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East Melbourne Cricket Ground

East Melbourne Cricket Ground - Railways & tramways map of Melbourne and suburbs - Melbourne Collins Book Depot -c1920 SLV Crop
East Melbourne Cricket Ground - Railways & tramways map of Melbourne and suburbs - Melbourne Collins Book Depot -c1920 SLV Crop
Grounds and Locations
Essendon (VFL) 1882 -1921 Home Ground
West Melbourne (VFA) 1907 Home Ground
University (VFL) 1908-1910 Home Ground
Melbourne City (VFA) 1912-1913



Introduction

East Melbourne Cricket Ground was opened in 1860 and closed in 1921. Located on the city side of the MCG it was the home of the Essendon football club for nearly 40 years. It was closed in 1921 to make way for the extension of the Jolimont Railway Yards.

Of note, the ground hosted the first ever interstate Football match, on 1-Jul-1879 when the VFA (representing Victoria) played South Australia.

When the ground was closed the East Melbourne Cricket Club amalgamated with the Hawthorn Cricket Club and moved to Glenferrie Oval. One of the East Melbourne wooden stands was moved to Glenferrie Oval in the 1920s to add additional seating when Hawthorn's football team entered the VFL.

The closure of the ground in 1921 caused a issue as the Essendon football club neaded to secure a new ground. This ended up in the North Melbourne club attempting to amalgamate with Essendon which proved unsuccessful, and Essendon moving to the Essendon Recreation Ground (better known today as Windy Hill). This caused Essendon's Association team, the existing tenants at the recreation ground to find themselves without a homeground and therefore out of the VFA, causing the team to fold.

When Melbourne University joined the VFL they expected to play on the University ground, but did not gain permission from the University and therefore had to find a new home ground. The club settled at the East Melbourne Ground, but later swithed to the MCG does to a dispute over gate takings.

Important Games

Reference_ 1900 VFL Grand Final
Reference_ 1920 VFA Grand Final

Historic Images

East Melbourne CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
East Melbourne CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
100 Years of Australian Football' (1996) p26 - Essendon v Sth Melbourne 1896 - Source austadiums.com - Stadiumking
100 Years of Australian Football' (1996) p26 - Essendon v Sth Melbourne 1896 - Source austadiums.com - Stadiumking
Pascoe and Pennings - The Culture of Australian Football at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground 1878–1921 -Sporting Traditions v26n1 2009 p73
Pascoe and Pennings - The Culture of Australian Football at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground 1878–1921 -Sporting Traditions v26n1 2009 p73
East Melbourne Ground - Australasian  5-Jun-1909 p35
East Melbourne Ground - Australasian 5-Jun-1909 p35
East Melbourne 1896 Premiership - Australasian10-Oct-1896 p27 2
East Melbourne 1896 Premiership - Australasian10-Oct-1896 p27 2
East Melbourne 1896 Premiership 10-Oct-1896 p27
East Melbourne 1896 Premiership 10-Oct-1896 p27
Australasian 20 Jun 1896 P21 Ess V SM At East Melbourne2 600thumb
Australasian 20 Jun 1896 P21 Ess V SM At East Melbourne2 600thumb
Australasian 20 Jun 1896 P21 Ess V SM At East Melbourne 600thumb
Australasian 20 Jun 1896 P21 Ess V SM At East Melbourne 600thumb
Leader Melbourne 18 Jul 1908 P27 East Melbourne
Leader Melbourne 18 Jul 1908 P27 East Melbourne
Leader Melbourne 18 Jul 1908 P27 East Melbourne Ground
Leader Melbourne 18 Jul 1908 P27 East Melbourne Ground
Leader 4 May 1912 P28 Opening Of Season Ess V Uni
Leader 4 May 1912 P28 Opening Of Season Ess V Uni


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Boyles Photos

The ground closed in 1921 due to expansion of Jolimont Railway Yards. Closed before the period where Charles Boyles worked.

Modern Images

Ground closed in 1921 due to expansion of Jolimont Railway Yards. No Modern Images

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Melbourne_Cricket_Ground
http://afltables.com/afl/venues/east_melbourne.html

EXIT EAST MELBOURNE. (1921, October 29). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 15. Retrieved February 4, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4627834







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