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April 2015








159 x 53 x 245 mm


1,032 g

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Harder Than Football

In 1915, while stationed at Gallipoli, St Kilda player Stan Brady wrote his mother a touching letter in which, after worrying for the safety of his brothers he told her, poignantly, “It is harder than football here”.

Australian servicemen have long been renowned for their unfaltering courage, sense of mateship and strength of character—the same values that are so apparent in our national game of football. With a foreword by Kevin Sheedy, in Harder than Football stories of courage, resilience and survival shine through like beacons, along with acts of bravery and sacrifice that so succinctly display the ‘Aussie spirit’. Of course, there is the odd larrikin, too, whose often humorous acts of disobedience include smoking on parade, changing pay books, “accidentally falling out of a train” and “being improperly dressed on the line”. Within these pages you’ll find the stories of the 2494 men who played at least one senior game from 1897 to 1972 and fought for their country in every major conflict from the Boer War to the Vietnam War.

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Barbara Cullen

Barbara Cullen has a long history of commitment to AFL affiliated groups and clubs. Barbara is currently a volunteer curator assisting clubs with their archival collection and was previously the curator at the Essendon Football Club Hall of Fame. She is a life member of the Essendon Football Club and the Australian Football Heritage Group, and is a committee member, of 17 years standing, of the Dick Reynolds Club, a coterie group of the Essendon Football Club. In 2006 she was named Essendon Women’s Network’s ‘Football Woman of the Year'. Harder than Football is her first book.


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