Almanac Footy: Tom Wills – A bit of care is necessary

Roy Hay responds to recent revelations on Tom Wills, and to Andrew Starkie’s piece on the subject.

Almanac Book Reviews: Wray Vamplew’s Games People Played by Roy Hay

Roy Hay reviews Wray Vamplew’s impressive volume on sports histories, dating back centuries in human history.

Almanac Olympics – Soccer: Shades of ’82: cynicism and the world game

On Tuesday night in the Tokyo Olympics’ women’s soccer competition, The Matildas and the United States played out a dull draw. Roy Hay critiques the coaching of the game and the contribution such matches make to sport.

It’s been a while – Roy Hay on Jamarra Ugle-Hagan’s debut and Ash Barty’s triumph

Two relatively rare sporting occasions happened this week: top draftee Jamarra Ugle-Hagan made his Dogs debut as a Gunditjmara man from Victoria and Ngarigo woman Ash Barty won Wimbledon 50 years after Evonne Goolagong-Cawley’s famous victory. Roy Hay shares his thoughts on what makes both special.

Sports history in Australian history

Roy Hay offers some thoughts on the significance of sports history as a part of our overall understanding of Australian history. The Footy Almanac has an important role to play in that bigger picture.

Almanac Soccer: North Geelong 1 – 1 Brunswick City

Roy Hay had a busy weekend watching many soccer games, but eventually settled on the North Geelong and Brunswick City clash. After a tight start, both teams got on the board in a frenzied second half.

Almanac Soccer: Geelong 1 – 1 Western United

Roy Hay reviews the Geelong v Western United game held at Stead Park.

Almanac Soccer: Geelong Rangers 0 – 1 Hume United

On a bitterly cold winter’s day in Geelong, Roy Hay worked hard as a supporter to review the Geelong Rangers’ game against the strong Hume United.

Almanac Life: The end of civilisation as we have known it?

Roy Hay laments ‘The Conversation’ having to remove all debates on Indigenous affairs, and instead turns his eyes to the Almanac’s community feel.

Almanac Book Review – Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin: A Man Between Two Worlds

Kevin Densley recently read Roy Hay’s book on Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin and provides some general impressions.

Book Review: ‘Shelf Life’ by Gideon Haigh

Roy Hay reviews Gideon Haigh’s ‘Shelf Life’, a collection of Gideon’s non-cricket writing (long form journalism), as compiled by Russell Jackson.

Almanac Football History: Aren’t we lucky we are not playing soccer?

Here’s an interesting tidbit by Roy Hay from the early decades of Australian Football in one of its original heartlands – Geelong. Could the 2020 AFL grand finalists have been less the Cats we know today and more like the Sunderland Blackcats?

Almanac Book Review – “Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin: A man between two worlds” by Roy Hay.

Braham Dabscheck has reviewed the recently released biographical work on Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin by Roy Hay.

Almanac (Indigenous) Footy History: Syd Jackson and the 2020 Sir Doug Nicholls Round

It’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round and this post includes links to various articles and videos about Syd Jackson and the broader history of Indigenous football and footballers in Australia. (Articles by Sean Gorman, Roy Hay, Mike Sexton, Rod Gillett)

Almanac Footy History: ‘Albert “Pompey” Austin: A man between two worlds’

Roy Hay has released a new book. ‘Albert ”Pompey” Austin: A man between two worlds’ is Roy’s follow up to his highly successful ‘Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere’, where he first introduced readers to Pompey Austin. Roy has provided readers with an introduction to his new book.

The beautiful bid: Why Australia and New Zealand should win their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup bid

Roy Hay is a partner in Sports and Editorial Services Australia, and an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University. He discusses why Australia and New Zealand’s joint bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup could be successful.

‘On The Take: The 1910 Scandal That Changed Australian Football Forever’ – review by Roy Hay

Roy Hay reviews a fascinating new release, ‘On The Take: The 1910 Scandal That Changed Australian Football Forever’ by Tony Joel & Mathew Turner. This book is sure to generate much interest for aficionados of football history.

Almanac Book Review – Roy Hay’s Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere

We bring you two highly respected thinker-writers in the field of sport and sports history: Braham Dabscheck reviews Roy Hay’s recent book Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere.

When Coranderrk won the premiership: A story by Roy Hay

From his recently released book, Roy Hay relates the story of how a group of Aboriginal footballers playing for Coranderrk in 1911 helped to win a premiership for the team.

Book Review: Never Say Die – The Hundred-Year Overnight Success of Australian Women’s Football

Roy Hay reviews a book which he hopes will open many eyes to a long struggle.