IntroductionFootballers have come from a diverse range of backgrounds. This page attempts to bring to light the links to their lives outside of football.
The Australian Dictionary of BiographyThe Australian Dictionary of Biography is based at the Australian National University in Canberra and provides biographies of a range of famous and important Australians. There are many links to football, from Prime Ministers to Restaurateurs .
List - Footballers in the Australian Dictionary of Biography
WW2 - Died on Active ServiceMany young men joined the Armed Services in the First and Second World Wars. Football provided many recruits who sadly died on Active Service. The list shows the impact of the war on football clubs.
List - Footballers who died on Active Service WW2
OccupationsBefore the 1970's and 1980's most football players were not highly paid. Most had to have work outside of football. The side effect of this was that workplace football teams could be very competitive.
List - Fireman
List - Police
Other SportsMany footballers played other sports especially though the summer months. Sometimes players had to choose between competing options.
List - First Class Cricketers - Played Football in Victoria
List - First Class Cricketers - Played all their football outside Victoria
List - Track Sprinters
Lists of VFA Umpires and interstate Umpires are unfortunately not included.
Reference_ VFL Umpires