Former South Melbourne players Tony Morwood and Bob Skilton at Lake Oval. Photo: Daily Telegraph
The Sydney Swans will call Lake Oval home again with the Melbourne office set to relocate to the Club’s spiritual home in March.
Lake Oval in Albert Park was the home of the Swans for over 100 years until the Club relocated to Sydney in 1981.
Over 1000 games were played at the suburban ground, with names like Bob Skilton, Ron Clegg, Bob Pratt and J. Herbie Matthews, among countless other greats, pulling on the red and white guernsey during that time.
Triple Brownlow Medallist and Bloods Legend Bob Skilton said it’s an exciting time for all involved with the Swans.
“This keeps us in touch with our past,” Skilton said.
“It lets the Swans supporters know that where we come from hasn’t been forgotten.
“We haven’t lost our identity, we’ve kept the contact with where we came from and this helps even more. We haven’t died, we’ve moved.”
The move back to Lake Oval comes at the perfect time with the Swans set to play eight games in Victoria in 2017 – the most since 1996.
Head of Swans Foundation Tony Morwood, who heads up the Melbourne office, said it’s a historical move for the Club.
“It’s like a home away from home for Swans supporters,” Morwood said.
“We’re back to our spiritual home. The fans in Melbourne have got on board and feel very much included in what we do. We’re a members-based club.”