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Tuesday 23 February 2021

100 Years Ago Today, 25 February 1921


Daily Standard, Thursday 24 February 1921, page 5



The 34th annual meeting of the Queensland British Football Association was held last night. The report stated that the season had started with nine senior clubs, six first grade junior clubs, nine-second grade junior clubs, and 12 third grade Junior clubs, and there were 740 players on the register. The season had been a financial success, and the credit balance stood at £35 12s 1d. The charity cup ties did not prove a success, a debit balance of £4 4s 4d resulting, "The season just closed," the report con cluded, "has given an Insight into the possibilities of the height that association football can reach if "carefully managed." Mr. R. Guy, one of the auditors, suggested that it was advisable to make an effort to secure a football ground near a tram terminus. He pointed out that within 10 years the amount which the association had paid in rent for the Brisbane Cricket Ground would pay the capital and interest on a ground of its own.

Mr. R. A. Riddell expressed the hope that next year the association would be able to secure the visit of an English team, or a representative combin ation from one of the Dominions.

The following officers were elected: Patron, the State Governor (Sir Matthew Nathan) vice-patron, Mr. E. J. Stevens; president, Mr. J. W. Ken dall; new vice-presidents, Colonel D. G. Cameron, M.H.R-, Messrs.-W. Bis hop, A. Peterscn, W. Donnellan, W. Cox. H. Ashworth, J. Hutchinson, A. E. Curtis, W. Finlayson, E. Fortescue, J. Delaney, J. Comrie, J. Hindman, Mr. Justice Macnaughton, Messrs. W. Bertram, M.L.A., and S. Fulcher; chairman of committees, Mr. J. W. Kendall; secretary, Mr. J. S. Hildreth; assistant secretary, Mr. C. Searle; treasurer, Mr. A. Morgan; executive committee, Messrs. R. A. Riddell, A. Petersen. J. W. Peden, A. Hurst; jun ior secretary, Mr. J. J. Winch; audi tors, Messrs. R. Guy und W. Telford; appeals committee, Messrs. J. Jack, W. Donnellan, and J. Kenton.

Toowoomba Chronicle, Wednesday 23 February 1921, page 6



The annual meeting of tbe British Association (soccer) Football Union was held at Hillock's rooms, Ruthven-street, last evening. There was a good attendance. The report and balance sheet were adopt-ed. The latter showed credit balance of £2/13/9. The ground fund also showed a credit balance of over £9. A long discussion ensued regarding the presentation of medals to the Diggers (winners of the senior premiership). Apparently there was, some misunderstanding regarding the medals, and the matter was eventually allowed to stand over to a meeting on Tuesday next to enable the secretary to make further inquiries. 

The principal office bearers elected were: Patron, Mr. T. R. Roberts, M.L.A.; president, Mr. E. Pascoe; secretary, Mr. W. Lyon; executive, Messrs. W. Young, W. Styne, H. New and two others.

Brisbane Courier, Saturday 26 February 1921, page 11


Argus, Saturday 26 February 1921, page 11



At the Deepdale football ground Preston (Eng ) in December 20 000 people saw a women's football match, played at night. Powerful acetylene lamps were placed round the touchline and although the huge searchlights lent by the War Office failed after the game had been m progress a few minutees it was possible to follow the incidents with ease. To aid the players under these novel conditions the ball was repeatedly whitewashed.


Northern Standard, Saturday 26 February 1921, page 1

[this snippet seems to foreshadow something--could well point to the impending colour bar imposed]

It is very unfortunate that any serious grounds for misunderstanding should have arisen in connection with the local football teams. They have done and are doing much, to keep sport here and deserve not only generous support but kindly, critic ism. I trust the little bit of variance will not develop, and that no one will do anything to aggravate it.


Land, Friday 25 February 1921, page 20

Around the World.

In a Romford League match between Emerson Park and Chadwell Heath, London, Williams, the Emerson Park left hook, was "knocked out" and lost seven teeth.

Thursday 18 February 2021


Greg Stock

Born 18 June 1926
Played his junior football at Adamstown Rosebud then made his senior debut at age 17 in 1943. He spent a short period away with national service and played occasional games with Dudley but returned to Rosebud until 1946. He moved to Sydney in 1947 to attend Sydney Teachers College and signed with Leichhardt-Annandale, winning Premierships with them in 1949 & 1950 and the State Cup in 1948 and 1949. Won three consecutive golden boots in Sydney First Division including 72 goals in all competitions in 1947, 1948 (48) & 1949 (62).
His state team debut was in 1947 against South Africa and a year later was selected for the Socceroos on their tour of New Zealand (Cap No 107). Scored 26 goals in 9 tour games including six against New Zealand. Played against Hajduk Split in 1949 and went on the South Africa tour of 1950 and made two appearances against the English FA in 1951. Socceroos record – 19 games – 34 goals.
Retired from representative football in 1952 and retired from playing in 1954 age 27 frustrated at the politics of the game having scored 309 goals in eleven seasons.
An outspoken advocate that players should be given a better deal with clubs and the official body and incensed that the new migrant clubs were being held back from promotion he started holding “cafĂ© meetings” with the likes of Andy Burton, Walter Sternberg, Bill Kadison and Harry Lakmaker which led to the formation of the Federation of New South Wales soccer clubs in January 1957. Frank Parsons was a signatory on the original letter of intent.
Frank was a fierce advocate for junior soccer within the NSW Department of Education in his capacity as a school principal. He assisted with the political work in establishing the Australian Soccer Federation in 1960 and ascended to the board of FNSW in 1964 as Vice President, then President in 1966 & 1967 and again as a Board Member from 1968-1971.
He was the NSW State Representative Team manager in 1964 for the tour of Everton as well as the New Caledonia Tour at the end of that year and established a relationship with the federation there which saw five tours in ten years to NSW by New Caledonian teams.
Frank was Socceroo Team Manager for the 1970 World Tour with coach Rale Rasic.
Frank retired from Soccer Administration in 1972 to concentrate on his career as an educator. He purchased a cattle farm in the late 1970s and lived outside of Kempsey till his passing.

Note - He remains the only former NSW Federation President pre 2000 that hasn’t been given Life Membership.

Wednesday 17 February 2021

100 Years Ago Today 18 Feb 1921


Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Wednesday 16 February 1921, page 7


West Wallsand and Woodpeckers' Soccer Clubs held a social and presentation of trophies In the West Wallsend School of Arts on Monday night. The musicians were Messrs. Cullen and Bowie, with Mr. T. Fuller as M.C. The hall presented a pleasant appearance, while on a table was what was claimed to be the record display of trophies ever won by one district in any season. The display consisted of six cups, namely, the Kerr, Ellie, Lyall, Richardson, Hunter, and Burns (six a side cup). The medals were the Kerr, "A" grade, 'State junior championship, and six-a-side competition. The presentations were made by Messrs. J. H. Bloomfield (president N.D.B.F.A.), L. B. Tamlyn, Gregory, J. M'Lure, H. Maunders, while the acknowledgments were made by R. Sneddon, C. Shields, W. Maunders, W. James, A. Longworth, and H. Maunders.


Register, Monday 21 February 1921, page 5


At the last meeting of the South Australian British Football Association, at the Y.M.C.A., it was decided that a challenge issued by the Eng lish cricketers now visiting the Commonwealth to plav any team in Australia should be taken up. It is hoped that a match can be arranged, and that it will tie played the day before the cricket match against South Australia takes place.

Register, Friday 18 February 1921, page 2

British Football Association, (Soccer).
Y.M.C.A. ROOMS, Gawler place,
SATURDAY Next, February l9th.
Chair to be taken at 8 p.m. 
All Interested invited to Attend. 
WILLIAM ASHWORTH, Hon. Secretary.'


Mercury, Thursday 17 February 1921, page 8



The naval boats now in port carry a number of first-class Soccer teams, and the local players are arranging to play against a team from the Swordsman on Saturday at Lindisfarne.


Herald, Monday 14 February 1921, page 7


England Defeats Ireland SCOTLAND WINS FROM WALES

LONDON, Feb. 12.

In Rugby football, England defeated Ireland at Twickenham by 15 points to nil. Playing at Aberdeen, Scotland defeated Wales in Soccer by 2 points to 1.


Daily Standard (Brisbane, Qld. : 1912 - 1936), Saturday 19 February 1921, page 9


A meeting of the Kangaroo Football (Soccer) and Athletic Club was held at the Point Hotel on Wednesday night. The following officers were appointed: Patron, Mr. W. Bertram,, M.L.A.; vice-patron, Mr. Peters; president, Mr. Jenkins; vice-presidents. Messrs. Carter, Hetherington, Mackay, Raymond, Halek, Pearce, Mackenzie, Switzer, and Wheeler; club captain. C. Dillon; treasurer, Mr, Edwards; secretary, Mr. Lyle; delegation to the Football Association, Messrs. - Mackenzie, Ireland, and Halek. The entrance fee for the football was fixed at 10s, but the fees and other matters relating to the athletic branch were postponed for a further meeting, when sub-committees from the various branches of sport will be appointed. As this is the first time Kangaroo Point has established an athletic club, a good deal of enthu siasm Is being shown by the sporting fraternity. A meeting of the Soccer section will be held next Thursday night at the same place.

Telegraph, Wednesday 23 February 1921, page 5




The extent of the Soccer football boom in Brisbane last season may be judged from the fact that the balance-sheet of the Queensland British Football Association, which will be presented at the annual meeting of that body, in the Concordia Hall, Charlotte street, tonight, shows a turnover for the 1920 season of £1,044.

. THREE NEW SENIOR CLUBS. Three new senior clubs will join up this season — Wynnum, Alderley, and Kangaroo Point. Last year there were nine senior, six first grade junior, nine second grade junior, and 12 third grade junior clubs, and not one disbanded during the season. The total number of players registered was 796. "Although this number was not record," states the annual report, "it was highly satis factory, seeing that it was the first serious season after a lapse of four years," Soccer is to become a pastime for 50 or more members of the Brisbane Gymnasium. Instructor J. J. Betts, who played for the senior premiers, Corinthians, last season, will coach the team, which intends lo make a strong bid for the first grade Junior premiership.

Telegraph, Wednesday 23 February 1921, page 5


A meeting of the Violet Soccer Football Club will be held In the club room, Gladstone road section, next Thursday night at 8 o'clock. Members will meet at Musgrove Park next Saturday afternoon, at 3 p.m., for training purposes.


West Australian, Wednesday 23 February 1921, page 8

FOOTBALL The annual general meeting of the Northern Casuals Football Club (British Association) will be held at Sports Club. Viking House, William-street, Perth, at 8 o'clock this evening. All members and in trnding members are requested to attend.

Thursday 11 February 2021

Timeline of Soccer in Mildura 1911 – 1914

Very frustrating that I can't find the last few weeks of the 1914 season before it all goes pear shaped. The last game was a scratch match on 4 July. The article mentions a game planned for the following Saturday and notes there are "newcomers" to the game.







6 Sep

Messrs Dawes and Keil organising association 14 or 15 players


12 Sep

Meeting at Shire Hall 8pm


16 Sep

Report on Meeting: about 30 present

Practice match selected from Meredith, Devenport, Nutall, Cohen, Leach, Stevens, Harding, Hilton, Melros, Buchecker (2), Blackburn, Ginn, Dawes, Goodman, Blackburn, Lochhead (2), Keil, Malloch, Holme, Black, Wiltshire, and others.



23 Sep

Benefit match

Mildura 3

Ginn, Cohen, Meredith, Keil, Gordon, Mallock, Hart, M'Cowan (Capt.) Alex. Lockhead, Dawes and Wiltshire.

Merbein 2 (inclusive of Old Mildura)

Hilton, Home, Bashecker (2), Black, Loram, Hardy, Stevens, Davenport (Capt.), Leach and Nutall.

Referee Clark

Linesmen Keil and Urquhart

Poor attendance considering it was a hospital benefit. Ended up £6 6s (suspect the players topped that up)






4 Sep

Game between Englishmen and Scots mooted as a fundraiser before the footy fundraiser


14 Sep

game advertised.

Ends up 0-0

MC 7 Sep;





17 April

Meeting to form League in Risbey’s Chambers. Called by L.P. Ginn.

President, Mr E. J Willis: vice presidents, Messrs J. J. Kiel and F. W. Pickering; secretary, Mr P. L. Dix; treasurer, Mr P. Mallock; committee, Messrs Ginn, Nuttall, J. Kiel (Jnr.) and Stevens.

It was decided to form three teams-captains and vice-captains for each to be appointed by the committee. Game described as “King of Sports”

MC April 9

MC 19 April

3 May

“The Association propose to lease five acres in Tenth-street, near the town, for use as a playing ground. It will make a splendid pitch if secured.”


10 May

Working Bee

Ground: left hand side of 10th Street past Dr. Cameron's and close to railway crossing.

“very likely that the Caledonian society will organise a team.”

MC May 7

MC 10 May

MC 14 May

14 June

Scratch Match. 18 players fronted

Ginn’s team 1 (Best: Smith, Ginn, Harding and J. Malloch)

Home’s team 5

Scorers: Cowan (2), Home and Springhall (2)

Meeting later that evening acknowledged Irymple players were yet to be organised but decided that the two teams would play on a “representative’ basis

MC 18 June

21 June


Mildura (white) 4 (3)

Irymple (blue) 2 (2)

MC 25 June

28 June 28


Mildura 5 (Perry (GK), Ginn) (scorers: Pearson (2))

Irymple 1 (Boyd, Harrison, Home (GK), Cowan, Springhall,)

Referee J. Hart

MT 1 July

July 5


Mildura 6 (Best: Ginn, Harding, Pierson, Springhall and Dix) Hill

Irymple 3 (Best: North Home, Morrison, Becket, Cowan and the Campbell Bros.)

Referee Mr Arllow

MT 4 July

MC 12 July

MT 11 July

July 12


Mildura 4 (Ginn, Pierson, Springhall, Hart)

Scorers: Springhall, Pierson (2), Hart

Irymple 0 (Leach (G), Burns, J. Campbell,

MC 16 July

MT 18 July

July 19


Mildura 1 (Best: Pierson, Harding, Stephens, Dix and Ginn) Hill (G)

Scorer: Harding

Irymple 3 (Best: Becket, Morrison, Goodman and R. and J. Campbell) Leach (G)

Scorers: Becket (2), J. Campbell

Referee: W.J. Arlow

MC 26 July

26 July

Scratch  Match on account of not wanting to cause a distraction from the footy Town v Country

MC 2 Aug

6 Sept

Hospital Benefit 2.45pm

Mildura 1 (Friend (G), Ginn, Cowan, Dicks [Dix], Bell, Hall, Smith (C), Stephens, Pearson, Harding, Springhall, Arlow, Evans (2))

Irymple 3 (Blue and Gold)(Leach (G), Brown, Hodgson, Home (C), Campbell, Morrison, Beckett, Campbell, Goodman, Malloch, Stevens

Referee E.J. Willis

MC Sept 3

MC Sept 6

MC Sept 10

MT Sept 5

MT Sept 9

Oct 1

Presentation Night. Trophy struck but not awarded this year

Attendance of around 40.

Hang on! Irymple awarded the premiership

MT 3 Oct

MC 4 Oct





18 Apr

“The members of the British Mildura Football Association met in Risbey's Chambers on Saturday evening and made arrangements in connection with the coming season. Mr L. P. Ginn occupied the chair. It was agreed to commence operations on Saturday, Ist May, when sides representing Mildura and Irymple will oppose each other. The following office-bearers were appointed :-President, Mr E. J. Willis; Vice-Presidents, Messrs J. J. Keil, N. Home and J Lochhead; Captain of Mildura, L. P. Ginn, Vice Captain and Secretary, W. J. Smith; Captain of Irymple, N Home ; Vice Captain, P. H. Beckett; Secretary, J. Campbell; Secretary of Association, W. J. Smith. Last season's balance sheet showed a substantial sum on hand.”

MC 22 Apr

2 May

Opening Game

“record turnout” ball burst after 20 minutes

MC 2 May

MC 6 May

9 May

Scratch Match

Ginn’s team 1

Scorer: Pierson

Beckett’s team 2

Scorer: Beckett (2)

Johnstone stood out in defence for the winners

MC 13 May

16 May

First Official Match of season.


Ginn, Harding, Budd, B. Friend, Pearson, Paton, Nicholls, Hart, Springhall, Harston, Smith, Newman and Stevens.


Leitch, Hodgson, Young, Johnstone, Campbell (2), Morrison, Home, Steven, Beckett, Wadham.

Game cancelled due to non-appearance of some players and a scratch match played instead

Ginn’s team 1

Scorer: J. Campbell

Beckett’s team 4

Scorers: Beckett, Harding, Steven and Gammon

MC 16 May

MC 20 May

30 May


Irymple 3

Leitch, Johnstone, Hodgson, Home, Morrison, Newman, Steven, Beckett, Hart, Campbell (2), Wadham. 

Scorers: Smith, Steven, Beckett

Mildura 1

Springhall, Ginn, Gammon, Gilpin, Harding, Stevens, Smith, Nicholls, Cowan, Pearson, Paton, Lauder.

Scorer: Hart

Kick-off 3.30.

Note: “Owing to the players desiring to see the League match between Irymple and Merbein no soccer game was played last Saturday.”

MC 27 May

MC 30 May

MC 6 Jun


6 June


Mildura 2 Ginn, Smith, Cowan

Scorers: Newman, Smith

Irymple 1 Campbell, Paton, Johnstone

Scorer: Campbell

MC 10 June

13 June


Irymple 4

Mildura 2

Good attendance with many women

MC 17 June

20 June

Match. Scratch match due to absence of Mildura players, the ‘poorest of the season’

Ginn’s team 0

Ginn, M'Kay (2) Mizzier, Nichols, Campbell (2) Cowan, Hart, Paton and Newhouser;

Beckett’s team 1

Beckett, Page, Leitch, Johnstone, Barnett, Surgey, Morrison, Smith, Stevens, Newman and Steven.

Scorer: Stevens

MC 24 June

4 July


Beckett’s team 5

Scorers: Steven (2), Beckett (2) and J. Campbell (1)

Ginn’s team 4

Scorers: Leach (2) R. Campbell (1) and Stevens (1)

Referee: Johnstone

“It is hoped all players and supporters will note that a further game will be played next Saturday.”


MC July 8

11 July

No sign of a game in trove. Indeed soccer news seems to disappear from here for the rest of the season



MC  = Mildura Cultivator

MT  = Mildura Telegraph