I’ve had many great memories (and not so great following Essendon there) of Subi.
My most favourite memory was, as Diggers mentioned before, was those SOG games on a Tuesday afternoon wagging school to be there in '83, '84 and '86. These games are a part of Western Australian footba…actually, just WA folklore.
Other great memories were of attending my first ever WAFL GF in driving rain but a classic game in 1985 between the eventual Premiers East Fremantle and Subiaco.
Watching West Perth break an 18 year Grand Final drought in 1993 against Claremont and then breaking their 20 year premiership drought in 1995 against Subiaco after one of the most explosive starts to a GF in living memory…Go The Cardies!
The 1996 thriller between Claremont and East Perth with both Chris Lewis and Don Pyke starring for the Tigers, 1997 with a Dean Rioli led final qtr comeback for South Fremantle over East Fremantle and the 1992 qtr time punch on in the Freo Derby GF between South coach Mal Brown and East’s Damien Condon as the teams were heading to their huddles, were also notable matches for me.
1999 when a raging hot favourite in South Freo succumbed to the Mighty Cardies.
As mentioned before, not a happy hunting ground for the Bombers but did get to see us flog the Eagles by 15 goals in 2001 there.
Getting into the Bomber rooms in 1987 after a pre-season scratch match and after a late season narrow loss in 1996 after waiting outside the rooms and hearing Sheeds absolutely tearing shreds off the team for dropping a game after being in a position to win it.
Being there when Hirdy suffered that horrific facial injury in 2002 against the Dockers and then returning in 2003 and smashing the same side in their first ever finals appearance with Hirdy starring.
Was there also in 2004 when Fletch had his two front teeth knocked out with the trainers finding them somehow out on the ground.
Probably the greatest match that I ever witnessed there was the 1992 Qualifying Final between the Eagles and Hawthorn. Such a pulsating match with three of the most freakish goals I’ve ever seen, all scored in the second qtr, two by Peter Sumich and the other by Karl Langdon.
The 1986 post season battle of the premiers match between Subiaco and Hawthorn was a ripper of a game too with the Hawks just getting over the line by 3 points.
And one final personal favourite memory of mine was to play on the hallowed turf in a school comp as a curtain raiser to an Eagles v Carlton game in 1988.
Also some of those Perth Glory Grand Finals in the old NSL days and a 5-0 Prelim Final victory there were pretty special too.
The Australian Made concert in February 1987 is etched into my mind as well. The most memorable concert experience that I’ve ever been to.
Subi Oval has always held a special place in my heart and after a visit back there in 2007 to see us get destroyed by six goals from the Pav and later on in Ben Cousins’ return to Subi as a Tiger, I understood why that it needed to shut down.
The place had become relatively dilapidated in some parts and there was no space for it to expand.
Sad to see it go but at the same time Perth has been screaming out for a new stadium for over a decade now so happy to see W(ait) A(while) finally get one.
Here’s hoping to seeing the Dons having a bit more success at the new stadium than we had at Subi.