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Reference_ 1925 VFL R01 - Footscrays First VFL Game

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Introduction

In their final game in the VFA in 1824, Footscray took on VFL premiers Essendon and defeated them in a challenge match. There were high expectations. Fitzroy had a strong team and were only out of the finals 1925 by a small percentage

Season and Lead-up

In the VFA Footscray's strength was its fast moving flick pass handball. This was not within the rules of VFL play. Footscray also took a hit as three of their key 1924 players were banned from playing in the VFL because they had moved to Footscray from VFL teams without a permit and were not be allowed to return with the team. (rover Alex Eason, centre half-back, Norm Ford, and centre half-forward, Jack O’Brien)

Teams


Fitzroy

William Adams - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
William Adams - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Bill Adams
Arch Dickens - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Arch Dickens - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Arthur Dickens
Len Wigraft - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Len Wigraft - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Len Wigraft


B:Jim Atkinson (c)Horrie JenkinLes Warren
HB:Bill Adams (vc)Tom HickeyErn Elliott
C:Arthur DickensTom CorriganFred Williams
HF:Charlie ChapmanNorm CockramJack O'Rourke
F:Fred BeesonJack MoriartyReg Smith
Foll:Len WigraftGordon McCracken
Rover:Frank Costigan


Footscray

Alan Hopkins - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Alan Hopkins - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Alan Hopkins
Colin Laidlaw - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Colin Laidlaw - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Col Laidlaw


Even though 11 Footscray players were playing their first VFL game, the side was experienced. The average age of the Footscray players was way over 27 year old, compared to the youthful Fitzroy players who averaged just over 25.

B:Jack ShermanJack MeulemanMartin Larkin
HB:Frank NielsenBill DoolanBill McIntyre
C:Wally WhiteCol LaidlawRupert Gibb
HF:Alan HopkinsWally FraserTommy McHenry
F:Rowley GriffithsTom MullensGeorge Bayliss
Foll:Con McCarthy (c)Vic Sampson (vc)
Rover:Les Punch



Reference_ 1925 VFL R01 - Footscrays First VFL Game - Fitzroy Team
Reference_ 1925 VFL R01 - Footscrays First VFL Game - Footscray Team


The Game

Venue: Brunswick St Oval
Date: Sat, 2-May-1925
Crowd: 28,000

TeamQ1Q2Q3Final
Fitzroy3.3 (21)4.11 (35)6.14 (50)8.15 (63)
Footscray2.2 (14)3.3 (21)5.4 (34)8.6 (54)
DifferenceFI by 7FI by 14FI by 16FI by 9

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1925/060719250502.html

Fitzroy: -Moriarty (4), McCracken, Smith, Cockram, Chapman
Footscray: Hopkins (2), Mullins (2), Bayliss (2), Fraser, Samson

Footscray were the first afield, and as they ran out, headed by their captain (Con McCarthy) they received an ova- tion. They looked very smart in their new uniforms of red, white, and blue, with white knickbockers, and they were very pleased at the welcome they received. Fitzroy in their more sombre, if more workmanlike, maroon uniforms with black shorts, were not long after their rivals, and when they ranged up near the centre and gave Footscray three cheers the crowd joined in and the welcome was complete. (Argus 4-Jun-1925 p9)

The final quarter of the match was described under the heading 'Footscray Die Hard.' bu the result went the way of a stronger Fitzroy outfit.


Match Previews

No heading. (1925, May 1). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 10. Retrieved May 17, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page436890(external link)

The Age 1-May-1925 p8
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VwQRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4tADAAAAIBAJ&pg=6869%2C2833668

Match Reviews

FOOTBALL. (1925, May 4). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 9. Retrieved May 17, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2113634

The Age 4-May-1925 p5
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WQQRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4tADAAAAIBAJ&pg=2178%2C3102184

Photos


The Aftermath


Old Boy, the Argus correspondant wrote that Footscrays lack of experience in League company was compensated for by strong resolve, for every man was imbued with the idea that Footscray was on its trial, and they were determined to make good. It was a strong test, for Fitzroy are particularly hard to beat on then own ground, and, moreover, the maroons were most anxious to succeed where Essendon had failed. The championship flag won by Footscray last year is a sore point with League clubs, who could not believe that a despised Association team could be capable of beat- ing the League premiers. That possession of this flag was in the minds of the Fitzroy men was evident, for, in congratulat- ing Footscray after the game J. Atkinson, the Fitzroy captain, said, "I may call at Footscray tomorrow for that championship flag." The sally was received with laughter, but there was more than joke in Atkinson's remark. (Argus 4-Jun-1925 p9)



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