club started as a local cycling club inaugurated in 1894 by Mr T.K. Irving
and Dr C.L. McCarthy as the Footscray Cycling club. The club held and
supported cycling and sporting events in Footscray and Melbourne. Initially
the club was housed for its first 10 years in Nicholson Street.
the social nature of the club overtook the sports functions and
the Footscray Club became a purely social club. In 1909 the club
began the construction of its permanent facilities in its present
location on Paisley street a two storey building complete with offices
storage and a bar.
Up until the
present day the club remains like many social clubs a non political
and democratic organizaton serving the local Footscray and wider
Club Historical Artifacts
Below are a few historical
bits and pieces gleened from various on line and internet resources. They
provide an interesting insight to the Club's past.
Here is the
earliest article found to date from 1899 taken from the Argus
newspaper on the running of the club under its first president
Dr. C.L McCarthy. (Argus Newspaper 10 Feb 1899).
sporting interests have never waivered as this advertisement from
1915 shows (Argus Newspaper May 7, 1915)
A Sad Note
announcement of the passing of Dr. C.L. McCarthy in 1916.
A very interesting
controversy reported in 1920. According to this article, the club
was originally owned by the original president Dr. CL McCarthy
and was sold to the club after his death. However because of the
consumption of alcohol in the club (which was apparently not licenced)
a faction of the club claimed ownership of the club (with the
blessings of Dr McCarthy's executors) and claimed the sale was
void. A new club was formed by the faction and the club members
were excluded from both the new club and club house. This was
the basis of the law suit by the original members of the club.
Despite agreeing with the motives of the executors and new club
members, the judge found in favor of the original members on the
basis of law. (Argus Newspaper 21 Dec 1920).
aluminium tokens were recently up for auction in Melbourne. What
were they used for? Club tokens (for drinks, etc.) were popular
early in the last century. But how many drinks could 4 shillings
Does any one
know the origin of these tokins? Are they from our club or the Football
Read more about our
History in "The Footscray Club"
and "When women
you have any old books, brochures, advertisements or clippings about
the club let us know! We would love to put them up on the site for all
members to enjoy.
can learn a lot more about the history of Footscray at the Footscray Historical
are located on the web at http://home.vicnet.net.au/~foothist/welcome.htm
in Footscray at "Ercildoune" Society Headquarters
66 Napier Street, Footscray, Vic 3011
can also find some spectacular historical photographs of Footscray by