Vale John Devaney: A hidden legend of footy

For almost 50 years, John Devaney chronicled the major and not so major Australian football leagues and the players involved in them. In a moving tribute, Gigs pays his respects to an unsung and largely unknown historian of the game.

The birth of Australian footy in Scotland, 16 years on

Did you know that Aussie Rules is played in Scotland? If not, Richard Prentice provides an interesting background to the development of the game there.

Footy’s prolific Pom: 2.8 million words and counting

Peter Temple has alerted us to this Back Page Lead yarn on Lincolnshire historian John Devaney who has written extensively about Aussie Rules. Temple was so impressed (refer to the comments at the end of the story) he has offered $300 to start a fund to fly the historian to Australia.