Almanac Books – ‘Australian Football: The People’s Game 1958-2058’ by Stephen Alomes


Stephen Alomes’ new book breaks the mould, combining history, heroes and celebrities (from Barassi, Baldock, Ablett and Brereton to Franklin and Naitanui) with premierships, developments in the way the game is played, fans, local footy, the women’s game and footy’s future. There’s something here for everyone!


Kevin Sheedy says, “If you love Australian football, its past, present and its future, then you have to read this book.”


David Parkin calls it, “A book for generations of Aussie football lovers… a great read for the real football addict.”


Writing in the Herald Sun, Cheryl Critchley wrote:  This fascinating read is perfect for VFL/AFL purists and fans wanting to learn where our great game has come from and where it is going. It looks at what the AFL needs to do to remain healthy heading towards its bicentenary in 2058. Alomes is an academic but writes in a way footy fans will relate to. He makes good points on how footy must cope with globalisation of sport and young people’s diversifying interests. Illustrated with photos and Alomes’ own artwork, it has a foreword by legendary coach Kevin Sheedy.


Michael Collins, reviewing in The Yorker (MCC Library) opined: Stephen Alomes’ book is unique and will provoke conversation and debate among journalists, local clubmen, scholars and madly passionate footy fans alike. As Australian football books can be sometimes underwhelming and wrought with sporting clichés, Alomes’ combination of conversationalist writing style and detailed research makes this a refreshingly thought-provoking examination of football’s history and future outlook.


With a RRP of $30, email orders can be addressed to Stephen at [email protected]




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