Month: September 2014

The last of the history makers

The last of the history makers 1948 Spearwood Rovers squad

MAC Hunter, the last surviving member of the WA State team that made history when winning the Southern States Carnival in Adelaide in 1948, has died.David ‘Mac’ Hunter, who was born in Newcastle in England, was aged 93.‘Mac’ arrived in Western Australia in 1927 and developed from a junior and Ex-Scholar playerat the famous Victoria […]

Football’s Ten Commandments

Football’s Ten Commandments John Elks

WESTERN Australian football’s “Ten Commandments” – tongue in cheek, of course – has just been unearthed following the discovery of a near-90-year-old programme for the first full international clash between the WA State team and England.Some research by a Hall of Fame Committee member ended in the discovery of the so-called “Commandments” as laid down […]

Callies and the Great War

Callies and the Great War Great War

A DEVASTATING LOSS… THE start of commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One (1914-18) will provoke poignant memories for one WA football club in particular. Caledonians, the club founded by the Fremantle Caledonian Society in 1913 by mainly expatriate Scots, was devastated by the “war to end all wars” when eight […]

A Passion for the Real Football

A Passion for the Real Football History Of Aussie Football

ROY Hay and Bill Murray, two Victoria-based academics and university lecturers, have a burning passion for the round ball game in a State dominated by a ball of a vastly different shape.And their enthusiasm for the real football shines through in spades in their jointly-authored welcome new book – “A History of Football in Australia – […]