Victorian Football Association
DOB: March 08 1854 Co. Cork Ireland
DOD: April 16 1916 Malvern Victoria
Left: Thomas Patrick Horan aged 24 is pictured among a montage of Australian Test Cricketers, image taken at Chuck Photographic Studios Ballarat in 1878. See Thomas Henry Chuck
For the complete picture see GENERAL: Team and general Pre-VFL images
(Image: courtesy National Museum of Australia)
1881 Horan has also played occasionally.
(The Footballer 1881 p24)
1881 July 23rd
Horan played in 4-1 victory against Melbourne at the East Melbourne C.G.
1881 July 30th
Horan played in the 2-5 loss to Geelong at the East Melbourne C.G. in front of 15,000 people.
1881 August 27th
Horan played in the drawn game (3-3) against Melbourne at the Melbourne ground.
Is this the same person?
If Thomas Horan played football in 1881 he would have been 26 or 27
T. P. HoranTommy Horan, aged 16 in 1870, played cricket for the Carlton club and in 1872 played in a Victorian team against the visiting English side.
Thomas Patrick Horan, March 8 1854 (1855 another report), Middleton Cork Ireland, - April 16 1916, Malvern Melbourne.
Played 15 Tests for Australia; R.H. Batsman and Bowler
Australian Test Cricketer No.8
The Carlton Cricket Club (July 1871) in its annual report for the 1870 - 71 season mentioned "....the appearance of the two boy colts, John Blackham and Thomas Horan ...." (Australasian July 22)
Horan emigrated to Victoria as a young boy and attended school in Fitzroy where he met (to be famous wicket-keeper) John Blackham and the two became life long friends on and off the cricket field.
Horan wrote about cricket for many years using the name of "Felix" in the Australian (Australasian?)
1916 April 17 Monday
Funeral of Thomas Horan took place at the Melbourne General Cemetery. Mourners included many cricket and sporting identities including Charles Forrester, George Robertson, and Curtis McFarland who claimed he taught Horan cricket.
(Referee April 19 1916 p13)
Tommy Horan was the Australasian's cricket writer who wrote for nearly 40 years under the nom-de plume "Felix", he occasionally wrote about former footballers.
He was a member of the first Australian cricket team to tour England in 1878. A year later he was a cricket writer for the Australasian newspaper until his death.