Anti-Season Newsletter 2008

Fellow sufferers,

With the radio and television off and the newspaper cancelled for the cooler months, the Anti-Football League headquarters has been blissfully silent and football free. Unfortunately, since the pantry ran bare, your secretary has had to venture outside for sustenance. Strolling Melbourne’s wintry streets, I see things have changed little since this time last year – football still being played, broadcast and talked about in epidemic proportions.

In fact, things appear to have got worse. There’s talk of new teams joining the Australian Football League, with the Tasmanian Government putting their hand up for one of them.

I suppose there’s comfort in the fact that there are things that make the football season bearable. Opposition to it. And as ever, The Anti-Football League is looking forward to the conclusion of the season, with a few upcoming events.

As part of the Melbourne City Museum’s ‘Australian Rules: Around the Grounds‘ exhibition there will be a short lunchtime presentation for Anti-Football League members and sympathisers. Footy fans are also invited to attend, but may have to pass through a security screening process at the door.

Your secretary, Jack Dunstan, will present ‘Another perspective‘ a comprehensive history of the Anti-Football League, its achievements and failures, and why the ‘real’ AFL was reformed in 2007. There will also be an analysis of Australia’s curious obsession with sport.

This will be an opportunity to see rare photos and TV footage of the Anti-Football League, there might even be glimpse of Anti-Football League founder, Keith Dunstan, at the event.

The details are

Wednesday 13 August at 2pm

Melbourne City Museum
Old Treasury Building
Spring street, Melbourne

Cost: $8 full /$5 concession

Bookings are essential: (03) 9651 2233

Seats are limited.

AFL lapel badges and stickers will be available at the event. I hope to see you there!

Nominations for the 2008 Douglas Wilkie Medal are open, our annual accolade for the person who has done the least for football in the preceding 12 months. The recipient in 2007 was Dr Barry Jones, AO. This year the nominations are in a strong field, and include Melbourne Age cartoonist Michael Leunig and Jeffrey Browne, the GTV9 producer who took football ‘personality’ Sam Newman off The Footy Show.

We’ve also launched a new award for 2008. Tentatively titled the Sam Newman Award, this is a tribute to a footballer past or present that has had done the most to bring the game (or themselves) into disrepute. Those who are familiar with the ‘Darwin Awards’ or the ‘Golden Raspberries’ will appreciate the importance of celebrating mediocrity.

To nominate for either of these coveted titles, email us or nominate through our website.

Along with our AFL Lapel Badges, stickers are now available from The Anti-Football League. To compensate for unavoidable credit card charges, we are now bundling a sticker with every new badge sold. This package is now sold at $9. Stickers are sold in a pack of two, $6 plus postage. For more information:

The Anti-Football League is a non-profit organisation. Financial proceeds go to Villa Maria, a provider of disability and aged care services. For more information:

On a sad note, we mourn the loss of Former Victorian Premier Lindsay Thompson. Recipient of the 1981 Douglas Wilkie Medal, Mr Thompson’s move to have football banned on Sundays will not be forgotten.

A few members have asked if there will be Anti-Football Day event this year. For those who live in the Aussie Rules’ heartland of Victoria, stay tuned, and keep September 27th free. If members wish to organise an event in other states I will happily promote it through the website and mailing list.

Unless we see you on August 13th in Melbourne, The AFL thanks you for your support.

Yours in footballing apathy,

Jack Dunstan,

The Anti-Football League

One thought on “Anti-Season Newsletter 2008

  1. An idea for ’09 is a ferry trip to Williamstown and there to incinerate the hated tool of our oppression before repairing to one of Willie’s decent eateries. A Day Outside fool-ball and a
    Meal also.
    2. A Flanders & Swann-like League song denouncing the Awful Virus that drives Melb-urnians mad in winter ought to be workshopped
    at a forthcoming event ?

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