Hobart Forever Boys - The 1970s and Beyond

The 1970s and Beyond

Hobart were to have more finals appearances, both resulted in First Semi Final losses in 1975 and 1976 but troubles were looming on the horizon.

By 1977 the club fell to second last on the ladder and in 1978 and 1979 the Club were to, once again, finish last, but turned it all around the following year under new coach Paul Sproule to firstly take out the Winfield Statewide Cup, beating Clarence in the Grand Final at North Hobart Oval.

Hobart also won the TANFL Premiership over Glenorchy by 35-points in front of 17,111-fans – which to this day is the largest crowd to ever witness Hobart play.

1981 saw a further finals appearance but with legendary TFL and Victorian Football League full forward Peter Hudson coming out of retirement to boot 14-goals in the last three-quarters for Glenorchy the Tigers were to bow out in the First Semi Final.

1982 saw the Club enter more dark times with the TFL forcing the club to leave the TCA Ground under new ground rationalisation plans for the League, Hobart were forced to play at Glenorchy's KGV Oval until 1986, whereby the club finished last between 1982–1985.

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