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The FA Tour of Australia, 1925

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At the end of the 1924-25 season the Football Association sent a touring party to Australia under the leadership of Mr John Lewis, by now something of a Grand Old Man of the game.
Billed in the local press, of course, as 'England' the tourists enjoyed a 100% success record and averaged 5.5 goals per game. There were 4 'Test Matches' against Australia (these were not recognised as full internationals).

07.05.25     

Perth Metropolitan XI 

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8

FA XI

Perth

09.05.25     

Western Australia 

0

7

FA XI

Fremantle

14.05.25    

South Australia 

0

10

FA XI

Adelaide

16.05.25    

Australia XI 

1

4

FA XI

Thebarton

20.05.25     

Victoria

0

7

FA XI

Melbourne

23.05.25     

Australia XI 

0

5

FA XI

Melbourne

30.05.25    

New South Wales 

2

FA XI

Sydney    

03.06.25     

Sydney Metropolis 

1

3

FA XI

Sydney  

06.06.25    

Illawarra District 

0

FA XI

Wollongong

08.06.25     

New South Wales 

1

4

FA XI

Sydney

13.06.25     

Northern Districts 

0

FA XI

Newcastle

17.06.25 

 Ipswich and District 

0

FA XI

Ipswich

20.06.25 

Queensland 

0

11

FA XI

Brisbane              

24.06.25 

North Queensland   

0

9

FA XI

Bundaberg       

27.06.25 

Australia 

1

5

FA XI

Brisbane              

29.06.25 

Toowoomba                

0

FA XI

Toowoomba

04.07.25 

Australia 

1

2

FA XI

Sydney      

08.07.25 

Newcastle              

0

FA XI

Newcastle

11.07.25     

Australia 

2

8

FA XI

Maitland

15.07.25     

South Maitland 

1

FA XI

Cessnock

18.07.25 

Australia 

0

5

FA XI

Sydney     

21.07.25    

Granville District 

1

FA XI

Parramatta  

25.07.25 

Australia   

0

FA XI

Melbourne

01.08.25 

Western Australia   

1

5

FA XI

Fremantle

03.08.25 

Western Australia 

1

5

FA XI

Perth 


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GK

Teddy Davison*

The Wednesday

Harry Hardy*

Stockport County

FB


Stan Charlton

Exeter City

Joe Hannah

Norwich City

Cecil Poynton

Tottenham Hotspur

HB


Jimmy Hamilton

Crystal Palace

Len Graham*

Millwall

Billy Sage

Tottenham Hotspur

Tom Whittaker

Arsenal

CH

Bill Caesar**

Dulwich Hamlet ***

Charlie Spencer*

Newcastle United

IF


Jimmy Walsh

Liverpool

Jack Elkes

Tottenham Hotspur

Bert Batten

Plymouth Argyle

Billy Williams

West Ham United

CF

Ernie Simms [c]*

Stockport County

OF

Charlie Hannaford

Clapton Orient

Stan Seymour

Newcastle United


* full internationalist
** amateur internationalist

The 18 players were from the following Divisions:
Div 1- 8
Div 2- 5
Div 3- 4
Isthmian League- 1***
 *** Caesar was 'on the books' at Darlington (Div 3) in the 1924-25 season but didn't make any first team appearances.

Bert Batten- scorer of  47 goals during the tour 

John Lewis was never one to shy away from controversy. He reported the  Australian FA  for paying  their players £1 per day, a £5 bonus and broken time payments. Mr Lewis also disapproved of their use of substitutes.


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