In the 1960s, footy games were played on a sandy patch cleared of rocks and stones.
According to Pat Love, legendary goal scorer for Panthers and Rovers, playing footy games in bare feet was easier on these sandy Pilbara ovals.
Colin Matheson‘s football collection has lots of photos capturing the tough breed of footballer in the Pilbara.
This photo collection is a draft. Please excuse the amateur attempt and publishing software notation across the screen. A better version will be updated shortly.