Articles by Andy Fuller


Commercialise my footy

Andy Fuller, University of Melbourne Australian rules football is generally considered the dominant code in our sporting-obsessed nation. It is a hybrid game with contested origins: some elements are drawn from rugby and football, and some from marn grook, the Indigenous game. Whatever its origins, footy is played on suburban grounds, in country fields, on…

Inside Indonesia – Call for Papers

Inside Indonesia Edition (July 2018) “Sports Culture in Indonesia: Politics, Fandom, Media” Inside Indonesia will publish a special edition on sport in Indonesia to coincide with the 2018 Asian Games that will be held in Jakarta and Palembang. Indonesia, as a sporting nation, is renowned for its champion badminton players, while the nation’s most popular…

Le Bois d’Oingt

Pastoral Football I took these photos while on holiday in 2015. We were in Lyon and then went to the countryside for a few days. We passed through this village a few times and on one occasion I took these photos. It was hot and there was no breeze. The absence of grass makes the…

Moorabbin and Disposable Heritage

I drove south today. I don’t have any memories of this ground. This was the first time I have been there. The Saints are moving back to Moorabbin after failing to establish themselves at Seaford and not coming to an agreement with Cricket Victoria to share the Junction Oval. This is their other historical home:…

Champions of Rotterdam

A long time ago:  And Sparta became champions. The referee blew the whistle and the players hugged each other; screamed in celebration; some piled on one another in the goalmouth. Coaches in suits and Sparta ties shook hands like gentlemen and embraced as lovers. And then, the crowd ran onto the field. Some players ran…

Group Running

“The track is home”, says Amy at the end of training. Paul quickly adds, “Yeah it is, isn’t it? I love the track. It is all I used to do as a kid.” The two of them have just finished an intervals session of 10 times 400 meters at the Holden Centre under the guidance…

Playing the Stadium

Zack Hample and the Fine Art of Ballhawking “I’ve snagged exactly 90 balls at this stadium over the years. So, I’m hoping to get at least 10 today and reach triple digits. At some point in my life I’d love to get 100 balls at every stadium and if I do it today, this will…

Hello Again, Princes Park

Growing up in Melbourne during the 1980s, Princes Park was one of the regular grounds I attended with my father and brother. I was an Essendon fan (I have long-since renounced them) and my brother was a Carlton fan: he has renounced them too, along with Australian rules. And so, my father would alternate taking…

After Lebak Bulus

When we talk about football infrastructure in Jakarta, it is easier to talk about the stadiums that have been destroyed than those that have been built. Stadion Ikada was demolished to build Lapangan Monas (Sukarno); Stadion Menteng was demolished to build a park (Governor Sutiyoso); Stadion Lebak Bulus was demolished to make space for a…

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