WAFL History books

Discussion in 'WAFL Board' started by slickmick, Apr 13, 2012.

Put it out there
  1. slickmick

    slickmick Rookie

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    I've started this thread to get a list of books written about the wafl and its players over the years.

    WAFL history
    Club histories
    Autobiographies
    Biographies etc

    Thanks

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  2. UpForGrabs

    UpForGrabs All Australian

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    There's a few out there.

    The state library has a decent selection on the third floor (I think), including official club histories going back a long way.

    I don't have too many myself, but these are some I remember...

    Polly Farmer: A Biography (Steve Hawke)
    John Todd: Six Decades in Footy (Brian Dawson)
    The Tigers' tale: the origins and history of the Claremont Football Club (Kevin Casey)
    Back to the place, Back to the time (Dennis Cometti)

    Also have a big chunk of the WA Football Registers, which were published from 1962 to 1990 (excluding 1973).
  3. slickmick

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    Thanks

    I've been a claremont supporter since mid to late 90s

    But now would love to learn more about a its past players history and stats
  4. UpForGrabs

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    Actually, forgot to add that I've also got Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phil Krakouer (Sean Gorman)... that's got quite a bit of Claremont stuff in it as well.
  5. Chris who

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    My football life - Jack Sheedy
    Westperth 1885 to 1985 - Brian Atkinson
    South Fremantle Story vol 1 and 2

    many many more.. . . . . .
  6. brad5668

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    This is what I have in my collection:
    The Charlie Mitchell Football Book
    My Football Life (Jack Sheedy)
    The South Fremantle Story Volumes 1 & 2
    West Australian Football History 1885-1970
    Polly Farmer
    Back To The Place (Dennis Cometti)
    John Todd (Brian Dawson)
    75 Years of Black and White
    West Perth Football Club 1885-1985
    The South Story (about South Bunbury)
    From Redlegs To Demons
    The Tigers Tale
    The Footballers (1985 & 87 editions)
    1898-1997 (EF History book)
    Mal Brown and Mongrels I Have Met
    Diehards Volumes 1 & 2 (Subiaco FC)
    It's A Grand Old Flag
    The Sandover Medal Men
    The Royals
    Behind The Play
    Complete Football Register Collection
  7. mianfei

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    I have read some of those, and when they are good, these books can be exceptional reading (though when they are bad they are awful). I have liked the West Perth, East Fremantle, Subiaco and Claremont histories (and that of SANFL clubs Sturt and Glenelg) and they are extremely useful for a writer on Wikipedia as well as for general reading. However, the histories of Perth and East Perth I have read were positively awful, giving few details or descriptions. As one example, neither notes that amazing match (on my vote for the most amazing football day nationwide before the AFL) where East Perth were goalless in complete darkness with three minutes to go. As the lowest score by an eventual premier club since a goal became six points and a behind one, it ought to be part of Australian rules history books, though even Full Points Footy never mentioned it.

    The two I would be keen to find when finances might allow are 75 Years of Black and White and West Australian Football History 1885-1970. I have never seen such books as these on eBay (abebooks is a better bet) but would want to know what I am buying with the former. Details on things like Swans’ near-winless seasons in 1968 and 2002, their rise and fall in the 1960s, and their early and more recent history are something I would want to know.
  8. pull ya soxs up

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    does anyone know where the '' garry cullen memorial shield '' might be. it was introduced by the west perth junior league in 1960. it was for my brother, garry, who tragically died aged 15 from a football accident. notable players that won it were ken spencer and john nykyforak.
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    Not sure PYSU but it would seem another one from the past the Greg Brehaut Memorial game played between Perth & East Perth has been another casualty over the last decade or so! :(