Almanac Awards: Roy Hay winner – Australian Society for Sport History Book Award 2022





Roy Hay is a much respected member of the Footy Almanac community;  an academic, historian, and author, and held in highest regards in all his fields of endeavour.


His work in the sports history field has been acknowledged by his peers with his win of the Australian Society for Sport History Book Award 2022 for his book, Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere published by Cambridge Press.


This is a tremendous achievement for Roy, and expresses recognition for his outstanding research in the field of Aboriginal football history and the role indigenous footballers played in the development of the VFL/AFL over many years.


The Footy Almanac community salutes and congratulates Roy for his well deserved award.



Reviews of Roy’s award winning book can be read Here


An Australian paperback edition is now available. Special price from SESA via [email protected] $39.95 including GST and postage.


Roy Hay, Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere, Sports and Editorial Services Australia, Bannockburn, Victoria, 3331. 2021. ISBN: 9780994601957. Paperback, A5 308 + x pages, illustrated. RRP. $39.95.


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  1. Well done, Roy.

    A great reward for your efforts!

  2. Colin Ritchie says

    Congratulations Roy, it is a fantastic book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book provided me with new insights I was totally unaware of, and it made me realise the failings of my early education presented from a white Anglo-Saxon bias. Your book certainly deserves a permanent place on any history curriculum.

  3. Riverina Rocket says

    Good work Roy!
    Thoroughly well-deserved.
    Outstanding body of work based on evidence..

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