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Alf McMichael        

Alf McMichael

Challenge Cup Competition - Victorian Football Association
DOB: 1855 Collingwood
DOD:
Career: 1875-1878 1880
1879: South Australian Captain. The first colony-state captain.


Alfred Stanbury McMichael ( a follower)

1876 Recruited from Carlton Imperials.
(The Carlton Story, H. Buggy and H. Bell p37)


Photo: Alf McMichael in the Norwood team photo 1879.

1876 Advancing to the first ranks of the "profession", a strong and active follower, cool and effective, and works hard.
(The Footballer. 1876. p34)

1877 Another who may be justly termed one of the champions of the Twenty, and has been very brilliant in the following department.
(The Footballer. 1877. p35)

South Australian club Norwood won 10 Premierships between 1878-1889.
Graeme Atkinson in his book,
"Everything You wanted To Know About Australian Football, But Couldn't Be Bothered Asking." p141,
Alf McMichael as a Norwood premiership player who captained South Australia but not his own club.
Former Carlton players played in these Norwood teams
A. E. 'Topsy' Waldron, Billy Dedman, W. 'Billy' Bracken, Loch J. Bracken George Bragge, and Alfred Wishart.

1879 Victoria played South Australia in the first intercolonial match on the East Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Alf McMichael was the inaugral captain of South Australia.

1880
The South Australian Advertiser 10 July, reporting on Norwood's Victorian tour said that when Norwood played Hotham on July 6th;
"Mr. McMichael, the captain of the Norwood Club, unfortunately broke his collar-bone."

1881 May 7
The South Australian Register reports that Norwood's McMichael "undoubtedly the finest player in the colony last season" has returned to Melbourne.

1881 A. McMichael went to South Melbourne.

1926 April 03
The News (Adelaide) in an interview with A. E. 'Topsy' Waldron, Topsy said;
"It was a toss up," he said, "whether I went to Sydney or came to Adelaide, but my friend Alf McMichael persuaded me to come to Adelaide. McMichael was one of those wonderful Norwood champions of those days. He was a fine ruckman and could run 100 yards in 10 seconds and follow all day."

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Trove; Sport (Adelaide) April 04 1929


1938 May 19
The Advertiser (Adelaide, p25) reported that Alf McMichael was now living in (58) Rose St. Armadale (Vic) had recently sent the secretary of the Norwood Football Club membership tickets from 1879, 1881, 1887.

Brother of Sam McMichael

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Footnote

2nd. Lieut. J. A. McMichael eldest son of A. S. McMichael of "Heathcote" 58 Rose Street, Armadale, K.I.A. Passchendaele France, October 12 1917. (previously listed as missing)
(Argus March 18 1918 p1)

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