Sportsman Wednesday Sept4th 1889 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/227939136
“The losers prepared to pay and look pleasant as the Essendon players missed shot after shot
for goal, and the barrackers, in place of blasting the buglers, endeavored to encourage and, at the same time, console them. The means used to bring about this same encouragement differed from the barracking of the old days. And I must confess it was a considerable improvement
on the old style. In place of the hoarse old admonitions to which we have been accustomed, “On the ball, Billy” or “Kick it with your foot" (on occasions where the barracker was fearful lest the
player should "kick " with his head) we were treated to barracking set to music. A sort of war song in fact, and a most extraordinary war song. Something about 'The Same Old Essendon."
Always I should imagine a sad and mournful dirge, the refrain on Saturday, as chorussed by the Essendon barrackers, when Geelong's victory was almost assured, was rendered
piteouslv plaintive, but in spite of all the barracking in rhyme is a long way preferable to barracking in blank— very blank — verse.”
North Melbourne Advertiser Friday October 4 1889 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/66151630
Essendon, still cherish the hope that next year will again see the red and black prominent and that they will reverse the words of the famous war song and prove the same old Essendon, Beginning well and ending badly, but begin well and finish as they started and above all learn to kick goals”.
The Express and Telegraph Fri Aug 30 1889 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/208313185
The dark blue team were the first to make their appearance on the ground, and when the Essendon appeared their supporters immediately started chanting the " The same old Essendon" with an exultant vigor that showed how confident of victory they were.
The Herald Sat 12 April 1890 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/241354818
"The same old Essendon" _____ joyfully did the barrackers and supporters of this club attune their voices, and with much' vigor did they warble in the earlier portion of last season, when the redoubtable South Melbourne went down before them. They gave their supporters hopes that having beaten South from that time— '24th May—to the end of the season their march would be a triumphant one.
Geelong Advertiser Mon 8th Sept 1890 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/150704803
Finlay, who, with a running shot, scored first goal for the same old Essendon," minus the musical accompaniment, which the club's choir in the days of old treated the onlookers to.
Barrier Miner (Borken Hill) Friday 21 August 1891 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/44071307
…..while the stentorian cheers of the red-and-black supporters went up, flags and colors were waved, and they broke into their jubilant chorus of "The same old Essendon," now well known on Melbourne football grounds.
An interesting insight into music in Melkbourne in the 1890’s
The Australasian Sat 9th July 1892 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/138031454
In composition, nothing short of a bonus could have managed in a few short years to convert the obituary columns of the daily newspaper from a melancholy corner into a column of perennial interest. We have got as far as the football song, and there are thousands in Melbourne to-day who discover nothing finer in our literature than " The Same Old Essen don," and who think the " Charge of the Light Brigade " spiritless and out of date as compared with " The Bonnie Carlton Blue."
Geelong Advertiser Monday 15th August 1892 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/150771609
….kicked ninth goal for the Essendon team, the crowd cheering vociferously, and the vocal band striking up " Same old Essendon." The performance was repeated three minutes afterwards, when Christian gave Thurgood a mark and tenth goal for Essendon was recorded.
The Australasian Sat Oct 8 1892 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/138034719
"Hail to the red and black - same old Essendon." So sings Mr. Manning and all Jolimonters.
The Herald Sat 13th may 1922 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/246760739
Once more the joyous notes of "Same Old Essendon," the battle cry of the eighties and nineties, when Essendon were the invincible , team in Melbourne' football, arose and floated over the peaceful streets of a suburb that felt; that its real gala day; had at last arrived.!
Weekly Times Sat Oct 3, 1896 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/221201432
At the same, time it is recognized that the supremacy of some other team will do no harm to the game. The triumphant song of the "same old" Essendon, is apt to become monotonous, when heard for more than four seasons out of six.
Punch THur 16th July 1908 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/176017631
The big crowd left well satisfied (and they were hogs if they wanted more), but 'way up in the loft yonder came the strains of—
"Good old Essendon! the same as was before !
The same old Essendon, as in the days of yore!”
Winner (Melb) Wed Sept 16 1914 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/155528505
I do not suppose any team ever had such a strong and loyal body of supporters as Essendon had in those palmy days. How they used to roar out their chorus at each goal—
'The same old Essendon they used to b«:
The same old Essendon -we e'er shall see.
You can take your straightest tip
They're off for Premiership—
For they're always the same old Essendon.'
Well might their supporters wax poetical over such a team— the mighty Thurgood…..
The Herald Sat 23 April 1921 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/242492057
Fleming led the team in' 1921 when it won the championship of the association for the first lime, but in the three succeeding years the "Same Olds" were again champions, with Alec Dick as their leader. Those were years, of phenomenal success. The team was unbeatable— a fact which caused their supporters to adopt a song in which the words "Same Old Essendon" occurred frequently. The name still sticks, and is often heard when the team is in winning form.
The Herald May 30th 1924 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/246159591
“years ago Essendon's barrackers prided themselves on their singing, although their repertoire was limited to one ditty, "The ' Same Old Essendon,"sung only on the occasion of victory. Matters musical have improved since those days, and the sons and daughters of those choristers now produce real music as the Essendon Operatic Society”.
The daily news (Perth) Wed 13 August 1924 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/78434359
ESSENDON'S FAMOUS FOOTBALLERS. CLUB WITH A HISTORY.ARRIVAL IN PERTH.
"Same old" Essendon that used to be;
"Some old" Essendon we love to see;
We won the other day, and we'll win the next we play,
For we're always the same old Essendon.
One, two, three, four, who wouldn't play for Essendon.
So happy and so free, who wouldn't play for Essendon.
And the fight for victory.
As lustily as forty powerful throats could render it the war song of the famed Essendon Football Club was heard for the first time in Perth to-day, when players and officials of this celebrated Victorian club arrived here on a ten days' visit. Essendon is a club of unrivalled traditions; they were premiers of the Victorian League last year, and this season are again in the lead. There was an enthusiastic scene at the Central Station, old "Essendonians" joining with the W.A.F.L. in according the tourists a welcome.
Frankston and Somerville Standard Fri 19th June 1925 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/73504292
He (Mr A.Dick) considers that Essendon barrackers are not so musical now as they
used to be in the old East Melbourne stand, when they frequently struck up the good old chorus: -
"The same old Essendon that used to be, "
The same old Essendon we love to see;
We won the other day,
And will win the next we play,
For we are always the same old Essendon." -
The Herald Fri 30th April 1926 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/243589054
“In the long ago, when Essendon were sent Into battle by the singing of the war song, "The Same Old Essendon".
The Mercury Fri 23 July 1926 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/29452244
One recalls those happy times when the Essendon players; singing their warsong, "The Same Old Essendon that used to be," aroused great public interest as they were driven around the principal streets of Hobart prior to being dropped at the Carlton Club Hotel, which always was their headquarters, in the days when "mine host" was a Mr. Cherry, formerly of Ballarat, who gave to Hobart football sterling players in "Ted" Cherry (afterwards a fine field umpire), Charlie Cherry (a regular sky-scraping mark); and Bert Cherry (a very proficient wingman). Now after so many years, the "same old"red and blacks, revisit Hobart, and return to "the Carlton club Hotel, where they are being looked after by an old-time footballer in "Jack" Donnellan," whose health, one is sorry to say, has been somewhat precarious of late.
Sporting Globe –Wed 20th July 1927 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/184856286
The term the Same old" Essendon is supposed to originate from the old song, which went as follow:
"The same old Essendon we love to see,
The same old Essendon as used to be.
We won- the other day, and we will win the next we play, , _
For we are always the same old Essendon.
That song has been sung with great gusto by supporters for many years.