|Anzac Football Ashes|
|Monday, 08 June 2009 20:46|
During the 1923 tour of Australia, New Zealand Manager Harry Meyer conceived the idea of turning a 4 inch by 2 inch safety razor case into football's equivalent of the cricketing Ashes.
The razor case was no ordinary case, as it had been in the possession of W Fisher, Secretary of the Queensland Football Association, at the landing at Gallipoli.
The two opposing Captains, George Campbell from New Zealand and Alec Gibb from Australia smoked cigars at two dinners held in the New Zealand team's honour. These ashes where then placed into the case, which was later sealed and mounted on both Australian and New Zealand timbers.
The top of the lid is mounted with a sterling silver football whilst the front panel bears a silver kangaroo with a pair of silver ferns on each side. Inisde the lid read the inscription : "This saftey razor case was at the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Forces at Gallipoli and contains the ashes of cigars smoked by G Campbell, New Zealand Captain and A Gibb, Australian Captain, at banquets held in Brisbane on June 9 1923 and Sydney June 16 1923"