Australian Rules Football fanatic and Melbourne academic LionelFrost has written this fascinating history of thesport through the careers of some of the greats. He shows howAFL (Australian Football League) has developed from an amateur, local sport to the professional, national industry that it istoday. It explores the ways in which the lives and careers ofplayers, coaches and administrators were shaped by the times inwhich they lived, and how their responses to challenges andopportunities in turn shaped the development of the game. In abroader sense, it is a series of stories about Australians, andabout life in Australia, that all Australians will be able torelate to. Based on new research, and covering all states in whichAustralian Rules is the major code, the book features the careersof people such as Norm and Len Smith, John Kennedy, Jack Oatey, through to modern ?gures such as Tim Watson and Jason Akermanis.All of the living subjects, and in many cases the families of thosewho are deceased, have co-operated fully in the research andprovided unpublished source material such as letters and notebooks.Foreword by Ron Barassi.
Immortals: Football People and the Evolution of Australian Rules Football
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