VFL/AFL PLAYERS

IVANHOE FOOTBALLERS WHO PLAYED VFL, AFL

 

1 Albert ColechinALBERT COLECHIN. Captained Ivanhoe’s 1913 premiership team in the Heidelberg District Football Association. Half-back flanker who played 57 games for Collingwood from 1916-21. Premiership player in 1919, Vic state rep against SA in 1921. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Heidelberg News, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)

 

 

LEN LUDBROOK. A decorated war veteran who played at centre half-forward for Ivanhoe in the HDFA in 1920-21, including the 1921 premiership, and later also as an onballer in Melbourne Districts Football Association in 1922-24. Played 4 games for Collingwood in 1920-21. His father was Ivanhoe’s president in 1924. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Peter Marshall, Heidelberg News)

 

2 MurphyLAURIE MURPHY. Played as an onballer for Ivanhoe in HDFA in 1920-21. Played 79 games for Collingwood between 1921-26 and 15 games for North Melbourne in 1928-29. A half-back flanker, Murphy played for Victoria three times. (Sources:  Collingwood Forever, Sporting Globe, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)

 

 

3 WallCHARLES WALL.  Played as an onballer for Ivanhoe in the HDFA in 1921, including the 1921 premiership. Got one game for Collingwood in 1922 before returning to play for Ivanhoe in its debut season in the Melbourne Districts Football Association that same year. Captained Ivanhoe to the semi-finals in the 1924 season and also played rep footy for MDFA. (Sources:  Collingwood Forever, Heidelberg News)

 

4 BurtSYD BURT. Played for Ivanhoe in the MDFA in 1923. Played 10 games for Collingwood in 1924-25. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Heidelberg News)

 

 

 

5 AndersonDOUG ANDERSON. A keen runner who was born in Tatura, Doug played for Ivanhoe in the MDFA in 1923-24. Played 9 games for Fitzroy in 1925-26 before an ACL injury ended his playing career at the Roys. Later, he played at Northcote with Doug Nicholls, a famous Aboriginal footballer who went on to play at Fitzroy and eventually became Governor of SA. Doug’s sons Ron and Colin Anderson also played for Ivanhoe in the late 1940s and early 1950s, his daughter Joyce Brown was a very successful national netball coach, and his grandson Fraser Brown starred for Carlton in the 1995 premiership.  (Sources: Heidelberg News, Australianfootball.com, Joyce Brown, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)

6 Collier AALBERT COLLIER. Played seniors for Ivanhoe in the MDFA in 1923-4 when he was a “strong rugged boy” aged 14. Played 205 games for Collingwood 1925-30 and 1933-39, and 12 games for Fitzroy in 1941. A tough centre-half back who won the 1929 Brownlow Medal when he was only 20, played in six premierships for Collingwood in 1927-30 and 1935-36, Collingwood best-and-fairest in 1929, 1934, and 1935, and was a state player in 1935-36, centre half-back in Collingwood’s Team of the Century. He remains the youngest footballer to have ever played in a VFL Grand Final, being aged 17 and 66 days when he played in the 1926 Grand Final that was played on October 9. Albert served overseas in the RAAF during WW2. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Heidelberg News, Sporting Globe, The Australasian, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)
7 Collier HHARRY COLLIER. Harry was an outstanding rover who won Ivanhoe’s best-and- fairest in 1924 in the MDFA. The Collier brothers debuted for the Hoes late in the 1923 season when the club was challenging for a finals spot. Harry was older than Albert by 15 months. Their names were regularly in the best players and goal kickers. Harry   played 253 games for Collingwood between 1926-40, he won the 1930 Brownlow Medal, he was best-and-fairest in 1928 and 1930, captain from 1935-39, and was in six premierships 1927-30 and 1935-36. He was also a member of Collingwood’s Team of the Century. Served in the Army during WW2. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Heidelberg News, Sporting Globe, The Australasian, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)

8 ReichmanERIC REICHMAN. Originally from Terang, he played as a forward for Ivanhoe in the MDFA in the 1924 season and also in the league’s rep team. Played 18 games for Fitzroy between 1925-28. Also played at VFA clubs Brunswick in 1926 and Preston in 1930. (Sources: Charles Boyles Collection SLV, Heidelberg News, Sporting Globe)

 
9 SharpIVAN SHARP. A forward who played for Ivanhoe in the Sub-Districts Football League in 1927. Ivan was the son of Fitzroy and Collingwood legend Jim Sharp, who was also the Magpies president from 1913 to 1924. Ivan played 18 games as a forward with Fitzroy in 1929-30. He returned to Ivanhoe as captain in 1931 and was appointed captain-coach midway into the season, taking the club to the semi-finals. He came third in the comp B&F. He captain-coached for part of 1932 season before playing reserves for Melbourne. Also played for Ivanhoe early in 1933. Served as a captain in the Army in WW2. (Sources: Heidelberg News, The Argus, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers, The Australasian, State Library of Victoria)

10 StottNORM STOTT. Played as an onballer for Ivanhoe in the Sub-Districts league in 1927. Noted for his fine high-marking ability, Norm played 12 games as a half-back for Fitzroy in 1929-30.  Also played in the 1933 season for Ivanhoe. His brother Len also played 62 games for Fitzroy. (Sources: Heidelberg News, Sporting Globe, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers, The Australasian, State Library of Victoria)

11 FitcherALAN FITCHER. After leaving Ivanhoe Grammar where he shone as a footballer, Alan played lacrosse with a local team. He played as a ruckman for Ivanhoe in the Sub-Districts league in 1927. He played 98 games for Fitzroy between 1929-36. Served as a sergeant in the Army during WW2. After retiring from football, Alan became a football writer for the Sporting Globe. (Sources: Heidelberg News, Table Talk magazine, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)

 

KEN ROSEWARNE.  Ken played at centre half-forward and also full-back for Ivanhoe in the 1931 season. He was also a very talented cricketer, captaining Ivanhoe in the Sub-Districts. Ken played 2 games for Collingwood in 1932. (Sources: Heidelberg News, Sporting Globe, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)

12 GalballyJOHN GALBALLYPlayed for Ivanhoe in the Sub-District league in 1932. Played 7 games for Collingwood in 1933-34. Also became Collingwood’s solicitor. (Sources: Heidelberg News, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers, Collingwood Forever)

 

 

13 KilligrewALAN KILLIGREW. ‘‘Killer’’ played as a rover in Ivanhoe’s 1935 C grade premiership team. He was club best-and-fairest in 1936 in B grade. Also played for the Hoes in A grade in 1937. He played at St Kilda from 1938-41 and 1943-45, playing 78 games and winning the Saints best-and-fairest in 1940. He served in the Navy in WW2. He coached the Saints in 1956, North Melbourne from 1963-66, and Victoria in 1966. Also later wrote about football for the Sporting Globe. (Sources: Heidelberg News, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers, The Australasian, The Argus)

 
14 DowlingRON DOWLING. Played in Ivanhoe’s premiership teams in 1935 (C grade) and 1936 (B grade), and was also a VAFA state rep. Played 72 games for Collingwood in 1936-40, mainly as a wingman. He was in the 1937 and 1938 grand finals. Noted for his skilful disposal and smart reading of play. Returned to coach Ivanhoe in A grade in 1946-47. (Sources: Heidelberg News, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers, Collingwood Forever)

 

ALAN MUIR. Played 6 games for Fitzroy in 1940-42. Served in the Army during WW2. (Source: The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers, The Australasian)

15 BurnsJACK BURNS. Wingman who played 92 games for Collingwood in 1941-47. Later became Collingwood’s recruiting officer and secretary in the early 1960s. (Source: Collingwood Forever)

 

 

16 CoxCOLIN COX. Ivanhoe’s 1948 best-and-fairest. A half-forward flanker who played 5 games for Fitzroy in 1941-46 and 3 games for Melbourne 1948-49. Served in the Army during WW2. Played for Ivanhoe in A grade in 1947 and 1948. Cox was selected in the VAFA rep team in 1948 but was a late withdrawal. (Source: Trove, The Argus newspaper, Fitzroy-Brisbane Lions Historical Society, Boyles Football Photos, Amateur Footballer)

 

17 DaltonPAT DALTON. A member of the police force. Collingwood, 32 games, 1941-45. North Melbourne, 1 game, 1945. (Source: Collingwood Forever, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)

 

 

18 CoventryHUGH COVENTRY. Played as a centre half-forward for Ivanhoe in A grade in 1939-40. A Magpies recruiter saw him starring in a game against Ormond and was delighted to learn he was the son of  legendary Collingwood premiership captain and 1927 Brownlow medallist Syd Coventry, who later served as Magpies president from 1950-62. Hugh played 8 games for Collingwood in 1941 before enlisting in the RAAF. He played in a few Australian Rules exhibition matches with other VFL players on active service in the UK. Flight-Lt Coventry was attached to RAF Bomber Command’s 199 Squadron and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945. He returned to Collingwood in early 1946 but didn’t get another senior game. (Source: Collingwood Forever, The Australasian, The Argus)

19 TolemanJOE TOLEMAN. A 182cm onballer from Hamilton, Joe played 9 games for Collingwood in 1942, 1944 and 1946. Served in the RAAF during WW2, and was the top goalkicker in the Sydney league while playing for the St George team in 1944. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, The Australasian, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)

 

 

JIM BROWN. Jim was a 17-year-old Ivanhoe forward when he went to Fitzroy for a pre-season run in 1944. He was described as 6ft. 1in. (187cm) and a “splendid mark and kick and a cool type”. He played 10 games for Fitzroy in 1945 and 1947. (Sources: Sporting Globe, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)

20 KnorrALAN KNORR.  Alan was an 18-year-old key forward when he joined Collingwood seniors in 1946. At 185cm, he was tall and rangy and a good mark. He played 9 senior games that year, but injuries prevented him from getting more senior games over the next few seasons. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Sporting Globe)

 

 

21 HamiltonJACK HAMILTON.  Jack was 18 when he was awarded a trophy as Ivanhoe’s most improved player in 1947. That put him on the radar of two VFL clubs – Carlton and Collingwood. The Blues were told he was living just 20 metres inside the Collingwood recruiting zone, so he ended up with his preferred club the Magpies. Years later when Jack was working at the VFL as a clerk, he discovered that he had been actually living 20m outside the Magpies’ zone in un-allotted territory. Jack was the original fitness fanatic and one of the few players in that era who lifted weights to improve his strength to help deal with the wear and tear of VFL football. He recovered from a knee injury in 1952 through heaps of running on the beach and swimming. He was wary of being delisted by Collingwood and loved his old club, so he kept his amateur status until he was an established player in 1953. “I wasn’t sure if I would make the grade. So I wouldn’t take any money for playing because I wanted to go back to the amateurs if I flopped at Collingwood,” he told the Sporting Globe in 1954. One of Collingwood’s best full-backs in the post-war era, Jack was described as a “scowling tough player with a mean streak”. He was shifted to centre half-back in later years. He played 154 games for Collingwood between 1948-57.  Injury prevented him playing in the 1953 premiership and he was the Pies best defender in the losing 1955 Grand Final. He was on the bench in the 1956 Grand Final. Jack was the league’s chief commissioner from 1984 to 1986, having worked his way through the ranks. As league boss, he was at the helm during a stormy period which included South Melbourne’s move to Sydney, clubs under financial threat, and clearance wrangles being dragged through courts, but through it all maintained a dry sense of humour. He was made a Collingwood life member in 1957 and was posthumously inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996. The whole football world mourned his tragic death in a car accident in 1990. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers, Sporting Globe)

22 HamsGEORGE HAMS. Recruited to Collingwood in 1948, George was a 173cm back pocket who was considered solid and dependable with a good turn of pace and safe hands. He played 108 games and was 19th man in the 1953 premiership team. He retired in 1956 to focus on his engineering career. (Sources: The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers, Sporting Globe, Collingwood Forever)

 

MAX HORDER. Max was a 183cm ruckman who played A grade for Ivanhoe in 1947 and debuted with Jack Hamilton at Collingwood in 1948. He got 6 senior games that year.

23 AndersonFRED ANDERSON. A 67kg rover who played 20 games for Fitzroy in 1951-53. (source: Wikipedia, The Argus, Sporting Globe, The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers)

 

 

 

24 McKenzieRON McKENZIE.  Debuted for Collingwood in Round 13, 1952. He got 4 senior games. He also played a game for Melbourne in 1953. Ron never tasted defeat during his career, playing in four wins with the Magpies then crossing to Melbourne for a draw. He is one of only a handful of players to end their AFL/VFL careers without ever playing in a loss in five games or more. He remained at Melbourne through 1955 and signed with VFA side Sandringham in 1956. He played 16 games for them that year. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Collingwood Forever, Demonwiki)

25 WhitakerNEIL WHITAKER. A centreman who played A grade in 1950-51. Ivanhoe’s best-and-fairest in 1951. Played 10 games for Melbourne in 1952-53. Later served as Melbourne’s director of the Past and Present Players and Officials Association, and as a member of the Victorian recruiting team during the mid 1980s. (Sources: The Encyclopedia of League Footballers, Sporting Globe, Demonwiki, )

 

26 ClarkeKEVIN CLARKE. A centre half-back who played A grade in 1950-52. Ivanhoe’s best-and-fairest in 1952. Played in the VAFA rep teams in 1951 in 1952.  All-Australian Amateur. Named best player at the Australian Amateur Football carnival in 1951. A prodigious kick, Kevin was recruited to Collingwood and played 18 games in 1953-54. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Sporting Globe, The Argus,  The Encyclopedia of League Footballers, Amateur Footballer )

 

27 GreveROBERT GREVE.  A centreman who played in the 1954 B grade premiership. Played 67 games for Collingwood 1955-59, 19th man in the 1958 premiership side. Played in defence and also on half-forward flank in 1957 season.  Known as a fearless and versatile player with a good head for strategy. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, The Argus, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers)

 

28 WilliamsLLOYD WILLIAMS.  Ivanhoe’s best-and-fairest in 1956. A member of the 1956 A grade premiership team. Also played rep footy for the VAFA in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics exhibition game on the MCG. Played two games for Collingwood in 1957 before a broken leg ended his career. Returned to coach Ivanhoe. Named in the club’s Team of the Century. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers)

 

29 BurtDAVID BURT. A key forward who played in the 1956 A grade premiership. Played in VAFA rep team in 1956. Played 1 game for Collingwood in 1957. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Amateur Footballer, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers)

 

 

30 McLeanKEVIN McLEAN. Played in VAFA rep teams in 1962. A centre half-back, he played 33 games for Collingwood in 1963-65, and 17 games for Hawthorn in 1966-67. Also coached Old Ivanhoe to the 1995 C grade flag against Ivanhoe. (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Amateur Footballer, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers)

 

 

31 NewnhamJOHN NEWNHAM. A rover who played in VAFA rep teams in 1961-62. Played 116 games for Fitzroy in 1964-71. Represented Victoria seven times and was runner-up in the Lions best-and-fairest in 1965. Described as “one of the most effective and accomplished rovers in the competition. Tough and quite stockily built, he was a superb ball winner, and his disposal skills were first rate’’. (Sources: Footycards.com.au, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers, australianfootball.com)

 

32 LewthwaiteNEIL LEWTHWAITE. Ivanhoe’s best-and-fairest in 1959. Played VAFA rep footy in 1959 and 1960. All-Australian Amateur in 1960. Played 9 games for South Melbourne in 1961.  (Sources: The Encyclopedia of League Footballers)

 

 
33 IbrahimJOHN IBRAHIM. Played in the VAFA under 19s rep team in 1961. Played for North Melbourne in 1962-68. A dashing half-forward with a clever goal sense. He also played in the centre, ruck-rover, rover and half-back. Played for Victoria in 1964. The first Albanian to play league football. (Sources: Footycards.com.au, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers)

 

 

34 DeanROBERT DEAN.  Recruited to Collingwood in 1969 where he played 121 games until 1975. 189cm tall, mobile and a great mark, Robert started as a wingman but was also used at centre half-forward. He also played 66 games for South Melbourne from 1976 to 1980. He topped the Swans goal kicking with 37 goals in 1976.  (Sources: Collingwood Forever, Amateur Footballer, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers)

 

35 McMahonDAVID McMAHON. Half-forward flanker who played in Ivanhoe’s 1969 B grade premiership. Had a season at VFA club Preston in 1972 before being recruited to Fitzroy in 1973. Played 218 games for the Lions, usually as a half-back flanker, until 1984. A tough competitor with excellent ball-handling skills, David played for Victoria twice. He is on the half-forward flank in Ivanhoe’s Team of the Century. (Sources: The Encyclopedia of League Footballers, Footycards.com.au)

 

36 GottDOUG GOTT. A tall left-footer who was one of a long line of players recruited to Ivanhoe from Northcote High School by club stalwart and sportsmaster Alec Weston. Doug was 15 when he played his first senior game for Ivanhoe. A talented fast bowler for Collingwood, Doug was invited to train with the Magpies after he impressed in a social game of football. He started as a half-back, played a few seasons at centre half-forward, and was in the back pocket in the drawn 1977 Grand Final when he suffered a cracked kneecap in the dying stages of the game. It ended his senior career and he finished with 97 games. At age 32, Doug returned to Ivanhoe for one last season and was our most experienced player as centre half-forward in the B grade grand final. He also coached the seniors for two seasons, including the 1995 C grade grand final. (Sources: Footycards.com.au, Collingwood Forever, Amateur Footballer, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers)

37 IrelandANDREW IRELAND.  A 191cm centre half-forward for Ivanhoe in A grade, Andrew had established himself among the best key forwards in the VAFA by 1973. He represented the VAFA in 1973 and 1974 and was an All-Australian in both seasons. He was also Ivanhoe’s vice-captain in 1973 and was later made a club life member for his work as a junior coach from 1973-78. He is centre half-forward in Ivanhoe’s Team of the Century.  Andrew was a relative latecomer to VFL ranks, joining Collingwood in 1975 at age 24. He was awarded the Magpies’ Harry Collier Trophy for best first-year player that year. Over five seasons, he played 110 games, starting at full-forward before cementing a spot at half-back flank. He was fearless in his approach and played a dashing run-on style that was typical of the era. He played in the 1977 drawn Grand Final and replay, as well as the 1979 and 1980 grand finals. He also played for Victoria in 1978. Despite coach Tom Hafey’s best efforts to keep him, Andrew retired from playing and later played in a premiership for Mayne in the QAFL in 1982. He was the QAFL’s State Director of Coaching (1981-86) before becoming General Manager in 1986. In 1990 he was appointed as CEO of the then Brisbane Bears FC and was a key instigator in bringing the Bears from the Gold Coast to Brisbane and the Gabba in the early 1990s. He was CEO at the Lions in their first premiership year in 2001.

In 2002 Andrew was appointed General Manager of Football Operations at the Sydney Swans and helped guide the club to its first premiership in over 70 years in 2005. At the end of 2009 he was appointed CEO of the Sydney Swans. The Andrew Ireland Medal is presented to the player judged best-on-ground in the NEAFL Grand Final. The award recognises Andrew’s pivotal role in the AFL’s push to develop football in the QLD and NSW/ACT regions. He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2001, Brisbane Lions life membership in 2004 and AFL life membership in 2006. (Sources: Amateur Footballer, Collingwood Forever, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers, Footycards.com.au, neafl.com.au, AFL Queensland Hall of Fame)

38 TwomeyDAVID TWOMEY. A centre half-back who loved a run down the middle,  David was only at Ivanhoe for a season before he was recruited to Collingwood in 1979. He played 63 games until 1985 as a half-back flanker. He was one of the better players in the losing 1981 Grand Final. (Sources: The Encyclopedia of League Footballers, Footycards.com.au)

 

 

39 MilesGEOFF MILES. A member of Ivanhoe’s legendary Miles family, Geoff started the 1980 season in the under 19s and was a key member of the seniors in A grade by season’s end. He made his senior debut for Collingwood in 1982 and played 31 games as a backman. He was delisted at the end of 1984, and resurrected his career with Claremont in the WAFL. After playing for the WA state team, Geoff was recruited to the West Coast Eagles and played 71 games between 1987-90. He also played 20 games for Geelong in 1992. His son Teia Miles was on Hawthorn’s list in 2015.  (Sources: The Encyclopedia of League Footballers, Footycards.com.au, Amateur Footballer)

40 AdamsPETER ADAMS.  A rover who played in the 1986 state team and was an All-Australian Amateur. Peter debuted for Collingwood late in the 1986 season but got just six senior games over the next 12 months. (Sources: The Encyclopedia of League Footballers)

 

 

 

In addition to the above list of 45 players, Ivanhoe has also had a few former VFL players as coaches. They include:

41 LumsdenERNIE ‘‘SNOWY’’ LUMSDEN.  Ivanhoe’s playing coach in 1923. Lumsden had topped the goal kicking at Essendon in 1914 before moving to Collingwood. He played 78 games for the Magpies (1910-12, 1917-30) including the 1917 and 1919 premierships. (Sources: Heidelberg News, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers, Collingwood Forever)

 

 

42 WilsonERNIE WILSON. Ivanhoe’s playing coach in 1933 in the Sub-District league. Played 126 games for Collingwood between 1919-28, mainly as a half-back flanker. Played in the 1919 and 1927 premierships, played for Victoria nine times, was also Magpies vice-captain. (Sources: Heidelberg News, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers, Collingwood Forever)

 

 

43 HarrisJOHN ‘‘JIGGY’’ HARRIS.  Ivanhoe’s non-playing coach in the first three seasons in the Amateurs when the Hoes won a record 60 straight games and three premierships in a row (D grade 1934, C in 1935, B in 1936). He played 88 games for Collingwood  from 1925-29, mainly on the wing and half-forward flank, including the 1927 and 1928 premierships. Harris was also captain-coach of Hawthorn  and played 34 games between 1930-31. He is coach of Ivanhoe’s Team of the Century. (Sources: Heidelberg News, The Encyclopedia of League Footballers, Collingwood Forever)

44 GoodgerEDDIE GOODGER. Coached Ivanhoe in 1959. Played 148 games for Fitzroy between 1949-58. He was a defender who was originally from Heidelberg. (Sources: The Encyclopedia of League Footballers)

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

While every effort has been made to source photos of these former Ivanhoe players and coaches, there are some that were unavailable. If you have a photo you’d like to contribute to this list, or information about players from Ivanhoe who played senior AFL/VFL football, please forward it to the club via email to ivanhoeafc@gmail.com

Attributions for photos have been included in source details with each player’s biog. These photos are not to be reproduced for commercial purposes. Ivanhoe AFC was granted permission to reproduce images from sources such as Footycards.com.au and Collingwood Forever on the basis that they are for historical purposes only and are subject to copyright laws.

This list does not include Ivanhoe juniors who went on to play AFL via the Under 18 TAC Cup, or senior and under 19s players who played VFL/AFL reserves, or in the former VFA competition.

As a comment, there is little doubt that with the scrapping of the AFL’s zoning system and the advent of the Under 18 TAC Cup program, that suburban and country football clubs have been increasingly bypassed and overlooked as breeding grounds for elite footballers.

Junior football clubs have reaped not only the kudos from this streamlined recruiting process, but also the rich financial rewards on offer from the AFL.

  • PHIL SKEGGS
  • Ivanhoe AFC’s volunteer historian, publicity officer, photographer, journalist and a proud life member.   
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