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1901

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1902

The NSW Referee's Union was formed. The Granville Association organises a total of 208 games for the season. 22 senior, 62 junior and 124 school matches.

Competition begins in SA - three clubs Woodville, North Adelaide, South Adelaide

1903

English cricketer Gilbert Jessop requests a £3000 guarantee to bring out to Australia and New Zealand, an English Association football team. Games would be played in NSW, Western Australia, Wellington and Dunedin.

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1904

NSW travels to New Zealand.

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1905

New Zealand tours NSW.

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1906

100 Clubs registered in NSW

1908
An advertisement in the Argus asks those that are interested in forming a British Association football league to send their names to H Dockerty at 259 Collins St.

July : 60 players turn up at Middle Park for practice matches.

Aug : Victoria plays S.S Persic and wins 6-1.

Sept : A meeting at the Orient Hotel sees a set of by-laws created and 8 district clubs formed for next season.

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1909
Victorian competition re-organised. Dockerty Cup begins.

Governor-General Lord Dudley accepts the position of patron of the Victorian association.

1911

England Vs Scotland Rep game in Victoria

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1912
Granville Team and Association Annual Dinner

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From the Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), Monday 12 February 1912

"Nothing further has been done re Craig and Aston Villa. He received stating that he was to be tried for the 1st team. On Sunday the papers had a paragraph about the matter, and great publicity was given. The club's weekly paper had reference to the matter, in which it was referred to an 'interesting experiment'. It appears the secretary of Aston Villa Club asked Manager Ford if any of our boys had played soccer, and when told that at one time Craig was considered one of the best players of the code in Sydney, naturally he was closely watched.

The article covered all the particulars of football career, etc., and according to the tone of it and the secretary's communications to Craig. they appear very anxious to obtain his services. No monetary offer has been tendered to Craig as yet. He has not done anything definite in the matter, and it is probable (which is only natural) that he is waiting for an offer. I am inclined to think that Craig would be a success under the code. The position in which it is proposed to try him is at centre forward."

Robert Robertson Craig was a multi-talented sportsman who played for both the Balmain AFC and Rugby clubs. He represented Australia in Rugby tours of England and won the Gardiner Cup in 1905 as a centre-forward for the Association football team.

Whilst on a 1911-12 Wallaby tour of the UK, he would consent to a trial at Aston Villa. He would play one game for Aston Villa reserves, scoring a goal. However, he would not stay, and returned to Australia.

1913

Interstate game between NSW and Victoria reinstated after 25 years.

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1914

Commonwealth Referee's Association Formed

1915

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1916
Over 1000 recognised football players serving in the AIF

8th August : The South Hobart Club present the Fater of Tasmanian Football, JB Honeysett with a gold smoking pipe as a small token of their appreciation for him introducing 'the beautiful and clever game of association football to them'. Honeysett's son JH, would later travel to France and fight in WWI where he was wounded.

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1917
First AIF teams plays in France

1919
Returned servicemen boost ranks - ASA back on the agenda

8 teams in Victoria.

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1920

23 July (Melbourne) : Soccer enthusiasts are delighted at the re-establishment of the annual "international" match, which is to be played at Fitzroy on Saturday. The game was played each year before the war, but when the tocain sounded for the "greater game'* there was no Englishman left to play, and so the British Association code languished. Now back from the front the "soccer" men are at their game again, and the international England v. Scotland will be played on Saturday.

The teams are as follows :

English.-J. Robinson, J Lamb, R Longthorp, W Barrett, P, O'Hara, J Grieve, G. Brown, G. Maxwell. W Church, and E. Thomas.

Scotch : J Baird,  J. Ogilvy, G. Raitt, J. Sheppard, J. Cameron, T. Spencer, W. Biggart, R Robertson, T. Lowe, L. Carr, and A. Fletcher.

One thousand spectators turn up to Middle Park to see Melbourne Thistle take on Osborne House (Geelong Submarine Base).  There were 16 teams competing in Victoria.

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1921

The conference of the Commonwealth Football Association, which has been proceeding for the last three days in the Victorian Amateur Athletic Association rooms, came to an end yesterday, when the visiting delegates left for Sydney. 

The delegates reported rapid progress of the game in their States. In Sydney 104 schools are competing in different grades, Victoria being the only State in which the game is not being played in the schools. In discussing the possibility of bringing out an English Association team it was found that, owing to the inability of the association to raise funds, the project would lie abandoned for a time.

Meanwhile steps are being taken in New Zealand, Queensland, and New South Wales to raise the necessary money. Other States will also be called upon to contribute amounts to be fixed.

The following office-bearers were elected;- President Mr. H. Dockerty (Victoria); vice-presidents, Messrs. W. A. Cumming (Victoria), A. McDowell (WA), C. F Barlow (NSW), M. T. Thompson (SA), Major Cottreil-Dormer (Tasmania), J. W Kendall (Queensland); secretary, Mr EH Lukeman (NSW)

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1922

First International tour by an Australian National team - to New Zealand

Queensland's W Bratten talks about the tour - pdf download

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1923

At the Amateur Sports Club yesterday the annual conference of the Commonwealth Football Association (Soccer) was commenced. 

The delegates discussed the question of arranging a series of interstate matches to be played against a New Zealand team which will tour Australia this year. Another important matter before the Conference was the bringing out this year of an English team, the cost of which is estimated at £12,000. 

The English Association had not yet been able to arrange the tour. It was hopeful of doing so, and had referred the question again to the international selection committee. If a tour in 1923 could not be arranged, a visit in 1924 is certain.

One method of financing the tour considered by the delegates was the issuing of non-interest bearing debentures, the amount to be taken up by the States and New Zealand, being as follows: New Zealand and New South Wales, £3,000, Queensland, £2,000; and £750 by the four other States.

Hong Kong "Chinese" University team tours.

Australia and New Zealand compete for the 'Anzac Ashes' - The Secretary of the Queensland Football Association donated a Razor Case he had with him at Gallipoli during WW1. The two captains, Gibb (Australia) and Campbell (New Zealand) smoked cigars at two dinners arranged on the tour. The cigar ashes were then put into the mounted razor case (please see image).

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1924

Canadian team visits - plays 6 games.

See the Canadian tour gallery HERE

The Argus Newspaper reports that in 1923 40 gross of soccer balls were manufactured. In 1924 that figure rose to 144. This was of concern to the Victorian Football Association (Aussie Rules)

The Commonwealth Football Association receives a telegram from London confirming that an English FA tour will take place next year beginning in May. £6,500 was initially raised to fund the tour and it was estimated by the CFA, that £8,000 to £9,000 would eventually be needed. An appeal was made to the various State Associations, including teams and supporters to help raise the funds.

1925

4th April (London) : The English FA team leave Tilbury, travelling to Australia by the steamer Orsova. The FA team manager was 70 year old John Lewis.

See the English FA Tour Gallery HERE

At the MCG 10,600 spectators turned up to see the match between Australia and England. It is reported that at 2.30pm the crowd was small but in the last half hour, the crowd came very thickly. A ticket to the stand cost 3/6, whilst a general admission ticket was 2/. The MCG authorities were extremely pleased at the 995 pounds that were taken in gate receipts.

8th March (Melbourne) : A 5-a-side tournament is held at Newport's ground. Twenty four teams entered the knockout competition, with teams from Geelong, Lincoln Mills, Preston, Footscray Thistle, Brunswick, Spotswood and Albert Park taking part.

26th May (Melbourne) : The English FA team travel to Olinda for a bush lunch before heading to Sydney.

6th June (Melbourne) : A dispute between the Referee's Association and the Victorian Amateur British Football League resulted in the referees refusing to to take the field. Volunteers stood in, and the round was played.

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