For Want of a Goalkicker
Following the formation of Gloucester Football Club in 1873, the first 2 matches were played against the College (King’s School), and were won easily. Three further games were played against Hereford, Frampton and Cirencester, all of which resulted in scoreless draws. Five matches were also played in the club’s second season, 1874-5, against Cirencester, Hereford (twice), Western Counties and Newnham. Four of these matches resulted in scoreless draws, the only positive result being a loss to Hereford, by a dropped goal to nil.
There were plenty of tries scored in these games, but a try merely presented an opportunity to “try” to kick a goal, and only goals counted as scores. In the match against Newnham, Gloucester scored 4 tries to nil, but failed to convert any of them; whilst the Western Counties outscored Gloucester by 4 tries to one, but again none were converted.