Birth of Association Football
Association football, or Soccer, as it is now popularly known, does not claim any distinct lineage. Its history is prac- ically the history of the modern re- vival of football in England over 60 years ago.
The formation of the Football Asso- ciation in London on October 26th, 1863, was the first attempt to regulate for many sections of footballers--the first and last effort to provide one code for and to all classes of players. The idea
for the formation of the Football Assoc- iation was to assimilate all the little differences of the various schools of football.
Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Charter- house and Rugby all had rules of their own, but the want of any arrangements for running with the ball was of itself sufficient to the court the determined oppo- sition of the Rugby division, whose re- tirement was practically the recognition of the Football Association as a separ-
lt was nearly a quarter of a century after formation of the British Foot- ball Association, to be exact, 1883, the colonising propensities of the British race having in the meantime been in- strumental in diffusing a love of foot- ball to the extreme limits of Great Britain's possessions, that from the primitive commencement of a mere kick- about on a vacant allotment in Mel- bourne-street, South Brisbane, sprang the Rangers Club, tbe progenitor of all the 300 clubs now playing Soccer in Queensland to-day. Such has been the remarkable strides made by the code that it was hardly possible to trace one characteristic feature of the original code formulated by the Football Asso- ciation in 1883 in the football played on that ground in Melbourne-street.
so great has been the growth of the game in Queensland since the period when players wore longish trousers, long moustaches. and even beards, that Queensland Soccerites now pride them selves on possessing 300 clubs--100 in the metropolitan area and 200 scat- tered in various parts of the State, on the North Coast as far north as Cairns, out to Cloncurry, and in Toowoomba on the Downs. It is estimated that close on 3000 Soccer players take the field in Queensland every Saturday after-
Within the last three years a verit- able Soccer boom has set in in Queens- land. Two teams from overseas-China and New Zealand--visited us the season before last. No other local sporting body can boast, of such a record-two international vi^it* in enc year, bast ena<.on the All Canadian team vas here,
and at present we have thc Englishmen 1 with us. The tinv it not far distaut
when America, Italy, Spoin, France,'
Bclcriuni, and other fureigu countries will he invited to send twains to Aus- tralia. There is no cainsayitur the f»rl Hint tíos marked steady progress of the Soi-cer code i», makin" Itwlf moro dian ever felt in this ribtr'et. and the fore-!
6ii»htfviness ci thc Q.F.A. to form a |
eensratu EssoeiH'on in Kockharr.iton next venr to Mo the clu^s here and in Mic North will be a °rcat stimulant to thr fume on the coast.
What the Visit of thc EnplUhmen
Thc idea of entering into competition wp h liugloiid originated ap far liaeh aa IS'ib, wbon, at thc termination of a Vic- toria v. New South Wales match, a selec- tion commiitoe waa appointed to visit Queensland «nd Victoria and get to- gether Australian players, to visit, Eng- land. The team waA, if possible, to include several aboriginal players. The projîet, howover, did not mature. Since that period Soccer cnirusiastt, in more re- cent years through the Commouwdatb Football Association, have strongly agitated to secure a loam for thc pur- pose ol' instructing Australian players
in thc manipulation of the rouu hal?.1 fio the visit of the Englishmen lirst mears, tho consummation o' these hopes and labours of well nigh 40 years.
It is well that prominence should I» given to thia, representing, as it dors,
U19 growth of Soccer tr a land of some-|
what different! («mperaniect to that in which it had its hirth. Considerable financial liability attachea to the lour, which will cost some £1S,000. Nearly £«000 mis required to cover the c.vpensos. of landing the team in Auslrnlia, and the fact th«t this amount, waa mb .scribed hy Soccer cntbiisio'-tB and other sporting men in record limo ie a strik-
ing evidence of thc glowing popularity
of the game.
The Englishmen arc providing irl;iiin^es of thc high scientific standard
j »f Sor-eer us it is, played on thc other
sido, HUI!, bellovin.? thut the Aussies aro curable of bobn^g their own in all branches of (.port, tho aim nf each and .-?very player is to attain thc same de jTCe ot' opi-fci-tiou.
The Queensland War Cry.
(Compiled after consultation with the Chief Protector of Aborigines Mr. J.
Kaialgumm Jenung Baiai baieir Yana Kaialgumm Jenung Baia baieir Yana Yana Kaialgumm Yana
Translation: Led by thee, O Chief, in
fighting, we kick with the foot. Go thee. O Chief, and present the challenge.
The war cry quoted is a combined welcomc and challenge, and literally means in English "Begin the fight, fight
hard, and may the best tribe win."
The stick handed by the Queensland captain to the English captain really represents the written challenge of war.
By a. uurroiv uurgiu the vii;tors rame oct again on top bêinro a gathering of
:*fi,0(l(i ipcclatois, who wiluessed a (Jirilliog game. There were many flue i.i'iit'ions, in the gnuie and sonic, brilliant work wa; r cu. Time and og.iin thu do
I fence of both irides wa« severely (jetted,
li it. lt stood tbe stiain, as the acores : indicate-'2 lo 1 in favour of England. This is thc hardest g.uue (he English nicu hme, hud mid it will lend oddi
'onal imerest to thc remaining tr-sU. And Australia were without Jliist^.r:, 'who i^ ]os-l. to them.
\'.-inu Yaua Vana