Query Ross Faulkner footies in the AFL?

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Robert S Don was another early player in the football market
born in Bendigo (1875-1928) he apprenticed at a harness
company in Ballarat building a factory in Brunswick in the 1900s
Don was making footballs from 1910


punching ball patient
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/202187462



Picture of Mr Don
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/184826694
Wonder if he worked/knew the Burley Brothers, whom i believe moved from Ballarat around the 1900's to Perth.
 

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Fred Swale (1878 - 1934) Swale's wattle brand
would be another competitor in the pre WWI

was a long term Sherrin employee
starts advertising around 1912

seems to have had more success with cricket ball manufacture

the endorsement they have in their ads is the GVDF Association


 
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The Perth ban on non WA footballs seems to end in the mid 50s

West Australian 24/08/1954
IMPORTED FOOTBALLS TRIED BY CLUB

Footballs manufactured in Victoria were used for the
first time by East Fremantle for its home game against
East Perth last Saturday.

East Fremantle lost no time in taking advantage of a decision
made by the W.A. National Football League, at its last meeting, to allow Victorian
balls to be imported.

It was East Fremantle which suggested that the long-standing ban on balls, other than
those made locally, be lifted.

The East Fremantle secretary (Mr. Roy Smith) said' yesterday that the Victorian Ross
Faulkner balls, which had been used on Saturday, had met with the general approval of
his players.

Considering the bad weather on Saturday, East Fremantle
had an ideal day for the experiment.

"The balls were thoroughly soaked in the rain and yet
they were in perfect shape after the match," Mr. Smith said.

"Now we must wait to see how long the balls will last.

"At least we are safe in the knowledge that they do not deteriorate as quickly as locally
made balls, which have been useless even for training purposes--after one game."

Mr. Smith said that his club used 170 balls or more during a season.
 

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Rubber Football - invented, patented, trialed, discarded

In the mid 30s a E.J Clutterbuck held a patent for a rubber/canvas
covered football

this was trialed in suburban leagues and evaulated by the state leagues

Its postitives were water resitatance the negatives appear to be
that it did not behave like a leather football



http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/188377344

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/133469675

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/128486898



This could be the same Clutterbuck years later
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/91755202
 
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I still vividly remember being told by a north Adelaide footballer conducting a clinic at my small rural south Australian school sometime in the mid 90s that the footy "wouldn't bite me".

That was a Faulkner footy. Were they used in the SANFL at that time?

Was in a league that used Burleys later on. Like balloons
 

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My memory is of Adelaide using the Faulkner in home games in the 90s. I assumed sometime after that the AFL did an exclusive deal with Sherrin.
 

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What's with the "Match II" moniker any way?
Was there ever a Match I?
I think it comes from the original Rugby Ball

Rule 1–- ..The ball to be used shall be the no2 size Rugby (26 inches in circumference)
(Laws of the Game – Victorian Football Association (1877) - Source:The Yorker, 2010, Issue 41 p25
 

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I've probably opened a can of worms here but what it appears is that there were a miscellany of bulls in use prior to 1907 under various names but Sherrin in 1908 took the lead but there was still the Burley/Sherrin divide in 1930.

Or is that too simplified.
If you are talking just about the old VFL, then I think Sherrin dominated the market. But the VFA, WAFL, Country leagues etc were a battleground for the all the various ball manufacturers. I think the big changes in the importance of the Sherrin 'Brand' happened after the emergence of the AFL as an elite league above the other leagues.
 

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ABC Radio national podcast about the Clutterbuck football (from 2015)

 

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Apologies if this isn't an appropriate question for this thread! But I am trying to find some old footballs - specifically Chesson, Burley or Rovers (although i am not confined to these).

Do you fine football fans know where, or how, to source some? (gumtree, ebay excluded - as I have obviously been looking) Are there any football clubs that have a trove hidden away? Is there an old sporting warehouse with some?
 

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Apologies if this isn't an appropriate question for this thread! But I am trying to find some old footballs - specifically Chesson, Burley or Rovers (although i am not confined to these).

Do you fine football fans know where, or how, to source some? (gumtree, ebay excluded - as I have obviously been looking) Are there any football clubs that have a trove hidden away? Is there an old sporting warehouse with some?
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More Burley History

Western Mail 1946


"A sample of a local made Football was offered by H. Burley, of Beaufort-street" (bottom of page 13)
West 1907

"When 'Joe' Burley was a youngster living in Bridge-road, Richmond, he
found a great deal to interest him in the activities of the shop next door, where
a man named Goodacre manufactured footballs and other sporting requisites."

Who was Goodacre?"
Daily News 1929

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Sands Melbourne 1885 bridge street

interesting com here about J.F Burley
 
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