Football publication Leopold Method has announced that Roy Hay, Australia’s most renowned football historian and author, will be contributing to the first issue of their quarterly print edition.
Hay, co-author of A History of Football in Australia: A Game of Two Halves and joint editor of The World Game Downunder, co-authored the The Story of Football in Victoria with Leopold Method’s Ian Syson and also wrote James ‘Dun’ Hay: The Story of a Footballer.
Hay is also a member of Football Federation Australia’s panel of historians, a former academic of 25 years at Deakin University, and has published multiple articles on the game in Australia and overseas.
For the first issue, Hay will write on the history of the national cup competition, the Australia Cup, drawing parallels with the newly launched FFA Cup.
Publisher, Shaun Mooney, sees Hay’s decision to join Leopold Method as validation of the publication’s commitment to Australian football history.
“We want to educate the football community more about our past. To take Australia’s football history out of the academic and anorak archives and into the public’s hands,” said Mooney. “The announcement of Roy Hay today proves our commitment to this mission.
“Hay is the best football historian in the country. Along with Australia’s leading football statistician, Andrew Howe, respected academic Ian Syson and editor Joe Gorman, it would be fair to say we will produce the best football history writing in the country.”
Hay explained that his decision to be a contributor for Leopold Method Quarterly Edition was due to the publication’s bold push to produce a quality print journal in a challenging media landscape.
“The obituaries of print journalism are being written far too early. There is a place for the portable hard copy data-base—a book or a journal, in other words—both for their content and their tactile quality,” said Hay. “The quality of the content is critical and Leopold Method has been showing that there is place and a market for high quality online journalism with extended analysis and argument about key issues in the game.
“Now they are doing what economists and politicians in Australia have been crying out for, taking risks with a new hard copy journal based on a crowd funding model. Their bold enterprise deserves to succeed and I am happy to be a small part of it.
“Having just finished a fourteen-year exercise on A History of Football in Australia: A Game of Two Halves, I am very excited to be involved with Leopold Method in its new venture. It should be challenging for everyone involved in the game and I hope you will agree and join the journey.”
Launching in November, the Quarterly Edition is more like a book than a magazine. Each edition will be approximately 160-pages and will also be available in digital formats.
Contributors for the first edition will include Gorman, Mooney, Syson, award-winning writer Kate Cohen, The Cairns Post sports writer Vince Rugari, and Leopold Method analyst Doug Kors.
Leopold Method’s Quarterly Edition crowdfunding campaign is hosted on Pozible. A target of $21,500 has been set to help fund the first year of production and the six-week campaign will end on 10th September.
About Roy Hay
Roy Hay is joint author with Bill Murray of A History of Football in Australia: A Game of Two Halves, and joint editor of The World Game Downunder. With Ian Syson, he wrote The Story of Football in Victoria for Football Federation Victoria in 2009. He also wrote James ‘Dun’ Hay: The Story of A Footballer, 1881–1940, and many academic articles on the game in Australia and overseas. He taught at Deakin University for 25 years and has been a part-time journalist. He is a member of FFA’s panel of historians and of FFV’s History Committee.