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James ‘Jimmy ’ Freake - Fitzroy’s Famous Forward

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2017-02-06 18:18 - (1293 Reads)
It is more than 100 years ago since James* ( better known as ‘Jimmy’ ) Freake pulled on a Fitzroy guernsey to play his first VFL game against South Melbourne at the Lake Oval in 1912. *Note: His name is given as ‘Jimmy’ in the AFL records and so it shall be for the purposes of this story.

Geelong - Season 1956

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2017-01-21 21:28 - (1414 Reads)
This article provides a detailed examination of Geelong Football Club’s 1956 season.

Francis Doherty - you beauty!!

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2016-10-29 18:09 - (1594 Reads)
Francis Doherty never soared like Alex Jesaulenko to take a breath-taking mark in a VFL Grand Final but he has managed to produce something equally exciting – the most breath-taking book about football memorabilia in the history of the game.

Athol Webb - The Dashing Demon Decoy

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2016-10-16 13:27 - (1938 Reads)
Athol Webb played in three VFL Grand Finals with Melbourne, at the height of the club’s Golden Era; and was a prominent and popular sporting figure of the 1950’s. It wasn’t just Athol’s break-neck speed and his ability to convert opportunities; but his willingness to sacrifice his own game, for the sake of the team, that made him such an important player with the Demons.

Alan Martin - The Star from Stawell

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2016-08-14 18:59 - (3180 Reads)
Footscray won the club’s VFL first premiership in 1954 and that historic day will live in the hearts of Footscray supporters forever. While Jack Collins led the charge against the Demons with seven goals; it was the ‘close up and personal’ performance of the Bulldogs’ half back line of Gallagher, Whitten and Martin that stopped the Melbourne forwards in their ‘tracks’ that day. This is the story of Alan Martin and his outstanding career in VFL and country football.

‘Changi’ Football 1942-43

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2016-07-17 08:45 - (2189 Reads)
In 1945 the Sporting Globe published Jim Makeham's record of football at the Changi Prison Camp. Further articles and books have followed but few appear to have been aware of this early article. This is a new look at football at Changi.

Footy Stats – A Short History

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2016-07-05 20:00 - (1099 Reads)
Football statistics are a key part of the modern game, but statisticians around the country have innovated since the 1920's in finding categories and perfecting the art. This article gives an insight into the history of Australian Rules football statistics.

Murray Weideman : The Enforcer

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2016-06-18 12:17 - (2681 Reads)
In 1952, Collingwood Football Club officials told 16 year old Murray Weideman to ‘go away and come back’ the following season.........by the end of his career Weideman had played 180 games and coached 45 games for the pies, and yet more at West Adelaide. He was hard hitting and is an Australian Football Hall of Famer. This is his story.

1925 - The First VFL Grand Final Radio Call

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2016-06-17 11:17 - (1647 Reads)
The 1925 VFL Grand Final was the first Australian Rules Grand Final to be broadcast over a newfangled device, usually called the wireless. 1925 was still the infancy of radio in Australia, broadcasting had only officially started in 1924. Outdoor broadcasts were new and exciting. It seems fitting that ‘out of town’ers Geelong won this historic encounter. This is the story of the evolution of Australian Radio leading to this historic game.

Peter Pianto the Eaglehawk Express

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2016-03-27 17:48 - (2666 Reads)
Eaglehawk Football Club was formed in 1880 and since then more than forty local players have graduated to VFL/AFL ranks including such well-known names as Rod Ashman, Alf Baud, Charlie Clymo, Des English, Ted Esposito, Bill Evely, Jarryn Geary, Ted Jinks, Damian Lock, Doug Palmer and Peter Pianto. This story, for Boyles Football Photos, is about Geelong’s dynamic rover of the 1950’s- Peter Pianto.

Peter Brown - A Scrapbook of Football from the 1920's and 1930's

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2016-03-13 11:12 - (2758 Reads)
Peter Brown is an unsung footballer from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Peter’s story includes the periods in the VFL, VFA, Country football and later as a trainer, it includes individual achievements such as three premiership medals with Northcote in the VFA, to lows such as injuries and permit troubles at Footscray. Peters family scrapbook helps tell a fascinating story.

The Ballad of Lindsay White

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2016-03-06 14:59 - (2187 Reads)
There are few old-timers who can still remember Lindsay White, Geelong's champion full-forward of the forties. To keep White's memory alive and to celebrate his amazing career, Ken Mansell has written another fine football song. Here Ken explains why he was inspired to compose 'The Ballad of Lindsay White'.

Willy's Will-O'-The-Wisp: Football Memories of Mal Macpherson

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2016-03-01 19:52 - (1533 Reads)
Malcolm Macpherson played for VFA club Williamstown in the 1940’s. Making his debut in Round One of the 1946 season, he soon became one of the Association’s most dangerous and effective small forwards. Aged 85 when this interview was conducted, Mal Macpherson recalls in vivid and acute detail some of the highlights of the VFA’s ‘Golden Era’.

Ron Barassi’s First VFL Game

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2016-02-27 17:43 - (2405 Reads)
In 1953, a 17 year old Ronald Dale Barassi entered the M.C.G. for his first ever VFL game, he would later become a legend of the game. The story of how Ron arrived at this first game in 1953, involves war, tragedy, rule changes and help from others. Ron was also not just the only youngster starting in 1953 and others came together to make the 1950's a golden era for the Melbourne Club. This is the story of Ron's first VFL steps.

Eric Zschech - The Minyip Tiger

Author: By Roger Spaull - Published At: 2015-09-12 15:52 - (4769 Reads)
The only thing faster than the speed of thought is the speed of forgetfulness. Vera Narazin’s quote is most applicable in regard to how the football commentators have overlooked the brilliant exploits of former Richmond centre man Eric Zschech.

Hopefully, this story will shed new light on the accomplishments of a young man who left Minyip and became a champion of Victorian and Tasmanian football.

Classic Football Landscapes

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2015-09-12 14:41 - (2269 Reads)
(The editors of this website are very grateful to Dr Keith Martin, Emeritus Professor and Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of East Gippsland, for the following contribution).

By Dr. Keith Martin OBE

Alex Duncan - The Brilliant Aerialist Of Carlton

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2015-07-02 16:00 - (3045 Reads)
The pity of yesteryear is that it is often lost in the glitz and razzmatazz of modernity. It would be wonderful if there were films to assist in showing the high marking skills of players like Alex Duncan in those earlier days of VFL football. Word pictures can never really do such players justice; however this story tries to shine a light on one of the best overhead marks in the history of the game.

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