A programme for the 'Complimentary Social tendered to the Team and Officers of the Norwood Football Club ... to celebrate the Club winning the Jubilee Premiership, year 1887 ...'
[Adelaide], T.S. Carey & Co., [Printers], 1887.
A scallop-edged and blind-embossed card (158 × 104 mm), with the lengthy title on the top half and the programme of musical events below it.
The card is slightly marked and creased, with minimal loss to a bottom corner tip; it is mounted on a small sheet of aluminium (external dimensions 171 × 124 mm, with marginal traces of prior framing); overall, in very good condition.
The Norwood Football Club was formed in February 1878; 'the club won a premiership in its debut year. With South Australia having only recently adopted the Victorian code the presence in the Norwood side of a preponderance of ex-Victorians obviously contributed to the club's success, but an astute administration was arguably just as significant. Not only was the team successful at home, in 1880 it became the first South Australian combination to defeat a Victorian side ... The 1878 flag was followed by five more in succession, and indeed before the turn of the century the club had won no fewer than eleven premierships and never once finished lower than third' (John Devaney). This social evening took place at Newlyn's International Hotel on Thursday, 29 September 1887. Although this attractively-presented premiership celebration programme may be just one of a possible eleven such nineteenth-century events, any one of them must be classed as a rarity.