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Percy Leason

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2017-11-16 12:11 - ( Reads)
Percy Leason (23 February 1889 – 11 September 1959 was a cartoonist an painter who rose to prominence in the 1920’s and 1930’s. He was most widely known for cartoons and illustrations that appeared in many magazines including Punch and later Table Talk.

Charlie Davey -A Forgotten Star Of Interstate Football

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2017-11-10 11:44 - (57 Reads)
Among those Victorian players who have been often overlooked for their significant contribution to interstate football is Carlton’s champion ruckman Charlie Davey. Charlie, who played 143 games for Carlton, represented Victoria on 17 occasions between 1929 and 1935. He is a classic example of a forgotten star of national football; and hopefully this story may serve as a reminder of Charlie’s undoubted ability and achievements in VFL and interstate football.

Stan Spinks - The Gallant Midfielder From Glenferrie

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2017-11-10 09:59 - (32 Reads)
With the resounding recent success of Hawthorn; and the current abundance of Hawks stars, many younger fans may be unaware of the rocky road that Hawthorn travelled in the early years of the club’s history. One of the heroes of Hawthorn during its darkest years was Stan Spinks…this is his story.

Vic Lawrence- The Big Hearted Shinboner

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2017-10-19 12:18 - (253 Reads)
Victor (aka Vic) Lawrence (born: 1928) played more than 100 VFL games; and although a steadfast defender, club captain and Victorian representative, he appears to be another ‘forgotten man’ of VFL football. This story attempts to remind football followers of Vic’s achievements and the key role he played in rebuilding the NMFC during the 1950’s.

CATAPULT – On Top And Loving It (1950-1956)

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2017-10-07 09:01 - (89 Reads)
GEELONG IN THE FIFTIES
CHAPTER ONE:
After struggling for success in the immediate post-war period, Geelong Football Club had risen to the top of the VFL ladder by 1951 and dominated the competition for several years. This article describes the fortunes of the Cats in the period from 1948 to 1956 and is the first of three detailed articles tracing Geelong's rise, fall and rise again in the decade of the fifties.

CATASTROPHE – Winning the Wooden Spoon (1957-1958)

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2017-10-06 13:59 - (354 Reads)
GEELONG IN THE FIFTIES
CHAPTER TWO:
This article is a continuation of Ken's forensic examination of Geelong Football Club's matches in the 1950's. Here we see Geelong plummet to the bottom of the VFL ladder. A neglected period of Geelong's history.

CATACOMB – Struggling Along in the Gloom (1959)

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2017-10-05 17:57 - (267 Reads)
GEELONG IN THE FIFTIES
CHAPTER THREE:
The story of Geelong continues. After two years at the bottom of the VFL ladder the Cats began to rise again. Thirteen-year-old Ken was ready with his notebook and pencil. Here, displayed before you, are all the facts and figures of a more promising year.

James ‘Jimmy ’ Freake - Fitzroy’s Famous Forward

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2017-02-06 18:18 - (2175 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 - (1631 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 - (1781 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 - (2165 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 - (3415 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 - (2338 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 - (1177 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 - (2893 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 - (1792 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 - (2805 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 - (2910 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.

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