Almanac Books: Paul Daffey shortlisted for Victorian Community History Awards and Premier’s History Award for 2020


Congratulations to Footy Almanac co-founder Paul Daffey who has been shortlisted for the Victorian Community History Awards and Premier’s History Award for 2020  for his book, The Totem Poles of Ouyen United: Travels in Country Footy.





The shortlist for the Victorian Community History Awards and Premier’s History Award for 2020 has been announced.


The shortlist includes a fantastic book relevant to footy: The Totem Poles of Ouyen United by Paul Daffey. 


No other football club features a series of totem poles, painted by schoolchildren, at its ground to represent the many clubs that have merged into one. Paul Daffey outlines how the exodus of families from the Mallee has led to the creation of Ouyen United. With warmth, wit and affection, he describes the plight of rural Australia through a distinct portal in north-west Victoria.


The full shortlist, including a range of non-fiction books, websites, apps, and other works that tell stories of Victoria’s past, can be found on our website:


To buy a copy of the book email  [email protected] with your address and he’ll email the bank details.  Books are $30 per book plus $10 postage for up to five books.


A review of  Paul’s book can be found HERE



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  1. Congrats, Daff

  2. Brilliant stuff Daff. Congratulations and all the best.

  3. Kevin Densley says

    Congratulations, Paul! Love the sound of this book!

  4. Well done Paul. I’ll need to grab a copy.

    Ouyen was famous for many years for its award winning vanilla slices. Your book now has superseded the vanilla slices.


  5. Andrew Starkie says

    On ya Daff.

  6. Almanackers might like to read the review I wrote of the book:

    It is a must read for all aficionados of country footy by the doyen of country football chroniclers in this country.

  7. Pamela Sherpa says

    Well deserved and well done Daff.

  8. Great stuff Daff.

  9. Marvelous work Paul. A lot of hard work and research have gone into this book. Do well in the awards Paul, you deserve to for this great book.

    To cover footy from the Mallee down to the Mornington peninsula via Inglewood is certainly a wondrous journey. As well as the tales from the footballing communities, the appendices are certainly full of detailed information.

    Appendix 3 with its list of multiple country premiership players has some intriguing names. The Carrol family from Ganmain have certainly done well. Bill & ‘Digger’ played in 8 premiership sides. ‘Dooley’ played in 7, whilst ‘Curly’, ‘Mick’, ‘George’ and Joe played in 6. The most famous of Ganmain’s Carrols’, ‘Turkey’ Tom only played in 4, though had a brief, productive stint with Carlton. Later on there were also Dennis and Wayne who turned out for Sydney.

    I noticed ‘Stormy’ Norm Bussell played in 6 premiership teams. He did it 4 times with Wangaratta Rovers, then another 2 times with Whorouly. He also played in Hawthorn’s 1971 premiership.

    Highly recommended read Paul. All the best.


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