Preston Football Club – 1937 Team Photo


1937 Preston blog photo (boyles) copy

The 1937 photo, courtesy of Boyles Football Photos

Back row: Edwin Gilbert* (poss), Thomas Jones* (poss), Wyn Murray, Joe Beagley, Fred Hughson, Unknown, Claude Cannaway

Middle:  Unknown, Ken Walker, Bert Hyde, Bob Muir, Bill Maslen, Unknown, Les Main

Front: Unknown*, Frank Dowling, Edwin Latham#, William ‘Billy’ Walsh^


* Based on them both being the only ones that should be in both the 37 & 38 photo. A guess on who is who.

Edwin Latham# – Updated May 2021. See below.

William ‘Billy’ Walsh^ – Updated April 2021. See below.

Unknown* – Possibly Harry Clack. See below.


Note : Identifications are made from information / photos that I’ve been able to find, and as always, happy to be corrected on any errors. Also happy to hear of any new identifications. 


Story, with more details, of how this all came about, can be found here –

Part 3

Part 2

Part 1


Players of Round 4, 8 May, 1937

Game Details – The VFA Project

Wyn Murray – Back row, third from left

Joe Beagley – Back row, fourth from left

1940 Coburg photo –

1941 GF photo –

Fred Hughson – Back row, third from right

Ken Walker – Middle row, second from left

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Bert Hyde – Middle row, third from left

Bob Muir – Middle row, fourth from left

Bill Maslen – Middle row, third from right,_Bill_’Socks’.php

Frank Dowling – Front row, second from left

Les Main – Middle row, far right  from

Claude Cannaway – Back row, far right

Apart from Hughson and Dowling, Cannaway is the only other player that should be in 1934 and 1937 photos.

1934 photo (Front row, far left) –

William ‘Billy’ Walsh – Front row, far right

Was initially listed as L. Walsh –,_L__Pre35.php

However, after searching old newspaper articles on Trove, the following was found –

Broke his leg, and listed as L. Walsh, in game against Oakleigh in May 1935 –

However, in this article; ‘Player Breaks Leg’; he is named as W. Walsh. It also states that that it is his first game for Preston since returning from Melbourne –

This article states his name is William –

But also known as ‘Billy’ –

Under ‘Permits Granted’, clearance from Melbourne to Preston for W. J. Walsh, in May 1935 –

So, L. Walsh above, is actually –

William Walsh – 18-2-1911 – 11-9-1986. 177cms. Preston 1932-33, 1935-37. Melbourne 1934 (3 games). Fitzroy 1944 (1 game).

He is correctly listed on The VFA Project here –,_W._J.__Pre32.php

Which, while it’s still a work in progress, means he should also be in the 1933 photo.

1933 Preston team photo_Brian Membrey(copy)

1933 Preston Team Photo

William ‘Billy’ Walsh – Front row, third from right


Edwin Latham – Poss front row, second from right. (partly based on height, as he’s only 158cms.


Update May, 2021 –

Mentioned (as Teddy) as having played for Kew in the 1935 sub-district league Grand Final here –


H2008.122/65 -Kew

1935 Kew Team Photo, courtesy of Boyles Football Photos. 

Edwin Latham, front row, centre.

Made both the best players and goal kicking list –

In 1936 he was cleared to Footscray –

And then in 1937 he was cleared to Preston –


Photo from Scotch College website –

which is a bit of a guess as to who he actually is.

Poss_Edwin Latham(copy)

Edwin Latham?

Also mentioned here –

Edwin Gilbert – Poss back row, far left. (Guess based on Gilbert and Jones being in both the 37 and 38 photos)

Thomas Jones – Poss back row, second from left. (Guess based on Jones and Gilbert being in both the 37 & 38 photos)


Other players selected for R4, 1937 –

Noel Fisher – 26-2-1912 – 21-5-1985. 179cms. FF.

Kevin Brown – CHB, Follower, flanks.   Injured in the final quarter of R4 game with a possible arm fracture and doesn’t play again in 1937.  Heading – Bisset Injured –

Assuming photo is taken before or during the game, Brown should be in it. Will also be in 1938 and 1940 photos, but struggling to find a match.

Darrell Wilkins – 1-10-1915 – 1-1-1964. 170cms.

Harry Clack – Wing.  Played in 1934 Northcote GF, with Jack Haskett, and should be in Northcote’s team photo, but can’t make a match –

Having seen a much clearer copy of the 1934 Northcote photo, Middle row, second from right, has similarities with Front row, far left, in this 1937 Preston photo. 

Phil Dunstone – 19th man. Don’t believe he is in it.

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