Fights Were Common Place in Sydney Football

football fightRight up to about the 1987 grand final, where there were in excess of 48 reports, Sydney football was bathed in on-field violence, some including spectators.

Following the last game in 1987, Sydney introduced the send-off rule, which has since quelled the violence to a major extent.

During the seventies and eighties there was not a the level of conflict as seen in the past but a year would not pass without an all-in blue during the grand final.

Here is a description of a fight that included players and spectators in June, 1920:

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