Footy Week Letters 1965 – Unsocial Media

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This was what Twitter looked like in 1965; the letters page of the Footy Week magazine (edited by Harry Beitzel).

Fan v fan (“leadheads”), umpire bashing, South Australians with giant chips on both shoulders  balanced viewpoints, a dose of “the players are much softer than in my day/my country” and an Angry Geelong Fan.

Apart from six Saturday afternoon games, nothing much else has changed it seems, based on this selection.

In fact, forget Twitter, I think I’ve found an early prototype for the Footy Almanac.


About Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt

Saw my first SANFL game in 1967 - Dogs v Peckers. Have only ever seen the Dogs win 1 final in the flesh (1972 1st Semi) Mediocre forward pocket for the AUFC Blacks (1982-89) Life member - Ormond Netball Club -That's me on the right


  1. Nice Find!

  2. “Teaser for Medal” was right!

  3. (Teasdale was given the medal retrospectively!)

  4. charlie brown says

    Love the name of both the umpire and the correspondent in the umpire bashing letter.

  5. Rulebook says

    Well played Swish yes some things never change

  6. Up The Bays!

  7. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks all. I’ve got a lingering suspicion that these “letters” were prepared “Heartbalm” style by the editor himself.

    Oh, and Mickey, right up!!!

  8. No wonder you have reduced Tigers love Swish with Glenelg defeating the Dogs by 5 points in the League game, 1 point in the Reserves, 40 points in the U18’s and 1 point in the U16’s. Ouch.

    Saw no Brendan Maguire duffel coats either.

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