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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

100 Years ago today, 14 May 1920

Great Southern Leader, Friday 14 May 1920, page 5

British Association Football.
(By Penalty,)
The determination of the Narrogin British Association Club to resume its former standard will be further augmented by a visit from the Claremont Club on Saturday the 22nd; The visitors have a great reputation to sustain them and the Narrogin Club are willing so that a good encounter may be witnessed. At any rate, Tom Hogg takes assiduous breathing exercises every morning and a perspiring figure that looked very much like Bro. Clunas was observed trotting up the Williams Road hill one day at early dawn. Webby is making goal posts, and Joe Johnston gets in a great deal of practice with little Joe.

(Is that a found poem?
At any rate, 
Tom Hogg takes assiduous breathing exercises 
every morning 
and a perspiring figure that looked 
very much like Bro. Clunas 
was observed trotting up the Williams Road hill 
one day at early dawn. 
Webby is making goal posts, 
and Joe Johnston gets in a great deal of practice 
with little Joe.

Referee, Wednesday 12 May 1920, page 11

...First Grade Rugby [League??] is not often played on the Parramatta Oval, but it was there that Annandale tackled Western Suburbs in the presence of 600 enthusiasts. Many years back Rugby had a following in the district, but in Granville and Auburn ot late years Soccer has estabiished a sound footing with a few grounds in regular use. The Rugby authorities ought to inspire movements aiming at the creation of a few grounds in the places contiguous to Parramatta, and which are embraced in the Western Suburbs.

Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 14 May 1920, page 11

Sir,-In reply to Mr. J. R. Taylor's further letter of 7th inst, I have little to add. So far as I know, I have neither evaded any issue not misrepresented any fact; and I adhere to every statement I made in your columns.
On the contrary, it is Mr. Taylor who evades the substantial questions. The controlling bodies In cricket, baseball, British Association football, Australian football, tennis, athletics, and rowing will have nothing whatever to do with the extraordinary atti-tude the Sporting Federation has taken up with reference to League football. Both the Public and Catholic schools are now included in the list, and everything points to the addition of hockey and swimming authorities. The A.S.F., therefore, does not repre-sent amateur sport in this matter, and its hostility, though full of sound and fury, signifies nothing.
I am, etc.
President University Amateur League Club.

Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 7 May 1920, page 8

Sir,-Pressure of business and absence from town have alone prevented me from answering ere this the letter of Mr. H. V. Evatt, president of the University League Amateur Football Club, in your columns of 29th ultimo. In every point of Mr. Evett's reply to the statement of my federation re amateurism there is eithor evasion or misrepresentation.
(1) It Is not my complaint, but my statement, that under the league definition an "amateur" may be granted expenses for travelling and accommodation not only when on tour, but also when playing ordinary grade football in Sydney. This is not "a quibble."
It is a plain statement of fact. How frequently or infrequently those expenses are claimed is quite beside the point. So long as the definition exists anyone playing league football is a professional.
(2) Mr. Evatt says: "In point of fact, the Northern Union is entirely controlled by office-bearers receiving no pay for their ser vices. It is not therefore a professional or ganisation." On the contrary, the Northern Union is admittedly a professional organisation. It is not affiliated to any amateur body in the world. It is a proclaimed organisation. It is never referred to in any way other than as a professional organisation. And whether the N.S.W. Rugby League is or is not controlled by the Northern Union is also entirely beside the point. It is affiliated to or in agreement with the Northern Union.
(3) It is Mr. Evatt who is absolutely incorrect. Professional players are not debarred from league management. The league management does not consist entirely of amateurs. The first grade league players- nearly all of whom are professional footballers- possess a vote in the appointment of league office-bearers. So long as the league has a professional franchise it will remain a professional game.
(4) Whether or not "the ex-professionals, i.e., men who have retired, on the league committee receive nothing for their services" or whether or not "these are very few in number," the fact remains that so long as even one of them remains on the league committee the league game is professional.
Once again I wish to emphasise that, with the growing importance of the Olympic games, it behoves Australian amateur sportsmen to be more than ever on their guard against professionalism lest they may find themselves debarred from participating in the games. The Grand Australian Olympic Council in Melbourne last week announced that no athlete who participated in a professionally controlled game would be eligible for selection as an Olympic competitor. I feel it my duty to issue this warning in the interests of those who might be Influenced by the misrepresentation of facts to lose without deliberate intent their amateur status.
It must be distinctly understood that I am not opposed to the 13 a side game as a game if under amateur control.
President N.S.W. Amateur Sporting Federation and Olympic Council.

May 6

Age, Tuesday 11 May 1920, page 10

Windsor entertained the Submarine team from Geelong, the teams, being:— Windsor: Bingham, Corp, Torn, Hopgood. Jones, Hurd, Gray, Rust, Gardner, Clark and Blackburn. Submarines: Field, Black, Kendall, Hammond, O'Hara, Bennett, Rope, Crutt, Maxwell, lnwood and. Hooper.
Referee, W.A. Cummings. Windsor won the toss, and the navy kicked off against the sun. A sharp burst by the front line found Corp at fault, and lnwood shot hard in, Bingham saving, but the ball rebounded to lnwood, who found the net with a hot shot, put ting the navy one up. From the centre Kick Windsor made play on the left, and Blackburn had hard luck with a shot, which went just outside the post . Good work by Jones and Hopgood looked promising, Black relieving by robbing Gardner in the mouth of goal. The navy again pressed, and a grand shot by O'Hara was well saved by Bingham, and Windsor got down. Blackburn, however, missed a good, chance by sending too for forwardand Black stopped Gardner when a score looked a certainty. O'Hara again got his forwards on the move, and Maxwell, drifting in between the backs, put his side two up with low shot from short range, Bingham having no chance of saving. Shortly before half-time Blackburn and Clark, made a clever run on the Windsor left. Clark centred to Gardner, who scored with a good shot, the interval coming with the navy leading by 2 goals to 1. On the resumption of play Windsor at once made heailway. Field saving his goal with a crowd on him, O'Hara dropped back and booted tbe ball out of danger. The navy rushed to the other end. O'Hara shot hard in and Bingham brought off a brilliant save.The game, was now very fast and evenly contested, Blackburn shooting just over the bar. Hooper, for the navy, also went close. A scramble in the Windsor goal mouth caused Bingham to retire with a strained arm. Tunn took his place in goal and saved one or two good shots until Bingham was able to resume. A rush by Hooper forced Corp to concede a corner, Hopgood clearing from the free kick. Inwood returned, and Bingham brought off another grand save. In the closing minutes Jones nearly brought the scores level, but he was penalised for impeding the goalkeeper. 
[note: the dot points below have been introduced for the purposes of radio]

  • A fast and clever game ended in a win for the navy by 2 goals to 1 [over Windsor]. 
  • Melbourne Thistle paid a visit to Spotswood, The result being a draw of 1 goal each. 
  • Welsh beat Burns by 2 goals (Walkim, Wilks) nil. 
  • N and D easily defeated Preston by 4 clear goals, tbe scorers being H. Weston(3) and Miller. 
  • Albert Park were much too good for St. David's. and gained both points by 5 goals(Clayton 4. T. Anderson 1) to nil. 
  • A fast and even game was witnessed between St. Kilda and Footscray Thistle, the latter winning by the odd goal in five. The scorers were Biggart(1) Fletcher (2), for Footscray; Slade (3), Church(1) for St. Kilda.

Argus, Saturday 15 May 1920, page 21


The interstate match, Victoria v. South Australia, is to be played on the M.C.C. ground on May 29, and the League has arranged for an exhibition of the British Association game before the interstate fixture. The team will be one from H.M.S. Renown and the local Association.

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