Football Research Collective – Latest Update

The Football Research Collective are a dedicated group with a common interest in scholarly, humanities-based research on Football, across all codes and continents.

Some items of general interest;

Event: Book Launch in Melbourne, Thursday, 13 October 2016

Click here for an invitation to the Melbourne launch of Roy Hay’s Games. Goals. Glory: The A-League’s Teams, Player, Coaches and Greatest MomentsThe launch is scheduled for 1.00 pm on Thursday, 13 October 2016 at the Melbourne Cricket Club Library.  An RSVP is essential in order for guests to gain entry to the venue.


Call or Papers: International Football History Conference, Manchester, 15-16 June 2017

This is a call for papers to be presented at the inaugural International Football History Conference to be held at Manchester City’s City Football Academy, close to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK. The conference will be held over two days (15-16 June 2017) and there will be an opportunity to present on any topic relating to the history of football.  The organizers are particularly keen to include papers focusing on football’s origins, regional histories, gender, race and issues within football.


Proposals for 20-minute papers should be sent to Dr Gary James via email ([email protected]) by 15 December 2016.  Abstracts are welcomed from researchers from any discipline, so long as they adhere to the themes of the conference and of football history (including football of all codes).


Proposals should be a maximum of 200 words long.  There will also be the opportunity to present a summary of your research in a ‘Pecha Kucha’ style (20 slides with maximum of 20 seconds per slide). If you would like to present in this format please state clearly that this will be a Pecha Kucha style presentation in your 200 word proposal.


The conference is organized by International Sport & Leisure History at Manchester Metropolitan University.


New Books

Congratulations to members of the FRC who have recently published books on various codes of football.  Details are below.


Roy Hay

Games. Goals. Glory: The A-League’s Teams, Player, Coaches and Greatest Moments

Melbourne: Hardie Grant, 2016.


Roy Hay and Bill Murray

A History of Football in Australia: A Game of Two Halves

Melbourne: Hardie Grant, 2016 (paperback edition).


Mark Pennings

The Origins of Australian Football: Victoria’s Early History – Volume 4: Tough Times: Victorian Football Loses Its Way, 1891-1896

Brisbane: Grumpy Monks Publishing, 2016.


John Harms and Craig Little (eds)

Long Bombs to Snake: Stories from Australian Sport

No. 1, Spring 2015


If you have any enquiries about joining or contributing information to the Football Research Collective, please contact  [email protected] 

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