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Gordon Crisp


Career : 1936 and 1938
Debut : Round 9, 1936 vs Melbourne, aged 26 years, 58 days
Carlton Player No. 528
Games : 8
Goals : 3
Last Game : Round 16, 1938 vs Collingwood, aged 28 years, 105 days
Guernsey No. 8 (1936), and No.4 (1938)
Height : 177 cm (5 ft. 9 in.)
Weight : 74.5 kg (11 stone, 10 lbs.)
DOB : 30 April 1910

The younger brother of Carlton champion and 1938 Premiership star Creswell ‘Mickey’ Crisp, Vincent Gordon Crisp had a short yet remarkable playing career with the Blues. After his debut as 19th man against Melbourne in late June 1936, he waited almost two years to play at senior level again. Overall, he made just eight senior appearances for the Blues, and sat on the bench in seven of them!

Almost two years younger, but taller and leaner than his auspicious brother, Gordon Crisp followed Mickey to Princes Park in 1936 and joined him as the only reserve for the senior team in the home match against Melbourne in Round 9 of that year. He was sent back to the seconds the next week, so Gordon packed up shortly after that and returned home to Wedderburn in country Victoria.

Perhaps encouraged by his brother, he came back to Princes Park in 1938 to have another go at senior football under Carlton’s new captain-coach Brighton Diggins, but found the task no easier. In May, he was selected as 19th man for his second match, against Collingwood, and sat on the pine a third time the following week against Melbourne.

He was dropped to the reserves again for Rounds 7, 8 and 9, then handed the seniors' blue-checked dressing gown for games against South Melbourne and Geelong. Though sorely tested, Crisp’s patience was rewarded - at last - in round 14, when he was named in the run-on side to play Essendon at Princes Park. Gordon and Mickey lined up on the same side of the ground; Gordon on the wing, Mickey at half-forward, and the Blues won a tough struggle by six points.

That was the good news. The bad news was that he was relegated to the bench yet again for the next two matches against Fitzroy and Collingwood, before being sent back to the seconds for the rest of the season. That was it for Gordon. He headed back home for good later that year, leaving Mickey to bask in the glory of his starring role in the 1938 Carlton Premiership.

Gold At Wedderburn

Gordon financially backed two miners to dig up one of the main streets in the town on the elusive search for gold.
To read click here> http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article116586023

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