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Beginnings of Organised Football in Victoria

The Argus, 1883

A meeting of gentlemen favourable to the formation of a football club under the British Football Association rules was held at Young and Jacksons Hotel on Friday night.

Over 30 gentlemen were present. Mr W Niven occupied the chair and stated the object of the meeting. In order to test whether the game would be popular or not here, it would be best to form a club. On the motion of C Kier, seconded by Mr F Lowe, it was decided that a club be formed to play under the British Association rules. It was resolved that the club be called the Anglo-Australian.

The following gentlemen were elected as temporary office bearers - Captain, C Kier, vice-captain F Lowe, secretary and treasurer JC Teare and committe, Messrs Smith, Buchanan, Niven, Brough and Keef.

The Argus, Feb 28th 1884

A meeting of the Anglo-Australian Association Football Club, which was formed last year to introduce the English association's rules, will be held tonight at Young and Jacksons Hotel, at 8'oclock, to make final arrangements for forming clubs in the various suburbs. All gentlemen wishing to help in this movement are invited to attend or send their names.

The Argus, Feb 29th 1884

The Anglo-Australian Association Club held a most successful meeting at Young and Jacksons Hotel last night. Mr H. H. Smith in the chair. Many new names were handed in. It is expected that eight strong clubs will be formed in and near Melbourne in connextion (that’s how it's spelled) with the association, and that after three seasons' practice here, a strong team will be sent home under the patronage if the English association. It was reported by a gentleman just out from home that the prospect of such an event was causing already no little talk in England and Scotland. Favourable news is expected from England by every mail. It was reported from Ballarat that a club would be formed there this season.

The Argus, March 1st 1884

A meeting of gentlemen desirous of forming a club at South Melbourne to play the English Association game (not Rugby) will be held at Walsh's Albert Park Hotel on Thursday, 6th March at 8pm. Five clubs are forming in the other suburbs, one each in Carlton, Richmond, East Melbourne, South Yarra and Williamstown, and a cup of 25 guineas value has been offered for competition.

The Argus, March 8th 1884

A meeting in connextion (thats how it's spelled) with the Anglo-Australian Football Association was held at Walsh's Hotel, Albert Park on Thursday evening of gentlemen desirous of forming a club in South Melbourne to play under the rules of the English association. There were between 30 and 40 persons present. Mr McKinley occupied the chair. It was decided that the club be called South Melbourne Anglo-Australian Football Club and officers were elected as follows pro tem: Secreatary and treasurer Mr B.W. Nicholson, 120 Collins St West; captain, Mr Frank Lowe, vice captain Mr R Law; Committee -- Messrs. Jackson, McKinley, Siddall and Harvie. Delegates to the Anglo-Australian Association, Messrs. Lowe and Nicholson. It was announced that a cup, value 25 guineas, had been offered for the competition and clubs were being formed in the suburbs with the intention of comepting for this trophy. The club practice each Saturday in Albert Park, near Middle Park, and intending members are invited to attend.

A meeting will be held on Monday night at Byrne's Hotel, Punt Rd, Richmond to form clubs in East Melbourne and Richmond to play under the rules of the English association.

A meeting of gentleman desirous of forming a club in South Yarra, Prahan and Windsor to play under the rules of the English association, will be held on Tuesday the 11th at 8pm at Hindmarsh's Bridge Hotel South Yarra. Clubs are forming or formed in South Melbourne, East Melbourn, Richmond, Carlton and Williamstown. All wishing to join or become supporters of this game are requested to attend or forward their names. 

The Argus, March 13th 1884

A meeting in connextion with the Anglo-Australian Football Association was held at Byrne's Royal Hotel, Richmond on Monday evening last, of gentlemen desirous of forming a club in Richmond to play under the rules of the English Association. Mr H. H. Smithoccupied the chair. The office bearers appointed were -- secretary H Keefe, 245 Punt Rd Richmond, captain H. H. Smith ; vice-captain J Sorby ; committee, Messrs. Frost, Weston, Altman,Hodges, Greag, Exall and Turner ; delegates to the Anglo-Australian Association, Messrs. Smith and Keefe.

A meeting in of gentleman favourable to the forming of a football club to play under the English Association  rules, was held on Tuesday evening at the Rifle Brigade Hotel on Lygon St. There was a numerous attendance, and it was decided to at once form a club, to be called Carlton Anglo-Australian. The office bearers were elected as follows -- Mr Kier, captain ; Mr Almond, vice-captain ; Mr Hopson, treasurer ; and Mr Laird, secretary. A committee of eight were appointed to manage the affairs of the club, and three of their number were deputed to look after a suitable ground in the neighbourhood, where the game might be played on Saturday week. The delegates to the Association are the captain and secretary. On Tuesday the 18th, a meeting will be held at the same hotel, where intending members will be enrolled and arrangements completed for a first practice match. Communications should be address to the secretary, at the Rifle Brigade Hotel, where all information regarding the game will be afforded. 

The Argus, March 15th 1884

An influential meeting was held on Tuesday evening last at Hindmarsh's New Bridge Hotel, South Yarra, when it was resolved to form a club in the Prahan District to play the English Association rules, and that it be called the Prahan Anglo-Australian Football Club. The following gentlemen were elected on the committee -- Messrs Hornby, Mackenzie, Riddell, Taggart, Ellison and Dugdale with Mr A E Gibbs, as honorary secretary and treasurer. The colours were decided upon, and there is every reason to believe that the club will be able to turn out a strong team. Another meeting will be held on Tuesday next at the Prahan Coffee Tavern at 8 pm, at which any gentlemen desirous of the joining the club, are cordially invited to be present. Any information as to the game and the rules may be obtained on application to the secretary at the Prahan Coffee Tavern. 

South Melbourne Anglo-Australian Football Club will practice in Albert Park, near Middle Park station, this afternoon, play to commence at half-past 3 o'clock prompt.

to be continued.