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Inauguration of ELLIS PARK STADIUM – South Africa

Special postage pictorial cancellation – Gift for Sports on stamps collectors

Ellis park Stadium on postage stamp

Special Cover bearing the Rugby Ball pictorial special postmark cancellation and the Ellis park  Stadium. Gift for sports on stamp collectors, stadium stamp collectors , rugby stamp collectors and the pictorial cancellation collectors. The Ellis Park Stadium was inaugurated on 15th May 1982.

With the official inauguration of the new Ellis Park stadium on May the 15th 1982 Transvaal rugby enters a new era.

Rugby came to South Africa when Hamiltons was formed in 1875 at the Cape. Soon various unions followed, W.P. in 1883, Griqualand West 1886, E.P. 1888 and Transvaal in 1889. W.P. Bill Taylor was elected first president of the T.R.F.U. and games were played at the old Wanderers club. In November 1908 the president of the union J.H. Crosby suggested to John Dowell Ellis, an engineer to the Town Council, after whom Ellis Park is named, that an old brick quarry in Doornfontein should be converted intosportfields. In January 1909 a positive reply came from the “Dorpsraad” and Committees were instructed to draft a lease but they dallied beyond 1912 while school children and soccer teams played in the red dusty clay at Ellis Park.

In 1927 the president G. Devenish and T.F. Tucker revived the issue. Architect Gordon Lief prepared plans, grass was
planted and the lease contracts were signed on June 11,1927. The first match took place in 1928 between Transvaal and
Natal. Under leadership of J.Z. le Roux president since 1965, a new world-class stadium for supporters of the game was
mooted and achieved in 3 years. The stadium seats over 70 000 and has 250 private suites.
May you spend many enjoyable hours at your own ELLIS PARK in the years to come.