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1886 Chronology

1886 Chronology


Position (unofficial): Fourteenth (2nd last)
Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 16, Goals For 48, Goals Agst 95.
Captains: Tom Graham, Fred Wookey, George Smith
Vice Captain: Fred Wookey
Leading Goal Kicker: Alfred Hill (7)
Revenue: 216pounds 8s. 9d. Debit Balance: L24 15s. 9d.
Membership: 318

Note: The points system of Goal = 6 pts and Behind = 1pt was introduced in 1897.
Before then only goals counted towards the score.

March
Mon. 15
The Cremorne Football Club changes its name to the Richmond Juniors Football Club.

Mon. 22
The East Richmond Football Club holds its first general meeting.

Wed. 24
At Richmond’s first annual meeting James Charles is presented with mounted photographs of members, players and officials of the Richmond Football Club in 1885. The event is held at the Richmond Town Hall, with approximately 600 people present. J.C Winn presides as President.

April
Tue. 6
A second twenty is to be formed by Richmond and Charles W. Cupit accepts the secretaryship of it.


Sat.24
Non-Premiership
Richmond 10-21 def Rich. Juniors (23) 2-3
(The Australian has Richmond 4.20 def Rich Juniors 3.10)
W. Wells was central umpire
Tom Graham was captain, Fred Wookey vice captain.
Mr Shore captained the Juniors.


May
Sat. 1

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Essendon2-42-53-?5-9
Richmond0-02-22-?2-7

Goals: Syle, Powell
East Melbourne Cricket Ground. attendance: 3,000

Richmond 2nds 0-0 lost to Essendon 2nds 4-11 on RCG
(n.b The Australian listed score as Ess 4.7 to Richmond 0.6)
It is Richmond 2nds first game.

Richmond Juniors 5-12 def Yarraville 1-9.


Wed. 5
'Goal Post' in The Sportsman refers to Richmond as the “Yellow Boys”.


Sat. 8

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 1-6 1-8 3-? 4-19
Footscray 0-2 0-10 0-? 1-12

Goals: Syle, Armstrong, Kelso, Stephens
Richmond Cricket Ground attendance: 3,000 - 4,000

Richmond 2nds 1-6
St. Kilda 2nds 0-7


Sat. 15

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 0-1 3-3 3-? 3-9
Carlton 1-8 2-11 ?-? 5-20

Goals: J. Stewart, D. Elder, Purcell
Richmond Cricket Ground attendance: 3,000
Richmond 2nds 4-2 Carlton 2nds 4-6
Paddy Purcell faints from “over exertion” and is carried from the field during a rough game against Carlton.
The “club flag” is flown at half-mast out of respect to the memory of the late Ben Marsh, an official of the second Richmond Football Club and a former proprietor of the Royal Hotel.


Sat. 22
Richmond players Fred Wookey and Dave Elder represent Victoria against New South Wales at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Richmond 2nds 5-22
North Richmond 4-6


Mon. 24

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 0-1 0-2 0-? 0-5
Pt Melb 1-4 1-8 2-? 2-16

Richmond Cricket Ground
J. McDonald breaks his right leg in Richmond’s Queen’s Birthday game against Port Melbourne.


Sat. 29

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
RICHMOND 0-1 0-4 1-11 4-12
WILLIAMSTOWN 1-5 3-8 5-13 5-15

Goals: Kelso (2), Wookey, J. Stewart
Richmond Cricket Ground

Richmond 2nds 1-
Will’town 2nds 5-


June
Sat. 5

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
UNIVERSITY 0-5 0-6 1-9 1-12
RICHMOND 0-1 1-2 2-2 2-6

Goals: Bartlett, Kelso
University Cricket Ground

Richmond 2nds 10-21
University 2nds 2-3
Richmond’s second twenty becomes the first Richmond Football Club team to kick ten goals in a match. It defeats University’s seconds 10 - 21 to 2 - 3 at the RCG.


Sat. 12

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
RICHMOND 0-1 0-2 1-4 1-4
FITZROY 2-1 3-3 3-4 4-10

Goal: Hill
Richmond Cricket Ground attendance: 1,500
Richmond 2nds 4-7
Fitzroy 2nds 2-4


Sat. 19

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
HOTHAM 1-0 3-6 3-9 3-19
RICHMOND 0-2 2-3 3-5 3-6

Goals: R. Owen, Hill, Kelso
Hotham Recreation Reserve
J. Kelso kicks Richmond’s 50th goal in a premiership match.

Richmond 2nds 3-12
Hotham 2nds 5-7


Fri. 25
The Richmond team travels to Ballarat. It is the club’s first trip beyond the metropolis and Geelong.


Sat. 26

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
STH. BALLARAT 1-6 2-9 - 8-14
RICHMOND 1-1 1-2 1- 1-6

Goal: Syle
Eastern Oval attendance: 5,000
Richmond are defeated by the senior Ballarat club South Ballarat.


July
Sat. 3

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
RICHMOND 1-0 1-2 2-4 2-7
SOUTH MELB. 2-4 5-7 5-10 6-15

Goals: Hill, Stephens
Richmond Cricket Ground attendance: 3,000
Three leading players, the captain Tom Graham, Jack Taylor and Dave Elder, are stood down from Richmond’s team because of their actions on the Ballarat trip. Harry Layton, Alf Searle and Paddy Purcell refuse to play without them. The former three were “asked to resign” and the latter three were expelled.
Fred Wookey assumes Tom Graham’s role as captain.
Due to the dearth of senior players, six juniors are called up from the second twenty. The second’s game against Brighton is cancelled.


Sat. 10

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
RICHMOND 1-3 2-6 3-9 3-12
STH. WIL’TOWN 0-3 0-7 0-7 1-12

Goals: Salmon (2), Kelso
Richmond Cricket Ground
George Smith captain’s Richmond.

Richmond 2nds -
Kew -


Thr. 15
The Victorian Junior FA cancels the playing permits that it had granted conditionally to the six expelled/resigned Richmond players.

Sat. 17

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
ST. KILDA 3- 3-2 3- 4-8
RICHMOND 0- 2-3 2- 2-16

Goals: F. Owen, Syle
St. Kilda Cricket Ground

Richmond 2nds 6-17
Fernside 0-0

Sat. 24

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
RICHMOND 1-1 3-4 4-7 5-9
MELBOURNE 2-1 2-4 3-8 4-11

Goals: C. Over (2), Powell, G. Smith, Mullally
Richmond Cricket Ground

Richmond 2nds 3-9
Melbourne 2nds 1-3

Sat 31

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
FOOTSCRAY - 1-4 1- 1-7
RICHMOND 0- 0-7 0- 0-14

Western Reserve attendance 1,000

Richmond 2nds 2-7
Fitzroy 2nds 1-7

August
Sat. 7

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
SOUTH MELB. 1-9 2-13 4-16 4-23
RICHMOND 0-2 1-4 1-6 1-8

Goal: Hill
South Melbourne Cricket Ground attendance: 5,000

Richmond 2nds 1-8
Coburg & Brunswick 3-0

Sat. 14

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
RICHMOND 0-8 1-9 1-14 1-16
GEELONG 1-3 3-12 3-14 7-18

Goal: Carroll
Richmond Cricket Ground attendance: 2,500

Richmond 2nds 3-20
St. Francis Xavier 2-7

A collection was taken by the RCG crowd for J. McDonald, who broke his leg on May 24 against Port Melbourne.
A 'high north wind' prevails during the afternoon.
An advertisement appears in The Age newspaper from the Richmond Cricket Ground curator, wanting to purchase a horse.

Sat 21

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
RICHMOND 0-4 1-5 1-9 1-10
ESSENDON 0-1 2-6 3-6 5-9

Goal: G. Smith
Richmond Cricket Ground

Richmond 2nds -
Prahran 2nds -

Sat. 28

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
WILLIAMSTOWN 1-3 4-7 5-10 5-11
RICHMOND 0-2 1-2 3-2 3-7

Goals: Stephens, Hill, Over
Garden’s Reserve attendance: 2,000

Richmond 2nds 8-11
Will’town 2nds 0-3

Richmond Juniors 4.18.42
Clifton 0.2.2

September
Sat. 4

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
FITZROY 3- 4- 5- 6-8
RICHMOND 0-0 0-2 0-2 0-2

Fitzroy Cricket Ground
George Smith again replaces Fred Wookey as captain. Smith will captain the club in the next game as well, but Fred Wookey captains Richmond in the majority of games following Tom Graham’s dismissal.

Sat. 11

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
MELBOURNE 1-5 1-6 1-11 5-13
RICHMOND 0-0 0-2 0-4 2-6

Goals: Harper, Hill
Friendly Societies’ Ground

Sat. 18
CARLTON 4-2 7-8 8- 12-18
RICHMOND 1-1 1-1 2- 4-7
Goals: Hill, Main, ????, ????
Princes Oval
Carlton’s twelve goals against Richmond at the Princes Oval marks the first time an opposition club had kicked ten or more goals against Richmond.

Sat. 25
RICHMOND 1-5 1-7 - 4-11
UNIVERSITY 0-3 0-4 - 1-9
Goals: J. Stewart, Stephens (2), Syle (1)
Friendly Societies’ Ground

Juniors:
Richmond Juniors are runners up to North Park in the Victorian Junior FA premiership.

Ground:
During September and October the Richmond Cricket Club adds another dressing room and a curator’s room to the pavilion with a shower-bath attached to each. A scoring/press box and a skittle alley are constructed, and a second asphalt lawn-tennis court is installed. The playing field is extended over the bicycle rink and seats encircle the ground.

November
_ An intercolonial football conference introduces a range of sanctions to punish clubs and players who practice professionalism.

Club Annual Awards/Honours 1886
George Smith is presented with a Silver-mounted pickle urn at the RFC’s 1887 annual meeting. The urn was donated by Mr. Thomas of Swan St. and the recipient was determined by the RFC Committee.