Season Summary: 1920

 

                                                  

Harry Haughton of Carlton was appointed captain-coach for the 1920 season, after 113 games and 49 goals from 1912-19 with the Blues, including their 1914-15 premiership teams and the 1916 runner-up side.  

A new committee reverted to a playing coach in 1920 and appointed 34yo Carlton and Victorian follower, Harry Haughton, to the position with Jack MacDonald as his deputy. Other recruits included Leo Tasker, also from Carlton, Jack 'Red' Hickey from Footscray Juniors, Kemp from South Australia, Reefton Spicer from Richmond, Laurie Smith from Essendon, Richard 'Ginger' Armstrong from Daylesford, Les Woodfield, Roy Punshon and Jacky May who returned from the war. Mick Dunn from Carlton and Fred Carpenter, formerly of South Melbourne and who captain-coached Williamstown Juniors to the 1918 VJFA grand final, joined the Club in late June. Dunn had played 35 games with the Blues from 1916-19 while Carpenter, who had also played with Williamstown Juniors in 1907, came to 'Town after 52 games and 68 goals with the Southeners. 

Les Woodfield, pictured here when with Essendon (1921-22, 15 games 15 goals), commenced playing with Williamstown in 1920 and played in the last 13 games of the season from rounds 6-18. He then transferred to the Bombers in 1921 (after initially attracting interest from South Melbourne but he was residentially bound to Essendon) before returning to Williamstown during 1922 after four games that season with Essendon. He played just one game with 'Town against Port Melbourne in round 12 and then crossed to South Melbourne in 1923 and went on to play 76 games and kick 11 goals up until the end of 1927. Woodfield played a total of 14 senior games and kicked two goals with Williamstown.  

The season was not a great success with eight wins and ten losses and sixth place on the ladder. The season opened with a 1-goal victory over eventual wooden-spooner, Brighton, even though Williamstown had 21 scoring shots to 10, before falling by 3 goals at Footscray. Consecutive wins over Northcote and Hawthorn elevated Williamstown to second position on the ladder, before eight losses over the subsequent 10 weeks destroyed any finals aspirations. One of these defeats was at Northcote by 76 points to a team that did not even make the finals. Eventual premier, Footscray, also inflicted an 11-goal loss on the Villagers at Williamstown the week before. The season ended on a positive note with wins in three of the last four games, including a thrilling 2-point victory over eventual grand finalist, Brunswick, at Williamstown in round 17, 7.18 to 7.16, with Haughton kicking 4 of the goals. Haughton was leading goalscorer with a total of 24 for the season. The team scored a total of 140 goals and 201 behinds (1041 points) to 160 goals and 220 behinds (1180 points). 

Leo Tasker came to Williamstown from Carlton in 1920, after 15 games and 13 goals with the Blues in 1918 & 1919. He had earlier debuted for Geelong as a 16yo in 1917 and played 5 games for the Cats in his only season with them, booting two goals. He was transferred to Melbourne in his employment with the Education Department. Tasker only played the one season with Williamstown, notching up 15 games and kicking 11 goals. 

Membership doubled in this season to 580 male members, 89 female members and 69 youths. Cecil McLean and Bert Sutton were both selected to represent the VFA in a series of 3 games in August against a WA Goldfields team at Kalgoorlie. At the annual meeting held early in 1921 in respect of the 1920 season, life memberships were awarded to Bobby Gibbs jnr (140 games 87 goals 1907-19, vice-captain 1915 & 1919, premiership 1907), Norm Busbridge (59 games 24 goals 1912-20), George Musicka (committeeman 1911-18, assistant secretary 1919-20) and Bert McTaggart snr (75 games 43 goals 1911-19). 

                                                

Roy Punshon commenced with Williamstown in 1920 and played 28 games up until 1925 when he transferred to Williamstown Juniors and became captain in 1926.

 

 

 

 

                                                

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