Looking for a last minute Christmas present?

Looking for a last minute Christmas present?

Roy Hay

If you are looking for a last minute Christmas present, why not consider one of the football books that tell the story of the world game in Australia?

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Phil Mosely’s Soccer in New South Wales 1880–1980, SESA and Vulgar Press, 2015, ISBN 9780975197097, RRP $34.95 has received excellent reviews.

‘Philip Mosely has long been the expert on soccer in New South Wales, the first student to write a doctorate on the subject, “A Social History of Soccer in New South Wales, 1880–1957” (1987), but it is only now that his work is being published as a book. … This, then, is a landmark book, covering in detail the progress of soccer in its predominant state before the other states caught up, and arousing some fear in the other football codes that their supremacy was being challenged. This fear has been with the game since the earliest days – but more real this time. … This is a book that provides hours of enjoyment and food for thought’.

Bill Murray, leading historian of The World Game and The Old Firm.

Back cover of Phil Mosely's Soccer in New South Wales, 1880–1980.

The book is available from all good booksellers or direct from: Dennis Jones and Associates, 1/10 Melrich Road, Bayswater Victoria 3153. www.dennisjones.com.au

Roy Hay & Bill Murray, A History of Football in Australia: A Game of Two Halves, Hardie Grant, Melbourne, 2014, ISBN 9781742707648. RRP $45.95, is also still in print, though already stocks are very limited.

‘It is really Two Books in One. The First Book comprises text. The Second Book is more than 400 pictures of various scenes of players, teams, persons and ‘things’ associated with the game, plus memorabilia and key extracts from documents and newspapers. The choice of this material is excellent. It provides a pictorial depiction of how the game and its participants have evolved over time. This material enriches the presentation and enjoyment of the writing. A History of Football in Australia: A Game in Two Halves will be the definitive work on Football in Australia for many years to come’.

Braham Dabscheck, The International Journal of the History of Sport, May 2014.

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