Preston Football Club – 1940 Team Photo

1940 Preston blog team photo copy

The 1940 photo, courtesy of Australian Sports Museum

Back Row: Unknown, Alby Morrison, Bill Seedsman, Bill Maslen, Jack Norman, Unknown, Alf Roach

Middle Row: Unknown, Bert Minney, Unknown, Jack Clarke, Arthur Sleith, Fred Beaumont, Ken Watkins*

Front Row: Frank Dowling, Unknown, Les Ross, Phil Dunstone

Identification made for –

Ken Watkins* – Definitely in 1939 (home) and 1940 photo, and unlikely in 1939 Prahran photo.

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 10, 22 June, 1940 –

Game Details – The VFA Project

Alby Morrison – Back row, second from left

Representative side in 1929 –

Bill Seedsman – 19-9-1914 – 10-10-2001. 183cms. Back row, third from left.  (Based on him being the only one in both 1939 photos, 1940 and 1941 photos)

Bill Maslen – Back row, fourth from left,_Bill_’Socks’.php

Jack Norman – 188cms. Played Ruck. B&F 1941. Fitzroy 1938 – 1 game. Back row, third from right. (Based on height and unidentified player in both 1940 and 1941 photos)

1945 Preston photo –

Alf Roach – Back row, far right

Bert Minney – 7-1-1914 – 20-5-1999. 178cms. Preston 1940-41, 1945. Fitzroy 1938-39.

Middle row, second from left

Fitzroy 1938 team photo –

Trove article with team photo –

Jack Clarke – Middle row, fourth from left. (Based on remaining unidentified players, height, and being in 1938, both 1939, 1940 and 1941 photos)

Arthur Sleith – Middle row, third from right

Fred Beaumont – Preston 1939-41. Brunswick 1935 & 1938. Wing / Centre. Middle row, second from right.

Photo from Brunswick (middle row, far left) –

Ken Watkins – 17-8-1919 – 18-4-1984. 179cms. Middle row, far right. (Based on only unidentified player that is only in 1939 (home) and 1940 photo)

Frank Dowling – Front row, far left

Les Ross – Front row, second from right. (Based on height, and being in 1938, both 1939, 1940 and 1941 photos)

Coached Parkside Amateurs in the VAFA and should be in this 1954 Premiership photo (not sure who he is) – 

Phil Dunstone – Front row, far right. (Based on height, and being in 1938, both 1939, 1940 and 1941 photos)

Only photo found –

Other players selected for R10, 1940 –

Ingy (Ingwald) Norman – 185cms.

1938 Brunswick photo (I. Norman) –

Kevin Brown – CHB, Follower, flanks. Should be in 1937 photo, and will be in 1938 and 1940 photos.

Lou Sleeth – 26-2-1916 – 29-11-1990. 173cms. Preston 1940. Richmond 1937-38. Box Hill – 1939-34, 1936, 1941-48. Played Half Forward Flank. Brother – Graham.

1945 Box Hill photo (poss in it?) –

Bob Taylor – Preston 1940-41. Mention of Prahran c1939? Pocket / Flanks.,_Bob_Pres41.php

R. Taylor in the 1937 Prahran team photo –

But no record of an R. Taylor playing in 1937. There is, however, a Robert Taylor playing in 1938-39 –,_Robert__Pra.php

Charlie White – Preston 1940. Played Wing. From Melbourne 2nds 1940.

Wally Gray – Replaced (injured shin) by Dowling at half time, and not in photo.

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