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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Australia v Canada, a long but sparse tradition

Competition between Australia and Canada got off to a flying start in 1924. The visiting Canadians played 6 Tests against Australia and 1 game against an Australian selection as well as a number of regional games. The Tests averaged an attendance of 8000, neither abysmal nor impressive. More impressive was the 20,000 that turned up to see NSW beat Canada 5-2.

Northern Star (Lismore), 19 May 1924, page 7
The Brisbane Courier summarised the series on 19 July, explaining why it had to be extended to a sixth Test.
By defeating, the strong team that represented Australia in the fifth test match at Adelaide, Canada has drawn level with Australia, and now divides the honours, each side having won two games, while the other one was a draw.
The results are as follows:
  • First test, at Brisbane, Australia won 3-2
  • Second test, at Sydney, Canada won 1-0
  • Third test, at Sydney, Australia won 4-1
  • Fourth test, at Newcastle, drawn, no score.
  • Fifth test, at Adelaide, Canada won 4-1
Action from Victoria v Canada at Fitzroy
Cricket Ground, Wednesday 16 July 1924.

The game was a 1-1 draw.
Remarkably, as the Courier reported, the goals for and against were even at 8 a-piece. This provided a reason for a further Test. Perhaps typically, this game was given to Sydney.
It will be seen that neither side even has an advantage in the matter of the goal average," for each has scored eight goals. This is a remarkable position and probably unprecedented in the history of sport.
The controlling authorities have now determined to stage a sixth test match to determine who will gain the "ashes" for the first series of international contests between Australia and Canada, and Sydney has been chosen as the venue.
The all-important match will, take place on Saturday, July 26th, and the Soccer authorities have made application for the Show Ground for that match.
Ozfootball shows that the deciding Test was won 1-0 by Australia.

Players and officials of the Australia soccer team that played the fifth and final test match against Canada in Adelaide on Saturday 12 July 1924. Back row L-R: H. Spurway (NSW), Fred. Gallen (NSW), T. Bristoe (Vic), G. Cartwright (NSW), G. Storey (NSW), G. Raitt (Vic). Front row L-R: C. Williams (NSW), William (Bill) Maunders (NSW), E. Lukeman (Commonwealth Secretary), James (Judy) Masters (NSW) captain, W. Bellis (South Australian Secretary), Jim Orr (Vic), Fred. Ramsay (NSW).

Players and officials of the Canadian soccer team. The team played South Australia on 9 July 1924 winning 2-0 and Australia on 12 July 1924 winning 4-1. Back row L-R: R. (Dickie) Stobbart (Nanaimo), William (Bill) Linning (Lethbridge Veterans United), Leslie Ford (Regina Thistles), William Sanford (Montreal Blue Bonnets), George Forrest (Toronto Ulster United), Jack Armstrong (Vancouver St. Andrews). Middle row L-R: M. McLean (Calgary), H. Noseworthy (Montreal), Fred Dierden (Toronto Willys-Overland), Jim Wilson (Edmonton Royals), J. Hood (Brandon), Fred Bowman (Saskatoon Radials). Front row L-R: Robert (Bob) Harley, captain, (Winnipeg United Weston), James Adam manager (Victoria B.C.) Lord Mayor of Adelaide C.R.J. Glover, T. Thompson, president South Australian B.F. Association, W. Bellis (Adelaide South Australia).

Of course another (and perhaps more fundamental) reason a further Test was desirable was because the series had lost over £1100 and this was a chance to recoup some of those losses.

It was to be a long, long time before Australia met Canada again. In 1993, with World Cup qualification at stake, each country won 2-1 at home in a two-legged fixture before Mark Schwarzer pulled off his first set of penalty heroics for the country.


Unfortunately we were to be knocked out in the end by a 1-goal defeat over two legs at the hands of Argentina.

Then there was last night/this morning (depending on your location). Australia won 3-0, luckily according to some. Nine games. Five wins; three losses; one draw. Fifteen goals for; eleven against. It's a sparse tradition.

It is interesting that in the 89 years since the two nations met, the total number of games between them has not yet reached ten, even after playing 6 times in 1924. It says something about the changes over time in Australian soccer that at stages we have been very keen to play against teams from the Commonwealth -- we have a very rich history of games against New Zealand and South Africa. Yet today our focus is on qualifying the World Cup and to a lesser extent the Olympics so our opposition is chosen for strategic and not sentimental reasons. Our removal from the Oceania Confederation has sadly minimised the frequency of games against New Zealand, our most passionate contest.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1903

Slim pickings in 1903

Thursday 2 July
H.M.S Royal Arthur 3 H.M.S. Ringarooma 2 at Port Melbourne Cricket Ground
Thursday 9 July
H.M.S Royal Arthur v.H.M.S. Ringarooma at Port Melbourne Cricket Ground

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1908

1908 was the year of resurgence. Led by Harry Dockerty, the game came out of its slumbers in a series of meetings and practice matches ready for the upsurge in 1909. The British Association Football League of Victoria was formed in late July. By September 152 players has joined the association and usually 6 teams were able to be formed for practice games.

Saturday 25 July
Practice Matches at Middle Park (60 players involved at the first players gathering of the British Association Football League of Victoria)
Saturday 1 August
Practice Match 1 at Middle Park
Practice Match 2 at Middle Park
Saturday 8 August
Practice Match 1 at Middle Park
Practice Match 2 at Middle Park
Saturday 15 August
Victoria 6 SS Persic 1 at Middle Park
B v C
at Middle Park 
D v E at Middle Park
Saturday 22 August
League def Kerr's Eleven at Middle Park
Practice Match 1
at Middle Park 
Practice Match 2 at Middle Park
These games were advertised as follows
'
League v. Dunlop Rubber Co.,
"A." v. Kerr's Eleven, and
"C." v. "D.'
Monday 31 August
Victoria 4 HMS Powerful 1 at Richmond Cricket Ground
Saturday 5 September
Practice Match 1 at Middle Park 
Practice Match 2 at Middle Park
Saturday 12 September
Scotland 3 England 0 at Middle Park
Practice Match 1
at Middle Park 
Practice Match 2 at Middle Park
Saturday 26 September
St. Kilda v. Albert park at Middle Park
Carlton United v. Fitzroy at Middle Park
Prahran v. South Melbourne at Middle Park
Saturday 3 October
Exhibition game  "between two of the association's best elevens" at North Melbourne Cricket Ground (curtain-raiser for VJA football final)

Monday, 14 October 2013

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1902

The only games recorded in Victoria in 1902 are in Bendigo. The local English Association formed two teams, the As (playing in Cambridge and Oxford blues) and Bs (initially white then changing to Chocolate and Gold). The games lasted 75 or 80 minutes (including half time) and were played on a Wednesday, usually as a curtain raiser for the local Australian rules competition. The games below may not be a full list. I suspect one or two have been missed.

Wednesday 21 May
Ashley's team (A) 2 Hartley's team (B) 0 at Sydenham Gardens, Bendigo
Wednesday 28 May
Ashley's team (A) 1 Hartley's team (B) 0 at West Bendigo
Wednesday 4 June
Bendigo A v Bendigo B at Back Creek, Bendigo
Wednesday 11 June
Bendigo A 3 Bendigo B 1 at Upper Reserve, Bendigo
Wednesday 25 June
Bendigo A v Bendigo B at Upper Reserve, Bendigo
Wednesday 2 July
Bendigo A v Bendigo B at Upper Reserve, Bendigo
Wednesday 23 July
Bendigo A 1 Bendigo B 0 at Upper Reserve, Bendigo
Wednesday 30 July
Bendigo A v Bendigo B at Upper Reserve, Bendigo
Wednesday 6 August
Bendigo A v Bendigo B at Upper Reserve, Bendigo
Wednesday 13 August
Bendigo A 1 Bendigo B 0 at Upper Reserve, Bendigo

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1904

Very little this year (which is more than the previous few years)


Saturday 18 June
H.M.S. Euryalus v. H.M.S. Katoomba at Port Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday 25 June
H.M.S. Euryalus 4 R.M.S. Australia 0 at Port Melbourne Cricket Ground

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1897

Organised soccer is played in Mildura this year and, apparently, nowhere else in Victoria.


Thursday 8 July
Mildura 0 Renmark 1, at Mildura

Saturday 10 July
Mildura 0 Renmark 1, at Irymple Valley

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1891

No fixtures have been found in the Argus in 1891. Will check the Age but don't hold much hope. However, the year was not without incident and excitement on the Melbourne soccer front. One-time capatin of Carlton, Robert Amson was charged with the theft of the George and George Cup and the Beaney Cup.

The Argus reported:
ALLEGED LARCENY AS A BAILEE.
At the City Court yesterday, Robert Amson, formerly a member of the Carlton Football Club playing the British Association game of football was charged with the larceny as a bailee of two silver cups, valued at £65, the property of Mr W. K. Spence and other members of the British Football Association of Victoria. Mr Panton P. M., presided and Mr Gillott appeared to defend the accused. The offence alleged against Amson was that as captain of the Carlton Club which won the cups in competitions during 1888 and the two following years he took charge of them, and on the 1st of April, 1890, pawned them at Magner's pawnshop in King street, for £7 10s. The cups which were presented to the association by Messrs George and George and Dr Beaney were not released by Amson,   but were subsequently sold at auction and bought for £10 by a Mr Lewis of Broken Hill. The Bench, having heard the evidence committed the accused to stand his trial at the Central Criminal Court on the 10th inst Bail was allowed in one surety of £100. Argus 12 June 1891
The report fills in one blank for me in that it indicates Carlton won the Beaney Cup in 1889. It also suggests that no competitive play was held for the Cups in 1890 given that the trophies were pawned on April Fool's Day, early in the football season.

The sums of money involved in the case seem to my mind substantial. The Historical Inflation calculator I accessed suggested that £100 in 1891 translates to $5,000 today. In the end Amson got off and the cups were last identified as being in Broken Hill. Amson's stated reason for pawning the trophies seem legitimate and suggest an association in a state of demise. The Argus revisted the case after the trial.
Robert Amson was charged with the larceny of two trophy cups, the property ot the British Football Association, and was defended by Mr Pennefather. The prisoner was a member of that association mentioned, and pawned the cups when he had temporary charge of them. The defence was that the association owed the prisoner money, and that he pawned the cups when he was in difficulty intending to redeem them. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was discharged. Argus 26 June 1891
The case attracted a bit of interest around Australia and was reported in Launceston, Broken Hill and Adelaide newspapers. The Wagga Wagga Advertiser gave more detaiils about what happened than most. The following piece suggests that the trophies were returned to the police.
Curious Charge of Larceny.      
A.SINGULAR case of alleged larceny as a bailee came under the notice of the Melhourne bench on Saturday. In the morning Detectives Levie, D. G. O'Donnell and Johnston   arrested a respectably dressed man named Robert Amson, on warrant charging him with the larceny as a bailee of two silver trophy caps, valued about £55, the property of Robert Spence and Robert Lewis. The nominal owners only hold an interest in the trophies, which are known as the "Beaney Cup," and tbe "George and George Cup." The cups are football trophies, offered by the British Australian Football Association nearly two years ago. Amson was then partner in a firm trading as bay and corn merchants, but since insolvent. He was custodian of the cups, and it is alleged he pawned them for £7 10s, with Joseph Magner, pawnbroker, of King-street, in April, 1890. Magner sold the cups with other unredeemed pledges at Lyons and Co.'s auction rooms in March last, when Mr. George Lewis, of Broken Hill, became the purchaser at £10 Mr. Lewis had the inscriptions removed, but upon ascertaining the cups bad been wrongfully disposed of, he undertook to hand them over to the police. The circumstances having been detailed, the Bench remanded the accused until Friday next. He was subsequently admitted to bail in £100. Wagga Wagga Advertiser 4 June 1891

I wonder if the trophies still exist. 

Oh. And in August, the BFA people challenged the Government Printers to a game of Australian rules. I'll try to dig up more.

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1896

A bleak year for soccer in Melbourne. The beginning of a long drought that comes to an end in 1908 with the dramatic resurgence of the game. During this 12-year hiatus only occasional games are played between locals and visiting ships' crews. Sometimes only the crews of competing ships are involved.

1896 begins with a curious note in the Argus on 11 March.
FOOTBALL.
The Victoria British Association Football Union. - A general meeting of the above will be held at the Clarence Hotel, opposite the General post-office, this evening, at 8 p.m.
Does this refer to a soccer body or is it a misnamed rugby body? In any case soccer seems not to have been played in Melbourne in any organised form in 1896.

A candle is kept burning in Mildura. A writer in the Mildura Cultivator in July noted that there was one club playing "Victorian rules" and one club playing the "English Association game". Presumably they played intra-club games as well as games with other towns. An interesting question is the extent to which soccer in Mildura and Renmark might have benefited from the apparent evacuation of soccer players from Melbourne.

Mid July
Renmark v Mildura Renmark

Monday 3 August
Mildura 2 Renmark 2 Recreation Ground Mildura

Friday, 4 October 2013

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1895

1895. So little to report that I have included the scratch matches -- which indicate a culture trying to organise competition. A new entity, Yarraville Wanderers seems to be the strong team. Soccer first appears in Mildura in this year.

 

Teams

  • Yarraville Wanderers
  • Prahran
  • Melbourne 
  • Mildura


Saturday 6 April
Practice match at Royal Park

Saturday 13 April
Practice match at Middle Park
Saturday 20 April
          Scratch match at Middle Park
Saturday 27 April

          Scratch match at Middle Park

Saturday 4 May
Practice match at Middle Park
Saturday 18 May
Exhibition Match, Recreation Ground, Mildura.
Friday 24 May
Scratch Match, Recreation Ground, Mildura
Saturday 25 May
BFA v Korumburra at Middle Park
Friday 31 May (Queen's Birthday)
Mr. Alder's team 2 Mr. Newman's team 0, Recreation Ground, Mildura.
Saturday 15 June
Married v Single at Middle Park
Saturday 24 August
Yarraville Wanderers 1 Prahran 0 at Middle Park (Hamilton Cup)
Saturday 31 August
Yarraville Wanderers 3 Melbourne 0 at Middle Park (Hamilton Cup final)

 Saturday 14 September
Yarraville Wanderers v combined at Middle Park

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1894

Mainly scratch matches in 1894.

Saturday 9 June
A Team 6 B Team 3 at Middle Park
Saturday 16 June
Scratch match at Middle Park
Saturday 23 June
Scratch match at Middle Park
Saturday 30 June
Corinthians v Rangers at Middle Park
Saturday 7 July
Scratch match at Middle Park
Saturday 14 July
McKinley's team 2 Tipping's team 1 at Middle Park
Saturday 28 July
Corinthians 1 Rangers 9 at Middle Park
Saturday 4 August
Combined Melbourne 7 HMS Katoomba 1 at Middle Park (1000 spectators)
Saturday 11 August
Combined Melbourne 7 HMS Katoomba 0 at Middle Park
Saturday 18 August
Preset players 2 Past Players 0 at Middle Park
Saturday 1 September
England v Scotland at Middle Park

Saturday 15 September
Harbinger v British Association Club at Middle Park


Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1889

1889 sees the game on the wane. Argus coverage now starting to get scratchy. Only 3 effective teams. From two to zero Prahran teams. Carlton and South Melbourne have been constants throughout the previous 6 years.

Teams

  • South Melbourne
  • Carlton
  • Melbourne Rovers
  • Wanderers (probably a one-off scratch team)
  • Middle Park Rovers

Friday 24 May (Queen's Birthday)
South Melbourne v Carlton at South Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday 8 June
South Melbourne 2 Carlton 4 (George and George Combination Cup)
Melbourne Rovers v Wanderers at Middle Park
Saturday 22 Jun
Carlton 6 Melbourne Rovers 0 at Middle Park (George and George Combination Cup)
Middle Park Rovers v South Melbourne at Middle Park (George and George Combination Cup)

Saturday 27 July

South Melbourne v Rovers at Middle Park (Beaney Cup)


Saturday 3 August
South Melbourne def by Carlton at Middle Park (Beaney Cup)


Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1888

1888 is an interesting year. Two Prahran teams compete and Carlton aside, the game seems restricted to the South Yarra/South Melbourne districts.

Teams

  • Melbourne Rovers
  • Prahran
  • Prahran Rovers
  • South Melbourne
  • Carlton

Wednesday 18 April

The Argus published the following list of fixtures:
ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
The following fixtures for the George and George Challenge Cup, of the Anglo-Australian Football Association have been arranged: -
May 5, Melbourne
Rovers v Prahran;
12, South Melbourne v Carlton,
19, Prahran Rovers v Melbourne Rovers, 26, Prahran v South Melbourne
June 2 - Carlton v Prahran
Rovers, 9 South Melbourne v Melbourne Rovers, 16, Prahran v Carlton 23, Prahran Rovers v South Melbourne, 30, Melbourne Rovers v Carlton
Julv
7, Prahran Rovers v Prahran,
14 and 21, reserved for New South Wales matches,
2
8, to end of season
for the Beaney Cup competitions. The Argus 18 April 1888 p 4

Saturday 12 May
South Melbourne 2 Carlton 3 at South Melbourne Cricket Ground (George and George Cup) (Carlton goal disputed and protest upheld forcing a replay)
Saturday 19 May
South Melbourne 1 Carlton 1 at South Melbourne Cricket Ground (George and George Cup)
Saturday 26 May
Prahran 2 South Melbourne 0 at East Melbourne Cricket Ground (George and George Cup)
Saturday 2 June
Prahran v Carlton at Middle Park
Saturday 9 June
South Melbourne 6 Melbourne Rovers 2 at South Melbourne Cricket Ground (George and George Cup)
Saturday 30 June
Carlton 4 Melbourne Rovers 1 at South Melbourne Cricket Ground (George and George Cup)
South Melbourne 4 All Comers 1 at Middle Park
Tuesday 24 July
Joadja 5 Victoria 2 at Joadja, near Mittagong
Saturday 28 July
NSW 1 v Victoria 2 at Association Cricket Ground, Sydney
Thursday 2 August
Victoria 3 Combined Newcastle 1 at Newcastle
Saturday 18 August
Carlton 4 Melbourne Rovers 0 at South Melbourne Cricket Ground (Beaney Cup)
Carlton v South Melbourne was played on a later date

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1887

1887 sees the competition reduced to 4 teams. Richmond and Albert Park are no more. Prahran goes through the season undefeated (unless it loses the first game, the result of which I can't find yet) and wins both of the cups.

Teams

  • South Melbourne
  • Prahran
  • Carlton
  • Melbourne Rovers
Saturday 2 April
South Melbourne v Prahran at Middle Park
Saturday 16 April
South Melbourne v Carlton at Middle Park
Saturday 23 April
Melbourne Rovers v Carlton at Middle Park
Saturday 30 April
Carlton 1 Prahran 1 at Scotch College Cricket Ground
Saturday 14 May
Melbourne Rovers 3 South Melbourne 0 at Scotch College Cricket Ground (George and George Challenge Cup)
Saturday 21 May
Prahran 2 Carlton 1 at Carlton Cricket Ground (George and George Challenge Cup)
Tuesday 24 May
The Anglo-Australian Football Association put four teams of 11 a side into the field at the Caledonian society sports today, to compete for the trophy of 10 guineas offered by the Caledonian Society. There will be three matches of 30 minutes each, the first commencing at half-past 12 between the Carlton and Melbourne Rovers, the second at half-past 2 between the Prahran and South Melbourne and the deciding contest at half past 3 between the winners of the first two matches. Mr H. Parkinson has been appointed referee for the three matches. The Argus 24 May 1887 p 10
Saturday 28 May
Prahran 3 South Melbourne 3 at Scotch College Cricket Ground
Saturday 4 June
Prahran v Carlton at Scotch College Cricket Ground (George and George Challenge Cup)
Carlton
second XI v Melbourne Rovers second XI at Carlton Cricket Ground
Saturday 11 June
Melbourne Rovers 5  South Melbourne 1 at Carlton Cricket Ground (George and George Challenge Cup)
Saturday 18 June
Prahran 3 Carlton 3 at Carlton Cricket Ground (George and George Challenge Cup)
Saturday 25 June
Prahran 2 Carlton 1 at Carlton Cricket Ground (George and George Challenge Cup)
Saturday 16July
Victoria 2 NSW 2 at East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Monday 18 July
Victoria 2 v NSW 0 at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Wednesday 20 July
Victoria 1 NSW 1 at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday 23 July
Prahran 6 Melbourne Rovers 2 at Carlton Cricket Ground (George and George Challenge Cup)
Saturday 30 July
Carlton v South Melbourne at Scotch College Cricket ground (Beaney Cup)
Saturday 6 August
Prahran 5 Melbourne Rovers 0 Carlton Cricket Ground (Beaney Cup)
Saturday 13 August
Prahran 2 Carlton 0 at Scotch College Cricket Ground (Beaney Cup final)
Saturday 20 August
Prahran 5 Melbourne Rovers 1 at Scotch College Cricket Ground (George and George Challenge Cup final)

Victorian Soccer Fixtures and Results 1886

1886 seems another growth year but not all it is rosy. Richmond Cricket Ground is no longer available to the game and while Richmond is mentioned, it seems that it takes little part in the competitions. Perhaps the rise of Richmond FC (Victorian Rules) explains both. Carlton emerges as a strong team and the first soccer match is played on Carlton Cricket Ground.

Teams

  • South Melbourne
  • Carlton
  • Prahran
  • Albert Park
  • Melbourne Rovers
  • Richmond

Saturday 27 March
South Melbourne v Carlton at Middle Park
Saturday 3 April
South Melbourne v Prahran (draw) at Middle Park
Saturday 10 April
South Melbourne v Prahran at Middle Park
Saturday 8 May
Carlton 3 Prahran 1 at Carlton Cricket Ground (inaugural soccer match at that ground)
Saturday 15 May
Carlton 2 South Melbourne 0 at Carlton Cricket Ground (George and George Cup)
Prahran v Albert Park at Middle Park
Saturday 22 May
Carlton v Prahran at Carlton Cricket Ground
Monday 24 May (Queen's Birthday)
At the Melbourne Cricket Ground
"A
novelty was introduced by the supporters of the British Association game of football who mustered teams of four men each of the Prahran, South Melbourne, Richmond, and Carlton clubs to play in heats of 10 minutes each for a six guinea trophy. The game, which was umpired by Mr H. Parkinson was won by the Prahran Club by one touch down against Carlton." The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 25 May 1886 p 5

Saturday 12 June
South Melbourne 2 Prahran 1 at Carlton Cricket Ground (George and George Cup)
Saturday 19 June
Carlton v Melbourne Rovers at Carlton Cricket Ground (George and George Cup)
Saturday 26 June
Carlton v South Melbourne at Carlton Cricket Ground (Beaney Cup)
Saturday 3 July
Victoria v  AAFA selection at Carlton Cricket Ground
Saturday 10 July
South Melbourne v  Melbourne Rovers at Middle Park
NSW v Victoria at Association Ground in Sydney
Monday 12 July
NSW ??? v Victoria
Wednesday 14 July
NSW ??? v Victoria
Saturday 17 July
South Melbourne v  Melbourne Rovers at Middle Park
Saturday 24 July
Melbourne Rovers v  Prahran  at Carlton Cricket Ground (Beaney Cup)
Saturday 31 July
Carlton 1  Prahran 2  at Carlton Cricket Ground (George and George Cup)
Saturday 28 August
Prahran v Carlton at Middle Park (Beaney Cup final)
Saturday 11 September
Carlton 3 v South Melbourne 2 at Middle Park (George and George Cup final)
Saturday 18 September
England v Scotland at Middle Park