I know this wasn't the original purpose of this thread (which appeared and then quickly died whilst I was away in the Flinders Ranges), but it was the the most recent thread with the right title -
As featured on ch10 news yesterday, an extra reason to visit Waverley -
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/footy/ ... 22,00.html
Hawthorn club museum launched
13 December 2007 Herald Sun
Allan Jeans reminisces about one of three flags he won as Hawthorn coach at the opening of the club's museum at Waverley Park yesterday
Many of the men who have contributed so significantly to Hawthorn's rich history returned to the club yesterday to see another historic event. Coaching greats John Kennedy, Allan Jeans and David Parkin were among the luminaries at the launch of the club's museum at Waverley Park. Established by the club's historical committee, Hawks Forever, the museum first operated at Glenferrie Oval but now enjoys a bigger and better home.
The jumper that defender Chris Langford symbolically waved to the crowd at the end of Hawthorn's game against Melbourne in 1996 is regarded as one of the museum's most significant exhibits. Langford, now an AFL commissioner, walked from the MCG bare-chested, holding aloft his No. 24 guernsey to the Hawthorn fans in the Great Southern Stand. It was the last round of the season and just days before members of both clubs were to vote on a merger.
And one of football's most famous items -- the trenchcoat Kennedy so proudly wore in the 1970s -- is now preserved behind glass. Fans can also hear one of Kennedy's stirring speeches, when the Hawks took on but lost to North Melbourne in the 1975 Grand Final. Kennedy said the museum was a tribute to the people who had worked so hard to establish it.
As for that coat, he said: "Nostalgia takes over and as the years go by it becomes more of a famous coat. I was just saying about the speech that sometimes the things we say are a product of the situation we are in, the situation the team is in and the desperation, which is usually most of the time. It's total war."
The trophies and jumpers of some of the club's biggest names are also on display, along with old boots, lockers, rub-down tables and gear used by trainers. The museum will be open to the public at Sunday's family day and weekdays from 10am-5pm.
As part of the induction of Hawthorn's new players, former club champion Peter Knights will take them on a tour of the museum as he explains the club's culture. They are expected to know prominent former players and officials by both name and sight.
Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett said the memorabilia had been collected over many years.