Recently, we came across and interesting article written by Jim Phelan, after whom the Phelan Medal was named, in a 1934 Sydney Football Record.
His recollections of times that passed before him are spelt out in some detail in a number of those publications during the 1930s. This one concerns an interstate match between NSW and Queensland. The most interesting part is the contribution players made to offset costs.
“To-day’s (1934) match at Brisbane should provide be of interest to followers of the game in both of the States named. In Carnival games N.S.W. hold an unbeaten record against Queensland, but in interstate games played in Sydney and Brisbane, the Queenslanders have proved worthy opponents.
The last victory gained by N.S.W. over Queensland in interstate games was at Brisbane in 1928, when a thrilling match was won on the post by N.S.W. which scored 6-10 (46) to 5-13 (43).
J. Phelan (Jim Phelan’s son) then playing his first season in the first grade, scoring 3 of the six goals credited to N.S.W.
The 1928 N.S.W. team were: Clendon Eastment, Frank Cawsey, Preston, Gordon Shennan, Burns, Clarke, Loel, F Hudson, Gough, Vernon, Ossie Green, Rex Ferguson, A Ferguson, James (Bub) Phelan, Frank Smith, J Kennedy, Bert Brown-Parker and M. Lane (captain). [The article also listed the Queensland team].
Loel, Phelan, Hudson, Preston, Brown-Parker, Lane, Clarke and the two Fergusons were singled out for good play by the Brisbane Press.
It is perhaps noteworthy, that the majority of the players in the team and each of whom paid two pounds ten shillings (in today’s terms with inflation this equates to $184.00) towards the expenses of the trip, were overlooked by the selectors in 1929, when Queensland beat N.S.W. after a splendid game at the S.C.G. The team was given a rousing sendoff at Central Station by officials and friends who were there in numbers as the 7.33pm train slowly steamed out of the station. Such was the enthusiasm of the supporters with their streamers etc. it took the conductor until Gosford to clean up the bunting. (how times change…)
The N.S.W. team contained Reg Garvin, who would later go on to play for then captain and coach St Kilda FC. Also Jack Williamson who won four Phelan Medals and Jimmy Stiff, of whom we have written so much.
The coach of the N.S.W. team in 1934 was Dave Ryan.
“Dave Ryan has been for the past few seasons the coach of the Sydney club and his methods have proved to be very successful, judging from the position the Sydney Club generally occupies in the premiership table.
His association with the National Code dates back quite a long while.
For many years he was associated with the famous Collingwood Football Club (played 101 games between 1906-12). Since his arrival in Sydney he has associated himself with the Sydney Club.
Its strange to note the jumpers worn by the N.S.W. players which were red, white and blue. It is very doubtful that these were club jumpers, given that this period was deep in the 1930s depression and money was scarce. The Eastern Suburbs FC of the day wore a different jumper design. Both the jumpers and socks look to be in new condition and were again worn later in the year when N.S.W. again played Queensland at the SCG. They were never worn again by the state team.