There’s approximately 22,000 at Princes Park on a winters day Round 8 1983, from memory it’s capacity was about 35k, so perhaps a below average crowd. Can anyone clarify if the hit on Alan Stoneham is potentially the very starting point of this rivalry?
Was something brewing earlier when Jeans and Sheedy were hired, or perhaps the 1983 GF with Watson felled by Robertson and the hiding. I was only a kid and wasn’t there the day Stoneham got hit but the match prior to this stage, there seems a lethargy between opposing fans. Whenever Hawthorn fans try to spark up something about the rivalry, I like to remind them they’re down the food chain and can wait in line behind a few other clubs. Was fortunate enough to be at 1984 and did I (didn’t we) loathe them as a kid but by the 90’s I couldn’t care less and disliked their premiership sides of recent years.