1924 AND 1925 - JUST STRUGGLING ALONG
JUST STRUGGLING ALONG
With a new president, the ever industrious Roy Beardsworth and a new coach in ‘Tassie’ Roberts, the Chelsea club was once again buoyed with some enthusiasm for the 1924 season. With young talent coming through from the Under 21’s and an air of expectation existed about the place.
Aspendale entered the competition looking resplendent in their royal blue and white colours and were drawn to play Chelsea in the first round. The Seagulls scored a two goal victory then suffered a narrow two point loss to Black Rock before registering a narrow win over Bentleigh. This was a much improved start on previous years but the momentum couldn’t be maintained as the club just couldn’t compete with the stronger teams from the north. Still, six wins for the season was a significant improvement on previous seasons.
The Juniors had now also joined the Federal Association and were finding the going a lot tougher with their opposition consisting of teams with a larger proportion of older players. Chelsea were forced to use younger players to make up their numbers.
Season 1925 was one best forgotten. A narrow loss to hoodoo team Edithvale in Round One triggered a string of 13 losses in a row; confidence waned and the endeavour sagged. Finishing last with just three wins was deflating but there was still cause for some optimism as the Junior Under 21 team was starting to become much more competitive, and several players looked promising.