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1895 Chronology

 

1895 Chronology

 
Position: Twelfth (2nd last)
Won 4, Drew 3, Lost 11, Goals For 80, Goals Agst 127.
Captains: George Sparrow, Dick Kelly
Vice Captains: Dick Kelly, James Parker
Leading Goal Kicker: Fred Alsop (19)
Revenue: 132pounds 0s. 0d. Debit Balance: 65pounds 9s. 5d.
Membership: 149

January
___ 23
The Richmond Cricket Club agrees with the football club’s idea to form a joint sub-committee to manage the ground.

March
Thr. 21
At Richmond’s annual meeting Jimmy Eastman with 61 votes retains his secretaryship by a mere twelve votes from W. Reid.

April
Tue. 2 The first entry is made in Richmond’s oldest surviving minute book (1895 to 1898).

Wed. 10
The Richmond Cricket Club and the Richmond Football Club agree on a new arrangement regarding the management of matches at the RCG. Football club committeemen manning the gates and the admission for boys at 1d. are two of the resolutions agreed upon.

Sat. 13
On Easter Saturday Carlton defeats Richmond six goals to five in the first senior (non-premiership) football game on the Richmond City Reserve. A portion of the ground is set aside for the ladies.

May
Sat. 11
Dick Kelly makes his premiership debut with Richmond as the club’s vice captain.
The match ball had to be replaced after it was kicked into a Yarra Park tree where it became lodged. The replacement football will be described as a pudding.

Sat 18
The match between Richmond and Carlton is very late in starting. In the Richmond MB all that is documented is that 'the Secretary explained the cause of delay and it was unanimously agreed that the explanation be deemed satisfactory'

June

Saturday 8
Richmond players, Catte, Davis and McNamara are selected to represent the club in the Footballers Champion Race as part of a charity day. None of the players make the final heat.

Wed. 19 George Sparrow’s resignation as Richmond’s captain is accepted with regret by the committee. This article suggests he wished to be unrestricted in position on the field.
Jack Stewart is appointed assistant secretary as Jimmy Eastman might be in the country on business.

Sat. 22 Melbourne 15 - 13 defeats Richmond 7 - 9 at the RCG in Richmond’s 200th premiership game.
Dick Kelly is elected captain before this game against his old club.
George Sparrow kicks two goals in this match but injury will prevent him from playing again this season.
Melbourne’s 15 goals against Richmond is the most yet kicked on the RCG in a game by a team.

July
Mon. 1
The Richmond Football Club receives a letter from the Melbourne Cricket Club. It complains that the Richmond Cricket Club refused to admit its members to the recent Melbourne match at the RCG on the presentation their tickets. The football club will reply that they had nothing to do with the matter.

Sat. 27
The RCG hosts its 100th Richmond premiership game. Richmond 6 - 4 draws with Port Melbourne 6 - 8.

August
Sat. 3
Because only 19 men turned up for Richmond’s game at Williamstown, Jack Stewart, a former player but now the assistant secretary, filled in as the twentieth man despite being a “wee bit on the heavy side”.

Tue. 6
Jack Stewart is unanimously elected a life member of Richmond. Technically he is the first playing member of the club to be so honoured.

Thr. 22
Jimmy Parker and J. “Pus” Catte are two of four VFA ring-ins for the country team Warragul. Parker had played against Warragul one week earlier for Victorian Railways.

Sat. 24
Dick Kelly is ill so vice captain Jimmy Parker assumes the captaincy despite being “off colour” as well.

September
_ Richmond’s win over Carlton on September 7 is eulogised in poetry in The Richmond Guardian.
Sat. 21
Port Melbourne defeats Richmond in the last game of the season. Port invited Fitzroy, the premiers, to their ground to watch the match.