Challenge Cup

Season 1876

 

Season Notes

 

Inclusion of matches

Only matches exclusively involving senior metropolitan provincial clubs not played at odds are included.

 

Scores listed here

Only full-time scores are listed. Behind totals were rarely reported, so all games only have the final goal totals listed.

 

 

 

Senior clubs

Senior metropolitan clubs in 1876 were:

 

North Melbourne was unable to arrange fixtures against the leading senior clubs in 1876 and elected not to field a team.

Many leading North Melbourne players represented Albert Park in 1876 which was consequently often referred to as “Albert Park cum North Melbourne” for this season.

 

Carlton Imperial lost many of its best players to Carlton during this season and did not re-appear as a senior club in 1877.

East Melbourne also had problems as the season progressed (mainly administrative) and failed to re-appear in 1877.

 

Provincial clubs

Senior provincial clubs in 1876 were:

 

The Albion club of Ballarat was in existence from 1873 to 1877 and is separate club from the Albion Imperial (formed in 1876) which went on to become South Ballarat.

Ballarat Imperial (formed 1875) was known as Ballarat Galatea in its first two seasons (1875 and 1876). It played no games with senior opposition in 1875 or 1876.

 

Geelong Imperial was formed this season as a merger of Kardinia and Corio Extended. It appears this club only played for a single season.

 

 

Results

 

 

Round 1

 

24 May 1876

Ballarat

2

Venue: Ballarat

 

Melbourne

2

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

24 May 1876

Geelong

5

Venue: Geelong; Attendance: 2000

 

East Melbourne

0

Result: Geelong won by 5 goals

 

 

 

 

24 May 1876

Geelong Imperial

2

Venue: Comun-na-Feinne Reserve, Geelong

 

Carlton Imperial

1

Result: Geelong Imperial won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 2

 

27 May 1876

Ballarat

2

Venue: Ballarat

 

Ballarat Albion

0

Result: Ballarat won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

27 May 1876

Melbourne

0

Venue: Melbourne; Attendance: 5000

 

Albert Park

1

Result: Albert Park won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 3

 

3 June 1876

Carlton

0

Venue: Royal Park; Attendance: 6000

 

Albert Park

0

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

3 June 1876

Melbourne

2

Venue: Melbourne; Attendance: 5000

 

Carlton Imperial

1

Result: Melbourne won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4

 

10 June 1876

Carlton

3

Venue: Royal Park; Attendance: 10000

 

Melbourne

0

Result: Carlton won by 3 goals

 

 

 

 

10 June 1876

Ballarat

1

Venue: Ballarat

 

Geelong

2

Result: Geelong won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 5

 

17 June 1876

St Kilda

0

Venue: St Kilda

 

Albert Park

0

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

17 June 1876

Carlton

2

Venue: Royal Park

 

East Melbourne

0

Result: Carlton won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

17 June 1876

Geelong

3

Venue: Argyle Ground, Geelong; Attendance: 2000

 

Barwon

1

Result: Geelong won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 6

 

24 June 1876

St Kilda

0

Venue: St Kilda

 

East Melbourne

0

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

24 June 1876

Geelong

0

Venue: Geelong

 

Geelong Imperial

0

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 7

 

1 July 1876

Carlton Imperial

1

Venue: University Paddock

 

Carlton

4

Result: Carlton won by 3 goals

 

 

 

 

1 July 1876

St Kilda

1

Venue: St Kilda

 

Geelong

0

Result: St Kilda won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 8

 

8 July 1876

Barwon

2

Venue: Geelong

 

Albert Park

0

Result: Barwon won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

8 July 1876

Melbourne

2

Venue: Melbourne; Attendance: 10000

 

Carlton

1

Result: Melbourne won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

8 July 1876

Ballarat

2

Venue: Ballarat

 

Ballarat Albion

1

Result: Ballarat won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 9

 

15 July 1876

St Kilda

0

Venue: St Kilda

 

Melbourne

3

Result: Melbourne won by 3 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 10

 

22 July 1876

Geelong

1

Venue: Geelong

 

Carlton

4

Result: Carlton won by 3 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 11

 

29 July 1876

St Kilda

0

Venue: St Kilda

 

Carlton

0

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

29 July 1876

Carlton Imperial

2

Venue: University Paddock

 

Melbourne

5

Result: Melbourne won by 3 goals

 

 

 

 

29 July 1876

Geelong

1

Venue: Argyle Ground, Geelong; Attendance: 3000

 

Barwon

2

Result: Barwon won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 12

 

5 August 1876

Albert Park

2

Venue: Albert Park

 

St Kilda

1

Result: Albert Park won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

5 August 1876

Carlton

3

Venue: Royal Park

 

East Melbourne

1

Result: Carlton won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

5 August 1876

Barwon

2

Venue: Geelong

 

Ballarat

0

Result: Barwon won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 13

 

12 August 1876

Albert Park

1

Venue: Albert Park; Attendance: 8000

 

Carlton

2

Result: Carlton won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

12 August 1876

Carlton Imperial

2

Venue: University Paddock

 

East Melbourne

3

Result: East Melbourne won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

12 August 1876

Melbourne

2

Venue: Melbourne

 

Geelong

0

Result: Melbourne won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

12 August 1876

Barwon

6

Venue: Geelong

 

Geelong Imperial

1

Result: Barwon won by 5 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 14

 

19 August 1876

Carlton

2

Venue: Picnic Reserve; Attendance: 5000

 

Melbourne

2

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

19 August 1876

St Kilda

1

Venue: St Kilda

 

East Melbourne

1

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 15

 

26 August 1876

Geelong

3

Venue: Geelong

 

St Kilda

3

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

26 August 1876

Ballarat

0

Venue: Ballarat

 

Ballarat Albion

0

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 16

 

2 September 1876

Carlton

4

Venue: Picnic Reserve

 

St Kilda

0

Result: Carlton won by 4 goals

 

 

 

 

2 September 1876

Melbourne

1

Venue: Melbourne

 

East Melbourne

1

Result: DRAW

East Melbourne claimed this game after Melbourne left the ground. The Footballer 1876 states it should still be considered a draw.

 

 

Round 17

 

16 September 1876

Carlton

3

Venue: Picnic Reserve

 

Barwon

0

Result: Carlton won by 3 goals

 

 

 

 

16 September 1876

Melbourne

2

Venue: Melbourne

 

St Kilda

0

Result: Melbourne won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 18

 

23 September 1876

Carlton

1

Venue: Picnic Reserve; Attendance: 5000

 

Melbourne

2

Result: Melbourne won by 1 goal

Melbourne's first goal was disputed.

 

 

23 September 1876

Geelong

0

Venue: Geelong

 

Geelong Imperial

0

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladder

 

 

Team

P

W

L

D

F

A

Points

Proportional Points

%

1

Melbourne

12

7

2

3

23

14

34

36.83

164.29

2

Carlton

13

8

2

3

29

10

38

38.00

290.00

3

Albert Park

6

2

2

2

4

5

12

26.00

80.00

4

East Melbourne

7

1

3

3

6

14

10

18.57

42.86

5

St Kilda

10

1

4

5

6

15

14

18.20

40.00

6

Carlton Imperial

5

0

5

0

7

16

0

0.00

43.75

7

Barwon

6

4

2

0

13

8

16

34.67

162.50

8

Geelong

10

3

4

3

15

14

18

23.40

107.14

9

Ballarat

6

2

2

2

7

7

12

26.00

100.00

10

Geelong Imperial

4

1

1

2

3

7

8

26.00

42.86

11

Ballarat Albion

3

0

2

1

1

4

2

8.67

25.00

 

Total

82

29

29

24

114

114

164

 

 

 

Notes:

 

- Games played at odds, or against Junior clubs are not included in the above ladder.

- Provincial teams are listed separately from Metropolitan clubs, as was customary of this era.

- No official system was used at this time to rank teams

      - Therefore, the Proportional Points system (officially used only from the 1888 VFA season onwards) has been used to rank teams in the above table.

- Where two teams are close on Proportional Points (less than 4.00 points separate) then head-to-head results between teams are used to rank:

      - Melbourne played Carlton four times for two wins, a draw and one loss

      - Albert Park played St Kilda twice and won once and drew once

      - East Melbourne played St Kilda twice and drew twice

      - Albert Park did not play East Melbourne

      - Geelong played Ballarat once and won

- Behinds were rarely recorded during this season. Games were decided by goals scored only, and behinds did not count towards the final score or in determining the result of matches.

- The percentage column of goals for divided by goals against is included as an indication only.

 

 

1876 premiers: Melbourne

 

 

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