Footscray Not Western Bulldogs stands for the re-introduction of Footscray as the name of the Australian Football League team now known as the Western Bulldogs. This is the primary cause and FNWB will only be satisfied when the club is called Footscray again. This means that the scoreboard at all grounds will say Footscray, the newspapers and all written, verbal and electronic communications will refer to our club as Footscray. They term Western Bulldogs will no longer apply any more, it will be consigned to the history books.
1993: Winmar made headlines and created an iconic image when he reacted to overt racism from some of the Collingwood crowd at Victoria Park at the end of a game between St Kilda and Collingwood. He turned to face the offending segments of the crowd, lifted his guernsey and defiantly pointed to his skin.At the time Winmar felt his gesture was meant to show he had ‘guts’ in facing up to the racial taunts, but the image of a proud Aboriginal man showing off his brown skin to counter racist taunts from the crowd was exceptionally powerful. (wikipedia)
this moment kind of encapsulates why I will always, always side-eye lefties who make sweeping dismissals of australian rules football. such dismissal is the most transparent cultural cringe, plus it’s often tied up with really foul attitudes towards working class and Indigenous people, overrepresented both in the fanbase and at the highest levels of achievement in the sport.
it was the grand final today, collingwood v. geelong. my mum recently decided that she supported collingwood because widely-held anti-collingwood sentiments are partly grounded in their history as a working-class team. (not being originally from melbourne, she has the level of distance needed to actually decide who to support.) I said well, yes, perhaps, but their working class connections are tenous as fuck by now and also she’s lived in footscray for over twenty years, which is an actually working-class suburb with quite a good football team. plus collingwood seem to me to be one of the teams with the most toxic attitude towards women, with many rape allegations being directed at collingwood players in the past few years. I supported Geelong, who won. but I mean they’re all suss as fuck. I remember a case a few years ago where a woman died under mysterious circumstances in a Geelong player’s apartment.
so I dunno. it’s all super complicated and painful and messy. but I think I want to keep more of an eye on football next season.
I can think of lots of cases where yet another football player has raped or sexually assaulted a woman. This seems to happen quite a lot. But I can’t think of a single time I’ve heard of a player being convicted of the charges laid against them. It seems I am more likely to read about police dropping charges, police not pursuing charges and the DPP not pursuing a hearing. What the hell is going on?