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1949 Chronology

June
Mon 13
A huge crowd of 46,000 pack into Punt Road for the King's Birthday match against Carlton.
The pressure of the crowd burst through the picket fence and cause the crowd to spill onto the ground, twnety minutes prior to the game. Several thousand spectators were turned away outside the ground.
One girl (Lorna Powell) suffered an injured leg and was admitted to St vincent's Hospital. Many were crushed in a stampede to reach the outer ground.
At 2pm the turnstiles were closed but Health Authority demanded all gates to be thrown open.
The Ambulance attendees reported is one of the worst day in football they can recall.
12 Ambulances men, 6 cadets and 1 nurse were in attendance.
43 spectators were carried to the ambulance room
The bar building at the Richmond end had 200 spectators on its roof.
Some boys carried ladders around the perimeter of the ground and charge spectators to use them.
Spectator Frederick Harrison (aged 62) collapses and dies in the Carlton Room after the match, but it is not attributed to the crush.



July
Sat 9
In a Sporting Globe article by H. deLacy on Jack Dyer; 'Eat Em Alive' is referenced as a character around the football ground and got his name from his raucous rendering of the famous Tiger cry. When the game was the hottest he'd go between two partisans and swiping one unsuspecting hothead behind the ear, nick off into the crowd and let them fight it out.


September
Sun. 11
Shamrock Hotel vs Ruoak Team at the Alexandra Showgronud.
Jack Dyer, Maurie Fleming, Harry Dyke are present.
'Bill' Sandiford is 'signed up' by Jack Dyer to Richmond after the game.
Dyer umpires the game and gives a exhibition of his drop punt kicking during the game.
27 pounds was raised, of which the ambulance fund received 12 pounds and the Dyer Testimonial Fund the remainder.


October
Thurs 27
Leo Merrett is appointed playing coach of Maryborough.


December
Wed 14
Barney Herbert, Richmond premiership player of 1920 and 1921, and former Richmond president, dies aged 60.