For 40 years Frank Pascoe has supported North Old Boys. You can find him home games watching from outside the club rooms or from the base of the grand stand. He is unmissable in his dapper peaked cap and sideburns. Frank is a spritely 76 years old and drives himself to home games to support his former team.
Where did you grow up and go to school? I grew up in Footscray and went to St Monica’s primary in Footscray, St Peter’s in West Melbourne and completed year 12 at St Joseph’s North Melbourne.
What was your working career? I trained to become a Chartered Accountant and worked initially with Arthur Anderson and then Offner Hadley & Co in Collins Street. Later I joined Lustral a sanitation and chemical business as an industrial accountant. Then I became a lecturer in Accounting and Business Studies at Footscray Institute of Technology (now Victoria University) and the last 15 years I spent as a consultant primarily working with the Auditor General of Victoria. I have been retired the past 12 years.
What were your playing career achievements with North Old Boys? I played in the inaugural 1963 team and we played our first game against AMP. In those days financial institutions like Banks and Insurers had their own teams. We fielded an initial team of just 19. I played full back in the opening game and got 6 goals kicked on me.
In 1964 we had two teams, Reserves and Seniors and we both won the Grand Final. I was captain on the 1964 Reserves team playing as a utility across half back and as a ruck rover. Our grand final was played at number 14 oval at Albert Park and we played a draw. The rematch was played the following week at Elsternwick Park at the curtain raiser to the A Grade Grand Final. We won the rematch by 7 points kicking the winning goal in the last minute.
In 1965 the Reserves and Seniors both won consecutive Grand Finals and I played in the Reserves winning Grand Final team.
In all I played 75-80 games with NOBs. My studies at Melbourne University became my priority preventing me from having a longer playing career.
What was your Nick Name? My nick name, given to me by John Adams the President and Captain of the Seniors at the time, was “Teddy” after Ted Whitten because I came from Footscray.
Who do you support in the AFL/AFLW and who is the best player you have ever seen? I support the Western Bulldogs and Ted Whitten was the player I ever saw.
Who is the best player you have ever seen at North Old Boys? That would have to be a toss up between Shane McGuire and Bruno Conti.
How many in your family? Me and my daughter who has a successful career as a pediatrician at the RCH.
Frank “Teddy” Pascoe standing in front of the pictures of him playing in the 1964 Grand Final.