– Timeline

Football in NSW has had some successes and failures and some incidents that are all that important.

Nevertheless the History Society wants to document all the significant football events that have taken place in NSW since the game was first played in this state since the late 1870s.

With that in mind we are calling on those from various parts of the state who have an interest in the game and who maybe able to provide some dated stats that we can add to the timeline that we intend to post on the site.

For example:

  • Australian football was first played in Sydney in 1878;
  • On 13 July 1878 a club was formed in Wagga Wagga;
  • In July 1881 a club was formed at West Maitland and called Northumberland;
  • The first football match was played in Broken Hill on 4 April 1885 when the teams, Day Dream and Silverton met;
  • It was first played in Grafton on 11 July 1885 when the Grafton and South Grafton clubs played off;
  • In 1890 Victor Trumper was playing in the Sydney Club’s second eighteen;
  • In 1911 the NSW Football League purchased an old racecourse in Botany Road, Alexandria and turned it into their own as the Australian Football Ground.
Grandstand at the
Australian Football Ground

And the list goes on.

If you have information that you think might be important enough to add to our Timeline, let us know, drop us an email here.

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