Publication Date: 2014

Publisher: Grumpy Monks

ISBN: 978-0-646-91865-5 (pbk.)

This volume addresses the formation of the Victorian Football Association and the maturation of the game. By the late 1870s there were so many clubs and disputes that it was agreed to form the Victorian Football Association (VFA). The formation clubs were senior and country clubs, and included Albert Park, Ballarat, Barwon, Beechworth, Carlton, Castlemaine, Geelong, Hotham, Inglewood, Melbourne, Rochester and St. Kilda. Other clubs such as Essendon, South Melbourne and East Melbourne joined over the following years.

Inter-Colonial contests began in 1879 when Victoria played South Australia. In 1878 Geelong rose as a dominant football power in Victoria and maintained their pre-eminence for a decade. This club revolutionised the style of the game and reached new levels of physical fitness and football strategy and tactics.

By the 1880s, the game was characterised by long kicking, and fast and open football. It was due to this that football became even more popular with the general public, and by the end of the decade big games were attracting up to 30,000 spectators. This made clubs such as South Melbourne, Geelong, Carlton and Essendon extremely powerful.

Many football enthusiasts and historians view the 1880s as the golden era in the early days of football. At this time, football helped make ‘marvellous Melbourne’ the sporting capital of Australia.

Special thanks to Bob Gartland and Col Hutchinson for their support in making this volume come to fruition.

For an interesting use of Volume 2, see:

Greg Baum — The Age, August 2, 2014

Where can I Buy Volume 2?

Volume 2 is a soft cover book of 600+ pages and has 32 black and white and colour illustrations. The recommended retail price is $45 (+ postage).

The book can be ordered by downloading the following order form Volume 2 Order Form and following the instructions provided on the form.

If you have any problems, please contact Col Hutchinson at Col.Hutchinson@afl.com.au


Mark Pennings at m.pennings@qut.edu.au.

Alternatively, you can make an appointment to collect the book directly from Col Hutchinson at AFL House, 140 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, or from the Geelong area. Please email Col for an appointment or call him on 0414 759 365.

Volume 1 is also available and can be secured from Col Hutchinson or Mark Pennings. The price is $35.