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Arthur Ireland

Born on 11th June 1916 at Dumphreys Scotland.  He came to Australia when he was 9 with his parents, brothers & sisters.  He was educated at Westgarth Central Primary & Northcote High School. He lived in Northcote for many years until he moved to West Preston in the 1960’s. He left school and worked with in his Father’s Pastry Cook Business, which he took over when his father died.  He served with the CMF in 1941 & 1942, and then the AIF from 1942 to 1945.  In the 1950’s after being asked by Len Smith he managed the Fitzroy Football Club’s 3rd XVIII.

He joined Dennis in 1935 from Pastrycooks at the age of 19.  He played in 4 premierships.  He holds the record of 68 wickets in a season in 1955/56 at an average of 8.47, in this year he took 5/39, 13/31, 7/28, 4/60, 10/70, 6/37, 4/66, 6/42, 5/44, 2/51, 5/50 & 1/58.

He played from 1935/36 until 1976/77. Since 1953 he played 120 games, and took 365 wickets at 11.92. With 18 seasons unaccounted for it is safe to say that he would have played in 300 games and taken over 800 wickets.  Premierships: 1936/37, 1938/39, 1945/46 & 1954/55.  Best Bowling: 8/36, 7/54, 7/61, 7/77, 8/0.  His best Match figures are 13/31.  A hattrick 6/9 v Royal Stars in 1954/55.  He also won a Jika bowling award in 1954/55 (46 wickets at 7.39)

Arthur Ireland a Dennis Legend.

Arthur Ireland's name adorns our best player of the Thirds trophy since it started in 1984/85. Arthur also served as President for 6 years.