1877 Chronology

1877 Chronology

March 15 - 19
Former Richmond Football Club captain Tom Kendall represents Australia against England in the first ever Test cricket match. He would star with seven second innings English wickets. Tom will play in the second Test (March 31 - April 4) as well.

Tommy Horan, who will play with the Richmond Football Club in 1888, also plays in the first Test.

April 25
The second Richmond Football Club holds its last annual meeting.

May 7
The Victorian Football Association is established. It consists of “Metropolitan Senior Clubs and Provincial Clubs that don’t accept a handicap.” The foundation members were Melbourne, Carlton, Hotham, Albert Park, St. Kilda, Ballarat, Beechworth, Castlemaine, Inglewood, Rochester, Geelong and Barwon. Its primary purpose is to coordinate inter-colonial matches.

May 12
“Nomad” in The Leader notifies the football public that, “the Richmond (football) club has ceased to exist.” He adds that, “In all probability, however, a new club will be formed in a locality which has such a pronounced number of promising juniors.”

June 9
Melbourne and Carlton play on the MCG before 10,000 paying spectators. It is the first football game played on the MCG since July 1869.

Aug. 11
The two leading Richmond football clubs, Richmond Standard and Warwick draw one goal apiece.

Sept. 25
The Richmond Cricket Club decides to ask the Minister for Lands for permission to enlarge the RCG to the north and west.

During the 1877 season the RCG is enclosed with shrubs donated by David Watt.