Almanac Footy History: Sir Doug Nicholls and a surprise (for some)

This weekend would have been Indigenous Round in the AFL. It’s named after Sir Doug Nicholls. Historian (and the ultimate footy person) Rod Gillett reminds us of Sir Doug’s story – and tells us that he’s actually eligible for a significant New South Wales side. [Beaut piece Rocket – JTH]

The strange case of Archie Whitfield

The ‘one game only’ club contains a plethora of interesting stories. Archie Whitfield is one such case, as related here by Gigs in an excerpt from his forthcoming book with Mick Rees.

Footy History: Aboriginal Players at Fitzroy

This is the talk John Harms gave to the Fitzroy Junior Football Club about Aboriginal Royboys. [Thanks to Mark Buttifant and crew at the Roys juniors for the invitation – JTH]

Jack Sexton, Doug Nicholls and an understated sense of social purpose

Writer Mike Sexton can’t claim Jack Sexton as a relative, but has researched the footballer’s story to convey a sense of the Melbourne and Adelaide worlds of the 1930s.