Aussie Rules Football: An Outsider’s Perspective
Publisher: Don Warner
This book traces the evolution of the game in Victoria from 1858 to the present day. Starting with a chapter about the unusual 2020 season, the I then trace the development of the game from its origins in Melbourne, including the background to the 1896 VFA/VFL split and the development of the two leagues in the 20th century. I provide an overview of the history of all 18 AFL clubs – there is a separate chapter on each club which looks at selected aspects of the histories of these clubs including when they first joined the league, their team rivalries, great goalkickers, coaches & indigenous players. I have a chapter explaining how the various finals’ systems work(ed) over the league’s 124-year history, one about State of Origin and a chapter which recalls a bygone era when football was played almost exclusively on a Saturday afternoon. My book concludes with an analysis of a few of the laws of the game and investigates how today’s draft, salary cap and other equalisation efforts by the league have made for a more even competition in recent years. A few football trivia questions are included at the very end of the book.
Regular writing resumed in 1993 when he was invited to take on the preparation of his company’s office newsletter, called ‘Foxtales’. He grasped this opportunity with enthusiasm. Within 3 years he was doing the layout & design work as well as writing a lot of articles that appeared in Foxtales. He always felt he was in his element being the editor of the office newsletter and kept it going for 18 years (112 editions).
Since 2011 he has continued to enjoy writing and between 2013-15 wrote 4 biographies for friends at his former firm. Since this time, he has self-published 3 books.
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