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The chair of the Heritage Council, Ms Chris Gallagher, said it was important to protect a place with such a rich association with our sporting heritage.“Victoria Park is a very significant site in our sporting history, and not just for Collingwood fans,” she said.“Victoria Park has historical and social significance as the home of Collingwood Football Club for 112 years, and its association with sporting greats including Bob Rose, Lou Richards, the Sherrin family and cricketers Keith Stackpole and Jack Ryder,” Ms Gallagher said.The Heritage Council has added Victoria Park to the register for its historical, social and architectural significance to the State.Collingwood Council set aside Victoria Park in 1882 and the Collingwood Football Club played matches at the ground from 1892 until 1999, and continued to use it as a base until 2005.The registration covers the land and structures, including the Jack Ryder stand which was build in 1929 and named after cricketer Jack Ryder. It also covers the Social Club stand (S A Coventry Stand), built in 1959. Collingwood was the first league team to form a social club and the first to obtain a liquor licence in 1940. The R. T. Rush stand, built in 1966, is also protected. The Sherrin Stand, named after the well-known Collingwood family, was built in 1969, and is also protected. Other important elements at the ground are the oval, grassed embankment and walls. The grassed embankment dates back to 1892, and at its highest point is traditionally associated with Collingwood supporters and known as “One Eye Hill”. A number of entrances, exits, turnstiles and ticket boxes are also protected. And the scoreboard and timeclock have also been added to the register.The Collingwood Football Club was one of the eight founding members of the VFL in 1897 and has been one of the most successful and popular league football clubs. It inspired a play, The Club, by David Williamson, and the subsequent film used Victoria Park as a backdrop.The registration means that a permit is required for alternations or development of the site.
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