Football and War: Australia and Vietnam 1967–1972, A Missing Part of the National Narrative
Much has been written about sport in Australia. Much more has been written about war. There is also a small literature about sport and war and hectares of newsprint around Anzac Day and AFL football matches. Some parts of the story about sport and war have not become part of the tales we tell ourselves and it is worthwhile trying to find out why. One such story is about a group of young Australians who went to Saigon in Vietnam in 1967 at the height of the conflict to take part in the National Day association football tournament and returned victorious with our first international trophy for the game. These men have never been recognised collectively for their pioneering achievement and the book, which accompanies an exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, is a small step towards putting that right.
The book is fully illustrated and contains the memories of several of the players who took part in the tournament in 1967 and subsequent tours to Vietnam during the war in 1970 and 1972.
It is available from all good booksellers via Dennis Jones and Associates, or from Melbourne Sports Books or by post from Roy Hay, Sports and Editorial Services Australia. Contact me at: [email protected]
RRP is $19.95, postage and handling $5.00
The exhibition opens at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra in mid-July 2016 and it will run for four years. The display is in the Journeys section of the Museum.