AFL Footystats Diary, January 21-22, 2017


Week 1052

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Jan 6: Former AFL champion and Essendon coach James Hird is believed to be in hospital after suffering a health scare, reportedly an overdose.
    Although officials are refusing to comment, Fairfax Media understands an ambulance was called to his address in Toorak just after 10pm on Wednesday. The 3AW webpage noted emergency crews responded to an "intentional poisoning overdose" at 10:07pm.
    Sam McClure and Patrick Bartley reported for Fairfax this morning: It's believed he was taken to Cabrini Hospital in Malvern then moved to another facility. A spokesperson for Cabrini would neither confirm nor deny Hird had been treated there.
    Hird's wife Tania left their home on Thursday afternoon without commenting.
    A spokesman for the Essendon Football Club said officials had made attempts to contact the Hird family.
    The club was unlikely to comment further until it had more information from the Hirds – more ...
    Late Friday Mrs Hird issued a short statement thanking the public for their support since the hospitalisation of her 43-year-old husband and pleading for privacy.

Dec 22: The Greater Western Sydney club has been fined $100,000 and suffers a penalty of 1000 draft points, having been found guilty by the AFL for "conduct unbecoming" over the Lachie Whitfield case; the player at the seat of the charge will serve a six-month ban.
    Jon Pierik in The Age reports: The Giants were not stripped of specific draft picks but instead were docked points, understood to be the equivalent of about pick 15. They had faced the loss of selections 15 and 37.
    This means that if they were to finish fourth next season, as they had this year, their draft selection No.15, worth 1112 points, would slip to No.63 (112 points).
    The AFL Commission subcommittee of chairman Mike Fitzpatrick, former Sydney Swans player Jason Ball and businessman Paul Bassat heard submissions from the Giants and AFL legal counsel Jeff Gleeson on Thursday – more ...


Dec 19: Soccer has thundered past Australian Football as the nation’s most lucrative football code.
    A Herald Sun investigation by David Davutovic and Michael Warner details 23 Australian soccer players based in the A-league or overseas earn more than the AFL’s highest-paid stars Lance Franklin, Gary Ablett and Tom Boyd.
    It comes as AFL players are locked in a bitter pay dispute with league chiefs over a ­demand for a fixed percentage of the game’s rising revenues.
    The AFL’s $1 million men are Franklin, Ablett, Boyd, Nic Naitanui and Scott Pendlebury.
    Superstars Patrick Dangerfield ($800,000), Nat Fyfe ($900,000), Joel Selwood ($850,000) and Alex Rance ($800,000) fell short of the $1 million mark in 2016.
    But Australian soccer’s top dogs earns five times more cash — China-based defenders Trent Sainsbury, 24, and Matthew Spiranovic, 28, both earn more than $5 million a year – more ...


Draw 2017 – round by round


The draw for 2017; full details at The Roar
AFL analysis, club-by-club – more ...

Footystats chronology, 1858-2016 more ...


Reminiscing – Past seasons in review since 1950
Here’s some nostalgia, musing on past campaigns in a very different era.

Going to the footy in Melbourne in 1965 was still like it was pre-war, with run-down facilities at most grounds, and the most basic provision of comforts, frightful loos, a maelstrom of bodies and hands to buy food and drinks. Food = pie or hot dog (a burger was too hard for the provenders). Drink = beer. Most patrons got to venues by train or tram, although more and more were using their cars. Parking was often 20 minutes walk away from the ground
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recent additions, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009

Australian Football (official title of the code)

Whether it is called Australian Football, Australian Rules Football, "Aussie Rules", the VFL, the AFL, Australia's only indigenous football code is officially titled 'Australian football'.
   It has never been officially referred to as 'Australian rules football'. Such terminology has only ever appeared in the form of football journalism, coined by different writers.
   AFL refers to the elite Australian football competition known as the Australian Football League.
   The insult of "Aussie Rules" equates to an offence of the words "aerial ping–pong".


Worth attention ...
Key news web sites to follow ...

AFL.com.au more ...
The Age, Real Footy more ...
Herald Sun more ...
Yahoo! Sport more ...
Footystats Diary –
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1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
 2013, 2014,  2015,  2016, 
AFL Tables, the ultimate in footy facts more ..
Rogers amazing AFL footy facts
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"Footy Works" the internet wonder
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The authorative VFA history 1877-1995 more


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