Mr. A M Little, a well -known umpire of the day, was appointed secretary to the trustees of the Australian Football Ground, a position which embraced secretaryship of the NSW Football League. Sixty three applications had been received for the role and it was said that Mr. Little had undertaken impressive work among the schools as organiser and coach in 1913 which helped towards his appointment.
He was for some time associated with football in Melbourne after playing junior football with Brunswick Wesley FC, was for three years after an umpire in the Metropolitan Football Association, and, so he said, three years in the Victorian League, (we can’t find him) while he was secretary of its NSW League Umpires’ Association in 1911.
Since the League trustees acquired the Australian Football Ground, also in 1911 it was said that the work of Secretary to the trustees, which also carried the duties of secretary of the New South Wales Football League, had assumed big dimensions, and was expected to be effectively carried out and “demands whole-hearted and assiduous attention.”
It was further said of Mr Little, that he took on these ‘onerous and heavy duties’ for two years before he placed his resignation before the trustees owing ‘business and for private reasons’. It was also suggested that Mr Little had completed admirable work during his term of office, and followers of the game would regret his retirement. Applications for the position were called for by advertisement by the League trustees, with the position a remunerative one paying.
The following advertisement was placed in the Evening News in August 1913:
AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL GROUND POSITION OF
The duties will embrace those of Officer in Charge of the Trustees Office of the Management of the Ground and control of the Ground Staff. Salary £156 per annum, and commission on takings. Applications, addressed to the Trustees of the Australian Football Ground, Sports Club Hunter Street, Sydney (envelopes to be endorsed “Applicant For the Position of Secretary”) will be received up to 14th August. Qualifications to be fully stated.