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Thursday, 26 March 2020

100 Years Ago Today, 26 March 1920

Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1923), Friday 26 March 1920, page 3


British Association. For the first time in the history of "soccer" in this state, the Chairman of the South Ausralian British Football Association is Australian born. This honour was conferred on Mr. T. T. Thompson last week, and he is eminently fitted for the position. There was a large attendance at the annual meeting, and the number of "soldier-soccerites" was a noteworthy feature. Mr Thompson emphasized this fact, and observed that the good old English game would assuredly make rapid headway, and regain its pre-war popularity. It is considered more than probable that several new clubs will be formed during April. The former secretary (Mr. W. Ashworth) has consented to guide the association through the year. His report was adopted and the balance sheet proved satisfactory. Officers elected:—President, The Lord Mayor of Adelaide (Mr. F. R. Moulden); Chairman, Mr. T. T. Thompson; Vice-Chairman, Mr. W. F. Nightingale; Hon. Auditors, Messrs. W. Bills and W. F. Nightingale; Hon. Treasurer, Mr. B##### Secretary, Mr. W. Ashworth; and Assistant Secretary, Mr. J. D. Stewart.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

100 Years Ago Today, 10 March 1920

Albany Advertiser , Wednesday 10 March 1920, page 3

The monthly meeting of the Albany Town Council was held on Monday evening

The secretary of the Albany British Football Association forwarded a petition, under cover of a letter, protesting against the action of the Council in granting exclusive rights of the Parade-street reserve to the Australian Association, and contending that at least equal rights should be granted. The letter further requested that the Council receive a deputation at their next meeting, when a case would be stated. Received, and it was decided to receive the deputation.
The petition was ordered to lie on the table for a fortnight.

Darling Downs Gazette, Tuesday 9 March 1920, page 4

The annual meeting of the Toowoomba British Football Association will be held in Herriott's rooms, Ruthven street, on Thursday evening. The business will be the election of officers for the ensuing year, the presentation of the balance sheet, and general. As the prospects are bright for a record season in 1920 a large attendance is requested.

Daily Standard (Brisbane), Thursday 11 March 1920, page 2

Mr. K. D. Beaton, secretary of the Queensland British Football Association, reports that his body has secured the use of the Brisbane Cricket Ground for the next football season. The best premiership matches will be played there every Saturday, and interstate matches against New South Wales, and in all probability a New Zealand team, will be seen in Brisbane during the season.
The usual intercity matches against Ipswich and Toowoomba will take place, and altogether a good season's football is promised. "Soccer" football has a very good following in Brisbane, the gate takings whenever matches were played on enclosed grounds being proof of this. It must not be forgotten that there is a large population in Brisbane, of English and Scottish birth, whose only education in football has been "Soccer," and these people will not support any other game. In the circumstances the financial success of the "Soccer" people's venture is regarded as certain.

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Saturday 6 March 1920, page 5

A conference of Soccer Associations of the State was held in Sydney last week, Sydney, South Coast, Newcastle and Maitland all being represented. The chairman (Mr. W. Lincoln) explained that the conference was called with the object of forming a true New South Wales Soccer Association. The framing of a constitution was proceeded with in a satisfactory manner, all being desirous of seeing the State Association a true State body. The conference will be proceeded with to-day, when Lithgow and other associations are expected to send representatives. The first official entry for the coming season has been received, Cardiff third and under 18 grades having set the ball rolling. Cardiff have not had a team in the competition for a few seasons, and their re-entry is a welcome one, Secretary Williams expects great things from his teams, who are very anxious to "get going." Cardiff will quickly be followed by others. Registration forms are in great demand. Adamstown held their social and presentation of medals in Waugh's refreshment rooms. Among the large attendance was the Mayor. Alderman B. Saunders, and Mayoress, Mr. A. Cameron (ex-Mayor), Messrs. W. Brown (town clerk), L. Tamlyn (Northern Association), Major and Mrs. H. J. Connell, and J. Patterson (Charlestown). After the loyal toast was honoured, Mr. Bloomfield proposed success to the association, which was responded to by Mr. Tamlyn. The Mayor proposed "Adamstown Rosebud Soccer Club," Mr. J. D. Hamilton responding. Opportunity was taken to formally hand over to the soldiers' memorial fund the sum of £104, being the result of the club's effort. Mr. Brown. and Alderman Cameron, on behalf of the patriotic committee accepted the amount, and tendered their thanks to the Rosebuds Club for their splendid effort. The Mayor presented the second grade medals, and the nurse cup medals. Other toasts honoured were kindred clubs, the ladies, and the press. The members of the Rosebuds teams presented Mr. J. D. Hamilton (hon. secretary) with a fountain pen, Captain A. Smith thanked the Mayor for his attendance.

Illawarra Mercury, Friday 12 March 1920, page 2

The annual meeting of the Port Kembla Homing Pigeon Society will will be held on the 24th inst., in the Club room. All members are requested to attend. A meeting of the Past-time Club was held on Wednesday in the Club room. Mr. F. S. Nicholson was elected president in lieu of Mr. Dan Murphy, and Mr. Langham was appointed vice president. It is proposed to give an exhibition on the 14th of April, the attractions to include boxing, wrestling, and horizontal bar displays.
With a view to forming a Soccer Club a meeting was held at Cox's residence last evening. An enthusiastic body of young men assembled to discuss ways and means. The movement is really a resuscitation of the Club, which existed here in pre war days. Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities the club disbanded owing to every player enlisting. An effort is being made to form two teams— a second and third grade. The A.L.P. intends holding a meeting on Sunday to further the candidature of Messrs, Davies, Cleary and Chalker.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

100 years ago today 3 March 1920

Sydney Sportsman, Wednesday 3 March 1920, page 8

The adjourned annual meeting of the Soccer Football Association was held at the Trades Hall on Saturday night. There was a large attendance of delegates, and the meeting proved to be one of the most enthusiastic ever held. This is due to the fact that Mr. Larry Tamlyn had again consented to take on the secretaryship after announcing at the previous meeting that he would not seek re-election. It was realised that if Mr. Tamlyn did not again take office the game would receive a big set-back, and there was great rejoicing when the announcement was made that he had again consented to act. The chairman announced that two nominations had been received for the position, Mr. W. Rushton being nominated by the Holmesville Club, and Mr. Tamlyn by the Hamilton Club. The secretary of the Holmesville Club asked permission to withdraw the nomination of Mr. Rushton, as his club was not aware that Mr. Tamlyn had decided to again stand. Mr. Rushton also stated that he would not oppose Mr. Tamlyn, and would also decline to accept the position of assistant secretary if Mr. Tamlyn was not re-elected. The chairman allowed Mr. Rushton's nomination to be withdrawn, and expressed his pleasure at being able to declare Mr. Tamlyn elected secretary again. General business was then proceeded with. The South Maitland Association wrote that they were not running any senior competition this year, and the application of Weston senior team to enter the Newcastle competitions was granted. Discussion ensued on the question as to whether 'club' or 'district' football should be played during the coming season, and upon a vote being taken, 'district' won by ten votes to six. The advocates of 'district' laid stress on the advance the code had made under the district system, and thought it would be bad policy to make any alteration. The proposed alteration of various rules was also keenly debated. Junior clubs were desirous of having themselves protected against the claims of senior clubs, and the present rule was altered to read: 'That any Junior team be allowed to form in any district independent of the district management, and that no junior be compelled to advance into senior or second grade without his written permission'. It was decided to play the competitions as last year, allowing the association to take one home game from each club if desired. A meeting of the Referee's Association is to be held next Saturday night, when Secretary Hughes will be glad to hear of any new members and welcome them to the meeting. The referees improved considerably last season, but their membership still requires increasing, and it is hoped that there will be a big muster at Saturday's meeting. Altogether there is a big time ahead for the round-ball game, and the ensuing season promises to be the most successful on record.

West Australian, Wednesday 3 March 1920, page 8

FOOTBALL. As advertised in another column the annual meeting of the Perth City United Football Club (British Association) will be held at the Sports Club. Viking House; William-street. tonight at 8 o'clock. The business will be the election of officers and the formation of a first-rate junior team. Members and intending members are cordially invited to be present.

Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 3 March 1920, page 1


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Brisbane Courier, Thursday 4 March 1920, page 3

Referee, Wednesday 3 March 1920, page 13

Football Gossip
SOCCER'S ENGLISH BOOM. The finishing contests in England appear to have worked up extraordinary public interest. Cabled that the cup tie fever has increased, recalling the best boom days. In the fourth round draw the most attractive tie is Tottenham Hotspurs v Aston Villa, on the former's ground. The club officials estimate that they received applications for 50,000 reserved seats within 24 hours after the draw had been announced. Only 5300 seats were available. Hundreds of people waited at the Hotspur offices on Monday on the chance that the team would be drawn to play on the home ground. As the Northern Union is also finishing a record season in the matter of public interest sport in England seems to have received a big lift by the war. Scotland and Wales, on Saturday, played a draw — one goal each. Willie Meredith played his 15th international game for Wales. 
The annual meeting of the N.S.W. League (Australian Rules) is fixed for March 22. This body has re-secured Erskineville Oval and Hampden Oval, and a third ground is being arranged for.

Herald, Saturday 6 March 1920, page 24

SOCCER Football. 
Preston. — Meeting at Prince Alfred Hotel, Preston. Wednesday, 10th March. Old and new members will be welcome.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Maz Lucchesi's journey

Max Lucchesi

Born Mar 16 1927 in Lucca, Italy
Attended school in Pisa

Kids played football in the courtyards with balls made of rags.

Migrated to Perth in the early 1950s
Played for Azzuri there

In 1954 he represented WA at the interstate carnival in Adelaide.

He impressed many people in a WA team that went pretty well. He nullified the NSW striker (possibly Reg Date) in a noteworthy performance.

Adelaide Juventus liked what that saw and poached him in 1956 or so.

After a few years his trade as a fitter and turner took him to Sydney and then to Newcastle where he played for Austral.

He stopped playing in the early 1960s. Later that decade he obtained his coaching qualificationas and his first job was coaching the Newcastle rep team in 1970.

He then moved to Weston and here is where my stories converge. He basically revived Weston as a powerhouse in the Hunter region.

He returned to Adelaide in the late 1980s when he retired.

When I interviewed Max I asked him what the highlight was of his soccer career in Australia. Weston was very important but he also enjoyed his time with Juve.

Even though he played rep football (WA and 4 B internationals, once as captain) he seemed to want to downplay that.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

100 Years Ago Today: 25 February 1920

Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), Monday 23 February 1920, page 2

'Soccer One,' of Holmesville, does not want a new secretary for the Newcastle British Football Association. He says: The district is quite satisfied wiih the one it has had for three or four seasons. We do not require a new one. I was not at the last meeting, when Mr. Tamlyn resigned, but I will be at the next, accompanied by my little popgun. I then hope to hear that our old secretary has reconsidered his decision. If he won't, then my little popgun will pop him in the eye. We want him, and we mean to have him.

Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), Tuesday 24 February 1920, page 2

At a well-attended meeting of the Hamilton British Football Club a long debate ensued on the question whether the club should support' 'club' or 'district' football. The latter had by far the greater number of supporters. Progress was reported in the matter of securing permission to play on Learmonth Park. It was decided to invite two South Maitland teams down (senior and third grade), and to return the visit in a few weeks' time. Mr. Tamlyn said he had decided to stand for the position of secretary again, and it was unanimously resolved that Hamilton club nominate Mr. Tamlyn for the position of association secretary. Delegates to represent the club at the association meeting were elected.

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), Wednesday 25 February 1920, page 6

SOUTH MAITLAND BRITISH FOOTBALL. The annual meeting of the South Maitland British Football Association was held at the Allies' Stadium on Saturday, Mr. J. W. Earp presiding. The balance sheet showed an income of £151. 7s 11d, and an expenditure of £133 4s 6d, leaving a credit balance of £18 3s 5d. The auditors, Messrs Edean and Auld, reported as to correctness of same, and the efficient state of the books. The annual report stated that notwithstanding the 'flu epidemic, good progress had been shown, and the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:- Pat ron, Dr. Woods; president, J. W. Earp; vice-president, S. Willetts; hon. sere-tary, W. McBane; treasurer, A, Linsey; assistant secretary, R. Smith; manage-ment committee, Messrs, H. Spears, D. Auld, C. Perris; auditors, Messrs. G. Arus and J. Endean; delegates to referee's as-sociatlon, C. Perris; referees' selection committee, Messrs. S. Willetts, C; Perris; referees' examination board, W. Lam-bert; delegates to N.S.W.B.F.A., J. W. Earp, W. McBlane. It was decided that the association play club football; and the grades to be catered for be second grade, third grade, under 18, under 16, under 14. It was resolved that last year's semi-finallsts, Hebburn, Rothbury, Abermain, and Neath, be classed as second grade teams. The Hennings Cup, which was won outright by Weston, all grade, was donated to the association subject to a conference between the association and Weston Club. The meeting, adjourned until Saturday, March 20. Entries for the various grades will be received up to March 20, but entries and registrations of players must be accompanied by entrance fees.

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), Wednesday 25 February 1920, page 7

FOOTBALL SOCCER CODE. A meeting of Soccer supporters was held in Clough's refreshment rooms, Wallsend, on Monday night. Mr. Frew presided. The object of the meeting was to endeavour to again form a senior team in Wallsend. After discussion it was decided to again apply for a district, and to enter a team in the Newcastle Association's senior competition. Mr. Frew was elected president. Mr. E. A. ("Lige") Bower, secretary: Mr. A. Morgan, treasurer: and Messrs. A. Lewis and Mat Pettigrew association delegates. The return of Wallsend seniors should be good reading to the district's Soccer supporters, Wallsend having won the Ellis Cup in 1917 and 1918. and they should again be able to put a team in the field capable of keeping up their reputation. A delegates' meeting of the association will be held in the Trades Hall on Saturday night. The rules revision committee will meet at 6 o'clock, and the proposed alterations - if any - will then be submitted to delegates, along with that greatly debated point "club" or "district" football for 1920.

Albany Advertiser (WA : 1897 - 1954), Wednesday 25 February 1920, page 3


[in a very long list]

Parks and Gardens Committee.
The Town Hall Committee recommended "That the application for the use of the Parade-street reserve for football matches be granted to the Albany Football Association for the Australian game, and the Ulster-road reserve be allotted to the British Association, the Council reserving the right to re-allocate either or both grounds on any special occasion."-Adopted.

[both reseves appear to remain]

Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld. : 1909 - 1954), Monday 23 February 1920, page 3

Bush Rats' Football Club-The annual meeting of the Bush Rats' Football Club, was held in the Alliance Hall on Thursday evening. There was a splendid attendance of players and supporters. Mr. Alex Stewart, sen., presided. The secretary (Mr. Joe Potts) submitted a report dealing with the year's working. The financial report showed that the club was in a very sound position. The income for the year, inclusive of the credit balance brought forward, amounted to £55/7/3l; while the total expenditure was £35/12/11, leaving a credit balance of £19/14/4. It was decided to enter three teams for the various grades. The following officers were elected: Patron, Mr. A. Stewart: president, Mr. O. Butt; numerous vice-presidents were appointed, and Mr. Joe Potts, secretary and treasurer. Mr. Potts submitted a report on a meeting of the association held in Ipswich, and it was decided to protest against the personnel of the present executive, as it was not considered a fair representation. It was resolved that a deputation should interview Mr. Bognuda, asking for the use of the Reliance football ground. February 19.

Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), Thursday 26 February 1920, page 2

FOOTBALL. ENGLISH CUP TIES. LONDON, Feb. 24. The Cup ties attracted the greatest crowds since 1914. His Majesty the King was present at Stamford Bridge, and received a tremendous ovation from 70,000 spectators when he appeared in the field and shook hands with the players. The King spoke to a number of disabled and blinded soldiers before returning to his seat, whereupon there was a renewed outburst of cheering.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Tour of Hunter Region Soccer Grounds: Part 2

Under a blood red Hunter sky 

Before Christmas last year, I spent another five days in Newcastle, at the height of the bushfire crisis.

Todd Blackwell and David McGaw were their typical generous selves and helped me get around. On the Sunday, I found myself back in David's car doing the second part of his well-guided tour of grounds and clubs in the district. 

First we tried to identify the site of the Tramways ground in Hamilton, perhaps the crucial ground to enable the boom in Newcastle soccer in the early 1920s.

This was the spot we calculated. Corner of Denison and Lawson Sts Hamilton

David proceded to cart me around in his irrepressible manner. Speer's Point to see the FNNSW headquarters and Macquarie Field the home ground of Lake Macquarie.
Next, on to Maitland where we had a chance meeting with Paul Osland, the president of the Maitland Magpies club at their home ground, Cooks Square Park. I promised to send him proof of something which turned out to be a mistake on my part.

The afternoon saw us head west to the Weston Workers where we had lunch in the archetypal Australian Chinese restaurant and I had my epiphany. Here, in what seemed like the middle of relatively nowhere, stood a well-appointed workers club attached to a soccer ground in a town where the only sport that seemed to be played (other than darts) was soccer. Throughout the club were reminders that this indeed was a soccer club, one with a fabulous history that it is actually aware of (in the form of records and plaques on the walls). I am also assured that there is a swag of trophies under the grandstand, to which we could not gain access. Next time.

There's an extent to which this club represents the heart of the game in Australia, or perhaps the old heart of the game, almost thoroughly British in its roots but full of Aussie-accented 4th, 5th and further generation members and supporters. The club is invisible to most of Australian soccer, yet to itself and the community of clubs it plays against it is a living, breathing giant. More of this later.

Next stop was Cessnock. David took me to the white elephant that is Baddeley Park, Cessnock RL's home ground (with its Garry Jack training field, the name of which prompted a discussion about Ian Roberts, whom bizarrely we saw in Beaumont St as David was dropping me off at the end of the day) in order to contrast it with the condition of Turner Park, the Cessnock City Hornets FC home ground. I preferred Turner Park to be honest. There's a political shenanigans back story to this.

Turner Park, Home of Cessnock City Hornets

On the way back we passed by perhps the most impressive ground of the day, Orange St Abermain. Impressive not because of its facilities or qualities but for the very fact of its existence. Esablished in 1908, the ground is one of many tiny soccer grounds in old pit towns. As David said, the story is that this is Rugby League heartland; so why are there so many old soccer fields and relatively few old Rugby League grounds?

David got me back to my hotel in one piece but not before the aforementioned encounter with Ian Roberts. Another great day that opened far more doors than it closed.

100 years ago today 18 February 1920

Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW : 1900 - 1954), Wednesday 18 February 1920, page 8

There was a large attendance of delegates at the annual meeting of the Northern District Soccer Football Association, held at the Trades Hall on Saturday night. In the absence of Mr. R. Martin, the president, vice-president E. Buxton occupied the chair. The report submitted by the committee was of a highly satisfactory character. The balance sheet showed an income of £699 17s 11d, and an expenditure of £526 1s 1d, leaving a credit balance of £173 16s 10d. It was mentioned that one gate was a State record, while the whole takings constituted a State Soccer record. The report showed that the popularity of the code had increased considerably, which was shown by the greatly Improved gate receipts. Much enthusiasm was manifested in the election of officers; Mr. J. McCartney was re-elected patron, Mr. R. Martin president, and Mr..E. Buxton vice-president. For the position of secretary, Mr. Larry Tamlyn was opposed by Mr. A. Harley, and the voting resulted in twelve votes to three. The result of the ballot had no sooner been announced than the delegates received an unexpected shock, Mr. Tamlyn announcing that he could not accept the position. While he welcomed opposition (which was for the good of the game), he allowed the critics, but time would not allow him to again accept the position to which the delegates had elected him. Most of the delegates, together with the auditors, and members of the committee, expressed the wish that Mr. Tamlyn would reconsider his decision and again take on the duties. While thanking the delegates and others for the complimentary references to his work, and expressions of good will, Mr. Tamlyn said his decision was final, but assured those present that he would not sever his connection with Soccer. He pointed out that the Association had made considerable headway, and he had not the necessary time which the position demanded. It was decided not to elect a secretary at that meeting, but to call for fresh nominations, to be dealt with at a meeting to be held a fortnight hence. Mr. W. Ryshton was elected assistant secretary, and Mr. Shillings treasurer. It was decided to play five grades, senior, second, third, under 18, and under 16, as last year. Consideration of the question of club or district football was deferred until the next meeting. All the matters brought for ward were discussed in an amicable way, and ths prospects of another suc cessful season are particularly bright. This is assuming, of course that Mr. Tamlyn will again take on the secretaryship, if he does not do so, the game will get a big set-back, as there is no getting away from the fact that he is responsible for the proud position it enjoys to-day. When Mr. Tamlyn took over the duties, the association was in debt, but as a result of his energetic efforts during the past four years, he has wiped the deficit out, and the association now boasts of a substantial credit balance. For the sake of the game, it is to be hoped that Larry will reconsider his decision. He possesses wonderful organising capabilities, and the code must have his services and advice.

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), Wednesday 18 February 1920, page 3

FOOTBALL BRITISH ASSOCIATION. '"Admlrer of Soccer" writes eulogising the officers of the northern association for the good work performed during the past season, but is disappointed at the secretary tendering his resignation. He says Mr. Tamlyn has done wonders for the game, and in declining to carry on he is taking a wrong stand. The writer considers that Mr. Tamlyn is the man for the position, and having made the associatlon what it is he should not be allowed to leave it: The delegates should make another effort to retain his services. As a supporter of the game, the writer says he wants Mr. Tamlyn to know that the followers of the code should be considered, and hopes that he will alter his present decision.

Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld. : 1909 - 1954), Wednesday 18 February 1920, page 5

Toowoomba Chronicle (Qld. : 1917 - 1922), Wednesday 18 February 1920, page 4

At Herriott's rooms, this evening, the British Football Association rneets. Particulars are advertised.

Independent (Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922), Saturday 21 February 1920, page 2

SPOTSWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB. British Association. A Special Meeting of the above will be held on 28th February, 1920, NEAR SPOTSWOOD HOTEL at 7.30, to elect Officers for ensuing season. All persons interested are invited to be present. 
J. HEWITT, Hon: Sec. 

FOOTSCRAY FOOTBALL CLUB. The ANNUAL MEETING of the FOOTSCRAY FOOTBALL CLUB will be held at the FEDERAL HALL, Nicholson-street, on Monday, March 8th7,-920, at 8 p.m. Nominations for the position of Office-bearers must be in the hands of the Secretary, 26 Austin-street, Footscray, not later than Monday, March 1st. Election for Office-bearers will be held at the Old Mechanics' Institute, opposite the Federal Hall, from 6 to 6.30 p.m., on March 8th, prior to the Annual Meeting. Season Tickets must be produced to entitle Members to vote. 
E. J. SMITH, Secretary.