pace man back. The last term will probably mystify  

most of the football fraternity of to-day, but the old-timers will re- call that it corresponds with what is now styled a half-back.

He started playing with Haw- thorn when he was about 18, and during his association with that club was for two consecutive sea-   sons captain of the club. So he   speaks with practical knowledge  

as well as the observation of an

ordinary spectator when discuss-   ing many of the footballers of the past and present.  

"Coulthard was what we would term  

to-day a utility man," he observed. "He could play anywhere, and was a great mark and good kick-especially with the place kick, which ls a lost art to- day," added the veteran, who inci- dentally enjoys good health and looks

nowhere near his age.

["Barney" Murphy, who captained one of the aides in the first of the old brigade matches played a number of seasons back in Perth, and who died some years ago, was a fellow-ruckman with Coulthard, and he gave the palm  

to the latter as the greatest footballer he ever saw an opinion with which   the footballers have also agreed. The       Moloney referred to by Bob Dickson was Bill Moloney, who shone at centre and half-back, and who was nick- name ."Carbine" because of his great speed-Football Ed. "Sunday Times."  

Asked about the modern compared with the early football, Bob Dickson remarked. "Football was just as good. both to swatch and to play, in the old  

days as it is to-day. The standard of football to-day is ho higher than it was then."

The reminiscent vein he


When each side played with 20 men--

a number of stirring incidents  

which lived vividly in his memory in- cidentally he was Invited to join both Carlton and Melbourne-keen club   scouts were always on the look-out for young players , with talent-but he   elected to remain with Hawthorn.  

In this State he did not play, but he was a member of the Rovers and also   of Perth, who arose from the old   Rovers, whom the latter ceased to exist. However, ever since West Perth es- tablished themselves at Leederville   Over-in the old days Wests trained

and played on the Perth Esplanade-- he has followed that club's fortunes with particular interest, and that's hardly to be wondered at seeing that he lived in the one street (Tower-

street) which is not very-far from the    

the Oral ever since he came. In 1882--- with the exception of about three months when he paid a   visit on one occasion.      

After returning from there, he came    

              West in July of '92, under the month's engagement to the Federal Furniture  

Warehouse In Perth and, during his long period in this State, served about  

20 years furniture-making for Boans. His wife came over tn February of 1898 to join him and the couple cele- brated their golden wedding anniver-  

sary in September of 1934.

Bob Dickson's memory goes back to the days when what is now styled Leederville, but which was then known as the Leeder Estate, was just big   tracts of bush and sand. No buses   and trams to Perth in those times! When he wished to go to the city he tramped there and back-and thought



Who considers George Coulthard, of Carlton, the greatest footballer of all

time In the Australian game.

nothing of it either. How some of the modern day folk who moan if they

are carried a



on a tram would have wearied at the walking of those old days!  

The veteran's mind goes back to the period when there was a railway plat- form at Melbourne-road and one at Axon-street in Subiaco. But there were no station buildings at those points If you wanted a ticket when you boarded the train at either place you purchased it on the train.

He recalls, too, the first religious service he saw conducted in Leeder- ville-not in some sacred edifice of stone and windows, but out In the open underneath a paperbark treel.  

Bob Dickson has seen every in- terstate football match played in the West, and now the veteran is

looking forward to the big carni- val tussles which are to be staged next month's! Subiaco Oval. There will be few, if any, amongst the thousands who will be present at those Important games whose   knowledge of footballers will go further back than his.