The South Melbourne club that was formed in 1884 is the earliest known soccer club to bear the name South Melbourne. The club was part of what was then called the Anglo-Australian Football Association. The main trophies played for were the George and George Challenge Cup and the Beaney Cup.
Games were played at the following venues:
- Albert Park
- Carlton Cricket Ground
- East Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Fawkner Park
- Middle Park
- Richmond Cricket Ground
- Scotch College Cricket Ground
- South Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Warehousemen's Cricket-ground
During this era soccer in Melbourne appears to be largely confined to the South Melbourne/Prahran/Albert Park region, with the exception of Carlton. Like other Melbourne soccer clubs, and formal Melbourne soccer fixtures in general, it appears to cease operations after 1890, although improvements in digital newspaper databases are shedding new light on this part of Melbourne's soccer history.
What links, if any, this club has with later soccer clubs also named South Melbourne remains unclear.
Season by season record Edit
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