East Melbourne Cricket Ground


East Melbourne Cricket Ground

The East Melbourne Cricket Ground (EMCG) was a sports venue located at the corner of Wellington Parade and Jolimont Parade, in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The ground adjoined the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and was not that far from Richmond Football Club's Punt Road Oval, all three grounds being cited in the area fomerly known as Captain Lonsdale's Cow Paddock, now Yarra Park.

History

The ground was opened in 1860 and closed in 1921, after which it was demolished to make way for an extension of the Jolimont Yard railway sidings. The site has now been taken over by a housing estate, a feature of which is a semi-circular housing block with a tower.

Four first-class cricket games were played at the ground in the 1880s, including the Smokers v Non-Smokers match on 17–21 March 1887, in which the Non-Smokers made 803, at the time a world record innings score.

East Melbourne Cricket Club was the most successful member of the Victorian Cricket Association during the 19th Century and early 20th Century, winning more than half of the VCA's Premierships during that period. The club was formed in 1857 as the Abbotsford Football Club but they soon changed their name as part of a putsch to use the EMCG. The team mainly consisted of Scotch College old boys. When the club lost the use of the ground in 1921, they amalgamated with the Hawthorn Cricket Club to form the Hawthorn-East Melbourne Cricket Club and moved to Hawthorn's Glenferrie Oval.

The ECMG was also used for Australian rules football. The ground hosted the first ever interstate football match, on 1 July 1879, between Victoria (represented by the VFA) and South Australia. The match was attended by more than 10,000 people, a big crowd for a weekday at that time.

After EMCG closed, one of its wooden stands was moved to the HEMCC's Glenferrie Oval where it stood until 1965 when it was replaced by the Dr A.S. Ferguson Stand.

Tenant clubs

Tenant football clubs of the ground included:

* East Melbourne, who used the ground until the club disbanded in 1881.

* Essendon, who used it from 1882 to 1921. (Because of the loss of their ground in 1921, Essendon Football Club amalgamated with Essendon Association Football Club who played in the Victorian Football Association (VFA), and moved to Essendon Association's home ground, the Essendon Recreation Reserve (now colloquially known as Windy Hill.

* University, who used it from 19081910.

* 30 VFA finals were played at the popular East Melbourne ground between 1903 and 1921.

* Melbourne City, a VFA club nicknamed "The Citzens" used the ground during their two years in the VFA (1911–12). Melbourne City lost all the games they played.

ee also

* History of Australian rules football in Victoria (1853-1900)

References

* Caruso, Santo; Fiddian, Marc; Main, Jim; "FOOTBALL GROUNDS OF MELBOURNE"; 2002; Pennon Publishing, Melbourne.


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