Playing long balls into empty space since 2012.

Sunday, 20 September 2020

100 Years Ago Today 24 September 1920

Albany Despatch (WA : 1919 - 1927), Thursday 23 September 1920, page 1

Denmark Notes.

All who are interested in football ought to roll up next Saturday to witness the match between Denmark and Albany. The Australian game is gaining in popularity here and there is no reason why both "soccer" and "Aussie" should not be played with credit to the players and enjoyment to the spectators.

Herald (Melbourne), Saturday 18 September 1920, page 3

British Association

A friendly game of British Association football was played between N. and D. and Preston clubs at Middle Park in aid of funds for erecting a memorial tombstone to Walter William Williams, who died from injuries received in the game between these two teams on June 19. A satisfactory amount was received as a result of a collection taken up on the ground. Teams representing Windsor and Osborn House Submarine Clubs played a return match match. At half-time Windsor had kicked one goal to nil.

Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate, Thursday 23 September 1920, page 5


We are in deep sympathy with Mr. Darcy Rose in the distressing accident he met with in the football match, and hope the injury will not permanently disable his arm. Football is always a dangerous game, and more particularly Rugby football. The Melbourne Association game from many points of view is a far safer game to play and much more interesting game to watch; though for pure football — that is playing with the feet — neither Rugby nor Association can compare with the British Soccer. The wonderful dexterity of feet is a sight worth going miles to see. The cleverness in playing the ball also with the head is remarkable. Then as regards getting a goal there can never be any doubt, for a big net is fastened to the upright posts and the crossbar and the ball is caught in the net below the bar. The goal-keeper is the only player allowed to touch the ball with the hand, for in guarding the goal he can kick or punch the ball away. There are no scrums and no collaring. To become highly proficient in Soccer one must begin as a boy — as they do at Wallsend, West Wallsend, Adamstown, Young Wallsend, Cessnock, Balmain, &c. — and keep it up year after year. The whole of our district is making anxious enquiry about our esteemed friend, Mr. Darcy Rose, and all wish him a speedy recovery.

Geraldton Guardian, Thursday 23 September 1920, page 2


British Association Football — Australian-born players of the British Football Association will meet the English-born players at Queen 's Park on Saturday afternoon. Australia will be represented by Evensen, Armitage, Barker, Hardwicke, Wight (captain), Reitze, Thomas, Hall, Quinn, Stone and Smith, reserves, Bartlett, N, C. Evensen and Eipper, England's representatives will be Kelsall, Reid, Bishop, Gibson, Challinor, Herbert, L. Cartwright, Weston, Bell, Hancock, G. Cartwright, re serves Bunny and Cooper. As there is a difference of opinion as to the speediest man in the Association a race distance, goal to goal, or approximately 100 yards, will be run off on Saturday prior to the match, for a medal suitably inscribed. Entries must be in the hands of the Secretary, Mr. J. G. Scott, by 2.45 pm. on Saturday. Mesrrs C. Crage and C. Warburton will be the judges, and Mr. W. Hollings, sen., will be the starter.

Sun (Sydney), Friday 24 September 1920, page 8

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Friday 24 September 1920, page 3

GARDINER CUP SEMI-FINALS. Mr. J. W. Earp writes:- "In your paper there appears a reference to a meeting of the New South Wales Soccer Associa tion, held in Sydney. The chief business was the selection of grounds on which to play the Gardiner Cup semi-finals. New castle made an offer for the Weston and Balmain Fernleigh fixture, but when put to the vote the offer was rejected, and so the game will be played at the Sports Ground, Sydney. Both delegates from the South Maitland Association voted against the acceptance of the Newcastle offer, and it was virtually their vote which placed the game in Sydney. A further motion, moved by one of the Maitland delegates, and seconded by Newcastle, received lit tle support, and was defeated, only one Maitland delegate voting for the proposal. Re the Newcastle offer, Maitland dele gates did vote against the offer because the offer was not big enough. That's the reason the game is to be played in Syd ney. It was wrongly stated that only one of the Maitland delegates voted for the proposal, for both voted for the game to be played in the Maitland district, and their offer was to give the New South Wales Association the Whole of the gate, and for the support it received it was just the same as Newcastle received for their offer."

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

100 Years Ago Today 17 September 1920

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Thursday 16 September 1920, page 3

SOCCER CODE. The appeal lodged by West Wallsend against the decision in their game against Cessnock in the Gardiner Cup, played at Weston, was dismissed by the protests and disputes committee, who met in Sydney. It was thie cause of considerable discussion, and was decided on the casting vote of the chairman. South Coast, Maitland, Sydney and Newcastle were all represented, as well as ex-officio members of the New South Wales Association.

Mercury (Hobart), Friday 17 September 1920, page 10

Toowoomba Chronicle, Friday 17 September 1920, page 4

Capricornian, Saturday 18 September 1920, page 53


Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate, Saturday 18 September 1920, page 7



One of the results of the eight years of revolution in Mexico has been the emancipation ot women along certain unusual lines. Thousands of women are serving as armed, fighting soldiers in both the Federal and rebel armies. At least one woman, Margarita Nen, has maintained herself as the head of a considerable force of revolutionists in southern Mexico since 1911. In some of the states of Mexico women vote on all matters except the election of the President, and their being denied the vote on this office is not so much of a loss to them, inasmuch as the man with the most soldiers always became President, irrespective of the vote cast. 

But the most remarkable invasion of the fields of man by woman in Mexico is her entry into the bullring. Bull-fighting flourishes in every city and town of the republic except the city of Mexico. Approximately 200 women are engaged in bullfighting, either as toreres, the actual slayers of the wild bulls ; picadores, the mounted attendants in tbe ring, or in some other position in the cuadrilla of the bull-fighter. These women have become as expert as any of the men who risk their lives in this sport, and they win tbe applause of the hundreds of thousands who attend the bull-fights every Sunday and every feast day, while their earnings range from £60 to £400 or £600 every time they enter the sanded ring. Bulls for fighting are different from ordinary bulls. They come from special bloods imported from Andalusia, and from the time they leave the ranch they are kept in the dark, blindfolded in dark crates like piano boxes, where they cannot turn around or lie down, until they are rushed out into the sunlight in the ring filled with thousands of people. Their naturally bad tempers are made much worse, and a hungry lion could not be any more terrible than one of these half-crazy, altogether angry, hungary bulls.

Daily Telegraph, Friday 24 September 1920, page 3


(By J.G.)

Madame Sarah Grand, always an ardent feminist — though never of that aggressive type— discussed her sex and its problems from varying standpoints. One of those touched on athleticism. "A tendency to be deplored," said this novelist of a past generation, "Is the excessive devotion of girls of the middle and upper classes to sport, and especially athletics. There are certain sports and pastimes which are eminently sultable for women and girls. Among them I may mention swimming, dancing, riding, and tennis (if played in moderation), and the first two named are, of course, splendid by reason of the fact that they develop the body symmetrically. But cricket, baseball, lacrosse, football (and she might have added hockey), some forms of gymnastics, I am convinced, are bad for girls. By means of unsuitable sports we are developing a race of muscular women who are not the complement (as they should be) of men. but their physical competitors and rivals. Women were never meant to be Sandows. Men may like 'good sports' (using the words in their literal meaning) as play-matcs, but they do not very frequently marry them. The athletic girl is not in Madame Grand's opinion the highest type of womanhood, either physically or mentally. Fresh air, exercise, a reasonable indulgence in suitable sports and pastimes will produce the future mothers the nations of the earth so much need after the drain of war; but we cannot build up a nation by methods designed to eliminate the characteristics of sex development, mentally and spiritually. Diana, the goddess of sport, has never been depictcd with 'knotted' muscles and the thews of a prize-fighter. The Greek games were calculated to develop grace and symmetry rather than more muscle." So much for the physical attributes of the girl of to-day. The author of the Heavenly Twins (among the most discussed books of its decade) has something also to say on the moral side of the question. While allowing that women have won their freedom by their self-sacrifice and patriotism during the war, she differentiates emphatically between freedom and license; but suggests that many of her sex do not recognise this difforence, or if they do, they ignore it. Mme. Grand, however, declares her belief that this is but a passing phase— that things will presently settle down, because "women love stability."

Not that close to 100YAT but entirely relevant

Daily News (Perth), Saturday 6 March 1920, page 7


(By F. A. M. Webster, Author of 'Success in Athletics,' etc)

That women can play football there is no doubt, for some of the munitioin girls one used to watch in war-time displayed skill, endurance, and judgment worthy of a professional. But whether football, as a game, is good for girls is quite another matter. In favor of the sport one may say that the violent exercise expands the lungs, oxygenates the blood, and stimulates the heart, in consequence of which the figure is developed and the complexion improved. On the other hand, football, no matter how fairly played, is a rough-and-tumble game. It would, I think, have a coarsening and distinctly bad effect upon the female mind, likely to cause a girl to lose much of her feminine charm.

Apart from psychological considerations, there is the question of personal, bodily contact which enters so largely into football. This creates a big risk of permanent injury and personal disfigurement, -which no sensible woman would be willing to face. In such sports as tennis and golf a girl can stop playing as soon as she is tired, but with football it is different. The honor of the team is involved, and no matter how fatigued a girl may feel, she must battle on to the bitter end rather than let down her fellow-players. This is where the greatest danger of all is to be anticipated.

Good Looks at Stake. 

Strain, up to a point, is good in that it develops muscle. But the over strain to which the weaker members of a team are almost bound to submit themselves in a protracted struggle is bad, and leads to a breakdown sooner or later. Possibly only a temporary disability, it is true, but it is more likely that a permanent injury to the heart will result. Another side of the question is the effect of participation upon personal appearance. In the first place, the constant running, kicking, twisting, and turning are likely to seriously impair the symmetry of the lower limbs and to thicken the ankles to an unpleasing degree. The strain of constant effort causes the neck to swell1 and become flabby after the game is given up. I have noticed that in their strenuous efforts to get the ball or shoot a goal, women almost invariably twist their faces into, the most terrifying masks. It is admitted that such contortions are but momentary, but if repeated often enough, they are bound to leave their mark in the shape of unsightly lines and wrinkles. Taking all points into consideration, I do not think that there can be any doubt that football is not a game for women to play. The strain imposed upon the heart and limbs, the risk of permanent injury and personal disfigurement, and the coarsening effect up on the mind are all too great to be entertained.

Healthy individual sports, such as tennis, swimming, and running, into which bodily contact does not enter, are undoubtedly beneficial, but I am sure that women will do well to let such rough-ahd tumble games as football severely alone.

Thursday, 10 September 2020

100 Years Ago Today, 10 September 1920

Lithgow Mercury, Friday 10 September 1920, page 4

Daily Standard (Brisbane), Saturday 11 September 1920, page 4

Daily Mail (Brisbane), Monday 13 September 1920, page 6

Newcastle Sun , Monday 20 September 1920, page 2

St George Call, Saturday 25 September 1920, page 7

Argus, Saturday 11 September 1920, page 22




In all"-lio principal .football organisations the mur approich of the end of the season will be h-raided to-daj b\ the pla* in« of Hie fi»t Mttu mat che«.


rnv.uov v. coi.uN.nvooi). _,

î*it rrov, fee-owl hi the home anti home malche«, will meet Collingwood (fourth) on Hie Melbourne* Cn«ket-croutui, wj.i're, gi\en tine «eather, a re-ceñí croud is ovpcitcd nie taken in the meeting of the-t. near neighbour* anil keen iim-onef-tH ff very «real. The ( ollingwood'teum will not be Jina II v "clcflcd until J o'clock toda*,, as the committee is taking no chances und will he guide«) >U> to the lj_t minute bv weather and

other consider.t-ons,



Brunswick (second on the list) and Port Mel bourne (fourth* are the teams in the iirst bcmi final to be placed today on the Kof-t Melbourne Cricket-ground, Tlie teams are well matched, and should provide a goodrgunio. Like their fel-low "Magpie»" of the Lcaguc.


Collingwood'.- ÜnlVcn-ity. at the Melbourne

Crick et -groucd, at a quarter to J, I


North Melbourne *\'-"u'îiIianifitowII, at footscray Cricket ground, at 3 o'clock.


Coburg v. Oakleigh, at Richmond City, Reserve; Brunswick \, Camberwell, at Anutcui ¡.pert-, ground. l V


North Carlton r. South Metl.ut.rne, at K__st -Mel-bourne Crlckct*ground; Brighton \. Footscray, at Ruhiuoiid City Reserve; East Melbourne \. Wil, .it Fawkner Park.


League final (replay):-N. and D. v. St. Kilda, at Middle Park. Friendly game, Albert Park v. Preston, at Middle Park.

Herald , Saturday 11 September 1920, page 3

British Association League Final

N. and D. V. St. Kilda

Notwithstanding drenching showers, there was a good attendance at Middle Park, where N. and D. and St. Kilda me in the second final of the British Association League. The meeting between those two clubs is usually productive of good football. Up to the interval play was characterised by drim determination on both sides. At this stage N. and D. led by one goal to nil. Lowe, of St. Kilda, missed an easy opportunity of equalising the scores from a penalty kick. 
N. & D.— 2 G. 
St. KILDA— Nil. 
GOAL KICKERS.— H. Westin, J. Greaves.

COP THAT! The Mysterious case of Police Soccer in Australia

Trawling Trove for references to 'police' and 'soccer' in Australia, it soon became apparent that the results were one of two kinds. First the endless references to police intervening in disputes/brawls on the soccer field and second, the less common but nonetheless frequent references to police playing soccer, as individuals or in teams organised by police.

What a search for "police soccer" reveals:

  1. police intervening in soccer violence as early as 1895 no doubt there will be earlier incidents
  2. police teams/police boys club teams
  3. individual police playing the game
  4. migrant police joining clubs
  5. curiosities
  6. articles with no connection between police and soccer


Police play Melbourne FC in a modified game in which "home rules" apply.


1912 1914


1948 toured Qld


tours of police teams from NSW 1946 and 1948




1948 Police boys club





Tuesday, 1 September 2020

100 Years Ago Today, 3 September 1920

Geraldton Guardian, Thursday 2 September 1920, page 1


(By 'Looker On.')

The premiership competition has now been finally settled, and the honors go to the Rangers, who made their position absolutely secure by a two goals to nil victory over the Town on Saturday. When the teams turned out Rangers' prospects did not appear to be any too rosy, for they had only nine men, but eventually a tenth turned out. The Town, too, were not at full strength, having a couple of substitutes. The game was not one to enthuse about, but the Rangers Deserved to win because there was more vim in their play. Currie played a good game, and put in some very effective centres, and had the left wing been stronger some of them should have been turned to account. The Town, after keeping the Rangers out in the first half, were naturally expected, when they turned round and had the ground in their favor in the second half to do better, but the changing about of several of the players was a mistake, and did not bring about the desired results. The feature of the Town play was the good work of Evensen between the sticks, who in addition to saving a penalty stopped many hot shots, but he had no chance with the shots with which Weston scored. 

The season will soon close, and interest is now centred in the final for the cup, in which Town and Thistle will try conclusions. The Council, at their meeting on Monday night, very wisely decided to leave the date open until an other meeting, which has been, called for next Monday night. An effort will be made to choose a date which will not clash with the visit of a League team to Geraldton in connection with the Geraldton Association, and until that Association has some definite information as to the date of the visit, the British Association will not fix the date of the final. 

It was hoped earlier in the season that there would be a country week in Perth, but the ruling authority in Perth has intimated that it has been found impossible to make the necessary arran gements. 

The following paragraph with regard to the opening of the English season will be read with interest by local soc cerites: — The football boom is expected to exceed that of last season. The opening soccer matches on Saturday were largely attended throughout the country. Sixty thousand were present at the Newcastle match.

Herald (Melbourne), Friday 3 September 1920, page 3

The Goal Value


Writing to " Kickeroo, " Adamson (Caulfield) states: — "I quite agree with you in your opinion that the scoring boards at foolball matches under Australian rules should be made to look less like a record of runs at cricket, but I cannot see that reducing the value of a goal to three points would be any improvement. If such a suggestion were adopted it would lead to the scoring of a greater number of behinds, as three quickly rushed behinds would be worth a goal. The proper reform is to render the scoring of both behinds and goals more difficult. In Rugby it is extremely difficult to score a try, and a goal is then scored only if the try is converted by kicking the ball over a bar set between two posts much narrower than our own posts. It requires some skill to kick a goal in Rugby. Again, in the Soccer game, there are no trys or behinds, and the goals are made too difficult altogether to obtain. A team may be continuously attacking and yet fail to score a goal because the shots have skimmed over the bar or havo been turned aside by the goalie. Not a single point is scored with shots that have missed by a fraction of an inch. 

"We do not want to go to extremes, but there is a very simple method of scoring which is worth considering by the Australian Football Council. It is to do away with .the behind posts, and place a bar between tho goal posts at a height of about 8 feet. Score a goal where thd ball is kicked over the bar and a behind where it is kicked or, forcod over the goal line underneath the bar. A behind will be scored also if the ball hits the post above the bar and goes between the posts, out not if it hits the outside of the post and falls back into the playing area or on the wrong side of the posts. If a ball goes out of bounds within 10 feet of the goal posts it must be carried by the boundary umpire to a flag-post at a distance of 10 feet and thrown In at that spot.

"This suggestion has a great deal to recommend it. In the first place it ensures that a goal cannot be obtained by a fluke. The six points for a goal must be well earned, not, as at present, by a lucky "grubber, " Behinds will be cut down considerably, as they must be gained by getting the ball behind the actual goal line, and not over a line which extends some fifteen feet on either side. Unseemly scrambling in front of goal will be done away with to a great extent, as the attacking side will be induced to play out to men some distance in front of the goal. . . Who would say that a shot from a lucky kick close to the goal line which goes under a bar is worth six points, as against a good kick which puts the ball between the goal posts high up? It might be conceded that a goal will be scored if the ball hits the bar but goes over it, and a behind will be scored if the ball hits the bar and drops to the ground in front of the goal line or goes under the bar." 

Official writes:— "I and many others heartily agree with your suggestion regarding the necessity of altering the present method of goal scoring. I have heard much comment in football circles during the week in support of your view. I would go further and suggest that threei points be allowed for a goal, two points for striking a goal post, and one point for a behind."

Armidale Chronicle, Wednesday 1 September 1920, page 2


(From our correspondent).



Soccer is gaining a great hold in Uralla.

Holdaway, who represented Armidale district against Queensland, is a keen enthusiast.

There are many promising players here. Just a little practice is all that is required now.

Daily Mail (Brisbane), Wednesday 1 September 1920, page 3

(To the Editor.)

Sir.— I am a constant spectator at the Woolloongabba ground during the Soccer matches on Saturday afternoons, and like many other enthusiasts of Soccer, I love to see a ding-dong game between two teams. Last Saturday I witnessed the game between Queen's Park and Returned Soldiers, when both teams played for 120 minutes without either side scoring. It was easily the hardest tussle I have yet witnessed this season, and judging by the play of both sides, should, prove doubly interesting next Saturday during the play off— that is if the Soccer Association desire to make it so. I should like to suggest, through the medium of your paper, that the executive again stage the play off of the above teams at the 'Gabba ground next week, both in fairness to the teams and the spectators who were interested in Saturday s game. Yours, etc.,


Worker (Brisbane), Thursday 2 September 1920, page 12


* * * 

The Association football scribe of the Sydney ''Daily Telegraph' had the following item in the August 25 issue of the paper named: 'The Queenslanders returned home defeated in all four fixtures contested. As expositors of Soccer they were good, more so than the mother Slate. As goal-getters they were deficient. Compared with pre vious visitors, one team only was superior to them — that of 1913. Judged on individual effort, they may find solace in the fact that M 'Bride has no peer here as a back, and as a winger, Robertson, who is credited with 10 3.5 for the 100, was not at all outclassed. By the way, on their homeward jour ney, the Queensland Soccer representa tives defeated an Armidale team by 3 goals to 2, so that they had the solace of one victory during their New South Wales tour. 

Argus, Saturday 28 August 1920, page 22





Semi final, League.- N. and D. v. Melbourne Thistle. at St Kilda pitch; St Kilda v. Spotswood at Albert Park's pitch.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

100 Years Ago Today, 27 August 1920

Mercury (Hobart), Saturday 28 August 1920, page 5



This afternoon's match at Elwick Show ground between Hobart and Corinthians will mark the conclusion of this season's Cottrell-Dormer cup competition. South Hobart has long since annexed premiership honours, but the fight for position as runners-up is much more even. The teams in today's final match are level, at 13 points. The next two Saturdays will be taken up with a "knock-out" competition for the Falkinder cup, which, on recent form, looks a good thing for South Hobart. With full teams out, however, either Hobart or Corinthians might upset calculations.

The result of last Saturday's North v. South match at Launceston did not occasion surprise to local followers of the game. The Southern combination played like winners, from the kick-off, but North would have done much better if their forwards had not hung on to the ball so much. Throughout the present season this fault has been noticeable. After all, forwards are there to get goals - "it is better to have a shot, and miss, than never to have a shot at all!"

At last Monday's meeting of the executive of the T.F.A. a letter was received from Bothwell, stating that several enthusiasts in that town were starting the game there. It was decided to send a Hobart team to Bothwell at an early date.

The English team at present touring in South Africa is showing fine form, and so far has an unbeaten record. Several of the Transvaal and Western Province teams have run the visitors fairly close, and the result of the test matches is awaited with interest.

Recent advices from the Football Association Ltd. (London) state that, for the last month of the season the finance committee reported receipts amounting to £14,900, and expenditure £5,200, showing a credit balance on the month s work of nearly £10,000! [Aprox $1 million today] According to the constitution of the association, shareholders are only entitled to a small nominal annual dividend, the surplus going towards furthering the game. Considering the large amount which has been expended by the controlling body of Australian football in order to foster the game in New South Wales and other States where rival "codes" are predominant, surely it is up to headquarters at Home to do the same for soccer in Australia? It is understood that the Tasmanian Association has already made representation to this effect, and the result is awaited with interest.

The following team will represent Hobart in the match at Elwick this afternoon: - Miller, Gilbert, Burton, Didsbury, Honeysett, Dillon, Phillips, Stilest, Maycock, Lovett, McKay, Kirby - Players catch 2 p.m. tram. Referees for to-day:-South Hobart ground. Mr. Kirfoot; Elwick Show ground, Mr. Lawrence.

Illawarra Mercury, Friday 27 August 1920, p. 2.

Balgownie second eleven had their revenge upon Port Kembla in the Richardson Cup fixture, defeating them by 3 goals to 0. The game was very slow and a poor exhibition of football was witnessed, the players not exerting themselves in the least. I understand that Port Kembla has lodged a protest against the result, mainly on the grounds that one of the Balgownie players was not wearing registered colours, and was often confused with the referee, both being dressed alike.

Queensland Times (Ipswich), Friday 27 August 1920, page 3


Football---An interesting game of Soccer football was played on the Show Ground on Saturday afternoon, between Prenzlau and Marburg, resulting in a win for the visitors by 1 goal to nil The Prenzlau team had been formed by Mr. Twemlow. B. J. Walmslely captained the visitors, and V. E. Pascoe the home side. Prenzlau at once attacked, and, keeping up the pressure, scored. After half time Marburg played a solid game, attacking with determination, but were unable to score. Mr. N. Randolph was the referee. The visitors were entertained at afternoon tea, provided by the Women's Guild of All Saints' Church. Cheers were given for the ladies and the visitors.

Argus, Saturday 28 August 1920, page 22





Semi final, League.- N. and D. v. Melbourne Thistle. at St Kilda pitch; St Kilda v. Spotswood at Albert Park's pitch.

Argus, Tuesday 31 August 1920, page 7

Football "Boom."

Crowds At Opening Matches.

The football "boom" is expected to exceed that of last season. The opening "soccer" matches on Saturday were largely attended throughout the country. There were 60,000 persons [Age reported "people"] at the match at Newcastle.

Journal (Adelaide), Friday 27 August 1920, page 1

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

100 Years Ago Today, 20 August 1920

Uralla Times and District Advocate, Saturday 21 August 1920, page 2

Soccer. — The first match under soccer rules was played at Uralla on Wednesday, when Armidale team visited us, winning by 3 goals to 1. The game proved very interesting. Holdaway, who played the game a lot in England, was the pick of the locals, while j Scrimgeour, who is also a veteran, Murray, Ryan, Love and Walden showed out. Billy Ryan scored for Uralla. It is intended to play a return match, and players wanting a game are asked to see Mr Holdaway. The latter has been selected to play against the Bananaland team in Armidale, Monday. 

Rocky and Uralla played a draw. The match, which was watched by a large crowd, provided ding dong play throughout. Nelson played a great game for the Hill people. Paddy Egan received a bad bump on the nose, which necessitated surgical treatment.

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Saturday 21 August 1920, page 8

WESTON. Bob Austin and R. W. Lambert, of the Weston Soccer football team have been selected to play with New South Wales in the second interstate match against Queensland next Saturday. There should be an interesting match at the Homestead this afternoon, when Weston and Hamilton meet in the Newcastle District Soccer competition. Next Saturday Weston meet Pyrmont in the first round of the Kerr Cup competition. 

Examiner (Launceston), Saturday 21 August 1920, page 5

SOCCER NORTH v. SOUTH. To-day, at York Park, North and South Soccer teams will meet for the first time since the termination of the war. The combinatlons are composed mostly of Tasmnanian players, who have acquired a knowledge of the game in the state, and as the elevens are evenly matched a close a keen contest is looked for. The game is timed to start at 3 o'clock, and will last 90 minutes.

Daily News (Perth), Friday 20 August 1920, page 5


That Freddy Hill, Claremont's left half is in his fifteenth season since leaving school. That he has never played for any one else but the 'Monts, of which club he is a foundation member.

That, Roy Saw, of Perth, has a unique idea of his own as to how to build up a team. 

That it consists of advertising every week, about three times as many players as are necessary. 

That if thirty names are advertised a team cannot possibly turn up short banded. 

That old Borealis was in mischievous mood, last week. 

That all roads will lead to the Esplanade next week when Perth City United and Claremont play their return League match in what must be the final for the premiership. 

That Claremont Juniors had a great trip to Bunbury a fortnight ago, defeating the locala by 3-2. 

That J. Coe, of Perth, played centre half for them. 

That the photograph of the State team looks very well in the Sydney 'Referee' of current issue. 

That, the Challenge and Charity fin als are to be played on enclosed ovals. 

That all ten senior clubs should en ter for the Charity Cup. 

That these knock-out competitions provide much fun and many sur prises. 

That in the Gardner Cup (New South Wales), the equivalent of our Charity Cup, the best team in the State was knocked out in the first round by a junior team. 

That Perth City United have all arrangements in hand for their trip to Albany in a fortnight's time. 

That College have ditto for Bunbury next week. 

That a soccer team has been formed at Wyalcatchem, on the Dowerin-Goomalling loopline.

That Mr. Reid the secretary, would be glad to hear from town clubs. 

That forty-two goals is now Jim Gordon's total for the season. 

That the English team now touring South Africa is showing fine form, and has won every match played to date. 

That it has twice defeated South Africa, 3-1 in each instance. 

That the whole undertaking has been a huge financial success for the Africanders.

South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus, Friday 20 August 1920, page 16



(By S.E.C.)


They'll come a thud! It's a moral certainty! Fancy the committee bring-ing the Queensland team to play on the South Coast on a Tuesday, and, worse still, on a back week at that. Why, it's ridiculous! That was the most popular phrase among the Soccer people last week; but they certainly overlooked the main fact, and that was the popularity of Soccer on the Coast. My way of reasoning, is give the public quality, then you are on a winner. However, the result has quite justified the action of the committee. The crowd was almost a record, the game itself was a splendid exhibition, and the S. Coast team deserves every credit for their win, as the visitors are a good team, and especially fast. Queensland played in their State, colors, maroon, which, by the way, is the S. Coast colors. The S. Coast boasted black and white. Mr. Davies, M.L.A., officially welcomed the visitors on the ground, and kicked off. Queensland forced, and soon had the ball in the locals' goal, but J. Masters cleared. This player was a regular brick wall against Queensland; he broke their every attempt to get through......

1920 Media Watch

Argus, Monday 23 August 1920, page 10

Age, Monday 23 August 1920, page 9

Wednesday, 12 August 2020


1911 junior team

1912 becomes Moorabbin

1913 ???

1914 very strong 2nd div team

1915 promoted but poorly performed

Winner, Wednesday 18 August 1915, page 7






DEPLETED TEAMS. The call to arms is truly playing havoc with clubs in Soccer circles. I have a communication before me from the Sandringham club, informing me that that organisation has had to be disbanded mainly owing to enlistments. Of the team's players, W. Wilmot and H. C. Mauger are already in Gallipoli, and H. Cann, G. Clayton, S. Overett, W. Andrews, F. Smith and J. Stevens are in camp. Although the Sandringham club's record in the League this, season is only three points, the goal record — 4 for 18 against in 12 matches — is fairly good, and exemplifies the excellent goal keeping of H. Bingham. It is an open secret that the, members of the Sandringham club in general are disappointed at the non-inclusion of Bingham in the international contest at Fitzroy, the opinion being that he is equal to either Robison or Russell, and this in all fairness, I am told, to the Selection Committee. However, the latter can be said to have done its work well, and, as there were only places for two goal-keepers, could not please everybody. 

26 Sandringham players and 2 committee men enlisted

Allen, A
Allen, F
Andrews, William -- Andrews, William Henry *
Bingham, H
Cann, W (Father of H)
Cann, H -- Cann, Henry Herbert Edward
Clayton, G -- Clayton, George Seth *
Griffiths, W
McKenzie, D.J -- McKenzie, Donald John
Overett, S
Smith, F
Stevens, J
Mauger, H.C -- Manger, Harold Coiley
Wilmot, W -- Wilmot, William Thomas ??

Callaghan, S (Secretary)
Allen, T (Committee)


Argus, Saturday 3 June 1950, page 45


From a Special Correspondent


Amateur Soccer Club, well placed in the premiership ladder, gained promotion to the First Division in its first season in Victorian soccer, winning the Second Division championship with the loss of only one point in 1949.

Two local men, Messrs. V. J. M. Dixon, who is now on the Soccer Council, and Don Bingham, ex-secretary of Brighton, founded the club, aided by a keen band of soccer enthusiasts with con-siderable experience in club management.

Most notable foundation members were Mr. J. Mclennan, ex-president, and J. Finney, vice-president, but much of the club's success is due to the expert coaching of Ralph White.

Brilliant captain

RALPH WHITE, captain, is rated one of the best centre-halves in Australia. He represented Victoria against Yugoslavs last year, and has captained Royal Navy teams in Hong Kong, the Middle East, and America.

Ralph is brilliant in the ah-, and has no superior in tactical play. Sandringham City are fortunate to have him to lead the side.

Joe Wilson, ex-Newcastle United, is the "glamour" player of the team. There is not an outside-right in Victoria to touch him. Joe has speed, body swerve, and ball control, and is a first class team-man.

Wilson is partnered by Joe Bambro, who is a brilliant midfleld schemer. Bambro makes many of the "bullets" Wilson "fires." They combine well, and have been selected for State trials.

A bright future is pre-dicted for the club's wing halves, Ron Walker and Ken Farrow. Ken was a junior player last season and is coming along fine.

Goal-keeper Jim Mackie is a newcomer to the team. He has shown impressive form in recent matches and will be hard to shift. That's Jim Mackie in the picture, punching clear in a goal-mouth scrimmage in which Don Bingham and Ron Walker are prominent.

Utility man Don Bingham is a tower of strength to the i side. He is equally at home at half or full back and is a sound constructive defence man. Don represented Victoria against South Africa and Palestine.

Good defence

LES BINGHAM, one of the junior team coaches, was one of Sandringham's best defence-men before his injury, and the team could do with him in the line-up.

Jack Davis has impressed critics and is selected for State trials this season. He has proved a "find" for Sandringham.

Roger Parvin, normally a wing half or inside forward, has recently been playing at centre-forward. It was an emergency move but, so well has he performed in that position, club men predict he will remain as the club pivot. Roger is in line for State honours.

Bob Lomax, Joe Walton, and Alf Finney have proved a first-class scoring com bination in matches so far tills teason. and between them they may head the lists as a trio.

Junior soccer is well man-aged at Sandringham. The club runs three teams, Norm Shingles, Les Bingham, and John Phillips acting as coaches, and the current "batch" of youngsters in-cludes many future stars judging, by the games I have seen in recent weeks.

100 Years Ago Today, 13 August 1920

Argus, Saturday 14 August 1920, page 18





League.-- N. and D. v. St. Kilda, at Middle Park; Preston v. F. Thistlc, at Middle Park; Melbourne Thistle v. Windsor, at Middle Park; Reserves. -- St. Kilda v. Preston, at Middle Park; Windsor v. M. Thistle, at Middle Park; Friendly Game -- Spotswood v. Albert. Park., at Spotswood.

Age, Monday 16 August 1920, page 9

Daily Telegraph (Launceston), Friday 13 August 1920, page 7

St George Call, Saturday 14 August 1920, page 7


(By ' Off-side.')

If it was not for the absence of Soccer grounds the game would certainly get a stronger grip of our sporting fraternity as it is only by playing the game in their midst that we can educate them in the finer points. Now that Ramsgate and Schofield Park have been closed down for business reasons, the only remaining ground where competition matches are played is on the outskirts of Hurstville. In losing Schofield Park it may be to the betterment of the players, as in travelling from one goal to the other, many little mounds (?) that covered the ground were veritable death traps, and endangered the lives of the players, and often when trodden on would give way under their weight. The recently re-organised Sans Souci team had a short reign, and took the count from Carlingford in the Charity Cup match, being beaten by 4 goals to nil. Although Kogarah Kia Ora have played several drawn games, they registered their first two points by defeating Newtown at Wardell-road, 2 goals to 1. The game was fast from start to finish, Kiaora shining all round. The whole of the forward line stood out, while the backs played a good defensive game, Jenkins making several good saves in goals. In the C Grade Competition, Kogarah Rechabites had a runaway win against Annandale Kiaora at Arncliffe, 9 goals to nil (Beach, Brown (2), Walters (2), Perry, Probert, Storey, and Morley). The whole of the forward line and the left and right halves scored. The combination all round was good. Crisp, in saving a penalty kick, entertained the spectators with a fine dive. As a result of this match Kogarah Rechabites now lead in their division. As the second round of the B Grade Comp. has concluded, the Association is considering the advisability of a third round. At a meeting of the two Rechabite Clubs last Tuesday, it was decided to accept the challenge from New Lambton (Newcastle) Club, as mentioned in this column last week. Fixtures for to-day— B Grade— Kogarah Rechabites v. Dulwich Hill, at Wardell road No. 1, 1.45 p.m. C Grade— Kogarah Rechabites receive a forfeit from Abbotsford.

Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, Saturday 14 August 1920, page 3


Magpies displayed some fine combination in their match against H.M.A.S, Australia on Saturday. 

As it was not a competition match, the barrackers were in good humor, even to cheering the visitors when they scored. 

The Navy put up a fair game, but as half of their men are on leave they did not field their best possible team, 

We were especially pleased to see G. Dane back in the arena after his month's absence. He showed up well, and few of the visitors' attacks passed him, although his form was not up to its old standard. 

Henderson played well in the forward line, but not so well as he does when in his correct position as full-hack. 

With Henderson and G. Dane as backs, Magpies should be almost invincible for the remainder of the season. 

Hodge did not play well, and, if he is to be a permanent Magpie player, should spend a good deal of time training. 

Miranda shaped well, and his footwork was good. Dick has the unique record of having missed only one penalty kick this season. 

Benson, in-goal, played well, and Les Capes, a Rechabite player lent for the occasion, also played a very good game. 

Leabeater did well, scoring two of Granville's five goals. This player is showing better form; he sometimes, however, seems to think that he is the only player upon the field and thus loses a score occasionally. 

For the visitors, Slate and Beale showed the best form. Dickson, in-goal, played a poor game in the early half, but showed up mich better in the latter half. 

Rechabites (Senior) played a splendid game against Two Blues, but were-finally defeated' by 2 goals to 1. At half-time the score stood at 1 to nil in Two Blues' favor. 'In the -second half-Darke scored a goal for Rochabites, 'and, after- a hard' struggle, Two Blues scored the winning goal, Houston scoring both. Rechabites have been putting in some heavy training lately, and their better form was displayed to advantage. Should they continue to put tup such a game as they did on Saturday, they will go well up in tile Cottam Charity Cup. 

Ryde Juniors went to pieces in their match with Rechabites, being defeated by 5 goals to 1. The former team's scorer was Pettit, and the latter's were Lea beateri(2), Chapple, Len Gapes and Mace. Another easy match was the Auburn Federal (Juvenile) v. Lideombe, in wvhich the former team defeated the latter by 6 goals to 1. 

Cabra-Vale's recently formced team has not shown a great deal of form yet,. and although they defeated Fairweathers on Saturday, this team also has not shown any form. Cabra-Vale are most unfortu nate in meeting Auburn Districts in the first round of tile Charity Cull. 

A question over which there is a good deal of argument in Soccer circles is the advisability of playing men in positions they are not accustomed to. Quite a num ber of critics and sound judges of the game are of the opinion that it is not wise. It is quite obvious, of course, that if play ers occupy the same position week after week, they are certain to work out for themselves some kind of concerted move ment that will be of material assistance to their side. The players get to know each other's style, their partners' little weaknesses or idiosyncracies, and the exact pace his colleague on either side of him is capable of.

Should an English team visit Australia next season, junior players will have splendid opportunities of gaining many points and wrinkles. 

The special council meeting of the G. and D.F.A. mot on Tuesday to decide the appeal of Auburn Federals against the management committee's decision in awarding their match against Two Blues. which was stopped by referee W. Knight for rough play, to Two Blues. Mr. Riordan was in the chair. A large amount of interest was displayed by the various teams and delegates. Mr. Kelley, in sup porting the appeal, contended that there was rough play only on the part of one player, Drury, and that that player was sent off the field. A policeman was pre sent on the date in question, and he saw no rough play other than one little "scrap up." Several others supported the motion. Referee Knight, in upholding his action in stopping the match and the manage ment committee's decision, stated that the game was an orgy of brutality on the part of most of the Federal players, whose object seemed to be to cripple the oppo sing players. The motion was put to the meeting, and-was defeated by 12 votes to 10.

The Kewpie-Parramatta Kia-ora match was evenly contested. In the early half Kia-oras were 2 to 1, but in the latter Kewpies played much better. They had the wind in their favor, and managed to even the scores. 

Harmer and Davies scored for Kia-oras. and G. Eddy and Hines for Kewpies. 

Scott, as full-back, played a fine game for Kia-oras, and Wialdron, on the wing, played a splendid game for Kewples. 

Farquhar scored Liverpool's solitary goal in their defeat by ILI.A.S. MTelbourne. 

Carlingford defeated Sans Soucl inl the Richardson Cup competition by 4 goals to 1. 

All matches are to be suspended to-day (14th Inst) to enable pla'ers to watch the inter-State match. 

Wanderers Rugby Football team ap plied for the use of Clyde Oval for a match against a visiting team from Mill thorpe on Eight-hour Day. The request. was refused, as the ground is engaged on that day. 

Franks, a Carlingford player, who had applied that the disqualification upon him be lifted, refused to give his assurance that he would play under Referee Hobbs if it was lifted, therefore the application was refused. 

Parramatta Kla-ora asked for permits to play J. Stahl and 14. Brayers, as they had played second grade last year. No permission is needed in this case. 

Auburn District wrote protesting against Kla-ora's action In playing J. Stahl without permission from the Association. Decided that the protest was invalid.

Congratulations to W. Dane, who is selected to play against Queensland on 14th and 21st. G. Dane has been picked as emergency. 

We cannot understand the selectors missing Henderson, who is equal to any back, in the metropolitan area. 

Magpies are drawn against Lithgow Thistle in the next round of the Gardiner Cup. The match will probably be played at Clyde on 28th inst. 

Boy Gapes,.who has been playing Rugby, will play with Kewpies in the Cottam Charity Cup. Auburn Federals (Juvenile) team look a'hefty lot for under 16. 

An Auburn supporter, who is continually making himself obnoxious to onlookers at Clyde, will not be allowed to enter the Oval again. 

W. Baker, who played inside left for lMagpies,'-did not show.:tho brilliance he was noted.foryears -ago, when he'o played with Joe Fairweather ontthe wing. 

In Saturday's Two:Blue-Ryde (Juvenile) match, .the following .players shaped well:-HIilder, Cronk, Moore, Flint, Me Greal and Spurway for Ryde, and Thomas, WVillicks. Banks,. Anderson and' Flynn for Two Blues. The latter player was es pecially notable.'

Age, Monday 16 August 1920, page 9

Herald, Saturday 7 August 1920, page 4

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Sandringham Soccer Club

On the 28th of July I received the following letter from the Treasurer of Sandringham Soccer Club, Michele Rowse. It expresses a lot of the issues and difficulties we all have to negotiate as soccer historians
Dear Ian,

I do hope this finds you well in these unusual times.

My name is Michele and I am currently the Treasurer at Sandringham Soccer Club. I am trying to track down the history of the club as there are snippets of information and conflicting and missing dates and I am trying to put together a full picture (as much as possible) so we don’t lose the past.

During my research, I have come across your name numerous times in articles and books and I would truly appreciate your advice in regards to where you suggest I look for information. I have obviously done online searches and read numerous newsletters and articles and I can track mentions of Sandringham Soccer Club to as early as June 1911. There is a clear path from 1948 (which the Club is happy to claim), however I believe there is richness in capturing the years before this period, and although there were moments of recess because of war, it would be such a shame to miss out on the preceding history of the club.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I conduct this work in my spare time.

Kind regards

Michele Rowse

I replied to her: had a look in Mark Boric's statistical history of Victorian soccer  and a Sandringham club exists at the beginning of ww1 but collapses because of the war and is resurrected in 22/23 but disappears once more. Another Sandringham emerges in 1936. Whether that is the same club as yours needs to be examined via a number of connections. I'm happy to have a chat about this with you but I want to use it as a typical problem for Victorian soccer history on today's program.

She replied and assented to my use.