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|V/AFL Clubs||Carlton, Fitzroy|
Stewart McLatchie was an accomplished small man who was equally effective either as a forward or on the ball. The start of his senior career was delayed because of his involvement in the First World War, but in 1919, aged twenty-two, he joined Carlton, to whom he gave good service in 72 VFL games over the next half dozen seasons, during which he kicked a total of 103 goals. He was first rover, and one of the best players afield, when the Blues lost the 1921 challenge final to Richmond by 4 points. He had been one of Carlton's best players in both the semi final and final as well. In 1925, he crossed to Fitzroy, but added just 4 games and 4 goals before transferring to Brunswick in the VFA. It proved to be a timely move as the Magpies went top that year, beating Port Melbourne in the grand final by 16 points, with Stewart McLatchie starring as second rover. At his best, he was one of the most damaging small players in the game, a status evidenced by his selection to represent the VFL on no fewer than 5 occasions.
Author - John Devaney