SYDNEY DISTRICT RUGBY CLUBS JERSEY COLOURS (1900-14)
written by Sean Fagan
The idea of sacrificing one huge crowd and so enable each district [of Sydney] to see first-grade football at its own door each Saturday is an excellent one. The rivalry of the districts is increased, the grounds are sure of a permanent fund for improvement purposes, and the cost of seeing the game, by reducing the transport expenses, is kept at the lowest possible limit.
— The Australasian
In 1900 the NSWRU (via the Metropolitan RU) did away with all the existing clubs in Sydney, apart from the University, replacing them with a “district scheme” that divided the city and suburbs following electoral boundaries.
Players were only permitted to play with the club which covered the area within which they were resident.
The new division gave us the district clubs for 1900: Balmain, Norths, Wests, Easts, Souths, Newtown and Glebe.
Following boundary changes new first grade districts were subsequently created to provide entry for Sydney (1905-10), Manly and St. George (both 1906-14), and Randwick (1914).
The Sydney club premiership competition is today known as the Shute Shield.
Manly District Rugby Football Club card 1906
SYDNEY FIRST GRADE
DISTRICT CLUB COLOURS 1900-14
[photographs below from season 1906]
Black & Gold 1900-14
(now Northern Sub.s)
Red & Blue 1900-04
Red & Black 1905-06, 13-14
Red, Green & Gold 1907-12
(now West Harbour)
Maroon & White 1900
Blue & White 1901-08
Bottle Green 1909-14
(Black & White from 1920)
Red, White & Blue 1901-14
‘Myrtle Green & Cardinal’ 1900-14
Royal Blue 1900-14
Blue & Gold 1900-14
White with Deep Red collar/neck/cuffs 1906
Navy Blue, Light Blue & red 1907-14
(‘Navy blue with inch bands of red round breast and arms’ 1910)
(now part of Southern Districts)
‘Scarlet & White’ 1906-14
Indigo & Gold 1914
(Myrtle Green from 1928)
Compilation & text © Sean Fagan – 2013.