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Len Postlethwaite - a true legend of the Marysville Football Club.

Poss Team Shot 1955 crop1

Len Postlethwaite played with Marysville for more than a decade. He commenced playing for the club in 1945 in the Alexandra-Yea District Association which was formed after the end of WW2.

As a member of Marysville's 1st post war team Len played on grounds that were rough & tough - conditions on the Gallipoli Park oval were clearly not fabulous - in one of the games the newspapers reported - "Marysville defeated Taggerty-Acheron by 1 point …. the ground was very soft and a bulldozer and truck were stranded”.

He was a member of a team marooned in Marysville by heavy snow and couldn't make it to Yarra Junction for a match - he was also picked in a team that was unable to take to the ground at Marysville due to 4 inches of snow which saw for the 1st time in the history of the League a game having to be called off.

During his decade or so playing for Marysville Len played against a remarkable number of teams - initially Marysville played in the Alexandra-Yea District Association, then Upper Goulburn league followed by the Yarra Valley Football League.

According to research on the period, Len will have played against some 20 teams that included Thornton, Taggerty-Acheron, Alexandra, Yea, Mansfield, Delatite, Bonnie Doon, Merton, Molesworth, Wandin, Healesville, Warburton, Mt Evelyn, Powelltown, Woori Yallock, Yarra Junction, Wesburn, Millgrove, Yarraburn and the Upper Yarra Valley Dam team.

During his football career Len was regularly featured as one of Marysville's best on ground players. He was a big tall man some 6'5", was a great ruckman and often kept the goal umpires and scorers busy.

Unfortunately during his time in the 1sts Marysville never won a premiership but came agonisingly close on a number of occasions. He played in the 1948 Grand Final with the Villains falling just 2 points short of a flag against Thornton.

He was part of the 1949 team that finished as the minor premiers but again missed out on the ultimate reward after being beaten by Healesville in the second Semi final by just 6 points.

1952 was a great year for Len. He was Marysville's vice captain and often featured in press reports as one of the best on ground players and regular goal scorer- … but sadly it ended in heartbreak with Marysville making the finals but coming up short again!

The following year Marysville finished the season after losing a preliminary final against Warburton.

But what must have been the ultimate disappointment came in 1955 when Marysville made it to the Grand Final and Len and the team missed out on a premiership by the smallest of all margins 1- point!

However Len did finally share in his moment of glory when in 1956 he played in a Grand Final with the Marysville seconds which after only 2 years in the competition won the "Olympics' Pennant - the first flag of any kind for Marysville for 18 years.

Perhaps Len's career is best summed up by a press report of a match in which he played in 1952 - " For Marysville Postlethwaite stood out. He dominated the ruck from start to finish."

Len Postlethwaite - a true legend of the Marysville Football Club.

Poss Team Shot 1955

Marysville Football Team 1955 - Len Postlethwaite, Back Row 2nd from right

Back: H Dowsett, A Gilmore, W Armour, G Mahoney, A Jones, H Brown, K Lyall, L Postlethwaite, B Naylor
Centre: N West, D Marr, K O’Connell (Capt) H Whitely, K West, J Jones
Front: W Pocock, W Sund, T Oxlee, J Kahlert, H Reeve

Photo Courtesy William Metcalfe “The Green & Gold” The History of the Marysville Football Club

Len's 80th birthday crop

Len Postlethwaite celebrates his 80th birthday with Terry ‘Flash’ Ross, MDFNC Committee member