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1894 Chronology

1894 Chronology


Overview
Position: Eleventh
Won 4, Drew 1, Lost 13, Goals For 77, Goals Agst 125.
Captain: George Sparrow
Vice Captain: James Parker
Leading Goal Kicker: Fred Alsop (21)
Debit Balance: L90 8s. 9d.

April
Fri. 6
Match fixtures are centralised under a committee. All clubs will play the same number of games and all will meet each other at least once during the season.
__ Vaucluse changes its name to Richmond City, and opts to play as a first rate junior club on the redeveloped Richmond City Reserve.

Sat. 21
An undermanned Richmond (16 players) lose to Fitzroy Junior (23 players) in the club’s first appearance on the City Reserve.


May
Sat. 5
Richmond defeats Williamstown in its first VFA game of the season. It is the first time in its ten year history that Richmond began the premiership season with a win.
Fred Alsop’s five goals equals George Sparrow’s and Billy Brown’s club record for the most goals kicked in a premiership game.

Sat. 19
“Markwell” for The Australasian described Jimmy Parker as, “... all day on the ball working like a tiger”. Although a passing reference and not a personal - let alone a team - moniker, this phrase is possibly the earliest written reference to any Richmond player as a tiger.
The Richmond Guardian reports that Arthur Lewis had resigned from the secretaryship of Richmond City and has been replaced by George Peckham-Beachcroft.

Mon. 21
Richmond’s head trainer Jimmy Strawbridge breaks his leg while coaching some of the players.

Sat. 26
At the last minute seven or eight substitutes had to be found for members of the “usual” Richmond team.
Melbourne defeats Richmond by one goal. Richmond will protest the result claiming that one goal awarded to Melbourne sailed over the post. The protest will be unanimously dismissed.


June
Sat. 16
Richmond leads Essendon 5 - 2 to 3 - 4 at half time. In the second half Richmond kicks only one goal and ultimately loses to the Dons by five goals.

Tue. 19
Essendon’s captain Alec. Dick writes a letter denying that he stated he will not play at Richmond again on account of rough play, further, he commends Richmond’s first half.

Fri. 22
The Herald reports that some Richmond “reserves” are/were indignant at being continually overlooked and had/will refuse/d to play.


July
Sat. 21
George Sparrow represents Victoria against South Australia on the MCG.
_ The VFA appoints Jimmy Eastman (Richmond), J. Sloss (South Melbourne), and Gardiner (__) as a committee to formulate a district scheme.

Sat. 28
Richmond’s game at Geelong is its first match since July 7.
Richmond travel to Geelong on the steamer Courier. A German band was engaged to entertain the party. A number of players were seasick.

Mon. 30
William Cornigo receives a ticket of merit from the Royal Humane Society.


August
Sat. 4
Richmond 3 - 6 defeats Carlton 2 - 5 to register the club’s first win on the MCG.
Richmond’s trainer, Jimmy Strawbridge, promised the team a smoke night if they defeated Carlton. It was held on August 11.

Fri. 10
The Herald reports that stale eggs were “discharged” into a group of Richmond players at training.

Sat. 11
A rough game is played between Richmond and Collingwood. Collingwood’s Monaghan throws Richmond’s J. “Pus” Catte into a RCG fence, and Jimmy Parker and Stokes (Collingwood) exchange punches.


September
Sat. 22
Charles Backhouse represents a combined VFA team against Essendon, the VFA’s premiers.

Wed. 26
The Richmond Cricket Club subtracts unpaid gas and water costs from the Richmond Football Club’s dividend for its final game. The football club would refuse the 30s. check.


October
Tue. 16
“The ladies of the Club” give a social evening to the players in the Town Hall. It raises L20 0s. 6d. for the club.

Wed. 17
After Jimmy Eastman writes to the Richmond Cricket Club explaining the “embarrassed financial position” of the football club, the cricket club agrees to send a check for full amount owed from the last match.

Sat. 27
The Richmond Racecourse hosts an Australian Football match between teams representing England and Ireland. Jimmy Parker and Alf Digby are members of the English team. Ireland wins 8 - 13 to 2 - 1.