Working on a new edition for Reading the Game (RTG) again. I have been looking at lots of club histories of rural and suburban footy clubs. Very often they are a chronological arranged series of summaries of club highlights and milestones, with a brief account of the club's origins. Newspaper reports are the main source usually, and are often reproduced in voluminous quantities. Being amateur publications they usually lack a narrative structure and theme, but they serve a purpose for their communities, and are very useful as a record of events and personalities which have shaped the clubs.
Image: 'St Kilda'. 1907. League Football Series. Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria.
Tim Hogan, Librarian and editor of Reading the Game, the first annotated guide to books about Australian Rules Football.