Football


Sport
It has been said that Australians are ‘sports crazy’.
This section has songs, stories, jokes and lore associated with sport.

 

FOOTBALL

“The game seemed to be one for Messenger only. Messenger here, there and everywhere.” – news item.
The image [right] is of H. H. “Dalley” Messenger.

When Dalley Kicked the Goal

after “Casey at the Bat”
The Whistle May 7th, 1910

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A football song from Melbourne

The Day That I Played Football

Australian Melodist No 20
Mitchell library 784.8/A
Written by PAT FINN for FRANK CLARK

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This sporting song, spotlights the South Melbourne Football Club, and also the Melbourne equivalent to the Sydney Larrikin swells.

I’m One of the South Melbourne

Written for WILL WHITBURN by LANCE LENTON

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The “Pushes” That Ridein a Van

AUSTRALIAN MELODIST NO 21
Airó”A Motto for Every Man.”
Written by Lance Lenton

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The Football Premiership

Words by PAT FINN
Music by L. B. CARRICK.

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Australia’s Game – Football

Composed by John McIver & Pat Finn

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Katoomba Federals rugby league team cry

‘Blue Mountain Echo’, 31st August 1923
This belonged to the Katoomba Federals rugby league team and the journalist described it as ìa cross between a Maori haka, a bit of Abo., and present-day Aussie. The effect of it is terrifying, and while their opponents are getting over the shock of it the Federals wade in and pile up points ñ that is, when it works well.î The transcription was, he said, ìas near as the writer can get to it.î It might have helped them to the final of the Blue Mountains competition in 1923 but in the match that counted Springwood defeated the Federals by 8 points to 6. [ – John Low]

ìThe emu, the kangaroo, the wallaby, the wombat!
The emu, the kangaroo, the wallaby, the wombat!
Mammy-kaka-wow! Mammy-kaka-wow!
Hee! Hah! Ainít she a beaut!
Wi-pukker-au! Tin opener!
The Federals!î