The Football History Society have moved further into recording the officials, coaches and players of former and current clubs within New South Wales. The trouble with this, the list of 475 current and former clubs we have so far – and its growing. And because the data so sparse this project will probably never be finished in its entirety.
“Then why try?” you ask.
Because, its history and if the history of the game is not recorded (for the most part by the Football History Society), then it will never be recorded and those who follow us will be continually guessing the where’s and why’s of the game in a particular area. Clubhouse honour boards is a good start.
The demise of the Football Record in many leagues has added to all this. Putting together a readable Football Record is, no doubt, a big job. Not only that, it is an important job. It records, virtually forever, the scores and what happened and who was involved and responsible for what, so long as these publications are kept.
Some regions are lucky that they have a local newspaper in which they can record the scores and participating players; even if this newspaper is a suburban ‘free rag’ in Sydney. Its all about recording what happened, and, for the most part, it makes good reading. After all, as we said, people will not remember and if it isn’t recorded, who can recall who won the B & F in the seconds three years ago, or for that matter who won it in the Under 17s? Club reunions rely on this stuff.
Make no mistake. People LOVE to see their name in print. Yes its an egotistical fact but no matter, a fact.
And as for club annual reports or year books; which clubs out of the 200 or so now operating in New South Wales publish an annual report? We can count them on the one hand and these, without doubt, are the better run clubs. Even state leagues no longer publish an annual report; its just all too hard.
The History Society is contemplating the suggestion to make an annual cash award to the best produced annual report and we would encourage all clubs to appoint an historian.
Club Honour Boards – Wagga Tigers
An example of our work can be seen here with details of the Wagga Tigers Football Club. We did have access to their data from 1955 which is on the public record and after hours of work, have been able to find more information regarding their officials now from the end of WWII – and the search goes on. In gleaning this data we were also able to update and amend some of the names already listed by the club, but it takes a long time.
Nevertheless we shall continue on with this honour board project and may solicit some assistance from those out in clubland who have access to more information than we can ever hope to.
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