Almanac Soccer: When the Socceroos* went to war

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam National Day Soccer Tournament in Saigon at the start of November 1967. Historian Roy Hay tells the story. (*The term Socceroos actually came a few years after 1967)

Australian Football’s Indigenous History: Towards a New Understanding

Roy Hay has co-written a new essay about Indigenous football history for Meanjin.

Almanac History: Who was the Adelaide Stag?

H.W. Manuel aka The Adelaide Stag led a fascinating career in running, captured here by historian Roy Hay.

Almanac Book Review: The Death and Life of Australian Soccer by Joe Gorman

Football historian Roy Hay has reviewed the latest book on Australian football by Joe Gorman.

Almanac History: Roy Hay on ‘The Conversation’ website

Roy Hay continues the discussion on Indigenous Australians involvement in the local game.

The A-League, Australian football and meaning

With Roy Hay’s lunch coming up this Friday (7 April) we also reprise his response to John Harms’s piece which was published last October:

Historian and sports-lover Roy Hay responds to John Harms’s piece on the A League and meaning with a thoughtful survey of the place of the world game and the A League in Australia.

Almanac Cricket (Book Review): Stroke of Genius is a stroke of genius

Writer, sports historian and lover of words, Roy Hay, reviews Gideon Haigh’s Stroke of Genius and concludes it is THE cricket book to read this summer. He explains why it is so brilliant.

Round 6 – Geelong v Gold Coast: Some happy returns

Like G. Ablett jnr, Roy Hay returns to Kardinia Park and takes in what the Cats turn into a non-contest with a sparkling performance.

Footy’s first free kick: How and why we got a game of our own

[FREE access to journal article now linked – Ed]. Historian and writer Roy Hay has a piece in the current issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport. Here he introduces the longer article: “The game (footy) is deeply ingrained in local consciousness and has been since the mid-nineteenth century. Have you ever wondered how it all began and why?”

Almanac Soccer – Who sponsors the AFC Bournemouth Under-10s?

The beauty of the English Premier League; while the title is often a four horse race, the promotion and relegation battle at the opposite end of the table throws up some compelling stories; this year, AFC Bournemouth is the fairytale story. Roy Hay profiles club stalwart and Geelong soccer referee; Russell Butler.

A Missing Part of a Bigger Picture

A timely reminder from Roy Hay of Soccer’s contribution to Australian servicemen on the front-lines; the Australian soccer team’s trip to the Independence Day tournament in Saigon. Sappers sweeping the pitch for land-mines, the Viet Cong watching from the sidelines and Diggers on guard duty with orders to shoot anyone who stops on their bicycle outside the Aussie barracks. A neglected chapter of the sport and service narrative we remember on ANZAC Day.

Almanac Theatre: Unofficial anthem gets another outing

A new piece of theatre from Felix Meagher is touring regional Victoria. The Man They Call the Banjo explores the creation of Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Patterson and Christina Macpherson. Roy Hay has more…

Soccer in New South Wales 1880-1980 by Phil Mosely

Significant, well-researched soccer history by Phil Mosely is out now.

A heterodox suggestion about the origins of football in Victoria

As the 2015 season gets underway, Roy Hay ponders the collision of Marngrook and English sporting traditions in the creation of Australian football. Let the debate rage; Roy’s search for empirical evidence and meaning continues…

The Asian Cup and Australia’s Future

The Socceroos are now the undisputed Kings of Asian football. It’s time, argues Roy Hay, to focus on winning the ultimate prize in world football: “We have a long way to go, but last night’s triumph is not the end, it is just the beginning…”

Asian Cup 2015: Australia is the Champion of Asia at Football

Roy Hay summarises 120 minutes of joy, despair and then joy again. The Socceroos are now the champions of Asia. A feat that should not be underestimated.

Asian Cup 2015: The Final

A last minute, fingers-crossed update from Roy Hay as kick-off in the 2015 Asian Cup final looms

Asian Cup 2015: Asian Cup Attendance Exceeds Expectations

Take a bow, Australian sports fans. Roy Hay documents how attendances at the 2015 Asian Cup have smashed organisers’ expectations. And that’s without the local committee having access to the MCG or Docklands stadium in Melbourne, nor games being played in Perth, Adelaide or Tasmania.

What do you think of the Asian Cup so far?

Roy Hay with some interesting observations on the Asian Cup in the Asian Century in the Asian Region.

Asian Cup: Australia and South Korea into the semi-finals

Roy Hay was at the rectangular stadium in Melbourne to see South Korea get through to the semis, before catching the Tim Cahill show on TV.