Tell The Story – Save The Memories

For so long now football clubs go from year to year without recording their history.

At their annual meetings they may well present a financial report and otherwise a few words from the president then on to the elections, and that’s it.

Annual Reports/Yearbooks
The days for the majority of clubs producing a written annual report or year book appear to be behind us and for the sake of the game and your club or ex-club, we must get into the habit of writing up a report on how the club functioned in the previous 12 months.

Why? 
Because in the future people will want to know and if these things are not committed to paper or digitally, no-one will never know what happened in 2020 – a very important year given the problems we have all endured.  After all, for the sake of the people involved in the club whether they be president, secretary, coach or trainer, their names need to be recorded because if they are not, all will be lost and the effort Dane, Rus or Karen put in for all those years will be wiped from history.

What Should Be Included?
We should record the good things and the bad and include in an annual report:

  • Officials and their positions; Life Members;
  • List the sponsors and thank them, maybe even include the sponsors’ logos;
  • A report from the President, Secretary, coach and other luminaries in the club;
  • Trophy winners in each grade;
  • Best & fairest voting results in each grade;
  • List of games played, incl. date, venue opposition, score, umpire etc.
  • Full financial report incl. treasurer’s report, profit and loss statement as well as the balance sheet;
  • List of significant achievements, ie Sean Smith played his 150th game or Jodie Brown was selected in the league representative side;
  • If the club won a premiership/s, list the players who played in that team/s;
  • Club Honour Board, listing all previous Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurer’s, Coaches, B & F, Leading Goalkicker etc;
  • Also list all the players in the club, the year they started and the games they played in each grade over the years ending with a column for total games.
  • Photos a great to add as well.

A big job?  Yes but otherwise everyone will forget you and your club.

A Reference Tool
Its great to be able to refer to these publications for reunions, for comparing player statistics, getting a name of someone you might like to contact.

Annual reports and/or yearbooks are really a necessity in every organisation.

Re-Inventing The Wheel
They may not get read or referred to all the time but on some occasions listing how and why a thing was done or not done just might stop a new executive from re-inventing the wheel.

Cash Grant
The Football History Society is toying with the idea of providing an annual cash grant for the best or most informative or unique club annual publication.

As we said at the beginning of this post, Tell The Story.

Robbie Mackinlay Keeps Pumping Them Out

The Old Daysdale Football Club Ground

We are featuring another of Albury based, Robbie Mackinlay’s podcasts, part of his GLORY DAYS parcel of footy stories ;  this time on the 1994 premiership win of the Daysdale Football Club, its a beauty!

Daysdale is a small rural town with a population of about 190 and located 45km north of Corowa and approximately 618km south-west of Sydney.  It is about in the middle of the Riverina District and in 1994 was playing in the Coreen and District Football League.

That year the league comprised ten clubs: Coleambly, Coreen, Daysdale, Hopefield-Buraja, Jerilderi, Oaklands, Rand, Rennie, Urana and Victorian club Wagunyah.  It was also in that year that the Daysdale Club celebrated their 100th year anniversary and officials were determined to win the flag.

You can listen to the podcast on the above icon.

Football, like life is a struggle in these small rural towns and 1994 was the last year the club had a stand alone identity.  The following year it merged with Coreen, to become Coreen-Daysdale FC then in 2006 they merged with the Hopefield-Buraja Club to become the Coreen-Daysdale-Hopefield-Buraja United Football Club.  Along with that goes the claim of the club with the longest name in NSW.

The Coreen League folded in 2008 and the CDHBU Club moved over to the Hume Football League.

 

A Team At Granville

In the late 1880s Australian Football in Sydney struggled.  It had a number of adversaries and many of those were set against the advancement of the game.  Why?  It is a long story and we are soon to publish a book on what happened to Sydney Football, particularly in the decade of the 1880s and into the 1890s before it died in 1895.

The 260 page book is full of facts, quotes, tables and conclusions.  It will prove a fascinating read for the real football follower who is into history of the game.  We will keep you posted on its availability but bear in mind, copies will be limited.

However we found something that might interest you:  It is the formation of a club at Granville in 1889

Granville is a suburb of Sydney approximately 25 kilometres west of the CBD and the centre of an important rail junction.  It was gazetted as a municipality in 1885 and the ground the team played on at Clyde, was an adjoining suburb. In the 1880s the area became Granville, in honour of the then British Foreign Minister, Lord Granville. Five years later, the Municipality of Granville was declared: it encompassed all or part of the modern suburbs of Camellia, Rosehill, Harris Park, Granville, Clyde, and South Granville. Then it was a village, certainly not a suburb.

By the 1891 census the population had increased to an incredible 4000 people.  Interestingly Brunton and Company, a large Melbourne based flour milling concern trading as Australian Flour Mills, extended its operations to Sydney in 1887 which gives support to the theory that it may well have relocated or employed Victorians.  Certainly one, John Spencer Brunton, the son of the founder was of the right age to play and in fact a Brunton was recorded as playing for the Sydney FC in 1889.

The Australian Game. — Everything seems to forbode that the players of the Australasian rules will have this winter the brightest season that they have been blessed with since the game was started in Sydney. From every side comes news of the advancement the old clubs have made, and of the accession of strength gained by the comparatively new ones; and, to make the prospect still brighter, Mr. George Graham, who for several seasons has been one of the crack members of the redoubtable Sydney Club, sends along word that he has succeeded in bringing into existence a club at Granville, to be called the Australian Football Club. Many players are already hard at work training, and some well-contested matches are expected for the Flanagan Cup (Sydney competition trophy of the time). Although a few have been found who have objected to the association’s action in accepting a cup, saying that it will injure instead of promote the interests of the game.

The result, so far, has been to arouse in the secretaries of the various associated clubs a surprising amount of activity in hunting after all new members worth having, and in keeping together the old ones. The fact that the secretary of the association has been successful in his efforts to obtain the use of one of the ovals on the Agricultural Ground (RAS Showground, Moore Park) for cup matches will be a source of satisfaction to all players and supporters of the game. Now the Sydney public will be afforded an opportunity, not at their command in previous seasons, of seeing Rugby and Australian rules played side by side by the best exponents of the two games available in the city. The votaries of the Australasian game hail with delight the opportunity that will thus be thrown in the way of the public to form a comparison between the two games. Paid umpires will be employed for the cup matches, which will be another gratifying feature of the season, and which will make the play faster and more exciting. ” Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931), Thursday 25 April 1889, page 8

Below is the 1889 Granville fixture we have been able to find, so far.  During this period of the Australian game, goals were worth one point and behinds, although at times shown, were not counted in the final score.  This changed in 1897.  How the term ‘behind’ was derived, was when the ball was taken ‘behind’ the goal line but not through the goal posts.  Rugby also used this term in their early days.  But, unlike Australian Football, was very seldom displayed.

The Granville Club failed to go on and shortly after 1889 a soccer club was formed in the village most probably supported by a number of Scottish immigrants brought to Australia in the mid 1880s to work at the Clyde Engineering Company.  The Granville Australian Football Club, known as the “Australian Football Club” was no longer seen.

Date Team Team 2 Venue
4 May 1889 Granville 1 Sydney 6 Granville
11 May Granville Sydney FC 2nds Granville
18 May Granville East Sydney Granville
25 May Granville West Sydney Granville

FLANAGAN CUP MATCHES

22 June Sydney 2nds 3-10 Granville 3-3 Moore Park

 

 

 

 

 

1889 Hamilton Football Club

The following is a copy of the 1890 annual report from the Hamilton Football Club in Newcastle, NSW.  It is an account of the previous season’s activities.  We are also fortunate to hold a photograph of the team.

It is a long read but to football enthusiasts it may prove an interesting insight on how a club in that area functioned during that period.

HAMILTON FOOTBALL CLUB.
Australian Rules. The annual meeting of the Hamilton Football Club (Australian rules) was held last evening in Mr. John Williams’ assembly rooms.

The club was fully represented, and about a dozen intending members were also present. Mr. John Williams, president of the club, occupied the chair, and Alderman Charles G. Melville, one of the vice presidents, the vice-chair.

The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, the secretary’s report of last season was read as follows :

“Gentlemen, as secretary for the Hamilton Football Club, I have much pleasure in placing the following report before you for season 1889.

For such a young team I have not known one that has made such rapid progress. In seasons 1887-8 the defeats out-numbered the victories; but in the last season, 1889, out of 120 matches played no less than 12 were won, whilst five were lost and three drawn.

Among those lost were two against senior teams (Wallsend and Summerhill); one against St. Ignatius College, at which place we were only partially represented, such players as Derkenne, Griffiths, R. Donald, and R. Sharp being unable to be there; whilst we had to submit to being defeated twice by the Carltons, of Maitland – once on our ground in an arranged match, and once at Maitland in a final cup contest.

The victories, amongst which were the two winning matches for the junior cup against the Carltons, two wins against Merewether, one Wallsend Juniors, and two City’s speak for themselves, and prove what progress the team must have made to obtain the highest honours for junior clubs in the northern district.

The number of goals kicked by the Hamilton team during the season was 47, whilst 49 were kicked against us. This may seem strange in the face of such a brilliant career, but when it is taken into consideration that three easy matches were forfeited to us, in which at least 18 or 20 goals would have been added to our score against probably three or four, it is easily seen where the peculiarity comes in. Leaving out senior matches, our record looks much better, inasmuch as we kicked 42 goals to our opposing junior’s 29, and won the much coveted junior cup, presented by the N.D.F.A., as well as gaining the title of crack juniors for the Northern District.

By being thus successful. the Hamilton team will this season be raised to the rank of seniors, under which name they shall, perhaps, have to suffer several defeats, but at the same time shall certainly make is greater name for themselves in the football world if their progress in the future is as good as that in the past; and within the next two or three years it would not at all surprise a few to hear of the Hamilton Club being premier of New South Wales.

It is, I believe, the intention of the Hamilton team to journey to Sydney on the 24th May to try conclusions with one of the best teams in the metropolis, and if the whole team can see their way clear to get away there is not the slightest doubt that we will beat the best team in Sydney. During the past season we had no less than 43 names on the members’ roll, including Mr. John Williams, president; Dr. Craven, Rev. A. C. Hirst, Messrs. Sharpe, Melville, and Swain, vice-presidents. It is expected that we will have a larger number this season, including young blood, which will be a great acquisition to the club. Financially, as well as in the field, we have been more successful than in past seasons, having this season a credit balance of £2 9s, which the treasurer will show in his balance sheet. This balance, it may be said, is mainly due to the monetary support afforded us by the officers and hon. members, as well as Mrs. Craven and Mrs. Williams.

These ladies have been very kind and have proved that they would like to see the Australian game advanced in this district. Last season the Australian game became very popular in Hamilton.

Many enthusiastic admirers were completely carried away by the skill displayed, whilst we also had many followers when playing away from home. It is only hoped that the game will go on amongst us, and when the youths that are shooting up become thoroughly acquainted with the Australian rules, Hamilton will be able to boast of one of the best, if not the best, football clubs in the colony.”

The report was received with applause and adopted. The balance-sheet, which was also adopted as satisfactory, showed an income of £23 11s 6d, and an expenditure of £21 2s 6d, leaving a balance to the club of £2 9s.

The election of officers resulted as follows: Patron, Mr. E. O.  Merewether;. president, Mr. John Williams (re-elected);  vice presidents, Messrs. Dr. J. A. Craven, Alderman C. G. Melville, Rev. A. C. Hirst, James Sharp jun., James E. Swain, Dr. Nash, Alderman J. Arkins (Mayor), David Duncanson; captain, J. Jarvis; vice captain, E. Derkenne; secretary, Mr. J. Donald; treasurer, James Sharp junior; selection committee, Messrs. Jarvis, Derkenne and J. Donald; working committee, Messrs. William Milton, James Sharp, H. Simpson, J. Jarvis, W. Dickson and the secretary. A vote of thanks to retiring officers closed the proceedings.”

Source: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954), Tuesday 11 March 1890, page 5

Robbie Mackinlay’s Podcasts

The Football History Society is branching out to include a renewed feature on our website.

While we do include a page of podcasts, accessible on the front page of our website under ‘Whats New’ we thought we would go one step further.

In collaboration with Albury based, Robbie Mackinlay, a member of the Football History Society, we will endeavour to regularly post one of his football related podcasts from Robbie’s site: Glory Days, Your Sport & Media, which feature football clubs and personalities in the game throughout NSW.

Glory Days is a look back in time at some of the most incredible sporting moments and achievements from right across regional Australia. Robbie Mackinlay host of Your Sport and Media, dives deep into the untold stories of some of sports great moments.

We have spoken to Robbie about moving further afield to embrace the whole of NSW football with his podcasts as opposed to the localised area of the Southern Riverina.  Robbie is also keen to expand his craft by undertaking family interviews which could remain as a keepsake vestige with relatives of the interviewee.

You can listen to the first podcast in this series showcasing the Holbrook Football Club’s 1970 Farrer FL Premiership win – A last minute resignation of high-profile coach left the Holbrook club in limbo – they went to a local replacement and fortunately got the right man and the rest is history. These stories are great company if you are driving and have a real interest in footy.