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Ambrose Dyson - The Herald 1909-1911

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2018-11-17 14:22 - (25 Reads)
Ambrose Dyson was one of the earliest regular football cartoonists in Melbourne. He worked a brief few years before the First World War before tragety struck.

Tom O'Halloran - The Tiger From Timaru

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2018-11-11 14:49 - (97 Reads)
Tom O'Halloran’s dedication and love for his club should be acknowledged and it is hoped that this story may stimulate new interest in the dynamic high flyer from Punt Road. Roger's article lets you see why Tom O’Halloran was introduced into the Richmond FC Hall of Fame in 2013.

Fred Phillips - The Tragic Tale Of A True Champion

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2018-10-23 17:15 - (200 Reads)
Fred Phillips, one of St Kilda’s best-ever footballers, died in the most tragic circumstances at the age of 27 years.

“…A great footballer, a true sportsman-and a man. That was Fred Phillips. Need more be said?”

Cheer, Cheer on Our Camberwell - Tricolours, Wells, Cobras - Part One

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2018-10-12 10:39 - (581 Reads)
Ken's book-length (three-part) celebration of Camberwell Football Club and its uniquely fascinating history.
A tour de force, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated. Completed with the technical and research assistance of Michael Riley. Dedicated to Thelma Baker - she whose heart beats true.

Part 1 - From the Junction to Nashville 1886-1941

Cheer, Cheer on Our Camberwell - Tricolours, Wells, Cobras - Part Two

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2018-10-11 17:53 - (407 Reads)
Ken's book-length (three-part) celebration of Camberwell Football Club and its uniquely fascinating history.
A tour de force, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated. Completed with the technical and research assistance of Michael Riley. Dedicated to Thelma Baker - she whose heart beats true.

Part Two - Cock of the Walk to Rock Bottom

Cheer, Cheer on Our Camberwell - Tricolours, Wells, Cobras - Part Three

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2018-10-08 12:59 - (598 Reads)
Ken's book-length (three-part) celebration of Camberwell Football Club and its uniquely fascinating history.
A tour de force, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated. Completed with the technical and research assistance of Michael Riley. Dedicated to Thelma Baker - she whose heart beats true.

Part Three - Camberwell Football Club 1960-1994: Doldrums, Revival, Triumph, Demise

Percy Leason

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2017-11-16 12:11 - (956 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 - (1145 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 - (1257 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 - (2038 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 - (2310 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 - (1309 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 - (1230 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 - (3020 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 - (2820 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 - (2385 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 - (3529 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 - (5225 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.

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