Challenge Cup Competition
Career: 1870 - 1875
One of the Carlton stars of the early 1870's.
(The Herald. June 14 1919)
Sam Wallace (above) appears in a group collection of Carlton players who were the 1871 Challenge Cup winners.
1871 Wallace played in a Carlton Second Twenty match against Carlton United
in a 15-20 aside game at Royal Park, Saturday 26th August.
1871 October 7
S. Wallace played in the Challenge Cup final against Melbourne.
'The Footballer' wrote about the Carlton 1875 premiership side,
"..........George McGill and Wallace have shown better form than ever."
(The History of The Carlton Football Club, Brian Hansen p30)
Annual General meeting April 23 1875.
As was the custom in those years illuminated addresses were presented to top star players Billy Monie, Jack McHarg, S.Wallace and J. Blanchard in appreciation of their services during season 1874.
( The Carlton Story, H.Buggy and H.Bell. p33)
1875 The Argus named Wallace in a Carlton First Twenty side to play against a Carlton 25 in a scratch match at Royal Park on Saturday 8th. May.
1875 One of the heavy brigade, and a splendid worker, possessed of great pluck and endurance, and not easily shaken off.
(The Footballer. 1875. p27)
End of 1875 season,
The departure of Harry Guy ,Jack Donovan , Wallace, J. Blanchard, Billy Monie, Billy Lacey and John Macgibbon left huge gaps in the team structure.
(The History of The Carlton Football Club, Brian Hansen p,31,)
1876 S. Wallace transferred to South Adelaide.
In August 1877 a South Australian team made up of locally born players played a team made of Victorian born players. Former Blues, G. Kennedy, K. Kennedy, W. Dedman, and S. Wallace played.
By 1878 Sam Wallace was captain of South Adelaide.
Sam Wallace pictured in the South Adelaide team in 1879, courtesy S. A. State Library.
1879 June 24
The South Australians gathered at Jackman's restaurant prior to travelling to Melbourne.
Various toasts were made and S. Wallace proposed at toast to the South Australian Football Association which was responded to by another former Blue, Billy Dedman.
Another former Carlton champ Alf McMichael captained the Croweaters.
1886 The Australasian reporting on South Adelaide's visit to Melbourne, mentions that the club was founded by former Carlton players S. Wallace and George D. Kennedy
1926 April 22
The News (Adelaide) p10, ran a story on the history of football.
In reference to the South Adelaide club;
"Few of the foundation members of the blue-and-whites are still living, but Mr. George Sharp, who was the second secretary, was connected with the club in its first days, and has a good claim to the title of father.
According to him, those who were the prime movers in the formation of the team were the late Mr. Kingston, and Messrs. G. and K. Kennedy and S. Wallace. The three last named were Victorians, and played football with Carlton. It was on that account that blue-and-white was adopted to as the colors of the team.
Mr. Sharp said that the Kennedy brothers and Wallace were largely instrumental in forming the association, which today is known as the South Australian Football League.
Prior to their arrival in this State scratch games only were played. They inaugurated a body, which arranged games between the Adelaide teams.
George Kennedy was the first captain of the team, and upon his retirement from the position was followed by Wallace."
1926 June 11 p14
Sport, an Adelaide newspaper, wrote about the players of the South Adelaide team of 1877.
Sam Wallace, a grand back, hard to pass splendid kick, shows no sign of falling off with increasing years, one of the best place-kicks in the colony."
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