Historical information

Australian rules football began being played on a regular basis in Cheltenham in 1890. Teams would not only play locally but travel by train fairly long distances, such as to Ballarat, for the day, play a game, turn around and come home. The Cheltenham home games were played on a paddock on the corner of Park and Charman roads in Cheltenham. In 1907 the Cheltenham progress committee made an application to the board of land works for land in Weatherall Road for recreational service to the public. That application was received and granted, then developed where Cheltenham Recreational Reserve now stands. The ground was opened in 1909 and the first Cheltenham side entered in the newly formed Federal Football League along with seven other foundation members, Mordialloc, Mentone, Moorabbin, Frankston, Glenhuntly, Elsternwick, and Ellindale. The grand final for that year, 1909 was a hard encounter between Cheltenham and Ellindale with Cheltenham coming out victors, thus becoming the inaugural Federal Football League premiers. The Federal Football League (FFL), also known simply as the Federal League, was an Australian rules football competition in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. The competition was in existence from 1909 to 1981 and was regarded as one of the strongest metropolitan leagues in Melbourne.

Physical description

Black and white image of the players and officials of the Cheltenham Football Club. Back (left to right) G Puttick, Franklyn (sic), Unkown, Unknown, C Corstorphine, D Arland, Dave Hughes, H Bryant, Centre: T Elliott, S Parsons, F Judd, H Foreman, N Corstorphine, J McCormack, S Chandler, H Orr. Front: H Clayton - no other names recorded. The players are wearing what appears to be a range of club jumpers, with some in street wear. Some players seated in the front row have mud visible on the soles of their shoes, indicating they may have already played a gam. The ball on the ground in front of the group is round.

Inscriptions & markings

Round red sticker on reverse with handwritten text: X10
Handwritten in blue ink: A11, with a circle around it
Handwritten in red ink: 50%