Saturday September 30 - Melbourne Ground
The match was abandoned with Melbourne 1-0 up after spectators spilled onto the playing arena, making it impossible for the match to continue. Other sources say the Reds had a goal to Thomas disallowed.
To settle the matter of the Challenge Cup the two sides met on neutral ground a week later.
Some sources say the match was played on the MCG proper.
Leader - 07/10/1871