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The Aucklanders bad a very soft thing at Nelson yesterday. Their score was six goals and seven tries to nil. The game to be played on Saturday on the Caledonian Ground will afford the people of Dunedin an opportunity of witnessing a style of football which may, perhaps, be novel to many of them, and concerning which a few particulars will doubtless prove interesting to our readers. In the United Kingdom, Scotland may safely be said to be the stronghold of Association football, and it is therefore somewhat remarkable that this game has not until lately taken vigorous root in Dunedin. But, although Scotland is its stronghold, even in England the clubs playing under Association rules are in a proportion of nearly two to one to those following the Rugby code. In Ireland and Wales also this game is generally played. It may be said at once that this is football pure and simple, as the feet are alone used to propel the ball. No handling of either player or ball is permitted under the Association rules, except in the case of the goal-keeper, who may handle the ball in defence of his charge. The ball used is round in shape—not oval. A goal is scored when the ball passes under —instead of over, as in Rugby—the crossbar. The players number only eleven a side, and the offside rule is very different to that of the other game, in that it does not necessarily follow that a player is offside because he happens to be in front of the ball when one of his own side plays it. If, at that time, there are three of his opponents between him and their goal he is onside, and may himself play the ball. There is plenty of room for both Rugby and Association to flourish in Dunedin, and it is hoped that the public will give the players of the latter some encouragement in their endeavors to establish their game here, by attending at the match on Saturday in goodly numbers.


Dr Coughtrey having expressed the opinion that Cran's injured leg would not stand tho buffetting of a tight match, the half-back has decided not to play against Canterbury. Thomas will, therefore, take Owen's place at three-quarter, Owen will play at half, and Reid (University) will play full-back. Tho latter is a fair all-round player, but does not come up to Thomaß as a full-back. It is to be regretted that Cran is unable to play, but the team as at present constituted should be able to hold their ground against the Canterbury representatives.

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FOOTBALL., Issue 8016, 19 September 1889

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FOOTBALL. Issue 8016, 19 September 1889

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