Almanac Football History: Aren’t we lucky we are not playing soccer?

Here’s an interesting tidbit by Roy Hay from the early decades of Australian Football in one of its original heartlands – Geelong. Could the 2020 AFL grand finalists have been less the Cats we know today and more like the Sunderland Blackcats?

Almanac Soccer: Book Review – ‘What you think you know about football is wrong: The global game’s greatest myths and untruths’

Soccer fans, Roy Hay has reviewed a book written by the former Director of England’s National Football Museum, Kevin Moore called ‘What you think you know about football is wrong: The global game’s greatest myths and untruths’. Check it out, sure to be an ideal Father’s Day gift.

Almanac Footy History: ‘Albert “Pompey” Austin: A man between two worlds’

Roy Hay has released a new book. ‘Albert ”Pompey” Austin: A man between two worlds’ is Roy’s follow up to his highly successful ‘Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere’, where he first introduced readers to Pompey Austin. Roy has provided readers with an introduction to his new book.

What happened next and what didn’t: Victorian Aboriginal involvement in Australian football in the 21st century

Roy Hay continues his scholarly examination of the involvement of Indigenous footballers in the history of Australian football.

The beautiful bid: Why Australia and New Zealand should win their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup bid

Roy Hay is a partner in Sports and Editorial Services Australia, and an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University. He discusses why Australia and New Zealand’s joint bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup could be successful.

Almanac Life: Lost Books

Roy Hay was looking for a book recently…

Almanac Soccer (History): The press box at Chaplin Reserve

‘The end of civilisation as we have known it’ or ‘The press box at Chaplin Reserve’. Sunshine George Cross FC has moved to Caroline Springs prompting these memories of a soccer ground and the goings on in the press box from Roy Hay.

Book Review – Women in Boots: Football and Feminism in the 1970s

“Heather Reid and Marion Stell have combined to tell the stories of a generation of Australian and New Zealand women who took up Association football in the 1960s and 1970s”. Roy Hay reviews a book about some early Australian women’s sporting pioneers.

Book Review: Never Say Die – The Hundred-Year Overnight Success of Australian Women’s Football

Roy Hay reviews a book which he hopes will open many eyes to a long struggle.

Almanac Soccer: The World Cup – not always so glorious

With only hours to go until the 2018 World Cup kicks off, this sobering reflection by Roy Hay reminds us of some of the less salubrious moments in the history of The World Game.

Memories of J Neville Turner

Roy Hay has some wonderful memories of recently passed academic, sports lover and author J Neville Turner, shared here with The Footy Almanac

Almanac Soccer: When the Socceroos* went to war

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam National Day Soccer Tournament in Saigon at the start of November 1967. Historian Roy Hay tells the story. (*The term Socceroos actually came a few years after 1967)

Australian Football’s Indigenous History: Towards a New Understanding

Roy Hay has co-written a new essay about Indigenous football history for Meanjin.

Almanac History: Who was the Adelaide Stag?

H.W. Manuel aka The Adelaide Stag led a fascinating career in running, captured here by historian Roy Hay.

Almanac Book Review: The Death and Life of Australian Soccer by Joe Gorman

Football historian Roy Hay has reviewed the latest book on Australian football by Joe Gorman.

Almanac History: Roy Hay on ‘The Conversation’ website

Roy Hay continues the discussion on Indigenous Australians involvement in the local game.

The A-League, Australian football and meaning

With Roy Hay’s lunch coming up this Friday (7 April) we also reprise his response to John Harms’s piece which was published last October:

Historian and sports-lover Roy Hay responds to John Harms’s piece on the A League and meaning with a thoughtful survey of the place of the world game and the A League in Australia.

Almanac Cricket (Book Review): Stroke of Genius is a stroke of genius

Writer, sports historian and lover of words, Roy Hay, reviews Gideon Haigh’s Stroke of Genius and concludes it is THE cricket book to read this summer. He explains why it is so brilliant.

Round 6 – Geelong v Gold Coast: Some happy returns

Like G. Ablett jnr, Roy Hay returns to Kardinia Park and takes in what the Cats turn into a non-contest with a sparkling performance.

Footy’s first free kick: How and why we got a game of our own

[FREE access to journal article now linked – Ed]. Historian and writer Roy Hay has a piece in the current issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport. Here he introduces the longer article: “The game (footy) is deeply ingrained in local consciousness and has been since the mid-nineteenth century. Have you ever wondered how it all began and why?”