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The General Committee of the O.R.F.U. met last night. Mr J. Allen, M.H.R., presided, and there were also present Messrs R. Chisholm, E. G. Morrison, W. D. Milne, T. Hunter, R. Martin, J. B. Waters, J. H. Chapman, and the hon. secretary (Mr F. Horne). The president (Dr Coughtrey) was also present, bnt bad to leave owing to an urgent engagement. The Secretary of the Maori football team wrote declining the offer of the Union—4o per cent, of the gross takings—for a match in Dunedin, and asked 60 per cent. During the discussion on the matter the opinion was generally expressed that the oner of the Union was a liberal one; but, in view of the probable disappointment of the public were the match to fall through, it was decided to offer the Maori team 50 per cent, of the gross takings. A request from the Nelson Union for a share of the gate on the match to be played between Nelson and Otago was declined, the secretary to inform the Nelson Union that the O.R.F.U. could not depart from the practice it has always followed in regard to interprovincial matches. The Montecillo Club appealed against the score of a goal got by the Alhambra Club in the match on the 18th inst., on the ground that the penalty of a free kick for off-side play had been granted without the appeal coming through the umpires as by regulation provided. As the evidence showed that the referee had acted under a mistaken impression in reference to the umpires’ flags, it was unanimously resolved that the score must be disallowed.

Applications from the Union and Alhambra Clubs to play matches against two clubs in Dunedin unaffiliated to the Union were refused ; and it was also decided to draw the attention of the Port Chalmers Club to a breach of the by-laws in this respect.

The Hon. Treasurer brought under the notice of the Committee the desirability of checking the custom that prevails in soma clubs of allowing men wearing heel and toeplates to play in matches.—lt was unanimously resolved to adopt stringent measures to suppress the evil at once.

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FOOTBALL., Issue 7920, 30 May 1889

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FOOTBALL. Issue 7920, 30 May 1889

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