96 years in the making - the Encyclopedia of Socceroos
The first ever Encyclopedia of Socceroos is a labour of love for Andrew Howe16 May 2018 | FT Editor
Just weeks ahead of Australia taking part in a fourth successive World Cup tournament, author of the Encyclopedia of Socceroos, Andrew Howe, has presented a souvenir edition (#92) to the CEO of Football Federation Australia (FFA), David Gallop, and the Head of National Performance and former Socceroo, Luke Casserly.
Almost 400 pages, running to 200,000 words, with 300 photos and diagrams, and weighing a little under 2kg, the first ever Encyclopedia of Socceroosis a labour of love Howe.
We wrote previously about the Encyclopedia, which is published by our group, Fair Play Publishing.
“From the moment I went to my first match in multicultural Leichhardt, from my very Anglo-Saxon background in southern Sydney, I was hooked,” Howe says.
“I wanted to know more about the players, the teams, the clubs and what had gone on in the game beforehand. When I couldn’t find anything, I decided that I would do it because someone had to.”
Howe said his professional skills of statistics and demography complement this personal passion and what he calls his lifelong “mega-assignment”.
The Encyclopedia of Socceroos lists each of the 592 men who had played for Australia in official matches up to the end of 2017, giving facts and figures on their games, goals, their opponents, and biographical information. There are also detailed tables showing who Australia has played, where games have taken place, the clubs that have had the most players, the captains, the coaches and the record holders.
Feature stories from longstanding journalist with The Australian, Ray Gatt, are also included on each of Australia’s four World Cup captains to date – Peter Wilson (1974), Mark Viduka (2006), Lucas Neill (2010) and Mile Jedinak (2014) – and the Foreword is written by FOX Sports’ Andy Harper.
“On the eve of this year’s FIFA World Cup, it’s wonderful to have an impressive book like this for all Socceroos fans, and sports historians, to learn more about their national team,” said FFA CEO, David Gallop.
“While this is the fifth World Cup in which the Socceroos will participate, the national football team has been around since 1922 and what this book does is both recognise and celebrate the history of the game for the past 96 years.
“I’d like to congratulate Andrew Howe on this magnificent piece of work. I am truly delighted to receive a copy for FFA,” said Gallop.
The Encyclopedia of Socceroos is available from next week at good bookstores, Amazon and can also be ordered now directly from Fair Play Publishing.
For those wanting something more specific to the forthcoming World Cup, Howe and Fair Play Publishing have also combined to produce a World Cup Edition in digital format only, which profiles the Socceroos taking part in this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup. The World Cup Edition will be available early next month.
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