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'Anyone But Barwon': The Bitter Rivalry Between the Geelong and Barwon Football Clubs in the Late 1870s

Pennings, Mark W. & Ruddell, Trevor (2008) 'Anyone But Barwon': The Bitter Rivalry Between the Geelong and Barwon Football Clubs in the Late 1870s. Sporting Traditions. Journal of the Australian Society for Sports History, 25(1), pp. 41-55.

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Abstract

The article considers the rivalry between the Geelong and Barwon football clubs in the late 1870s. Geelong was the older establishment club and was supported by pastoralists and private schools, Barwon was established in the mid-1870s and was supported by local manufacturers and was identified as a working-class club. Geelong and Barwon matches were generally controversial. Barwon was accused of bad sportsmanship by the older club, especially after Geelong lost the Challenge Cup to the younger club. A riot flared after the teams played a match in 1878 and this contributed to Barwon being disbanded. Despite the fact that Barwon's challenge to Geelong failed, the rivalry between them spurred Geelong to become a much more professional organisation, which eventually led to that club's dominance of football in the Victorian colony over the next decade.

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ID Code: 14302
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Australian football in the nineteenth century, Geelong football club, Barwon football club, Professional team sport in the nineteenth century
ISSN: 0813-2577
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 The Australian Society for Sports History
Deposited On: 07 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:09

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