UMPIRES GET AN INCREASE

We should have probably said “received an increase” because the reporting here is on the year 1955.

In that year umpires rates went from:

DISCIPLINE FROM 1955 AMOUNT
1st Grade Field Two pounds ($4.00) to Two pounds five shillings ($4.50)
Reserve Grade Field One pound five shillings ($2.50) to One pound ten shillings ($3.00)
Goal One pound two and six ($2.25) to One pound five shillings ( ($2.50)
Boundary (only 1st grade) Seventeen and six pence ($1.75) to One pound ($2.00)

Boundary umpires were supplied for reserve grade only for Sunday matches, of which there would be a maximum of two each weekend.  In all probability, these young umpires would have backed up from a Saturday game.  Then, for their effort they received ten shillings or $1.00 per game.  Clubs would have to supply boundary umpires of a Saturday or the players would have to had thrown the ball in.  The former rates were set in 1954.

These amounts do not seem much but when you equate the payment to say a schooner of beer, which then would have cost around one shilling (10c) or so, its not a bad return for the effort.

In the same year the Sydney Football Record went from eight to twelve pages (one piece of paper represents four pages) and the price to the consumer would have increased accordingly but the league lost nineteen pounds ($38) on the production and sales of the Record for the season.

It doesn’t seem much but when the league only made six hundred and twenty three dollars, eleven shillings and three pence ($1247.13) on the advertising and sales of the publication, it was a fair proportion to lose.

Then, and for many years after (and no doubt today), the production of the Football Record in Sydney was a drain on manpower and resources to the extent that many officials over the year looked at ways to produce this publication with the least amount of effort.   But, it doesn’t work.  The league is stuck with it.

And thank god they are or the History Society would have little supply of information to write these articles.

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