Ian Syson

About Ian Syson

Ian Syson teaches literary studies and professional writing at Victoria University in Melbourne. He is researching the history of the football codes in Australia. He also runs the Vulgar Press, an independent Melbourne publishing company.

We shall remember them: The Irymple Nine

Pre-war soccer in Victoria had not only grown in the metropolitan region. It took root in the country as well. It’s a fact little known that Mildura had a developing competition in this period. Even when soccer was in decline in Melbourne in the 1890s, Mildura kept the flag flying for a few years, engaging in local scratch matches and playing irregular competition with South Australian town, Renmark. The Mildura competition before the war involved two or three teams. While [...]

By | April 21st, 2015|History|0 Comments

We shall remember them: Victorian soccer players and the First World War

The photograph was forwarded from "Somewhere in France" by Corporal A. Shields. It is a team chosen from the 38th and 39th Battalion, which played a game of "Soccer" behind the lines, against a combination of "Tommies." The Australians won by four goals to one. Reading from left to right the names are: Back row – Pte. W. Martin (South Melbourne, 38th Batt.), Sgt. A. Geddes (Ballarat, 39th Batt), Cpl. A. Shields (Albert Park, 38th Batt.), Pte. G. Gregory (Bendigo, 39th [...]

By | April 20th, 2015|History|0 Comments

I Am Not a Professional Historian: I’m a Human Being

I am not a professional historian. Yes, I get paid to research and write. And yes, I write history. But I am not a professional historian. I came to my history work through the back door. More interested in rhetoric, literature and the politics and poetics of language (with a PhD in Literature), I married these to my love of sport – particularly soccer and cricket. I started to notice and analyse the way language was used in sporting media discourse [...]

By | March 6th, 2015|Features, History|0 Comments
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