CLUB JERSEYS

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

Card from c.1910 made by Valentine. Sydney University vs Sydney.
Card from c.1910 made by Valentine. Sydney University vs Sydney clubs.

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 season 1906Manly District Rugby Football Club card 1906

SYDNEY FIRST GRADE
DISTRICT CLUB COLOURS 1900-14

[photographs below from season 1906]

BALMAIN
Black & Gold 1900-14
balmain

NORTH SYDNEY
(now Northern Sub.s)
Red & Blue 1900-04
Red & Black 1905-06, 13-14
Red, Green & Gold 1907-12
norths

WESTERN SUBURBS
(now West Harbour)
Maroon & White 1900
Blue & White 1901-08
Bottle Green 1909-14
(Black & White from 1920)
wests

EASTERN SUBURBS
Black 1900-01
Red, White & Blue 1901-14
easts

SOUTH SYDNEY
‘Myrtle Green & Cardinal’ 1900-14
souths

NEWTOWN
Royal Blue 1900-14
newtown

GLEBE
Maroon 1900-14
glebe.jpg

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY
Blue & Gold 1900-14
university

SYDNEY
Black 1905-10
sydney

MANLY
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)
manly

ST GEORGE
(now part of Southern Districts)
‘Scarlet & White’ 1906-14
stgeorge

RANDWICK
Indigo & Gold 1914
(Myrtle Green from 1928)

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 Compilation & text © Sean Fagan – 2013.

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Dally Messenger played first grade for Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Club 1905-07.

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Smithfield Warthogs Rugby Union Football Club
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