First Game At Goulburn

Recently we found details of a game of football played at Collector in 1936 between a Collector/Goulburn combined team and Metropolitan Aust Football Assn Team, Rosebery (a suburb near Mascot).  You can view that report here.

However further research finds a further game played much earlier at Goulburn between the then newly formed Goulburn Imperials and the Sydney Football Club.

“First Football Match in Goulburn
On Saturday last the members of the Sydney Football Club and numbers of their supporters journeyed to Goulburn to try conclusions with the newly-formed club at Goulburn named the Imperials.

This was the first match ever played in Goulburn under the Australian rules, the district hitherto being a very big stronghold of Rugby, but after the match played on Saturday a very large number have decided to play the Australian game in the future, and which speaks well for the career of the local club.

The match was played on the Olympic Ground, which was located between the Goulburn Paceway and Garoorigang, in the presence of about 1000 spectators. There was a very big gathering of the fair sex at the match.

Joe Arnold captained the Sydney team, and W. Sandford led the Goulburn. The Sydneys scored 4 goals to 1 in the first quarter. The Goulburn team for the rest of the game played splendidly, especially in the third quarter, when the Sydney players seemed disorganised. However, in the last quarter Sydney played more together, and scored a couple of goals. Goulburn, as a team, played splendidly, considering it was their first game, and they have the makings of a good team. *Crisp (3), Clausen (2), Murrell, Hodgkinson and Poole for the Goulburn and Noonan (3), Potter, Jessop, Shipton, Giles, the Brothers Arnold, Sullivan (2), for Sydney, all played well. The College boys, Sandford, Jessop, Noonan, and Potter tried hard to evert defeat. The final result was: Sydney 8 goals 20 behinds Goulburn, 6 goals 8 behinds. Mr. Murray umpired the match in his usual impartial way. In the evening the Sydney boys were entertained at a splendid banquet at the Oddfellows Hall in Auburn Street,

Mr. Siegel in the chair. After justice had been done to the excellent spread various toasts were gone through with musical honours. Messrs. Alexander, M. Sullivan, Ashton, Dick, Jessop, Sandford and others gave assistance with songs and recitations. The Sydneys returned to town on Monday morning, everyone being thoroughly pleased with his outing in the country.”

Another game or two was played in Goulburn over the next couple of years but interest petered out.  A club however, was formally organised at Goulburn in June 1905.
*George Crisp, recognized as one of the founders of the game in Sydney was still playing with the Sydney Club in 1892.  He probably played with the combined side on that day to help out.

(Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 – 1939), Wednesday 17 August 1892, page 8)

A Match In Goulburn

1931 South Sydney jumper smallA couple of weeks ago we wrote about a match between South Sydney and Newtown played in Parkes1930 Newtown jumper small in 1929.

Two years later both sides accepted and invitation to play in Goulburn and the locals loved it.

The venue was the Goulburn Showground and this time over 3,000 turned up on a Sunday in August to watch.  This was well before Sunday football had claimed the populations’ attention but the magnificent weather and the hype induced a very big turnout to the event.

Twenty three cars ferried the 130 players, officials and supporters from Sydney who were met at the outskirts of the city at 11.15am on the morning of the match.  The vehicles attracted an immense amount of attention as they drove through the town to the Royal Hotel where the group received a wonderful reception.

In an extremely 1930 Bi-plane thumbnailnovel way to start a game the ball was bounced or rather dropped, by Frank Panther, president of the Goulburn Australian National Football Association, from a bi-plane owned by the patron of the organisation as it flew low over the ground.  Reports indicate the ball hit the ground right in the middle of the field.  Later the plane did loop the loop stunts to the enjoyment of the crowd.

School pupils, juveniles and the unemployed were admitted to the ground free of charge. The gate realised a return of £50 (fifty pounds) and this was at a time when the country was in deep depression.

During the interval the local athletic club staged a three mile handicap while the City Band enlivened proceedings by playing a number of popular selections.

The Sherrin football used in the match was later fixed with a silver plaque as a momento of the occasion.

The only downside to the day was the failure of the public address system, a relatively new innovation at the time, which was to be used to describe the match to the crowd during the afternoon.

South Sydney won the game easily, 13-12 (90) to 8-8 (56).  The star of the game was South Sydney’s twenty year old diminutive rover, Jimmy Stiff who stole the lime light booting 5 goals in the match.  Jimmy Stiff was a gun.

Secretary Receives $4,000 Cheque

2014 Heather with Pru Gower smallThe president and secretary of the Society attended the two day annual convention of the affiliated societies conference under the Royal Australian Historical Society held at Mittagong this weekend.

There, the Member for Goulburn, Pru Gower, Minister for Planning since 2014 and the Minister for Women, made the presentation of cheques to successful applicant societies for Cultural Grants on behalf of the state Minister for Arts.

The Football History Society’s secretary Heather White, received the $4,000 grant from M/s Gower.  This money will provide funding for the production of extra editions of the book the Society is producing on the impact WWI had on Sydney football.  It is part of the Centenary of ANZAC.  The publication is well underway with  draft version already tabled for information of the committee.

A timeline has now been established regarding the research, writing, editing and printing of the book to fit in with its launch in mid April 2015, just prior to Anzac Day.ANZAC logo small

Those interested should reserve a copy, the price of which has at this stage been costed at $25, plus postage.