The team that was promoted, on December 27th 1908
In 1915, River already had one of the most modern stadiums
Some of River´s authentic founders, got together for "El Gráfico",
a sports magazine, 35 years later.
The entrance of the old stadium of Palermo, 1923.
the beginning of the century, next to the River "Riachuelo". By that time,
two teams were discussing football supremacies in the area:
(in honour of a heroic corvette)
installed its football field on an irregular land of Wilson´s coal bunker
and won its first match against
at Parque Patricios. Meanwhile, at Mr. Jacob’s house, sub manager of the
coal bunker, relatives and students and friends met every Sunday afternoon.
One day, a football ball appeared, they played for a long while and finally
the idea cropped up:
And if we form a football
club? It was on August 30th so they called it Santa Rosa.
The rivals got tougher and tougher each time so the idea to merge was
definite and took place on
May 25th, 1901.
After several comings and goings, the name
was chosen. The reason was that while Dock Nº 3 was being built, Martinez
had seen some sailors leaving some huge boxes aside (what they contained was
a mystery to everyone) and started playing with the ball during their spare
time. What drew Martinez´s attention most was the inscription on the boxes:
"The River Plate".
The first football field was founded on the east end of the
The Club´s first team started playing there:
Moltedo, Ratto, Cevallos, Peralta, Carrega,
Bard (el presidente), Kitzler, Martinez, Flores, Zanni y Messina.
The first team of River Plate
THE RED STRIPE:
On a carnival night which was coming to its end, an old cart appeared
looking for a place to rest. On the rear of the cart hung an untidy silk red
ribbon. A quintet of lads decided to steal it as one of their many pranks.
There was a reason for this: to add a touch of colour to the white shirt
that, up to that moment, identified
wore the red stripe diagonally and later they pinned it on. The idea was a
success. The new shirt was
first worn in a match against "Maldonado", a club from Palermo, the score
isn't known, but
beat them. For sure, that cart driver never got to know that, without
meaning to, he contributed to give light to one of the most famous shirts
He was one of those pioneers that fought from the beginning in order to
create the impressive and majestic club we have today. That young man, from
Santa Rosa, in the club's first stages, was together with Pedro Martinez who
proposed the name
In River's history, this man appears as an unavoidable character because he
was one of the founders, he was a player and captain of the first team and
because he was its first chairman.
An anecdote that reflects his love for River:
At that time, Bard as a medical student in the Muñiz Hospital, saw an
advertisement of the hospital and he thought it would be good for
After a storm, the
advertisement fell down and, four days later the advertisement was still on
the floor and nobody picked it up, so he took it to the hospital's
carpenter's shop, erased the original announcement and in its place painted
the name and the club’s flag.
On December 13th 1908, Racing Club and
played to obtain promotion to first division. River was winning 2-1 when the
euphoric sympathizers decided to invade the field. The final was rescheduled
at this time
River beat Racing 7-1
obtaining the so longed
for promotion to first division. These were the players that achieved the
Luraschi, Chiappe y
Politano, Messina, Morroni y Chagneaud, Anapodisto García, Grifero, Abaca
Gómez, Elías Fernandez y Priano.
As from the foundation and up to 1923, there were jumps from one place to
another, planned movements or irrational impulses. From the South Dock to
Sarandí, from Sarandí to the Dock, from there to town, from town to
Caballito and from there to La Boca, from La Boca to the North…
ALUMNI, THE FAMOUS LOSERS:
The day that
played the first match against
(the strongest team at that time)
lost 3-1, but all the people from
were very offended with the
team because they arrived at the field ready to play. They didn't want to
sports centre, that in spite of being modest, offered cleanliness and
had prepared itself as a spendid host for that occasion. This was never
so in 1909 when thay had to play at and against
this time on their premises, they all wanted to show that the modesty of
lack merit when playing football and
beat them 1-0 (Hernán Rodriguez scored)