Sons of guns remember

A rich heritage. The fathers of John Glasscock, left, and John McCraw, played in Lang Lang’s 1922 premiership team. 233316

By David Nagel

The history of the Lang Lang Football Club was on full display last Friday with a rich tapestry of past champions and club legends enjoying the new state-of-the-art facilities at Caldermeade.

But for two attendees – who never even pulled on the famous club jumper – the day was a chance to reflect on a family connection with the club that dates back almost 100 years.

Marcus Glasscock and Archie McCraw were members of the 1922 Lang Lang premiership team.

Marcus Glasscock was the only multiple goal-kicker on the day, booting two in Lang Lang’s one-point victory over Pakenham, while reports from ‘Heart and Soul’ – A history of the Lang Lang Football Club – show that Archie McCraw was a star player on the day.

The son of Marcus, John Glasscock, remembers the family had two great clubs to choose from.

“We lived in Monomeith, and dad played his football here at Lang Lang, while we went to Kooweerup which is a bit closer,” Glasscock explained.

“Dad was a pretty handy footballer and played for Melbourne, he wore number 31 before Ron Barassi’s father did, and played here (Lang Lang) until he did his knee which basically finished your career back then.

“He told a couple of great stories about catching trains back in the day. Lang Lang caught a train to Wonthaggi for one game but they forgot to cut back some tea-tree so they needed to find another ground.

“They did find another ground but both teams had to drag a dead horse from the middle of the field before they could get started.”

Marcus was also a little bit cunning when it came to his return trip home from Melbourne training.

“The train didn’t stop at Monomeith so dad had to bribe the train driver with mushrooms, rabbits or ducks, so he would slow down at Monomeith so dad could jump off the train.

“He was playing centre half forward for Melbourne and jumping off a moving train to get home – you wouldn’t see that happen today.”

And John McCraw’s memories of his dad Archie tell of a tough man who wouldn’t be denied.

“Dad played for Carlton seconds in the mid ‘20s, and was best on ground in the grand final with a broken collarbone, and then played in a grand final for Lang Lang and got best on ground again – you guessed it, with a broken collarbone,” John said.

“He loved it here at Lang Lang and used to tell stories about how the club would borrow the railway cart from the station to get to away games.

“He told us about a game when the ball never touched the ground. Not because the footy was so good but because the ground was under water.”