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Siu,—The weather of Saturday being all that could be desired for football, induced myself like many others to travel as far as Mosgiel to see, what was expected, a very good exposition of the game, and in that the spectators were not disappointed, the game throughout being fast and furious. Tho object of this letter is not to criticise the game, but the action of those who followed the Alhambra from towu. During the game, but more particularly after the match, on the Mosgiel station, repeated also on arrival at Dunedin, Mr Chapman was subjected to the most disagreeable remarks. Immediately on hia appearance at the station three groans wore given him, followed by the singing of the old "apple tree ditty." If there had been any cause for such behaviour it might have been expected that his actions would have been severely criticised ; but, as one who was present from beginning to end of the game, I must positively assert that Mr Chapman acted in a fair and impartial manner, excepting perhaps when he did net order Noel off the field for wearing shoes vvhioh are contrary to the laws of the gamo; but instead of carrying ont the authority he possessed, he referred tho matter to the captain of the Taieri team, who not offering any objection, Noel was allowed to play, showing clearly that he was not partial towards the country team. I understand that Mr Chapman was acting in the capacity of referee on behalf of the Rugby Union, and if such is the 'case it should endeavor to find out tho leaders in this unseemly and insulting conduct against one of its oiticers, more especially as the gentleman insulted has done more for football in this town, if not in New Zealand, i than any other individual. The captain of the Alhambra team did what he could to stop the mouths of the crowd, and expressed to Mr Chapman in my presence that it was not his team that were conducting them I selves in such a blackguardly manner.—l am, etc., A Spectator. ! Dunedin, June 18.

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FOOTBALL "BARRACKERS.", Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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FOOTBALL "BARRACKERS." Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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