Wednesday 14 February 2024

Shepparton City Soccer Club Reunion

Mario Varricchio, the man behind the Shepparton City Soccer Club History Page on Facebook, is organising a reunion event for past players, members and friends. Hopefully they get a good turn out, it will be a great catch-up for those who do attend. Please spread the word of the event around if you can, as there will be some interested in it who have moved to Melbourne and other areas that are no longer in the local loop and could appreciate the notification.

There will be a Reunion for all past players, members & friends of the original Shepparton City Soccer Club that played between1956 and 1984.

Sunday 3rd March 2024 

Shepparton Sports City (McEwen Reserve) Main Pavilion

11am - 4pm 

Outdoor event. BYO Drinks, BBQ catering available to purchase.

Bring along City memorabilia and stories to share.

Also, optional get together dinner the night before: 

Saturday 2nd March

Sherbourne Terrace Bistro, 109 Wyndham St, Shepparton VIC


Please RSVP to both events by 23rd February to:

Facebook Event Link:

Saturday 30 December 2023

Doug Butcher Updates

The great historian Doug Butcher has sent his updated files for the Socceroos, Olyroos and touring teams to Australia records. As usual they are very detailed and thorough.

They can be found on the Doug Butcher Booklets page, the updates being the items all ending in 2020-2023.

Graeme McGinty has also sent a few more match programmes through. They include Australia v Hajduk Split in Adelaide in 1949 and some 1982 Morwell Falcons state league matches.

The Newspaper Compilations have been given their own page as they were taking up too much of the Archives & Documents page. New pages there include the Waverley Gazette (for 1969) and Die Woche in Australien. At the moment the main focus is on completing all of the Moorabbin News and Die Woche in Australian to assist on my Moorabbin City and Richmond Alemannia blogs. I've also almost completed the Hrvatski Tjednik collection, where the coverage has diminished greatly in the mid-1980's. 

Once they are done I will be attacking missing 1960's Victorian details with more vigour.

Thursday 14 December 2023

Soccer Week Archive Updated

The Soccer Week  Archive has been updated to now almost be fully complete.

Soccer Week was an independent paper which ran from mid-season in 1974 to just short of the end of the 1975 season. It filled the void after the demise of Soccer News, and was soon replaced with the superior Soccer Action.

Previously the Archive included only editions which had been scanned in full from the available newspapers sourced. George Cotsanis (of My World Is Round) had taken a vast amount of photos of the State Library Victoria's (SLV) bound volume which he has shared around over the years. Tony Persoglia made some PDF's from these images, but I was reluctant to add them to this archive for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the tight binding on the SLV volume meant some columns were hard to make out. Then there was the matter of not all pages being photographed, as I assume George skipped full page ads and possibly some of the Soccerpools full pages (which sometimes may have had interstate or overseas snippets). Thirdly, the fact that the paper regularly changed the number of pages it contained made it harder to figure out if/how many pages may be missing. Generally the off-season/pre-season issues contained 8, going up to 12 when the Metropolitan League kicked off, and extending to 16 on the odd occasion. Also in some cases the date of publication was also lost to the tight binding. There was also a period of time where the paper cutting alignment must have been off, leading to text at the bottom of pages disappearing.  

For these reasons I limited what I placed in the archive in the hope of finding access to unbound issues to scan properly. With this failing to eventuate, I decided to re-visit the SLV bound volume. I took additional photos, and made PDF's from them, whilst also adding the PDF's created by Tony from George's photos to the files. This gives a few pictures of each page, hopefully between them providing a decent enough image to work out what was going on. The correct publication dates of some issues were established. Which gives us now an almost complete record, with only July 23 of 1975 missing from the SLV collection.


Tuesday 31 October 2023

New Additions - October 2023

The items added to the archive recently are as follow:


Camberwell Free Press Compilations: 1932 1933

Lilydale Express Compilations: 1959

Moorabbin News/Standard Compilations: 1972 1973 1974

Moorabbin Southern Cross Compilations: 1927 1928

Neue Welt Compilations: 1977 1978 1979 1980

St Kilda & Caulfield Southern Cross Compilations: 1927

Next month the Neue Welt archive will be complete, as it's run ended in 1981. Will probably step up the number of Moorabbin Standard bound volumes that I go through each week, and start looking at other ethnic papers from the 1960's and 1970's.

Saturday 30 September 2023

New Additions - September 2023

The items added to the archive recently are as follow:


Neue Welt Compilations - 1972 1973 1974

Yarra Valley News - 1966

Moorabbin News - 1964

Shepparton News - 1954 1955

Sunshine Advocate - 1955


Franz Stampfl - Sports Illustrated - November 26, 1956

Jackson Irvine - Celtic v Cliftonville programme - July 23, 2013

Mark Viduka - Celtic v Rangers programme - May 2, 1999

Scott McDonald - Celtic v Dundee United programme - May 12, 2009

Will Hastie - Celtic v St Mirren programme - November 12, 1990

Paul Reid - Brighton v Sunderland programme - February 19, 2005

Nick Ward - Brighton v Rotherham United programme - February 3, 2007

Lucas Neill - Celtic v Blackburn Rovers programme - October 31, 2003

Joel Porter - Brighton v Hartlepool programme - November 8, 2008

Scott McDonald - Celtic v Dinamo Moscow programme - July 29, 2009

Luke Wilkshire - Celtic v Dinamo Moscow programme - July 29, 2009

Craig Johnston - Middlesbrough v Everton programme - March 6, 1979

James Hay - Celtic v St Johnstone programme - October 6, 1990

Adelaide Croatia Raiders 70th Anniversary - Hrvastki Vjesnik - August 3, 2022


Helensburgh Thistle 1895-1977


Fairy Meadow Italia 1987


Shooting Ahead (Woonona-Bulli) - March 24, 1972

Sunday 6 August 2023

Victoria 1924-1926 Files

I've just about settled on finalising the season files for 1924-1926 to submit to Tony Persoglia for auditing and adding to OzFootball.

Before finalising I will have one more attempt at settling on initials for Barber and Boniface of Preston. I will also try and find any link to the Inglis that was with Lincoln Mills and Scotland in the Local International in 1924 as being the Jock Inglis that was later at Prahran City.

Have settled on J Maxwell for the Windsor/Prahran goalscorer (after years of floating between J, G and T), and J Aitken for the Footscray Thistle/Victoria/Australia defender. Aitken has also been listed a a W elsewhere, but the Footscray Mail is pretty consistent with J. I think this also makes him the "Jess Aicken" that was later at Springvale but I need to work on that a bit more.