A Game to be Played: The Great War and Australian Football in Sydney

by Ian Blackley and Lesley Bryden

Published in 2015 by NSW Australian Football History Society.
ISBN: 978-0-646-93293-4, Soft cover, 99 pages with black and white photos.

Available from the NSW Australian Football History Society: www.nswfootballhistory.com.au or email: history@aflnswact.com.au Cost $25 plus $3.50 postage in Australia.

A Game to be Played: The Great War and Australian Football in Sydney was launched by Ian Blackley and Lesley Bryden, the son and daughter of Freddie McGargill, a WW1 digger who played Australian Rules in Sydney before and after the war.

The authors identified 198 players who played Australian Rules in Sydney and served in the Great War. Ralph Robertson, Teddy McFadden and Tom Watson served in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force that went to New Guinea at the beginning of WW1 and John Messenger died on the AE1 in September 1914.