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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.

Tuesday 4 August 2020

100 Years Ago Today, 6 August 1920

Lithgow Mercury, Wednesday 4 August 1920, page 2


Great interest is being evidenced in, the soccer football for Saturday afternoon when Lithgow Thistles will meet Drummoyne on the old Showground in the Gardiner Cup competition (State championship) .

South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus, Friday 6 August 1920, page 5

Newcastle Sun, Friday 6 August 1920, page 3

Evening News (Sydney), Tuesday 10 August 1920, page 2

Argus, Monday 9 August 1920, page 4

The surprise in the "Soccer" games at Middle Park on Saturday was the defeat for the first time this season of N. and D., popularly known us the "all-digger" team. A large crowd assembled, and a fast, well-contested match was witnessed. Although St. Kilda showed all-round superiority, the losers played at some disadvantage, inasmuch as they were without one back (Longthorpe), and Jackson, another back, was sent off the field for an alleged foul during the first half. The final scores were:- 

St. Kilda, 2 goals; N. and D., nil;. the goal-kickers being Beavis and Lowe. For the winners, Spencer (right half), Cameron (centre balf); Church (inside left) Lamb (right back), and Beavis (outside right) were all good. Stephens, the N. and D. centre half, was in fine form.

  • Albert Park (4) beat Preston (2). Goal-kickers-Albert Park: J. Anderson (2). T. Anderson, and Clayton. Preston: Doncaster and Rust.
  • Footscray Thistle (3), St. David's (nil); Goal-kickers-Griffiths 2, Jacobs 1.
  • Windsor (3), MelbourneThistle (nil). Goal-kickers Barrett, Keating, and Grange.
  • Windsor A (2): St. Kilda A (1). Goal-kickers-Windsor A: Nicholson and Read. St. Kilda A: Blundell.