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Excerpts from The North Story, by Gerard Dowling

Record: 5-13, 80.3%
Ladder Position: 11th
Syd Barker Medal: Allen Aylett
Leading Goalkicker: John Dugdale (38)

For North, 1960 was to be the first of three very poor years. The only break in the clouds that year was a brilliant victory over Collingwood at Victoria Park, which had never been North's happiest hunting ground. Eventually the club finished 11th, after winning five and losing 13 games.

Record: 4-13-1, 79.1%
Ladder Position: 12th
Syd Barker Medal: Laurie Dwyer
Leading Goalkicker: John Dugdale (47)

This was a troubled year at Arden Street, as was evident from the fact that the team finished in 12th position, having been able to win only four and draw one of their 18 encounters. None of their recruits really succeeded, and the side had to be carried by their new captain, Allen Aylett.

North Melbourne's struggle to find a new identity was proving a painful experience, but those who were responsible for the club's destiny pressed inexorably on, determined to build a club and a team capable of standing in the forefront of League ranks. They were helped in their objective by receiving that year from the VFL a further extension of the club's district.

Record: 4-14, 73.1%
Ladder Position: 11th
Syd Barker Medal: Bill Serong
Leading Goalkicker: John Dugdale (44)

The year 1962 was only 16 days old when the North Melbourne Football Club's president, Alex Marr, resigned from office. His five years in the position had been the longest since Trainor's demise, and his going was yet another disruption to the administration.

Fortunately for the club, Jack Adams, its experienced and valued former secretary, was prepared to assume the burden. His presidency was short and effective - four years, which saw North Melbourne through the last troubled phase of its transition from a local to semi-professional body.

Record: 8-10, 85.1%
Ladder Position: 7th
Syd Barker Medal: Noel Teasdale
Leading Goalkicker: John Dugdale (30)

Under Alan Killigrew's tutoring, North Melbourne had their best year since 1959. They rose to seventh after notching eight wins out of the 18 games played.

Record: 8-10, 87.2%
Ladder Position: 8th
Syd Barker Medal: Noel Teasdale
Leading Goalkicker: John Dugdale (46)

In 1964, Ron Joseph, a man who would play an extraordinary part in the success of North's struggle to win a League pennant, was appointed full-time assistant secretary. He was yet another 'outsider', who would blend with the 'home grown' personnel to create the North Melbourne Football Club's ultimate winning formula in the seventies.

As the season wore on, a move to have the home ground changed was initiated. It culminated in a decision to switch headquarters from Arden Street to the Coburg City Oval for the 1965 season. While the move in itself proved unsuccessful, its aftermath was to set the scene for the club's ultimate triumph, with AFL premierships in 1975 and 1977.

Record: 5-13, 80.8%
Ladder Position: 9th
Syd Barker Medal: Noel Teasdale
Leading Goalkicker: Frank Goode (38)

In almost every department 1965 was a trying year; there had been difficulties in effecting the move from Arden Street, upset in the administration and poor performances on the field. The team had to cope with the retirement of Allen Aylett. Laurie Dwyer too had suffered persistent injury.

Record: 7-10-1, 93.7%
Ladder Position: 7th
Syd Barker Medal: Noel Teasdale
Leading Goalkicker: Frank Goode (49)

During its first season back at North Melbourne, under the coaching of Alan Killigrew and with Noel Teasdale again holding the captaincy, North had seven wins and one draw from a fixture of 18. The drawn game was a thriller played at the MCG against Richmond on 13 June, the Queen's Birthday holiday.

It was a much happier year for North than the distressing one that had preceded it. The effects of the new accord between the club and Melbourne City Council were evident even before the season started. The council had spent about $4,000 before the first game to provide a completely new change-room for visiting First Eighteen teams, equal to, if not better than, any in the League.

Record: 7-10-1, 94.2%
Ladder Position: 8th
Syd Barker Medal: Laurie Dwyer
Leading Goalkicker: Gary Farrant (26)

The coaching position for 1967 had been awarded by the committee to Keith McKenzie, a talented and popular player of the forties, who had recently occupied the post of North's reserve grade coach in the 1965 and 1966 seasons. Under his direction, North managed seven wins and one drawn game out of 18.

The 1967 season reached its traditional climax on Grand Final day. But that year there was an innovation which became a regular feature of this great day: North's Grand Final Breakfast in the Southern Cross Ballroom, which, due to that hotel's reconstruction work, transferred to the Exhibition Building in 1995.

Record: 3-17, 74.3%
Ladder Position: 12th
Syd Barker Medal: John Dugdale
Leading Goalkicker: Doug Farrant (35)

North Melbourne suffered a decline in its fortunes during 1968. Though the club continued to gather some excellent material, most of the young players needed time to develop. Therefore by the end of the season, which had been extended to 20 matches, North was occupying 12th place.

Three years had elapsed since North's 'going home', years of planning and hard work characterised by a businesslike approach to the main undertaking, the winning of its VFL pennant. Some severe checks had been experienced but rather than weaken resolve they served to deepen commitment to that central ambition.

Record: 8-12, 87.5%
Ladder Position: 8th
Syd Barker Medal: Sam Kekovich
Leading Goalkicker: Sam Kekovich (56)

In 1969 the North Melbourne Football Club celebrated the centenary of its foundation. After six wins out of their first eight games, they failed to go on with things. Out of the remaining 12 matches they won only two more, to put them in eighth position at the end of the first round of matches.

Towards the end of the season, the North Melbourne Football Club enjoyed a crowning achievement of its centennial, the official opening of the new social club's Harold R. Hendeson Pavillion. After three years' hard work by the social club committee, it was opened by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne on 5 August in the presence of a distinguished gathering.