Sports Research: The Football Research Collective

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



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 – New Book


The Football Research Collective is pleased to congratulate FRC member Patrick Skene on the publication of his latest book, The Big O: The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina, Pacific Revolution Pioneer, Auckland: Upstart Press, 2020.

Item 2 – New Book


The Football Research Collective congratulates FRC member Sean Gorman (and David Whish-Wilson) on the publication of their new book, WA Footy Fans on the Game’s Greatest Rivalry, Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 2020.


Item 3 – Online Access to New Journal Article


The Football Research Collective congratulates FRC member Tim Hogan on the publication of a new journal article, ‘Saints and Sinners: Local Loyalties in Early Victorian Football’, La Trobe Journal, no. 105, September 2020, pp. 40-50, 101.  This article can be accessed at


Item 4 – New Journal Article


The Football Research Collective congratulates FRC members Chelsea Litchfield and Jaquelyn Osborne on the publication of a new journal article, ‘Raelene Castle and the “Cruella de Vil-ification” of Women in Sport’, Sporting Traditions, vol. 37, no. 2 (2020), pp. 1-23.


Item 5 – New Documentary about Women’s Football


The Football Research Collective is pleased to promote the launch of The Lucas Girls: A Match to Remember. This is the premiere of a live-streamed documentary by the Tiny Empire Collective that tells the stories surrounding the first recorded game of women’s Australian Rules football in Ballarat, 1918, and the very first AFLW game on the first Friday in February, 2017.  The State Library of Victoria will be hosting the online launch (and the panel discussion featuring FRC member Kirby Fenwick) at 1.00 pm (Melbourne time), Tuesday, 16 March 2021.  For further details of the event and information about how to book free tickets go to  For Q&A with the creators of the film, see  Please note that the event will be recorded, with both the film and discussion to be posted on the State Library website at a later date.


Item 6 – Reminder about ‘Siren: A Women in Sport Collective’


The Football Research Collective is pleased to remind members about ‘Siren’, a collective of Australian women’s sports advocates, content creators and fans.  Of particular relevance, the various football codes usually feature in their regular newsletters, with FRC member Kirby Fenwick (and Gemma Bastiani) recently publishing a well-received three-part series on women’s football in Queensland.  Access to ‘Siren’ is free, but donations are appreciated.  For more details, see their website at


Item 7 – Other Websites and Podcasts


The Football Research Collective also wishes to remind members once again about the ongoing work and publications of ‘The Footy Almanac’ (details at and the series of podcasts (‘Rugby Reloaded’) by Tony Collins.  For an archive of the latter, see




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  1. Kevin Densley says

    Very good material here, Rob!

    All items are important for those interested in the subject matter (like me).

    Thank you for posting!

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