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Tuesday, 27 April 2021

100 Years Ago Today 29 April, 2021

Portland Guardian, Monday 2 May 1921, page 2


On Wednesday next on the Lighthouse ground the A and B teams of the Cupid will give an exhibition of the popular English game of Soccer football. Both are capable exponents of this outdoor pastime, and the public are assured of an interesting afternoon's sport, and will gain a knowledge of the various points connected with this skilful game, so much the rage in the Old Country. The proceeds will be devoted to the Portland Hospital, the President of which (Mr F. Marshall) desires to heartily thank the captain of the ship and others instrumental in organising the match in aid of the institution's funds. The kick-off is timed for 3 o'clock sharp. 

Australasian (Melbourne), Saturday 30 April 1921, page 17




During the course of a recent hurried visit to Eastern parts, I tried to note any signs of athletic vitality. The climate of the Celebes, Java, Straits Settlements, and Malay States, is not of a type to encourage any unnecessary exercise. The temperature rarely exceeds 95 degrees, but is still more rarely under 80 degrees, and its accompanying moisture makes it enervating. A day at Macassar, where, as in Java, the Dutch are in charge, showed that Association football (soccer) was played, for the goalposts were up on the padang, or playing space, in the centre of The town. Still better evidence was the sight, towards evening, of some 10 or 12 Malay youngsters, aged eight to 12 or so, getting keenly excited over a game amongst themselves—barefoot, and with a round bladder merely, for ball. In Java, the Dutch schoolgirls were found playing basket-ball and tennis. I was told that here, too, soccer throve, but that running and athletics, as we know them, were but rarely practised. At Singapore and in the Malay, where Britain rules, the evidences of sport were more frequent. Every sizeable town has its playground, where cricket, tennis, and football (both soccer and Rugby) are held, and generally an annual athletic meeting. The Chinese (who form about half the population) are quite keen athletes, and hold their own meetings, and produce, I was told, some quite respectable performers, especially in Singapore. I saw lots of Chinese practising soccer, and that is quite the most popular game among the non-European population. At Seramban (F.M.S.). the Malay boys as they came out of their high school, went straight to the soccer field, picked sides, and played keenly and well. These lads learn English, and use all English terms, such as "off-side," "goal," "left wing." They are acquainted with overhead kicking, heading, and the other tricks of the expert soccer player. 

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Saturday 30 April 1921, page 10


The season will open to-day with a record numbler of teams, 61 having entered. The entries (which include lodges and schools) exceed the number of teams play ing under any other winter sport in New-castle, and the prospects for a successful season never looked brighter. At the Tramway Ground the new elevens of Lysaght's United and Newcastle City will meet. Lysaght's consist of players who are practically new to this country. Morgan, the ex-Weston back, Williams, who for a few seasons played with Canterbury (Sydncy) being practically the only exceptions. They include three Oughtons, one in goal and the other two In, the half-backs. Thomas, the centre for ward, played for Lysaght's (England) in the same position, and is stated to be in a fine player. Newcastle City include such well-known ex-Merewether and Hamilton players as Robson, Frew, Gill, Sneddon, Watson, Coppock, Manderson, Williams. The teams met in a practice match a few weeks ago, City winning one to nil. The early Tramway Ground game will be be tween Hamilton and Wallsend Rovers. West Wallsend seniors will be at home to Wallsend, and these two teams, whose following is a good one, generally provide a hard game. Wallsend Rovers will visit Adamstown, Rovers receiving their initiation into the top ranks of Soccer. All Junior grades will be set in full swing.

Mail (Adelaide), Saturday 23 April 1921, page 3


The fourth interstate railway football carnival 

...... The visitors were prominent for their smart work, but were apt to overrun the ball and frequently displayed British Association methods.

Advertiser (Adelaide), Saturday 30 April 1921, page 2



All Players and intending Players roll up To-day at McKinnon parade, North Adelaide, for Practice Match.

Journal (Adelaide), Friday 29 April 1921, page 1


By Left Wing.

An All-Australian Game. 

The one regrettable part about football in Australia that appeals to me is that our purely Australian code does not reign supreme among the footballers so that we could have interstate matches for the premiership of this great continent (writes "Kickers" in The Melbourne Herald). I am not unmindful of the fact that we have matches between teams representing all the States at the carnivals—one is to be held in Perth this season—but it cannot be declared seriously that the game in either Sydney or Brisbane is of that standard which would make a Melbourne combination extend itself. This is due to the fact that the great majority of footballers in those cities play either the Rugby League or Rugby Union game. It is what they have been educated in. That football as played by the "rugger'' man or the "soccerite" is a fine game nobody can deny. All health-promoting games are good. The "rugger" man swears by his code: the "soccer" player sings the praises of his, but, having seen all kinds. I shout for the Australian code. Eventually our game may become deeply rooted in Brisbane, where leading grounds have been secured for this season. A prominent man active in the interests of the Australian game there was in Melbourne recently and spoke most hopefully of its progress. In New South Wales, too, there is a forward movement in favour of it. The Rlvcrina District has adopted it, and last season operations in Sydney were more encouraging than ever they have been. This has been attributed to a great extent to the fondness for something essentially Australian of the Australian soldiers, thousands of whom, when in France, either played or took the keenest interest in the game. Since their return they have stuck by it. As everybody knows in all the States, with the exception of New South Wales and Queensland, our code is followed as that of the king of football games. 

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