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.

The list below initially displays the most recent articles. You can browse further pages of articles by using the page movement tools underneath the articles listing below.

Football Street Names

Author: Michael Riley. Edited by Ken Mansell - Published At: 2014-01-20 19:16 - (8865 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 - (16484 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 - (15427 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 - (10668 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 - (5611 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 - (11442 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 - (22841 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 - (5392 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 - (14943 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 - (6221 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 - (8152 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 - (10565 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 - (10111 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 - (6086 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 - (8420 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 - (4908 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 - (6103 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.

Football links in the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-02-19 04:47 - (6445 Reads)
The Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) attempts to provide biographies of prominent Australians who have contributed to Australia.

This article provides a brief overview of who the Australian Dictionary of Biography regard as the most important footballers, as well as identifying a substantial number of other prominent Australians with links to Australian Rules Football.

1940 Patriotic Cup - St. Kilda's First Premiership

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-02-11 16:31 - (5131 Reads)
In 1940, in the week set aside for the cancelled interstate football carnival, (which was to be held in Tasmania), the VFL ran a 12-team, one-day lightning carnival. St Kilda received a good draw, but still had to defeat 1940 Grand Finalists Richmond to win their first ever VFL Premiership, 26 years before the more famous occasion in 1966.

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