The A grade in Sydney’s Metropolitan Football Association folded around 1954 and all that was left for new clubs was the NSW Football League – first grade.
Any new clubs like Liverpool and Bankstown of the 1950s then were thrust into a competition playing against well drilled and talented players.
Sydney University dropped out of the Sydney competition in 1958 and did not return to competitive football, and then to the Sydney Reserve Grade competition, until 1961. There was a suggestion that during this time some at the University did attempt to conduct an All-Age competition but as yet we have not been able to verify this.
Whether or not the void for open age football at a non-league standard during this period was recognized, there was strong enough move in the St George area in the mid 1960s to form the St George District AFL or as it was more colloquially known: St George All-Age competition.
Of the six or seven sides that competed during it’s existence most were from junior clubs within the St George District: Como/Janalli, Boystown, Penshurst, Heathcote were four such teams.
In 1967 a team from Wollongong competed and then a year later a mostly navy side from Nowra played in the competition.
A “well known” football Sydney football identity of the time, Peter Crosland, was the secretary of the association and as an adjunct to the competition he edited and published a weekly football programme which was given the title, The Recorder, price 10c.
This was an eight page journal which contained some club notes, lists of teams, club colours, a few officials and an editorial.
The History Society has managed to get hold of a number of copies of The Recorder and we have posted the edition of 16 June 1968 here for your information.
If there are any more in existence or copies of the league’s Football Record, we would be pleased to see them.
Click HERE to read the edition of The Recorder we referred to.