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From the Archives, 1996: Hawks pip the Demons in ‘merger match’

Dubbed the “merger match”, it seemed likely it would be the final contest between these two clubs. From 1997, it was proposed they would unite to form the Melbourne Hawks. But this clash bore no resemblance of unity. Both fans came armed with banners and signs opposing the merger, while on the field, the contest was fiery. Club members would ultimately vote against merging.


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