THE COSMOPOLITAN CLUB SYSTEM 1874-1899
SENIOR GRADE PREMIERS 1874-1899
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This competition was run by:
Southern Rugby Football Union 1874 - 1891;
New South Wales Rugby Football Union 1892 - 1896; and
Metropolitan Rugby Union 1897 - 1899.
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Alternative listing of
Premiers, Runners-up (Premiers by SUFC records)
(See note below)
1874 Waratah (1874 Wallaroo)
1875 Balmain (1875 University & Waratah)
1876 Wallaroo, Waratah (1876 same)
1877 Wallaroo. University (1877 University)
1878 Wallaroo, Waratah (1878 Wallaroo & Waratah)
1879 Wallaroo, University
1880 Wallaroo, University
1881 University, Wallaroo
1882 University, Wallaroo

Gardiner Challenge Cup 1883-1889
1883 Redfern, University
1884 Burwood, University
1885 University, Wallaroo
1886 Gordon, University
1887 University, Arfoma (Final 12-0)
1888 University, Arfoma
1889 University, Strathfield

RAS Shield 1890-93
1890 University, Strathfield
1891 University, Zealandia
1892 Wallaroo, University
1893 University, Randwick

Union Medals 1894-96
1894* Randwick, Wallaroo
1895 Randwick, University
1896 Randwick, Wentworth

Nash Cup 1897-1899
1897 Randwick, Pirates
1898 Pirates, Sydney
1899 Wallaroo, Randwick

* In 1894, Wallaroo and Randwick finished equal first in points on the premiership table (after finals had been played). The NSWRU decided to award the premiership to Wallaroo because of their better scoring differential. So "officially" Wallaroo are the premiers, but listings of past premiers always show Randwick as premiers for 1894. Randwick had won the two finals played against Wallaroo.

Note: Tom Hickey (in his book "A Sense of Union. The History of the Sydney University Football Club" 1998) has a list of club premiers (Appendix 49 page 351) which differs (for the years 1874, 1875, 1877, 1878) from the lists published in the newspapers. Jack Pollard (in "Australian Rugby Union - The Game and the Players" 1984 - page 86) has the accepted list as used by the newspapers.

The “District Scheme” was introduced in 1900.

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