Jump to content

  • Podcast:     

  • Podcast:     

Hassa Mann Turns 80



Recommended Posts

A fellow long time Demon supporter told me Hassa turned 80 on Wednesday. 

What a great player he was! Premiership player, club captain, state representative, member of The Galahs and MFC team of the century.

Then, later in his career, after success as a playing coach in the West he returned to the club in administration.

As an aside, why did our players go to WA? Big Bob Johnson and dashing half back also left us with plenty of games left in them, as did Hassa. Were we so arrogant in those days we'd say "we don't need you, we'll win without you?"

Does anyone remember Hassa's goal from the boundary at Glenferrie Oval to put Hawthorn out of the 4? A Hawthorn mate still claims it was a point!

Many happy returns Hassa!

  • Like 12
  • Thanks 1
  • Love 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Good post  Dee-Nee. What a great player. Could play  centre, half forward or as a  rover-great captain. Yes I remember that goal-did he actually mark that ball? I seem to remember it was a line ball decision and the umpire might not have  had a  good view? It was  great kick though.

  • Like 4
  • Love 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Hassa mann was a great player watched him   play  in the 60s  and always looked to kick a goal even playing in the midfield or on  sometimes half forward. He had a knack to link in a play starting back of centre and finding himself  at the end of the chain lining up for a set shot at goals. He did that several time in his career it was amazing.

IMO and many others his career was cut short at the end of 1968 after Captaining the club for 2 seasons and moved to South Fremantle in 1969 at the age of  28,

He was a Best and fairest in his first year 1969 and also Captain coached them to a premiership in 1970.

Such tragedy when we needed him most.    . Fond memories of him playing..

                                                          Happy  Birthday   Hassa    

Edited by nosoupforme
  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I heard a bit of the interview on SEN to commemorate his 80th.  The part I heard was about our tumultuous history.  Hassa was there at the time of the big 3 upheavals:  when Barassi left, was Captain when Smith was sacked (emotional story about that) and CEO at the time of the merger proposal.  Can't find it on the sen website.  The few minutes I heard were great to listen to.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

By gee, that makes me ancient!  As others have said, he was an outstanding player of his era, and an 'all time' great Demon.  I worked with Hass for a short time after he retired from the game.  Not only a great player but a fantastic person with just one small fault.  He had the most 'finger crushing' hand shake I've ever experienced.  Happy memories, happy birthday Hassa! 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is an artical on Hassa Mann .

Note that the reasons why he left is explained. 

There is also a link that l have provided of the full article as well.    Great reading.

 

Mann’s performance at Subiaco when the Big V won by nine points not only won him a nipple-pink coloured transistor radio, but the attention of both Fremantle clubs, who sounded him out as a prospective playing coach.

“I had no intention of moving from Melbourne Football Club, let alone across the country,” Hassa said. But when the two clubs pooled together to offer him and wife Glenys a trip to Perth he thought: “why not?” “We flew over with the aim of enjoying ourselves for a week or so; it was an opportunity too good to refuse.” Mann spent a few days as guest of East Fremantle, then South.

“I went back to Melbourne and advised the club that I’d been offered a coaching position in the West, told them I’d prefer to stay, and asked for a two year contract,” he recalled. “The Chairman of Selectors replied that he didn’t reckon I had two years left in me.”

At twenty eight years of age, the three time club fairest and best winner, most recent being 1967, current All Australian, and club captain, was justifiably upset by his rating at the Demons, and decided to accept South Fremantle’s offer.

https://ozfooty.net/newsarticles/pastnpresent/55-where-are-they-now-hassa-mann

Edited by nosoupforme
  • Like 1
  • Thanks 2
  • Angry 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

I heard a bit of the interview on SEN to commemorate his 80th.  The part I heard was about our tumultuous history.  Hassa was there at the time of the big 3 upheavals:  when Barassi left, was Captain when Smith was sacked (emotional story about that) and CEO at the time of the merger proposal.  Can't find it on the sen website.  The few minutes I heard were great to listen to.

Here is the segment with Hassa Mann.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, nosoupforme said:

Here is an artical on Hassa Mann .

Note that the reasons why he left is explained. 

There is also a link that l have provided of the full article as well.    Great reading.

 

Mann’s performance at Subiaco when the Big V won by nine points not only won him a nipple-pink coloured transistor radio, but the attention of both Fremantle clubs, who sounded him out as a prospective playing coach.

“I had no intention of moving from Melbourne Football Club, let alone across the country,” Hassa said. But when the two clubs pooled together to offer him and wife Glenys a trip to Perth he thought: “why not?” “We flew over with the aim of enjoying ourselves for a week or so; it was an opportunity too good to refuse.” Mann spent a few days as guest of East Fremantle, then South.

“I went back to Melbourne and advised the club that I’d been offered a coaching position in the West, told them I’d prefer to stay, and asked for a two year contract,” he recalled. “The Chairman of Selectors replied that he didn’t reckon I had two years left in me.”

At twenty eight years of age, the three time club fairest and best winner, most recent being 1967, current All Australian, and club captain, was justifiably upset by his rating at the Demons, and decided to accept South Fremantle’s offer.

https://ozfooty.net/newsarticles/pastnpresent/55-where-are-they-now-hassa-mann

Dreadful decision by the Club to let him go.  So many of our better players from the mid sixties to mid seventies were let go or left for greener pastures - Dillon, Parke, Brewer, Kenneally, Callery, Groom, Keenan, Fitzsimmons, Thorne

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Hassa is my uncle. Hard to believe he is 80. The guy is as fit as they come. He’d probably run rings around me 30 years his junior. 
 

Whatever his reasons for going to WA, he is Melbourne through and through. He loves the club as much as any football tragic.

Happy birthday uncle Hass

  • Like 11
  • Love 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Great watching the footage of that game

It seems that when we mention the great players of that team

John Townsend seems to get forgotten 
He was such a talented brave rover

I remember John Nichols shirtfronting him at the MCG

How he got up after that I don’t know

 

  • Like 2
  • Love 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
26 minutes ago, Old Bear said:

Great watching the footage of that game

It seems that when we mention the great players of that team

John Townsend seems to get forgotten 
He was such a talented brave rover

I remember John Nichols shirtfronting him at the MCG

How he got up after that I don’t know

 

Yes John Townsend N0 16. Great rover and goal kicker. Same he hurt his knoee on t at overseas trip. A great roving combination with Ken Emselle. No 10. I think I also remember Hassa getting shirtfronted at the old South Melbourne Lakeside  oval.

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites

On 10/10/2020 at 3:49 PM, Vagg said:

One of my all-time favourite players!  Seems like yesterday he was in the team!

Startling to realise, Vagg, that we have been supporting the Dees for so long - and Hassa was a fantastic player, he held a special place in so many of our teams - the good teams and the weaker teams. It does not seem like he retired as a player so long ago - such was his contribution to the MFC, eternally stamped in our minds. 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

On 10/11/2020 at 6:13 AM, Uncle Fester said:

Hassa is my uncle. Hard to believe he is 80. The guy is as fit as they come. He’d probably run rings around me 30 years his junior. 
 

Whatever his reasons for going to WA, he is Melbourne through and through. He loves the club as much as any football tragic.

Happy birthday uncle Hass

I briefly met your Uncle Hassa at the Bentleigh club when the premiership players had their 50th anniversary celebration.  He stayed till every one who wanted a chat and an autograph had seen him.  I thought he was delightful and nothing like the 74 year old he would have been at the time.  I look forward to listening the whole sen interview.

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
On 10/12/2020 at 9:33 AM, Old Bear said:

Great watching the footage of that game

It seems that when we mention the great players of that team

John Townsend seems to get forgotten 
He was such a talented brave rover

I remember John Nichols shirtfronting him at the MCG

How he got up after that I don’t know

 

My first jumper with his number 16  and  wore it  proudly. He was my favourite at the time.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Was one of my faves as a kid.

I had a Hassa Mann signed 45 rpm Single record of the grand ole flag which was released by Ampol service stations in the 60s

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
On 10/11/2020 at 6:13 AM, Uncle Fester said:

Hassa is my uncle. Hard to believe he is 80. The guy is as fit as they come. He’d probably run rings around me 30 years his junior. 
 

Whatever his reasons for going to WA, he is Melbourne through and through. He loves the club as much as any football tragic.

Happy birthday uncle Hass

So, if you're Uncle Fester, that makes him Great Uncle Hassa. Is that right?

On point, it's amazing how our club's inability to move with the times from the mid-60s through to the mid-80s caused so much damage.  

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles

    MOGGIES MASTERED by George on the Outer

    They say that herding cats is an impossible task but not for the Melbourne Demons who through relentless pressure, scored a commanding 25 point victory in Round 4 over Geelong at the MCG. The team that missed the AFL finals only once in the past dozen years were shown up by the new Demons of 2021 who have recorded their first 4-0 opening to the season in 21 years! Melbourne knew what was coming, and it was Geelong who were shown up for their inability to adapt to the 2021 style of foot

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    UNDER MY SKIN by The Oracle

    The story goes that there’s a certain player from Geelong who has been seen in Moorabool Street crooning the old Sinatra classic, “I’ve got you under my skin.” His name is O’Connor and he’s been tasked to achieve one thing on Sunday by his coach, Chris Scott: to get under the skin of a Demon midfielder on Sunday and thereby tag him out of the big contest at the G. The idea behind the tactic is to not only blunt one of the team’s most destructive weapons but to distract them all from producing th

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    MAX IN SPACE

    Demon skipper Max Gawn is one big unit at 208cm and lately he’s been standing even taller. We already know that he’s unstoppable in the air when going for a mark but with three consecutive victories to open the season, you might say that he has his head in the clouds.  And that is literally true thanks to a fan at Demonland.com who recently arranged for our big ruckman to go even further than the clouds but way beyond to the edge of space and into the stratosphere. And this photograph of Ma

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features 25

    CAPITAL PUNISHMENT by George on the Outer

    A 34-point win in the nation’s capital has seen the Demons kill the Giants hopes early in the 2021 season. It wasn’t only the scoreboard, but a succession of injuries to major players for GWS that has put paid to their aspirations. The winning result wasn’t just due to the opposition losing players, but also to the relentless pressure from this 2021 Melbourne side that put them in the winners circle. In past years, a 16 point deficit at the first change combined with a rampant Toby Greene w

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    POWER AND THE PASSION by Whispering Jack

    The Demons ran out for their Qualifying Final match against the Fremantle Dockers at Casey Fields as the sounds of Midnight Oils’ “Power and the Passion cascaded over the mainly friendly pro-Melbourne crowd. It was a far cry from the season opener at Carrara in late January where few of their fans were in attendance in high 20’s heat and humidity and silence greeted every score from the slow-starting Demons. They ran away from the lowly Suns, won comfortably in the end and followed that with ano

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    BREAK OUT by Whispering Jack

    Despite the chaotic events occurring in Canberra over the past few weeks, one thing is for certain. This weekend’s game at Manuka Oval in the nation’s capital between the GWS Giants and Melbourne will decide which of Scott Morrison or Leon Cameron is the most under the pump at this point in time.  This time twelve months ago, the Giants were coming off a season in which they had played off in a grand final. They opened up their 2020 campaign with a resounding 32-point victory in round 1 aga

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    MARVELOUS PRESSURE by George on the Outer

    Is this a new form of Melbourne which has suddenly emerged in 2021?  In the past, whenever the pressure was applied, the team would falter early and as a consequence, it would more often than not, be forced to confront its own self-inflicted failure. But perhaps not so this year. The match at Marvel Stadium against the Saints provided an insight into how creating pressure, actually relieves it on the club, players and coach. Right from the start, Melbourne was there to make a stat

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    STUCK IN THE MIDDLE by The Oracle

    Throughout the off season, St Kilda was touted as an improver and a possible challenger for a top four position mainly off the back of another good trade and draft period at the end of last year. Then in Round 1, the undermanned Saints made a shaky start and almost succumbed to the Giants but they managed to come home from a wet and woolly Sydney with the four points intact. For Round 2, they have a couple of handy players returning so they come into the the game at Marvel Stadium choc

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    A SCRAPPY, SLOPPY SUCCESS by George on the Outer

    After what seemed like an eternity without Footy in Melbourne, the Demons and their fans produced a scrappy, sloppy yet successful return to the MCG. Yet is was against an interstate team from the furthest reaches of the country, but the 21K fans who made it through the gates, was way below expectations for numbers.  Sure it can’t have helped with all the difficulty that Ticketek imposed just to get a ticket, and since you just couldn’t walk up, perhaps the number wasn’t that surprising.

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Whispering Jack

    The Melbourne Football Club has unfinished business with Fremantle after that unexpected loss in their previous clash at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns cost it a place in last year’s finals campaign.   Back then, the tired Demons spluttered listlessly through the humid conditions in tropical far North Queensland playing in and losing two games in the space of four days and against two lowly clubs. The end result was much more than an embarrassment for the club given what was at stake at th

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    PRACTICE PUMMELLING by George on the Outer

    Was this a practice for what lay ahead for the Demons in 2021 or was it an outcome to expect because it was used as a true practice game? Those of us on the outside will never know, but a 39 point loss to the Western Bulldogs was a pummelling in anyone’s language. We can draw some consolation from the players that Melbourne put on the field, with Toby Bedford, Jake Bowey, Kade Chandler, James Jordon and Tom Sparrow each getting a guernsey whereas they probably would not normally be in the f

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    A WALK IN THE PAST by Whispering Jack

    On Monday night, the Melbourne Football Club handed out four life memberships. Two of those awards went to men who are long gone. Charles ‘Chubby’ Forrester and James ‘Jas’ Byrne played for the club in the 1870s, even before the Victorian Football Association was formed. The other two are current skipper Max Gawn and swingman Tom McDonald, who almost left the club at the end of the pandemic-affected 2020 season. Some fans might have raised their eyebrows and wondered whether the emphasis on hist

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

×
×
  • Create New...