Unique Football Record

1947 QLD v NSW Record smallOver the past few weeks we have slowly been adding copies of old Sydney Football Records to our site which are now accessible through the Collections options on the front page.

Nearly all of the 1930s have been posted as well as full copies for the years 1969 and 1974 and many other seasons.  If you are a footy fan, they make fantastic reading.

This week we added 1946 and 1947 seasons.  Both include Records or Programmes from representative games.

The scanning and fine-tuning to get these publications online is an exhaustive task and takes some time.  Also, we have had to work with the odd photocopy of the booklet which effects the resolution.  Regardless, within the next 12 months or so, it is envisaged that all of the football records in the Society’s repository will be accessible online.

One unique match programme in the recent postings was published in Brisbane for the Queensland v NSW game in June, 1947.  It has an elaborate coloured cover – almost unheard of in those days and contains some very detailed information about the game and the players.  It must have been very expensive to produce and you wonder if they did get their money back.

The publication is viewable by clicking here.  Depending on the speed of your computer, because of its size, it could take 30 seconds or so to load, but nevertheless, well worth it.

The copy we have posted was signed by all of the NSW players and team management.

In addition to this five of the six match programmes from the 1947 National Carnival played in Hobart are also viewable in our collection.

Over the past few months we have noticed a huge increase in interest in the website with the number of daily hits at times extending over the 1500 mark.

Officials attribute this rise in interest in the site, which now lists highly in Google searches, to the Football Records which contain thousands of names of players, officials and supporters, who might possibly be the target of family history or other name searches.