History of the Footscray Trugo Club
Luke Robertson has been researching the history of the original club and has been posting his findings on our blog. Here he writes about the formation of the club:
Footscray was the second Trugo club to form in 1937 only a few weeks after the Yarraville club was formed and granted permission to play in Yarraville Gardens. From the Footscray Advertiser at the time:
Footscray is joining with Yarraville to learn the game and then intend to form a club of their own. It is hoped that other suburbs will follow suit, as the game is a great one for old retired men and keeps them in good fettle.
Soon after the formation the club had their official launch at the Western Oval on May 14, 1937 (what we know now as Whitten Oval), and in June of that year the first ever inter-club match between Yarraville and Footscray was held. While the Footscray team unfortunately lost, it signaled a long era of Trugo in Footscray.