This website contains a number of articles on football history during Charles Boyles work-life. The articles are intended to provide context and complement the site focus on Charles Boyles and his work.

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Laurie Shipp - Yallourn Football Club

Author: by Roger Spaull - Published At: 2014-03-14 11:43 - (8823 Reads)
For many footballers, their years in the Victorian Football League (VFL) were only one part of their careers. For some, the need to find employment outside the game meant they relocated to regional centres and became part of local football scenes.

This engaging article by Roger Spaull highlights the career of North Melbourne ruckman Laurie Shipp, and the three years (1954-56) Shipp spent with the Yallourn Football Club.

Raymond Morris - National Museum of Australia

Author: Ken Mansell and Michael Riley - Published At: 2014-03-13 19:25 - (5952 Reads)
Raymond Morris is a New Zealand artist and photographer who visited Australia in the late 1950's. We are delighted to have received permission to post some of his photos here. For more of Raymond's fine photos, please have a look at the National Museum of Australia's flicker page. This contains a wonderful collection of 226 of Morris’s photos taken during his Australian travels.

1914 - Football in Photos

Author: Michael Riley. Edited by Ken Mansell - Published At: 2014-02-01 12:35 - (9598 Reads)
The pictorial article below will afford a glimpse at Australian Rules football in the year of 1914. 1914 of course was the last football season before the full onset of the Great War and its catastrophic effects on the Australian population. The War interrupted sport and had a seriously disruptive impact on most football competitions. The War caused many Leagues to actually shut down altogether, and it created division in those that continued playing.

Thousands, indeed millions, of people were either killed, maimed, or mentally scarred, in the War. Those involved in football - players, officials and supporters - were hardly immune from the effects. Many managed to rebuild their lives after the War and were able to participate in, or contribute to, the dynamic 1920's. For football, the 1920's decade was very different from those that had preceded it. There were important changes in the rules, Leagues were restructured, and goal-kicking rates increased.

1914 will be remembered as the year the great Port Adelaide team, which had dominated the game in South Australia, defeated the VFL premiers Carlton in the very last Championship of Australia match. It will also be remembered for the demise of the University club in the VFL, and for the unfortunate timing of the Sydney (football) Carnival.

Football Street Names

Author: Michael Riley. Edited by Ken Mansell - Published At: 2014-01-20 19:16 - (9988 Reads)
Football has provided Australian suburbs with a significant number of street names. Streets named after footballers appear in clusters in some of our newer suburbs. Others appear beside football grounds.

This article is about some of these streets. Hopefully other people will contribute street names I have missed.

Doug Nicholls and the Football Hall of Fame

Author: Michael Riley. Edited by Ken Mansell - Published At: 2014-01-04 12:40 - (18407 Reads)
Doug Nicholls was undoubtedly one of the most important Australian Rules footballers of all time, but he receives little official recognition by the Australian Football League (AFL) and is not a member of the Australian Rules Football Hall of Fame (AFHoF).

During the era of the White Australia Policy (1901-1972), Doug Nicholls was one of the few indigenous players to overcome the barriers and succeed. During this period, some indigenous people downplayed their identity to reduce the problems they otherwise faced. Doug was different. He won respect as a footballer from the white crowds, and used that hard won identity to campaign for indigenous rights within the football community and more broadly throughout Australia.

This article illustrates Doug's achievements and asks the question: 'What is a significant contribution to Australian Rules Football?'

The Same Game, A Different Ball

Author: Michael Riley - Edited by Ken Mansell - Published At: 2013-11-10 11:39 - (27909 Reads)
Who invented the shape of the Australian Rules football? Which ball is 'THE' ball?

The shape of the Australian Rules football has evolved from the 1860's onward. Today's smaller balls are more consistent and accurate than the early larger footballs, but they do not travel as far. Changes have been small but continual and there have been many contributors.

Football in the Illustrated Newspapers 1860-1890

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-10-19 11:56 - (11650 Reads)
Prior to the late 1880's the only images to appear in newspapers were woodcut prints. Technology to include photographs was yet to be produced.

Australia produced a number of illustrated newspapers during the 19th century. Tthere were a number of short lived papers and a number, such as the 'Australian Sketcher with Pen and Paper' which were much more successful.

This period coincides with the rise of Australian Rules football, and some of the most famous early images of the game were first published in illustrated newspapers. This article provides a number of examples of these woodblock prints.

'Let's Look At Football' With Hugh Buggy

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2013-10-02 11:56 - (6160 Reads)
The magazine 'Let's Look At Football' (With Hugh Buggy) was published by The Argus in September 1952, selling for two shillings and sixpence. Written by Hugh Buggy, The Argus chief football writer, the magazine consisted of a series of articles, covering the entire history of the Victorian Football League, that had previously appeared in The Argus. Hugh Buggy is a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

ANFC Football Carnival - Hobart 1947

Author: Michael Riley (being edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2013-09-02 14:00 - (12936 Reads)
The 1947 Victory Carnival was held in Hobart and was the first Carnival conducted by the Australian National Football Council since the end of World War Two. It was also the first Carnival since 1933 where the 'B' Division teams had a chance to play. Poor weather caused disappointing attendances, and a muddy playing surface. It was no surprise that the Victorian Football League team was victorious, but the VFL did lose twice - once to Western Australia, and once (after the conclusion of the Carnival) to a combined South Australia/Western Australia team.

The Longest Kick in Football History....or not

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-09-01 14:44 - (28419 Reads)
One of the most rubbery statistics in Australian Rules football is the ‘Longest Kick’. An investigation of a set of records, referred to in this article as the 3AW records, shows that many the records listed are not as clear cut as they first appear.

This article examines a few of these records and uncovers some interesting stories behind them.

A Record Streak: Geelong's 26 games without a loss

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-08-26 08:27 - (6236 Reads)
Between Round 9 1952 and Round 13 1953, Geelong had a famous run of 26 games without a loss. This passed the previous record of 21 games by Collingwood's 1928/29 side and is still today a VFL/AFL record. This period in Geelong's history has been widely written about. This article attempts to describe the streak, demonstrate that it was more than a random fluke never to be repeated and finally fits the streak into a wider context within Australian football outside the VFL/AFL.

Aerial Photos of Football Grounds

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2013-06-18 17:29 - (16355 Reads)
Oblique Aerial Photography may sound obscure, but you try taking a 1920's aeroplane up in the sky - and take photos of football grounds.

The Airspy Collection of Aerial Photos at the State Library of Victoria is a surprising resource for football photos from the 1920's and 1930's.

Boyles Wartime Photos

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2013-06-13 11:42 - (6757 Reads)
Charles Edward Boyles started out on his long photographic career during the First World War. Later, during the Second World War, he took many photos of Australian soldiers and visiting U.S. Marines.

As with his football photos, the wartime photos are commercial images to be sold to the people in the photographs.

The photos are sharp and high quality. Unfortunately, however, they are not named.

The Photos of Leo Maynes (Brunswick, Fitzroy and Essendon)

Author: Michael Riley and Daniel Maynes - Published At: 2013-05-07 09:08 - (8889 Reads)
This article contains interesting photos from the collection of Leo Maynes. Maynes played with Brunswick (VFA) 1931-34, Fitzroy 1935-37, Essendon 1938-41, and in the wartime inter-services competition in 1942. The collection includes team photos, and photos and memorabilia from two football club end-of-season trips.

Footballers and the Tradition of Professional Foot-running

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2013-05-03 13:03 - (12153 Reads)
Before real money could be made playing football, players with a turn of speed could supplement their income through professional foot-running, especially in the summer months.

From World Professional Sprint Champion Austin Robertson, to the depth of footballer talent at the Stawell Gift, and to the grudge sprint at the 1950 ANFC Football Carnival, this article looks at some of the key names and moments in the history of sprinting footballers.

The footy swap cards that were never swapped

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2013-04-07 17:22 - (10937 Reads)
Football has always been more than what happened on the field. Ken's story about memories from 1950's Camberwell shows just how much life has changed. Today with TV, magazines and the Internet, we are bombarded with images and choices, but the 1950's were a different time, and the value of Footy cards was much more than the dollars. They were a direct connection into another world.

Mystery Thriller - Cracking a Tough Nut on the Road to Kew

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2013-03-23 12:19 - (6670 Reads)
You may have stared at an old photo and thought there must be a story behind the anonymous faces looking back at you. Ken has written about how we discovered the story behind one of the most mysterious Boyles football team photos in the State Library of Victoria Collection.

Disclosing the layers of meaning in one particularly curious photo, the article provides an insight into the twists and turns of how football team photos are identified.

Ron Todd 188 Goals in a Season (+82 in other games)

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-03-16 14:56 - (10657 Reads)
In 1945, Ron Todd kicked a record 188 goals in a season. This was a remarkable achievement in skill, accuracy, endurance and luck. This article attempts to put this record into a wider context.

The Story of Night Football in Victoria - Part Three - The Brisbane Connection

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-03-08 13:31 - (5374 Reads)
In this third article on the history of football under lights in Victoria, we move to the 1940's and early 1950's. Early trials had proved the concept and 1950 would see the first ANFC Carnival to include night games followed by the first night game as part of the VFL regular season.

The Story of Night Football in Victoria - Part Two - 1935 at Olympic Park

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-02-27 00:00 - (6679 Reads)
In this second article on the history of football under lights in Victoria, we focus on a practice match in 1935 between Richmond and South Melbourne at Olympic Park. After the first exhibition games in 1879, this was the next known match under lights in Victoria. The problem was now not technology, but the will and desire to play football at night and when to play it.

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