Almanac Soccer: Geelong Rangers 0 – 1 Hume United

On a bitterly cold winter’s day in Geelong, Roy Hay worked hard as a supporter to review the Geelong Rangers’ game against the strong Hume United.

Almanac Soccer: Back to the park

Roy Hay returns with a match between two local soccer clubs whose origins are somewhat emblematic of the tale of modern Australian migration.

Football is Back: Golden Plains SC v Melbourne Uni SC

Roy Hay says he’s retired (and gives some words to a description of life in Bannockburn outside of Geelong) but we all know he is not. Here’s his report on the opener of the local football season.

Almanac Life: The end of civilisation as we have known it?

Roy Hay laments ‘The Conversation’ having to remove all debates on Indigenous affairs, and instead turns his eyes to the Almanac’s community feel.

Almanac (Local) History: Just across the bay – a history of the Portarlington football, netball and cricket clubs

A project to research and record the history of the Portarlington football, netball and cricket clubs is under way. Roy Hay invites anyone with memories or information concerning these clubs to participate.

Almanac Book Review: ‘George Giffen – A Biography’: A sumptuous story of a cricketing life

Roy Hay reviews ‘George Giffen: A Biography’ by Bernard Whimpress; a sumptuous story of a cricketing life.

Almanac Soccer: The Dockerty Cup – outside of Melbourne?

Almanac historian Roy Hay takes us back to 1931 to recount the only time the Dockerty Cup was held outside of Melbourne.

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.