News from the Football Research Collective

For wider Almanacker interest, this is the newsletter of the Football Research Collective via Rob Hess.



13 August 2016

Dear Football Research Collective Colleagues,
Some items of general interest are listed below.  I would be pleased to receive additional items from FRC members for future postings.
Best wishes from Rob Hess, Convenor, Football Research Collective


Item 1 – Event: Book Launch in Melbourne, Tuesday, 06 September 2016

 Please find attached an invitation to the launch of Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football, published by Echo. The launch is scheduled for 6.00 pm on 06 September 2016 at the Melbourne Cricket Club Library and an RSVP is essential in order for guests to gain entry to the venue.  Book details can be found at


Item 2 – Event: Tom Brock Lecture in Sydney, Wednesday, 20 September 2016

 Please be advised of the annual Tom Brock Lecture, scheduled for 6.00 pm on Tuesday, 20 September 2016, at 99 York Street, Sydney.  An RSVP is required.  Dean Widders is the speaker.  Details at


Item 3 – Conference: ‘Sporting Traditions XXI’, Sydney, 03-06 July 2017

Please see ASSH Conference Details for an update on the biennial ASSH conference, scheduled for 03-06 July 2017 in Sydney. Papers on the various football codes are welcome.



Item 4 – Conference: World Congress on Science and Football, Melbourne, 2019

 Victoria University has officially been announced as the host of the next World Congress on Science and Football, scheduled for Melbourne in 2019. This announcement came at the close of the 2015 World Congress in Copenhagen to some 500 delegates from around the world.  Victoria University’s winning bid included a proposal to include a strong social science stream in the congress, based on its track record of hosting ‘Football Studies’ conferences in the past.


Item 5 – New Books

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

Barb Cullen
Harder Than Football
Melbourne: Slattery Media Group, 2015


Nick Richardson
The Game of Their Lives
Sydney: Macmillan, 2016


Roy Hay
Football and War: Australia and Vietnam, 1967-1972 – A Missing Part of the National Narrative
Bannockburn: Sports and Editorial Services Australia, 2016


Tony Collins
The Oval World: A Global History of Rugby
London: Bloomsbury, 2015


Item 6 – New Documentary

 Worth noting are members of the FRC who were involved in the television documentary, ‘Tom Wills: A Father of Australian Rules’, which recently screened around Australia.  FRC members who featured in the documentary included Abby Cooper, Sean Gorman, Robin Grow, Rob Hess, Gillian Hibbins, Gregory de Moore, and Dave Nadel.  For those who missed the screenings, the trailer can be viewed at


Item 7 – Call for Papers

Proposals for football-related papers are welcome for a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport, entitled ‘Match-Fixing in Sport: Historical Perspectives’.  Abstracts are due on 31 August 2016, with further details at



What is the Football Research Collective?

Deals in matters to do with scholarly, humanities-based, football research (dealing with all codes, across all continents). The list is essentially used for relevant notices that are, in the first instance, directed to me as the convenor of the Collective. I then compile and edit these notices and send them out to the Collective (comprising more than 150 academics, writers and postgraduate students), in a single email on an irregular basis.




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