Book Launch: The Game that Never Happened by Ian Syson


The Game that Never Happened: The Vanishing History of Soccer in Australia by Ian Syson.


To be launched by Gideon Haigh, John Harms and John Didulica.




Book Launch details: 


When: Wednesday, August 15 at 1pm

Where: MCC Library at the MCG

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance by 12pm, Monday August 13 by emailing the MCC Library at or call (03) 96578876


Copies of the book will be available at the launch at the discounted price of $25 – cash only.


About the book:


The Game That Never Happened finishes where other histories of Australian soccer have barely started. It begins mid-nineteenth century and concludes between two world wars, when the game suffers from a massive and perhaps crippling collapse. Australian soccer’s prehistory and early history are vital but forgotten stories. If we are ever to domesticate what is still seen as a foreign game by many important historiographical, cultural and media narratives, this story needs to be told.


The lie is that soccer is the game that never happened in Australia. The lie needs to be demolished.




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