A second bite of the cherry: The 2020 to 2022 wages deal for the AFLW

The AFLW wages issue is a complex one being discussed by players and officials. Braham Dabscheck provides a comprehensive guide on what is happening and what the ideal resolution looks like.

Footy History: The Early Days of the VFL Players’ Association

Braham Dabscheck’s comprehensive analysis of the current state of AFLW pay negotiations has attracted considerable interest over the last couple of days. Braham brings extensive experience to this subject. This early paper of his dates from the 1970’s, and has been previously published at the Footy Almanac. It is an examination of the founding days of what was then the VFLPA.

Real Recognition: AFL Players’ Association MVP

Anna Pavlou reports from the AFLPA Awards function.

Luke Ball: Zen and the art of footylife maintenance

In this novel profile of Luke Ball, a Saint, a Magpie and Karl Marx chat to Marcus Aurelius [come on, you can suspend for a second – Ed] contemplating Luke’s qualities as a footballer, a leader, an advocate, a man. E. Regnans plays with words and ideas again. [Always creative ER – Ed]

Luke Ball is the special guest at the Almanac lunch on May 29, at the Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke St, Melbourne. 12.30 for 1pm. $50 for two courses and one comp drink. Bookings essential [email protected]

AFL Players Association Interviews: Wayne Carey (Part 1)

I caught up with Wayne Carey for the AFL Players’ Association Legends Series.

In Part 1 he talks about Wagga and his days as a junior footballer in Adelaide, and then about life as a young North Melbourne skipper.

AFLPA: A chat with Swan McKay

Swan McKay has had an interesting life. A boy from Newlyn, he moved to Melbourne to go to uni and to play for Carlton. He played in four premierships, had his politics re-shaped at Latrobe Uni (and beyond) and was a key figure in the first years of the AFLPA. He spoke to John Harms.

AFLPA: JTH chats with Brad Boyd

Fate toyed with Brad Boyd. He was blessed with tremendous footy talent, but he had major problems with chronic injuries which forced a his premature retirement. John Harms caught up with him for a chat.

AFLPA interviews: JTH with David Parkin

THE AFLPA has invited John Harms to have yarn with a former footballer each week throughout the year. Here’s a couple of snippets from his chat with David Parkin. [Full interview will be available on Thursday – Ed]

An AFL Lockout is the Only Answer

I suspect Rohan Coooper’s debut piece will generate a response. The players have too much power, he argues.

The Early Days Of The VFL Players’ Association

Around this time last year John Harms published a fortieth year anniversary history of the AFL/VFL Players’ Association. His research was aided enormously by the early work of Braham Dabscheck, an academic who went on to be a leader in the area of understanding player associations, organisations, and unions (around the world). Braham now writes for the Almanac. To add to those St Kilda laments, we feel it’s timely to publish one of his early papers. [Thanks to Braham for making this original research paper available, and to Jay Carmichael for his diligent editing/conversion job – Ed]

Feb 25: a significant day in the history of the VFLPA/AFLPA

John Harms has produced the story of the formation of the VFLPA forty years ago.