In December 1973 a group of VFL footballers met at the University of Melbourne to talk about forming a players’ association. Essendon backman Geoff Pryor and Gareth Andrews, both men of the time, along with some other supporters, had been discussing the possibilities during the previous months.
That meeting resolved to have a formal meeting early in 1974. On February 25 players gathered at Power House where an association was constituted and office-bearers elected. A strategy was developed.
Why did the players feel they needed to represent themselves? What could they do? What was their intention?
This is the foundation story of the VFLPA/AFLPA: