Explore the History of australian football

​Greg Stockdale

The ninth round VFL match between RICHMOND and ESSENDON at Punt Road saw the greatest comeback of the 1920 VFL season. Home side Richmond trailed at quarter time by 31 points, half time by 15 points, and by a daunting 35 points at the last change. In the final term, however, the Tigers played all over the Dons, adding 8.7 to nil to win with some comfort by 20 points, 13.17 (95) to 11.9 (75).  Richmond went on to win the premiership in 1920, while Essendon failed to qualify for the finals, ending up in sixth place.

Roy Cazaly


TFL, QFL, NTFA and NWFU competitions resume. VFA semi final between Footscray and North Melbourne abandoned because of crowd trouble. Grand final results - VFL: Richmond 7.10 (52) d. Collingwood 5.5 (35); SAFL: North Adelaide 9.15 (69) d. Norwood 3.3 (21); WAFL: East Perth 6.16 (52) d.East Fremantle 4.6 (30); VFA: Footscray 10.9 (69) d. Brunswick 8.18 (66); TFL: North Hobart 10.12 (72) d. Lefroy 6.16 (52); NSWAFL: Paddington 15.5 (95) d. Newtown 9.15 (69); NTFL: Wanderers 6.12 (48) d. Vesteys 3.9 (27); QFL: Wynnum 6.13 (49) d. Valley 7.4 (46); NWFU: Latrobe 8.11 (59) d. Ulverstone 5.6 (36); TSP: North Hobart 7.8 (50) d. Launceston 2.14 (26).  WA State Premiership: Not contested.  Other premiers - Launceston (Stories in 'The Weekly Courier' (2/9/20) and 'The Examiner' (3/9/20), uncovered by Ross Smith, make it clear that no finals series was conducted in 1920 to determine the season's premiers.  The game that is often cited as a premiership-deciding affair, in which Launceston defeated City 6.11 (47) to 4.3 (27), may actually have been the final, decisive roster match between the two clubs, previewed in 'The Examiner' thus: Should Launceston win they will be the premiers for 1920. Should City win Launceston will have right to challenge for another game. Should a drawn game result, North Launceston will again come into the running, and have a chance of winning premiership honours. 


​Wells Eicke


The 1920 Elmore Football Association challenge final between ELMORE and COLBINABBIN was noteworthy for the number of "ring ins" fielded by both sides. Fourteen members of Elmore's team were "borrowed" for the day, including Roy Cazaly, Wells Eicke and Billy Schmidt (St Kilda}, Bob Doherty, Mark Tandy and Archie Wood (South Melbourne), and George Ogilvie (Richmond). Not to be outdone, Colbinabbin also found places for a large number of "recruits" in their side, notably Paddy Doolan (Richmond) and Arthur Fehring, Charlie Fehring, Greg Stockdale and Leo Stockdale (Essendon). Elmore won fairly comfortably.

​1920 Snippets

Prior to the first world war the GOLDFIELDS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION had been a voting member of the Australasian Football Council, a status reinforced by the selection in Western Australia's 1908, 1911 and 1914 carnival teams of Goldfields-based footballers. After the war, however, the GFA's affiliation with the AFC was revoked, and so an agreement was brokered with the VICTORIAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, which was another prestigious body left out in the cold by the AFC. The principal purpose agreement of the agreement was to facilitate the transfer of players between the two organisations. It was also intended that matches between teams representative of the two bodies should be played annually, and the first such games took place in 1920 on the Goldfield. The results were: GAME ONE - GFA 9.14 (68) defeated VFA 6.18 (54); GAME TWO - GFA 9.11 (63) drew with VFA 9.11 (63); GAME THREE - GFA 11.6 (72) defeated VFA 6.17 (53).

​Billy Schmidt