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.
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Biography of Hugh BuggyHugh Buggy (9 June 1896 – 18 June 1974) was a journalist who first worked at The Argus in 1917. He left The Argus in 1922 and worked on a number of other newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney before re-joining The Argus in 1950. From 1951 to 1957, when the Argus ceased publication, Buggy was the newspaper's chief football writer. He co-authored (with Harry Bell) the first full-length history of the Carlton Football Club - 'The Carlton Story'.
Buggy had an interesting career. He reported the activities of Melbourne gangster Squizzy Taylor, 'ghost wrote' the story of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith’s famous Trans-Pacific flight, and was the only person to interview Captain Francis De Groot after De Groot interrupted the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Buggy was also one of the newspaper journalists associated with the origin of the cricket term ‘bodyline'. He acted as a censor throughout World War Two. After his death in 1974, Buggy’s book, 'The Real John Wren', a sympathetic account of the famous Collingwood identity, was published.
Buggy reported more than 200 murder investigations and 83 murder trials, and attended nine hangings. At the same time he managed to be a highly respected writer on sport, particularly football. He had a phenomenal memory, and even in his last years he was able to recall all Victorian league grand final scores, as well as the results (with innings totals) of all Australia-England Test cricket matches.1
Buggy was most famous as a sports journalist. In his role as football writer, Buggy wrote regularly on the game. On his promotion to Chief Football Writer, the Argus noted that Buggy had reported on 127 football matches in eight seasons, and had written 150 special articles.2
Hugh Buggy wrote two separate series of articles on the history of the Victorian Football League - his 1950 series and his 1952 series.
1950 – Football FlashbacksWhen Buggy returned to The Argus in 1950, he began a series of articles on football history that appeared each week in The Argus Weekend Magazine. Today, these articles, covering historic VFL games and events, are still engaging and entertaining. Buggy did not attempt to be comprehensive but rather highlighted interesting aspects of football history.
|How "The Tigers" Got Their Claws||Sat||22-Apr-50||p. 4 Supplement|
|Jack Elder - Dean of Umpires||Sat||29-Apr-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|A Spanner In The 'Magpie' Machine||Sat||06-May-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|A Great Day For The 'Shinboners'||Sat||13-May-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|When Titans Battled In Slush And Hail||Sat||20-May-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|How The Premiership First Went To Geelong||Sat||27-May-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|When A Great Foreign Legion Came To South||Sat||03-Jun-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|The Erratic Graph Of The Saints||Sat||10-Jun-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|Fitzroy's Flag In The Era Of Brawn||Sat||17-Jun-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|A Short Circuit In The South Dynamo!||Sat||24-Jun-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|The Supremacy Of The Magpie Machine||Sat||01-Jul-50||p. 28 Supplement|
|Carlton's Premiership In Munich Week||Sat||08-Jul-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|Facts And Figures On The Premiership||Sat||15-Jul-50||p. 12 Supplement|
|The Day When Tigers Mangled North||Sat||22-Jul-50||p. 12 Supplement|
|Missing Weekend Magazine on Trove||Sat||29-Jul-50|
|Red Letter Day For The Bulldogs||Sat||05-Aug-50||p. 14 Supplement|
|Dons's Mosquito Fleets Rode Waves Of Bumps||Sat||12-Aug-50||p. 6 Supplement|
|The First Comeback By The Demons||Sat||19-Aug-50||p. 10 Supplement|
|Geelong — The Giant Killer At Home||Sat||26-Aug-50||p. 14 Supplement|
|Carlton Score A Double In The Shadow Of War||Sat||02-Sep-50||p. 8 Supplement|
|The Classic Grand Final Of 1937||Sat||09-Sep-50||p. 12 Supplement|
1952 – Let’s Look at FootballIn 1952 Buggy embarked on a series of forty-nine articles serialising the history of the VFL. The articles appeared daily from the 16th of April until the 24th of May, and then appeared three times per week until the 28th of June. The majority of the articles focused on the story of each year’s premiership team. A number of other articles detailed the history of interstate football.
Together these articles formed a popular and readable history of VFL football.
|A complete copy of ‘Let’s Look at Football’ is available online at the State Library of Victoria Website|
State Library Copy of Magazine: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/183065]
Over the following years (1953-56) the Argus created similar magazines, but unlike ‘Let’s Look at Football’, their content was not serialised in the newspaper before they were published.
Hugh Buggy is a worthy member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
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2. What goes on? Hugh Buggy to be our chief football writer. (1951, March 26). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 6. Retrieved October 2, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23053750 accessed 02-Oct-2013