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Encyclopedia of Matildas: An A-Z guide of every player who has played for Australia's favourite national team

9 May 2019


Just weeks ahead of Australia taking part in its seventh successive Women's World Cup, a new book sheds light on the facts, figures and history of the 239 women who have pulled on the green-and-gold for Australia as a ‘Matilda’.

 

Precisely 200 pages, and running to 100,000 words, the first ever Encyclopedia of Matildas is a labour of love from statistician, Andrew Howe, of Adelaide and football historian, Greg Werner of Sydney.

 

It complements the Encyclopedia of Socceroos, also by Howe, published this time last year. 

 

The Encyclopedia of Matildas lists each of the women who had played for Australia in official matches up to the end of 2018, giving facts and figures on their games, goals, their opponents, and biographical information. There are also detailed tables showing who Australia has played, where games have taken place, where players have come from, the coaches, and the record holders.

 

In contrast to the Socceroos whose early history reflected Australia’s migration and settlement patterns, the Matildas have been more ‘homegrown’ with almost all players born in Australia, or moved to Australia at a very young age. 

 

While Sydney dominates as the home of most Matildas players since their first game in 1978, regional areas of Australia are also well represented from every state and territory. 

 

The Encyclopedia of Matildas is published by Fair Play Publishing, a niche publisher of football books that tell Australian stories and impart Australia’s football history and heritage – one book at a time. 

 

The Encyclopedia is available from good bookstores and direct from Fair Play Publishing.

 

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Media Backgrounder with points of interest via region is attached. Please note attribution requirements. Pre-press copies of the Encylcopedia are available for interested media via Fair Play Publishing.


Authors:

 

Andrew Howe has been Australia’s premier football statistician since the 1990s. His stats, facts and historical analyses are relied upon by FFA, the PFA, FOX Sports and all media. He is the author of the annual media guide for the W-League and A-League; before that, the national soccer league; and is the ‘go-to’ man for official stats and data.

 

Greg Werner is a writer, former producer and announcer with Sydney radio with a lifelong love of football as a player, coach, administrator and fan. In 2014, he began the ‘Grassroots Football Project’ tracing and documenting the grassroots football club of every Matilda and Socceroo. 

 

Contacts: 

·      Andrew Howe, 0402 597 023

·      Greg Werner, 0466 581 733

·      Fair Play Publishing, 0432 64 77 29

 

But wait, there’s more:

 

A free launch event with presentations from the authors will be held in Sydney and Melbourne. All are welcome to attend.

 

15 May 2019

6pm–8pm

 

Gleebooks

49 Glebe Point Road

Glebe, Sydney

 

Launch of the Encyclopedia of Matildas with a presentation from Andrew Howe and Greg Werner, with former Matilda Heather Garriock. MC: Melanie McLaughlin

 

Media are invited to attend for photos and interviews with Andrew Howe, Greg Werner and Matildas players present.

 

 


16 May 2019

6pm–8pm

 

Hennessy Room

Bells Hotel

157 Moray Street

South Melbourne


Launch of the Encyclopedia of Matildas with a presentation from Andrew Howe and Greg Werner, with former Matilda Theresa Deas. MC: George Donikian

 

Fair Play Publishing will present a special, numbered ‘Souvenir Edition’ of the Encyclopedia of Matildas to the FFA Chairman, Chris Nikou. 

 

Media are invited to attend for photos and interviews with Andrew Howe, Greg Werner and Matildas players present.

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