|Venue: Windy Hill||Date: Saturday July 5, 1975|
|Result: Win by 80 points||Umpire: Ian Robinson.||Crowd: 22,632 Receipts: $17,339|
|Goalkickers: D.McKay 8, R.Walls 5, C.Davis 4, P.Jones 3, A.Mangels 2, M.Fitzpatrick 1, G.Kennedy 1, R.Ohlsen 1, V,Catoggio 1, P.Pinnell 1.|
|Best: D.McKay, M.Fitzpatrick, R.Walls, A.Mangels, M.Maclure, S.Jackson, R.Ohlsen, C.Davis.|
|Reports: R.Ashman (allegedly striking N.Fields in the second quarter) - 4 weeks;|
|R.Austin (allegedly striking N.Fields in the second quarter) - 4 weeks;|
|P.Pinnell (allegedly striking R.Close in the second quarter, reported by two umpires) - 2 weeks;|
|D.McKay (allegedly striking L.Moloney in the first quarter, reported by two umpires) - 2 weeks.|
|Injuries: G.Kennedy (strained ankle), P.Pinnell (strained knee ligaments)|
One of the most infamous matches in VFL/AFL history (but it was great fun to watch).
The wind was howling towards the city end. Essendon had the breeze in the first quarter & David "Swan" McKay was reported for hitting Essendon's Laurie Moloney.
The second quarter, which lasted almost 40 minutes, was for long periods little more than a mobile punch-up. The mayhem appeared to be sparked by the behind-the-play felling of Carlton full-forward Craig Davis. During breaks in the fisticuffs the Blues managed to register a scarcely-believable 14 goals 1 behind, a club record for any quarter & the highest second quarter score by any club in VFL/AFL history.
Umpire Ian Robinson laid numerous reports but if he had eyes in the back of his head he would have made a multitude more.
In the third quarter things seemed to have settled down until Essendon's Ken Roberts came off the bench (there was no interchange in those days) & flattened a Carlton player after making a bee-line for him & it was on again.
The atmosphere could be conveyed by the fact that the Rods, Ashman and Austin, both recorded their only reports in this match in a combined League career of 456 games.
Besides the Blues players cited, the Bombers Ron Andrews was exonerated (yeah - right) on a charge of striking David McKay, whilst Robin Close (Striking) and Laurie Moloney (Charging) were both suspended for 2 matches for offences against Phil Pinnell.
As at May 2006, this win remains our highest score against the Bombers. Essendon were simply unable to match our strong forward line of the time, with Robert Walls booting 5 and David McKay roosting 8 goals.
Keith McKenzie was coach with John Nicholls coaching the Victorian side that contained Carlton's Alex Jesaulenko and Geoff Southby.
Although this match has been bathed in publicity during the week, with eight reported players and the highlighting of incidents in the game, it WAS a record-breaking game nonetheless. The combined 42.18.270 - the highest aggregate for the year and the accuracy of both sides on a day when some grounds were literally awash with rain, was remarkable. It was also the highest score at Essendon EVER. Carlton's win gave them 10 in a row - their best effort since 1969, while Essendon had its fifth 100 pointer score kicked against them in successive weeks. - Football Record.
Second Battle of Windy Hill a disgrace
The casualty list of the violent game at Essendon on Saturday has been announced. Eight players were reported, and more could have been, in the worst violence on the field since the infamous Bloodbath Grand Final of 1945. Carlton's Rod Ashman and Rod Austin were given four weeks each, and Phillip Pinnell two weeks. David McKay was found not guilty and severly reprimanded. Essendon's Robin Close received two weeks, Laurie Moloney two and Ron Andrews was found not guilty. While some club officials called the whole episode "press hysteria" it was a shameful episode in football history whatever the provocation. Geoffrey Barker in The Age, compared the game to bear baiting. He observed Essendon's Dean Hartigan dragged unconscious from the ground, Carlton's Craig Davis with blackened eyes and blood pouring from his broken nose after it. The brawl broke out at the end of the second quarter after Carlton had been on a 14-goal spree. It appears that violence erupted when Craig Davis was flattened - but what ensued was quite unjustifiable. As for the game, David McKay kicked eight goals in a best on ground performance, and Carlton kicked 12 goals to six in the second half, winning 27.13.(175) to Essendon's 15.5.(95). - 100 Years of Australian Football (1897 to 1996).
|B:||19 John O'Connell||30 Vin Waite||36 Mark Maclure|
|HB:||21 Rod Austin||11 Bruce Doull||15 Phil Pinnell|
|C:||23 Craig Davis||5 Syd Jackson||10 Alan Mangels|
|HF:||24 Russell Ohlsen||42 Robert Walls (acting capt.)||43 David McKay|
|F:||28 Peter Jones (acting vc)||16 Greg Kennedy||14 Rod Ashman|
|Ruck:||3 Mike Fitzpatrick||8 Trevor Keogh||12 Barry Armstrong|
|Res:||4 Vin Catoggio||9 Greg Towns|
Score Records: This remains Carlton's highest score against Essendon
Score Records: This is Carlton's highest 2nd Quarter score in the VFL / AFL
Score Records: This was the last of 10 consecutive wins for Carlton, one of the best winning streaks in our history
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