I don’t know. But I know the Maggies have a rich history there and it was well out of use by the time I graced this green Earth.
Just looked at the Wikipedia page, apparently it’s biggest crowd was 21K back in 1978 against Parra. It’s facilities are pretty aged apparently. Some of the older fellas amongst us might be able to clarify.
They allowed the kids to sit on the bike track that day. Remember my dad lifting me over the fence to sit with the other kids … It was a great day and a great era … But times have moved on now.
Ah, sitting on the old bike track. We used to have the marching band at half time, with formation marching and a baton twirler. And, we used to have what seemed like, to a young kid, the tallest uprights on any goal posts anywhere in the world. There is a great page noelkellyskids.info (http://www.noelkellyskids.info/case_of_the_missing_goal_posts) that has lots of the magpies history documented.
We used to sit on the same spot on the north eastern corner of the hill, right by the Dorahy’s, up past the second light tower. Father Maurice Sullivan, from St Vincent’s at Ashfield, was usually standing behind (my mum would dig her fingers into my dad’s side, "don’t swear, Bill, Mori is just behind us. lol)
I remember that they would announce the post match function was being held at the Lidcombe Dancers Club, which was a kind of de-facto leagues club for us on game days as Ashfield was too far away for anyone to bother going back to. We did have plans to build a club house just by Lidcombe Oval but it never happened (lack of council approval?).
After the Amco Cup final victory in 1977, with Keith (yappy) Holman as coach, we had some run-in with the local council and moved our last 4 or 5 home games back to Pratten Park at Ashfield. We also played a few games there is 1985, and in the early 70s.
We were only at Lidcombe Oval for 20 years, from 1967-68 to 1986. Pratten Park at Ashfield is where we spent the majority of our time. However, our very first years were spent at St Lukes (aka Concord Oval), the site of our current training facilities.
My favourite match at Lidcombe was Wests v Souths in 1976. It was a ripper