The now defunct Brisbane Football Club
, formed in May 1866, is the first known football
club in Brisbane, Queensland
The club originally played according to what was then known as the Victorian Rules'
(previously known as 'Melbourne Rules', which would later become 'Australian Rules' football
). The club was formed before there was consensus for what became the Rugby football
rules (codified in 1871) and hence adopted the Melbourne interpretation of football rules over the Sydney interpretation of the time.
The attached image entitled "Soccer Team Brisbane ca 1870" (from the John Oxley Library at the State Library of Queensland
), if correctly dated, is more likely a photograph of a Brisbane 'Victorian Rules' team and possibly the Brisbane FC team (at that time, Victorian Rules' teams comprised 13 players, which matches the number in the photograph, and was played with a near-spherical ball
, as shown.)
1860s: First games
The Brisbane Courier
reported in late 1866: "ON the football ground, on Saturday afternoon, there was no match; but two sides were chosen, and a very lively game was played ...Five goals were kicked ... The football season will end in a few weeks and the committee of the club contemplate getting up some athletic sports as an appropriate finale." (now part of... Read More