Athenians and Red Invincibles: Murray Bird’s ABC interview; Brisbane and Melbourne book launch details

Murray Bird’s book Athenians and Red Invincibles: The Origins of Queensland Football is being launched in Melbourne on June 18.

Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke St


Copies available on the night or by contacting us here [email protected]


Murray Bird was recently interviewed on 612 ABC Brisbane.



Brisbane launch is on June 11. Details below:


Murray Bird’s ‘Athenians and Red Invincibles’ tells the story of the beginnings of football in Queensland in 1866. It was a time when Queenslanders played by the Rules – the Australian Rules. After a bitter football war in Brisbane, Queenslander’s choice of codes was set for the next 130 years…

You and your guests are invited to join football enthusiasts and sports media at one of two launches of ‘Athenians and Red Invincibles: The Origins of Queensland Football’:

Thursday 11th June 2015, 6pm, Pineapple Hotel, Main Street, Woolloongabba

Thursday 18th June 2015, 6pm, Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Here is further information regarding the launches and the ordering of copies of the book:

Queensland Launch

Victoria Launch

Order a copy by email

Order a copy by post




  1. Dr Rocket says

    Given that it is a book about the history of footy in Queensland, is there a Brisbane launch?

  2. June 11. Details now in this article.

  3. I was among the umpiring panel when Murray Bird was umpiring in Brisbane.
    I didn’t attain his heights as an umpire.
    Great bloke, Murray.
    Very passionate.

  4. Australian Football has never ever been called Australian “Rules” by any senior body administering the game – especially not with a capital “R”. Anyone perpetuating this nonsense deserves an old-fashioned drop-kick into the outer.

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