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Monday, 30 June 2014

Hobart Football Grounds, 1866-1912

List of grounds in Hobart football

These grounds are taken verbatim from news articles at the time so as to capture the changing usage of names and ownership. The post 1898 ground are soccer grounds.


Year
Name
information
1866
Domain


Government Domain


Southern Tasmanian Cricket Club Ground

187? - 78
Butler’s paddock
The Mercury Monday 29 September 1879 page 3
Mr. Leitch stated that lt was the establishment of the Australian code, which was then known as the Victorian rules, that first led to the inauguration of North and South matches. Prior to the Australian code being adopted in Hobart there were two forms of Rugby played, the principal ground being Butler's paddock, at the corner at what is known as Hampden Road and Montpelier Road.
1878
Butler’s Ground

1879
The Domain


New Town


The Association Ground
Cricket

The Battery Ground
Queen’s Domain

Lower cricket ground


Mr McFarlane’s Paddock


Marsh’s Ground
Newtown

Canvey’s Hotel
Richmond

“the slope near the battery”


Jerusalem


Lower Cricket Ground
“The scene of the encounter was the lower cricket ground – the narrow strip at the eastern side which has been used by the City Club throughout the season under the government grant.”
1898
New Town Showground

1902
Victoria Sports Ground
New Town
1908
New Norfolk
“The green at New Norfolk”

North Hobart Recreation Ground


Arthur Square Reserve
New Norfolk

Suburban Sports Ground
New Town

Elwick Junction


South Hobart Recreation Ground

1909
Elwick


The Clare St Ground

1910
The association’s ground
South Hobart
1912
South Hobart Ground


Lindisfarne


Cornelian Bay

Hobart Football 1877-1879

Notes taken Monday 24 May 2010 at State library of Tasmania.

These are the notes I took and a table I drew up after visiting the library. I think that I recorded nearly all of the football games reported on in Hobart in the 1877–79 period.

Newspapers in Hobart (not incl Mercury) during that time
1877–79 Tasmanian Tribune, Tasmanian Mail
1879 Evening Star

I went through and listed all the games of football I could find in the randomly chosen Tasmanian Mail (a weekly published on Saturday). I also noted any peculiar or interesting information. The list is not completely thorough and the holding needs revisiting.

Tasmanian Mail (nb reports are on matches played the previous Saturday – unless noted otherwise)


Date of article
Date of game
Page
Game
Code (if indicated)
Score
Notes
4 Aug 1877

18
New Town v High School

1-0

1 Sep 1877

19
New Town v High School

0-10

1 Sep 1877

19
Richmond v City

0-0
‘It is only fair to say that they [City] were at a great disadvantage in having to make the great concession to their opponents of not “running with the ball.”’
[Richmond at this time play a non-running game.]
8 Sep 1877

18
Junior High v Hutchins School

17-0
Played previous Wednesday. Supposed to be U14 but HS had a number of over age players
8 Sep 1877

18
City School v City Club juniors

2-4
Football seems to peter out in September
11 May 1878

18
City FC scratch match


Played at Sandy Bay. Several goals kicked.
18 May 1878

17
City v City School


Poor turnout
1 June 1878

18



Report on the death of an English footballer in England.
8 June 1878

18
City snr v City Jr

5-1
11 v 16
15 Jun 1878

18
City v High School

5-0
First game of season
15 Jun 1878

18



Report on England v Scotland FA match – notable because of the way the description of the game differs from the local description.
22 June 1878

17
City v Collegiate School

7-1
Supplemented by a long piece on football controversy in Adelaide.
29 June 1878

19
City v Richmond

2-1
‘The Richmond team were evidently placed at a disadvantage by the novelty of the mark rule of which they made acquaintance for the first time.’
[We can conclude from this that Richmond play a non-running, non-marking game at this time – or that their mark is from another code]
20 July  1878

18
Lawyers & Merchants v Civil Servants & Bankers
Refs to “little marking” and drop kicking.
3-1
Played at Mr Butler’s Ground.
Wales v Scotland FA report supplements.
20 July 1878

18



Report on England v Scotland FA match
27 July 1878

18
City School v New Town

2-0

27 July 1878

18
High school 3rd form v High School 2nd form

4-2
12 v 25
10 Aug 1878

17
City jr v Hutchins School
Refs to “carrying”
3-2
On Butler’s ground
17 Aug 1878

17
City v High School

3-1
“City v Richmond to be played this day.”
24 Aug 1878

17
Richmond v City
Playing the mark
0-1
By ‘Old Harrovian’. Announces games to come:
City jr v Hutchins Aug 25
Fancy Costume match Sep 7
31 Aug 1878

18
Hutchins v City jr

2-0

31 Aug 1878

18
Richmond Jr v Tea Tree

7-0

31 Aug 1878

18
Launceston v Horton College

1-0
Played in Ross: “The first football match that has ever been played in the township.”
7 Sep 1878

18
City jr v Hutchins School

4-2

14 Sep 1878

17
Civil Servants & Bankers v Lawyers & Merchants

2-0

14 Sep 1878

17
Richmond v Oatlands

0-1

21 Sep 1878

17
New Town v City School

2-0

21 Sep 1878

17
Costume football match



Mercury
28 April 1879

2

Soccer +

City Club
The committee recommended the adoption of a fresh code of playing rules, as the present code entirely prevented the club from meeting any foreign team, recommending those of the English Football Association, with the addition of the drop kick.
Captain Boddam was appointed captain!!
10 May 1879


19



City Club receives a request from Hotham to play in Tasmania.
“Such an attention . . . from Victoria will demonstrate the necessity for the formation of an Association, uniformity of rules . . .
The article suggests that rancour exits between the Hobart clubs formed.
The Cricketers’ Football Club at their May 5 meeting adopted the English Association Rules. The vote was 10-9! Boddam and seconder preferred Rugby but realised the rules were too ‘complex’. [suggesting their motives are imperialist]. They were derisory in relation to Victorian Rules.
New Town FC adopted VR with some modifications [indeed!]
17 May 1879

18



Railway Club adopts VR – but confusions reigns
Railway, City – VR
New Town – modified VR
Cricketers – EAR
24 May 1879

19
New Town v High School

1-1
Opening game of season. Also – Mercury Club emerges. Reference to “Locomotives” [ahh Locomotiv Glenorchy – if only!]
31 May 1879

19
New Town v Cricketers
modified VR
spherical ball
5-1
“hybred character of the New Town game, which while allowing handling the ball, prohibits it being carried so that a player catching the ball, must stand positively to be knocked down by an opponent charging him, for if he moves a yard to dodge him, a “free kick” is the penalty”.  The writer is scathing about the rules which he sees as a mockery of the Victorian game.
City Club “maintain their in cognito” and play a scratch match.
31 May 1879

19
Hich School v Railway

1-1

7 June 1879

19
New Town v City
Oval ball
2-2
Clashed on rules
7 June 1879

19
City jr v City School

3-0
Railway scratch.
14 June 1879

19
Railway v City

1-0

14 June 1879

19
Cricketers v New Town
Soccer
0-0
“Morriss for the New Town causing special amusement by playing the ball with his head.”
The writer complains of the ‘absurdity’ of the keeper being allowed to throw the ball.
21 June 1879

19
City v High School

1-3

21 June 1879


New Town v Hutchins

1-2
8 v 9
21 June 1879


Mercury Juniors v Battery Point Public School

2-0

21 June 1879

19
Oatlands v N Richmond
CNA
0-2

21 June 1879

19



Report on the first meeting of the Association on June 12 – where VR are adopted with one or two exceptions – one of which is a crossbar over which the ball must pass.
The writer argues that Tasmanian Rules has emerged – a “hodge podge of the Rugby Union, English, and Victorian Rules”.
The executive decided after the meeting to add the crossbar! Accusations of the committee being a “Star Chamber”
28 June 1879

19
Cricketers v Railway
Cross bar uniform
1-0

28 June 1879


City v New Town

1-0

28 June 1879


Battery Point PS  v Mercury Juniors

2-1

5 July 1879

19
New Town v Cricketers

4-1
Boddam scored for the cricketers.
Notice that Launceston will play Richmond in mid July.
12 July 1879

19
Railway v City

1-2

12 July 1879


Cricketers v Richmond

0-0

12 July 1879


Longford v Launceston

1-4

19 July 1879

19
City v Cricketers

0-1
Unclear whether the ball is a “sphere” or an “oval”
19 July 1879


Railway v New Town

1-1

19 July 1879


Richmond v Launceston

1-0

26 July  1879

18
Cricketers v Railway

1-2

26 July  1879


New Town v City

1-1
New Town may have won. The report is contradictory.
2 Aug 1879

19
Yachy Club v Rowing Club
“new rules”
0-1

2 Aug 1879


City jr v Railway jr

3-0

2 Aug 1879


New Town jr v Hutchins School

1-2

9 Aug 1879

18
Hutchins School v High School

12-0

9 Aug 1879


City jr v City School

0-0

9 Aug 1879


Oatlands v City

1-2

16 Aug 1879

18
Richmond v City

1-2

16 Aug 1879


Railway v High School

2-1

16 Aug 1879


Mercury jr v Battery Point

2-2

23 Aug 1879

18
Railway v Launceston

0-0

23 Aug 1879


High School v City

0-2

23 Aug 1879


Hutchins School v City jr

3-0

23 Aug 1879


Mercury v Trinity Scholars

2-1

30 Aug 1879

19
Cricketers v Railway


5-1

Notice of
New Norfolk v Railway Aug 30
Hutchins v Ross (????) Sep 6
30 Aug 1879


New Town v City

2-2

30 Aug 1879


Mercury jr v Tribune jr

2-0

6 Sep 1879

17
New Norfolk v Railway

0-10

13 Sep 1879

19
New Town v Railway

4-0

13 Sep 1879


City v Oatland

1-0

13 Sep 1879


Horton v Hutchins

2-2
Played in Ross
20 Sep 1879

19
Launceston v Cricketers 13th

0-2
Notice of end-of-season game, Tasmanians v All-Comers on 27th.
20 Sep 1879


Launceston v Richmond 12th

0-2

27 Sep 1879

19
High School v City


1-0


27 Sep 1879


Horton v Ross School

14-0

4 Oct 1879

19
Tasmanians v All-Comers

3-0
4000 present at Battery Ground. Tas won.
Notice of a game, Longford v All-Comers.
[note to self that entire report is worth copying – can’t quite remember why – perhaps that it summarised the year and layed out plans for the future]
11 Oct 1879

20
Railway v All comers

4-1

Mercury, 29 September 1879

3



[This is noted as a summary to the three years previous]

Mr. GIBLIN proposed the toast of the evening, "Success to the Tasmanian Football Association." (Loud and prolonged cheers.) There was not the least doubt that the game of football had taken such a hold of the young men of Hobart Town that season such as none of them could remember before. (Hear, hear.) It was a grand winter game. Many of them loved cricket with an intense love, but in our climate cricket could not be played all the year round, and there was no game to be compared to the manly old English game of football. (Cheers.)

[I’m struck that even after all the shenanigans that they see themselves as playing an English game.]
May 15 1880

19
Railway v High School

1-6

May 22 1880

19
Cricketers v City

1-0
Cricketers captained by George Bailey!!
May 22 1880

19
New Norfolk v Railway

0-1