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Gloucestershire v Australia October 1st 1908


Australia beat a Gloucestershire side 16-0 on 1st October 1908 at Kingsholm, Gloucester in front of 8,000 spectators. Included in the line-up were 3 Clifton players.

Gloucestershire   Australia



Philip Patrick Carmichael Brisbane and Queensland


Gloucester and England (captain)

Daniel Brendon Carroll St. George and New South Wales


Bristol and England

Edward Francis Mandible Sydney District and New South Wales



John Joseph Hickey Glebe and New South Wales



Charles "Boxer" Russell Southward and New South Wales


Gloucester and England

Frederick Wood Glebe and New South Wales



Christopher Hobart McKivat Glebe and New South Wales


Gloucester and England

Herbert Michael "Paddy" Moran (captain) Newcastle and New South Wales


Gloucester and England

Norman Edward Row Eastern Suburbs and New South Wales



Thomas James Richards Charters Towers and Queensland



Sydney Albert Middleton Glebe and New South Wales



Patrick Aloysius McCue Newtown and New South Wales



Charles Ackroyd Hammand Sydney University and New South Wales



Thomas Sydney Griffin Glebe and New South Wales



John Thomas Barnett Newtown and New South Wales


Back Row (L-R): C.E.Brown (Vive-President), R.A.Roberts (Hon.Sec.), E.S.Bostock-Smith (President), H.Lowther, C.J.Woolf. Standing: ?, V.Fuller-Eberle (Clifton), W.W.Hoskin (Clifton), F.Feltham (Bristol), A.Redding (Cinderford), H.Berry (Gloucester), A.Teague (Cinderford), J.H.Tratt. Sitting: ?, E.Fuller-Eberle (Clifton), J.Hyndham (Cinderford), W.Johns (Gloucester), A.Hudson (Gloucester) (Captain), ?, B.Davy (Cheltenham), W.Stichcombe (Lydney), M.A.Neale (Bristol), J.Hart (Hon.Treas). On Ground: D.R.Gent (Gloucester), ?.

To identify J.L.Matthias (Bristol), T. Elliot (Gloucester)

Above a photograph of the Gloucestershire side that played Australia on 1st October 1908 at Kingsholm, Gloucester with Clifton's Worthington Wynn Hoskin, Victor and Ellison Fuller-Eberle.

The book "The First Wallabies" account of the match is

The Wallabies travelled to Gloucester for the second match of the tour at the Kingsholm Ground on Thursday 1 October, where an exoectant crowd of 8,000 paid £350 in gate money to witness the spectacle. In brilliantly fineconditions, described by one newspaper as 'tropical', Glocestershire lost the toss and kicked off into the sun. The play at the outset was in the County half. The home forwards made good ground in the mauls but were constantly turned around whenever the Australian forwards fed the ball wide to their backs, who showed sizzling pace conditions, described by one newspaper as 'tropical', Gloucestershire lost the toss and kicked off into the sun. The play at the outset was in the County half. The home forwards made good ground in the mauls but were constantly turned around whenever the Australian forwards fed the ball wide to their backs, who showed sizzling pace. Carmichael took a clearing Gloucestershire kick which just failed to find touch on halfway and grazed the upright with his attempt at a dropped goal.

Fifteen minutes into the game the Australians won a line-out from a Gloucestershire throw-in and the ball sped along the back line for 'Boxer' Russell to cross wide out with opposing winger Hudson clinging to his shoulders. Carmichael converted from a difficult angle to make the score 5-0. The Wallaby eight were now dominating the mauls and winning tight heads from the Gloucestershire feed in the scrums by pushing the home forwards off the ball with ease. It seemed the visitors' set-positioning in the scrums was bearing fruit. The Australians were also dominant in the rolling mauls and short-passing rushes, which led to Russell's second try when Wood received a good ball from his forwards and sent the right winger careering down the blind side to score wide out. Carmichael's attempted conversion was just wide, so that the Australians led 8-0. Richards and Moran continued to dominate in broken play, reaching the loose ball at the breakdown of play well ahead of their opponents. The tourists were utilizing some clever tap-backs to Wood in the line out, a tactic that would eventually backfire on them in Wales. Wood and McKivat were creating reverse passing moves and run-around backing-up to create the extra man. From such a ploy Barnett received a short inside pass from McKivat and crashed over wide out. Carmichael's conversion attempt spun just wide of the goal posts, but the Wallabies went to the half-time break with a comfortable 11-0 lead.

Following the interval the Australian backs once again exhibited exceptional speed, but in their eagerness to score tries the passing was sometimes sloppy, causing the outside backs to overun the leather. A revitalized Gloucestershire team attacked enthusiastically early in the second half but were repulsed by some fierce tackling. Winger Maurice Neale left the field with an injured shoulder leaving the County with fourteen players, Moran's offer of a substitute apparently not being taken up. Hickey and Mandible continually changed places in the centres in an effort to confuse the Gloucestershire defence but the home side grimly resisted wave after wave of backline assaults. (At that time the Australians normally played an inside and a specialist outside centre, while in Britain the centres remained on the left or right of the field.) Finally, just before full-time Wood scored a converted try following a reverse pass from five-eighth McKivat to make the final score Australia 16, Gloucestershire 0.

Australia 16 (Russell 2, Barnett, Wood tries, Carmichael 2 conversions) defeated Gloucestershire 0. Crowd: 8000, Referee: T.D. Schofield (Wales).

Australia Backs: P.P. Carmichael, D.B. Carroll, E.F. Mandible, J.J. Hickey, C.J. Russell Halves: F. Wood, C.H. McKivat Forwards: H.M. Moran (captain), N.E. Row, T.J. Richards, S.A. Middleton, P.A. McCue, C.A. Hammand, T.S. Griffin, J.T. Barnett.

Gloucestershire Backs: B. Davy, A. Hudson (captain), M. Neale, V.F. Eberle, E.F. Eberle Halves: D.R. Gent, T. Elliott Forwards: W. Johns, H. Berry, A. Teague, A. Reading, J. Hyndman, W.W. Hoskin, W. Stinchcombe, F. Feltham.

Above the Australian captain Herbert Michael "Paddy" Moran

Above Charles "Boxer" Russell scorer of 2 tries for Australia

Above try scorer Frederick Wood

Above kicker Philip Patrick Carmichael