Samuel Barclay was present at the James Street Jetty amidst a group of Esperance municipal representatives to greet Governor Bedford upon his arrival in Esperance in 1904.

Samuel Barclay was a storekeeper, he took over the store from his father in law D.M. Peek and later sold to P.J. Blake. Samuel Barclay also served on the Esperance Roads Board in 1905.

Esperance Chronicle 3rd April 1896 reported.

An Esperance Football team was formed, named “juniors”.

In June 1897, a  football Association was formed;

President S. Balding.
Vice President John Coleman
Secretary Parkinson
Treasurer N. Steele.
Committee McKenzie, John Purchase, David Fienberg, W.R.Burton


The Four Teams: Rovers, Royals, Wasps, Pirates, Esperance.

Esperance v Pirates, 21 August 1897

Esperance Team; Parkinson, Peverill, Hymus, Dolton, Illes, Gobo, Perther, Burton, Clayton, Daw, Steele, Muir, Jones, Kerity, Kingsmill, Rushton, Thrupp, Abbot
Emergencies; Barker and Alt

Pirates Team; Burton, Balding, Barclay, Black, Downes (Captain), Harston, Hawke, Wadley, Luxton, Gray, Gray, Skill, Price, Peek, McNamara, Thruckle, Miller
Emergencies; Murphy, Wilkinson, Wopper

Esperance won 3.2 to 1.4 Royals, Esperance Premiers 1897, season was celebrated at a social and dance at the Bijou.



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