Sunday, 17 May 2020

Victorian Soccer Season Files - 1913

1913 saw Yarraville win the Victorian Championship for the third year in a row, though for the first time under that name (1911 they were Williamstown, in 1912 it was Williamstown-Yarraville). The clubs were divided into an eight team First Division and a Second Division of six teams. This year there were no reserves/A teams in the Second Division as in 1912, as they had their own competition, won by Burns A. The Dockerty Cup was held once again, and there was a secondary Cup, the Junior Cup, for the Second Division and Reserves/A teams to fight for. It was won by Second Division champions Preston after a second replay.

Yarraville completed a league and Cup double, pipping the unbeaten Burns by a point to take out the Championship and beating St Kilda 3-2 in the Dockerty Cup Final. Their prominent players included Joe Grieves, Percy Dowker, E.Jones D.Dick and Hatch. They won the league without playing Albert Park in it, who forfeited on both occasions. They did meet and beat them in the Dockerty Cup semi-finals, twice after the first attempt was abandoned due to rain.











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The season had the now traditional Local International, won 3-1 by England, as well as New South Wales visiting Victoria for two games.

Not all the goalscorers names were published, but it is most likely J.Guthrie of Thistle would claim the honour of top goalscorer.


There were numerous walkover and forfeits. In the season file I've included two of those involving Albert Park for the same day after the season was over. The original fixture published in the newspapers went out of the window following a washed out weekend on May 31 when most games were abandoned after a storm hit early in the second half. Complicating the fixture revisions were the numerous Dockerty Cup replays as well as the weekends of the Victorian state team games and the Local International being reserved solely for those fixtures.

Anyway, here it is:

1913 Victorian Season File

Friday, 28 February 2020

The Last Big Scanning Piles



With the receipt of an A3 scanner from George Cotsanis, work on my last big scanning project is underway. In the photo above, the middle pile is my collection of Australian & British Soccer Weekly (augmented by Damien Smith giving me Kevin Christopher's collection) that has yet to be scanned. On the right is a folder of papers lent to me by Sam Barres, which contains mainly Soccer Week from 1974 (all now scanned and available here) plus the missing first issue of Soccer Action (only 5 missing to complete the set now). On the left is the Soccer World stack Greg Stock has provided me with.

I forgot about another 30 or so issues of late 90's, early 2000's newspaper Super Soccer when taking the photo, so they are in the queue as well.

Once these are done, my large scale scanning will some to an end, barring coming across a set of 1989-1990 Soccer Star newspapers. I will still be looking to fill in gaps in the existing collections of papers, programmes and yearbooks but I don't think I'll be faced with such large piles again.

Of course I'd only be too happy to work on a pile of (Victorian) Soccer News of the 1940's-1970's  twice as big as these, but I doubt I'll come across them. Their availability is sporadic and patchy. More can be found to enlarge the Soccer Week collection, and at some point the final five issues of Soccer Action will be found. The Victorian soccer paper timeline would be rounded out by Soccer Star, but it only lasted a couple of years and the piles would not be anything daunting.

After that it might be time to work on a few other things I have in mind.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Australia v Israel 1969 50th Anniversary - World Cup Heartbreak

Fifty years ago today Australia hosted Israel in a World Cup Qualifier, needing to overturn a 0-1 deficit after the away game in a two-legged tie to determine who would go to Mexico '70.

The Socceroos had topped their three team group (of South Korea and Japan) unbeaten in the First Round of Asia & Oceania Qualifying. The Second Round saw them pitted against Rhodesia, and after a 1-1 draw and a 0-0 draw a play-off was required, which Australia won 3-1. All three games were played in Mozambique, and within the space of six days.

Israel, having had a bye in the First Round, only had two games to play in the Second Round, after North Korea withdrew for political reasons. The Israelis defeated New Zealand 4-0 and 2-0 (both games in Tel Aviv) to progress to the Final Round against Australia.

The first leg of the final round saw Israel take a 1-0 win at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv. The game was played just five days after Australia's play-off win in Mozambique, with Israel having had the luxury of a month's break since their games against New Zealand.

The return leg was played on December 14, 1969 at the Sydney Sports Ground.

Australia v Israel Match Programme

Thanks once again to the magnificent work of George Cotsanis (of My World Is Round) in converting and restoring some old film, we can now watch almost half an hour of highlights from Australia's first near miss World Cup Qualification heartbreak.



Australia dominated the early stages, but were unable to make a breakthrough. Attila Abonyi went close early on, with Johnny Warren having a good effort from distance saved before failing to convert a great heading opportunity. Israel worked their way into the game, which remained on a knife's edge until George Keith was beaten a bouncing ball when an intercept or clearance seemed easy enough, which saw Mordechai Spiegler slip through on goal and convert to put Israel ahead with eleven minutes remaining. John Watkiss was able to equalise nine minutes later, but it proved too little too late as Australia were unable to get the win required to book a place in their first World Cup Finals.



Spiegler benefits from a defensive slip to get a run at goal for the opener.


Watkiss on the turn about to net Australia's equaliser.


Heartbreak for the big crowd at the final whistle.

Match Details:

Sydney Sports Ground, December 14, 1969.
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall

Australia 1 (Watkiss 88') Israel 1 (Spiegler 78')

Australia: Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, Alan Marnoch, Stan Ackerley, Danny Walsh, John Warren, Attila Abonyi, John Watkiss, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek (Willie Rutherford 60').

Israel: Itzhak Visoker, Shraga Bar, David Primo, Zvi Rosen, Menachem Bello, Shmuel Rosenthal, Giora Spiegel, Meir Barad (Rahamim Talbi 60), Yehoshua Feigenboim, Mordechai Spiegler, Itzhak Shum (Mordechai Lubetski 88').







Monday, 25 November 2019

Kevin Bartlett Reserve - Built By Richmond ALEMANNIA

I've tended to stay away from the current issues involving Richmond SC and it's takeover by Fitzroy City for a number of reasons, most of which I previously detailed in this piece. Also mostly because I'm not in a position to get back involved in club football, so as such can only offer moral support to those willing to keep the club going.

Richmond Alemannia 50th Anniversary Booklet

I do believe it needs to be noted that the facilities at Kevin Bartlett Reserve, probably a million dollar asset for he council now, were built largely by the members of Richmond Alemannia SC in the 1980's. The initial set-up saw $60,00 provided by the State Government (not the Council) with the club providing the rest, as well as most of the labour.

Since then many of the improvements and upgrades (upstairs media/VIP area and lighting chiefly) were again funded mostly by the club.

The Council may not care for the history of the club, and may find this takeover a more convenient solution to to the issue of Fitzroy City needing better facilities, but it ought to make sure democratic processes have been followed. They should also be aware that over the course of Victorian football history clubs have only ever taken over others for two reasons - to gain a higher league place or to gain a better facility.

In the cases of struggling clubs being taken over by others, many have amounted to the "selling" of a ground or league position. The council, and Football Victoria, owe it to those who would like to see the club carry on independently to make sure that is not what is happening here.

Football Victoria, or Football Federation Victoria as it was then, has already been caught on the wrong side of history in previous disputes, most notably the 2009 Whittlesea Zebras debacle. Now we will once again get to see if they stand for rank and file grassroots members, or side with the "money men" as usual.






Sunday, 27 October 2019

Melbourne Soccer Yearbook 2019

The season's over, so here's the 2019 Yearbook.

I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the 2019 Golden Boots/Top Goalscorers, but that is how Football Victoria has chosen to award them.

I'm open to editing it should the goalscorers situation ever be corrected.

A women's history section has been added since last year. The reserves league champions list has been expanded to all leagues from just the top flight reserves competition as listed last year.

Next year the regional leagues will be added to the history section.

Click on the link below to view and download.






Sunday, 13 October 2019

AWSA National Senior Championships 1985 - Melbourne

The 1985 Australian Women's Soccer Association Senior National Championships were held in Melbourne, at Box Hill's Wembley Park.

New South Wales took out the title, with South Queensland finishing runner's up and the host state coming in third.

Kim Lembryk of New South Wales was Top Goalscorer for the tournament with 9 goals.

The full results were:

Australian Women's Soccer Association National Championships 1985

Wembley Park, Box Hill, Melbourne.

Wednesday August 28

Tasmania 2 Northern Territory 0
Northern New South Wales 0 Australian Capital Territory 0
South Queensland 0 New South Wales 1
Victoria 3 South Australia 0

Thursday August 29

Northern Territory 0 Western Australia 4
South Australia 0 South Queensland 2
Australian Capital Territory 0 Tasmania 1
New South Wales 1 Northern New South Wales 0

Friday August 30

South Queensland 3 Victoria 2
Tasmania 0 New South Wales 4
Northern New South Wales 2 South Australia 1
Western Australia 4 Australian Capital Territory 0

Saturday August 31

South Australia 4 Northern Territory 0
South Queensland 2 Tasmania 1
Victoria 5 Western Australia 3
New South Wales 2 Australian Capital Territory 0

Sunday September 1

Tasmania 0 Northern New South Wales 3
Australian Capital Territory 0 South Australia 2
Northern Territory 0 Victoria 2
South Queensland 2 Western Australia 1

Tuesday September 3

Victoria 3 Australian Capital Territory 0
Northern New South Wales 3 Western Australia 0
South Australia 2 New South Wales 8
South Queensland 2 Northern Territory 0

Wednesday September 4

New South Wales 5 Western Australia 0
Victoria 1 Northern New South Wales 1
Australian Capital Territory 1 Northern Territory 1
South Australia 0 Tasmania 1

Thursday September 5

Australian Capital Territory 0 South Queensland 7
New South Wales 0 Victoria 0
Western Australia 2 Tasmania 1
Northern Territory 1 Northern New South Wales 1

Friday September 6

Western Australia 0 South Australia 3
Northern Territory 0 New South Wales 10
Northern New South Wales 0 South Queensland 2
Tasmania 0 Victoria 4

The final table:


The tournament match programme can be found here.

A few videos from the tournament, thanks to Deb Nichols:








Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Some History of the Australian Women's Soccer Association National Championships

Thanks to Ian Syson passing on to me some items from the Betty Hoar Collection I have been able to scan and upload a heap of programmes for the Australian Women's Soccer Association National Championships.

The AWSA ran the women's game until it was absorbed into the FFA in the 2000's. It's Senior National Championships were first held in 1974, before Youth (changed between Under 16-19's over the years) and Junior (ranged from Under 15-16's at times) versions were late added.

The programmes range from small, typrewritten and photocopied efforts to glossy printed brochures. They are a great time capsule for the state of the game at the time, and showcase how the tournaments traveled to different host cities or towns each year. Most have the squad lists for each of the competing states and territories.

It's a shame the couldn't have a full wrap up of the previous year's tournament (scores, scorers, line-ups) as that information now appears to be gone forever. It's disappointing that in the latter years the stalwarts milestones were only able to measured in terms of number of tournaments they went to, rather than the number of games played (and goals scored).

The programmes can be found on the general Programmes page and scrolling down until the mid-1970's.

http://melbournesoccer.blogspot.com/p/programmes.html

I've tried completing a history of the tournaments by adding to the lists published in them and here's what I've been able to come up with. Still a little more to do, and it should probably be expanded to include stuff like player of the tournament where it was awarded etc but that will have to be another thing added to the backburner for now.

Australian Women's Soccer Association National Championships

Year         Venue Champions Runner's-Up

1974 Sydney New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1975 Brisbane         Western Australia South Queensland
1976 Melbourne New South Wales Victoria
1977 Perth New South Wales South Queensland
1978 Newcastle Western Australia New South Wales
1979 Darwin New South Wales Victoria
1980 Adelaide         New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1981 Sydney New South Wales South Queensland
1982 Brisbane         South Queensland Northern New South Wales
1983 Perth New South Wales South Queensland
1984 Canberra         South Queensland South Australia
1985 Melbourne New South Wales South Queensland
1986 Adelaide         New South Wales South Queensland
1987 Alice Springs Victoria Northern New South Wales
1988 Newcastle New South Wales South Queensland
1989 Canberra         Victoria South Queensland
1990 Sydney New South Wales &
          Northern New South Wales
1991 Canberra         South Queensland New South Wales
1992 Brisbane         Victoria Queensland
1993 Perth New South Wales Queensland
1994 Melbourne New South Wales Victoria
1995 Adelaide         New South Wales Queensland
1996 Darwin New South Wales South Australia
1997 Lake Macquarie  Northern New South Wales New South Wales
1998 Devonport Victoria Queensland
1999 Kuala Lumpur        Queensland
2005 Canberra         Queensland

Australian Women's Soccer Association National Youth Championships

Year Venue         Champions Runner's-Up

1985 Hobart New South Wales Western Australia
1986 Sydney New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1987 Brisbane Northern New South Wales Western Australia
1988 Perth New South Wales South Queensland
1989 Darwin South Queensland New South Wales
1990 Melbourne New South Wales South Queensland
1991 Woy Woy New South Wales South Queensland
1992 Hobart New South Wales &
                Queensland
1993 Sydney         Queensland New South Wales
1994 Canberra         New South Wales Queensland
1995 Southport New South Wales Queensland
1996 Perth New South Wales Queensland
1997 Melbourne A.C.T.                         Victoria
1998 Adelaide         South Australia         New South Wales
1999 Darwin Victoria Queensland
2000 Sunshine Coast       South Australia         Northern New South Wales
2001 Coffs Harbour New South Wales Northern New South Wales
2002 Coffs Harbour New South Wales New South Wales Country

National Talent Identification Championships Under 18's

2003 Sydney New South Wales Metro Queensland

National Talent Identification Championships Under 17's

2004 Sydney South Australia Victoria

Australian Women's Soccer Association National Junior Championships

Year Venue          Champions Runner's-Up

1982 Melbourne Northern New South Wales New South Wales
1983 Canberra         New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1984 Newcastle New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1985 Hobart New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1986 Sydney New South Wales South Queensland
1987 Brisbane         New South Wales Tasmania
1988 Melbourne New South Wales South Queensland
1989 Adelaide         New South Wales A.C.T.
1990 Brisbane         New South Wales South Queensland
1991 Woy Woy South Queensland New South Wales
1992 Renmark         New South Wales South Australia
1993 Bendigo New South Wales Queensland
1994 Swansea         New South Wales Queensland
1995 Hobart A.C.T.                      Victoria
1996 Southport
1997 Canberra
1998 Qld
1999 Perth New South Wales City Northern New South Wales
2000 Sunshine Coast New South Wales Queensland
2001 Coffs Harbour New South Wales Country  Queensland
2002 Coffs Harbour Queensland New South Wales

National Talent Identification Championships Under 16's

2003 Sydney Queensland New South Wales Metro

National Talent Identification Championships Under 15's

2004 Sydney New South Wales Metro Queensland