Andrew is a statistician by day (with the ABS) and night (football's statto), and author of the 'Encyclopedia of Socceroos' (2018) and co-author of the 'Encyclopedia of Matildas' (2019).
Samantha is a freelance women's football writer based in Sydney. Her work has been published by The Guardian, ESPN, Optus Sport, ABC, The World Game and W-League/Matildas websites, and has appeared on panels and broadcast shows including SBS's coverage of the UEFA Women's Champions League and ABC's Australian Story. She is also a member of ESPN's The Far Post podcast.
Hunter is a Lecturer in Sports Management at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. His book, 'Code Wars, published this year, looks at the competition between the four football codes and the battle for fans, dollars and survival.
Ken Morton is a former Manchester United Academy player, where his close friends included George Best. After a playing career in lower levels in England, Ken has had an extensive coaching career in Africa, south-east Asia and Australia. He is Head Coach of South Hobart FC in the NPL.
Jason has co-authored 'Be My Guest - Football Superstars in Australia' with Lucas Gillard, published this year. It is his second book following the publication of 'The Lost Socceroos' in 2019.
Lucas Gillard's first book, 'Be My Guest - Football Superstars in Australia' was co-authored with Jason Goldsmith and published earlier this year.
Andy's autobiography 'Riding Shotgun - the Autobiography of the Original Wizard of Oz' was published in April this year. It is a rollercoaster ride of a boy from Canberra with an incredible tale that is raw, heartfelt and, at its heart, searingly honest. Andy is a former Socceroo, who played professionally in Spain, Australia and England and was captain of Reading FC for four years.
Brendan has over 25 years leadership experience in the player relations, human rights, legal, governance and business aspects of elite sport at the global, regional and national levels. Appointed Executive Director of the World Players Association (World Players) in July 2015, he has united the world’s leading player associations which collectively represent 85,000 athletes to champion the dignity of the player and the humanity of sport. World Players’ vision for sport and human rights has required the organisation to provide thought leadership backed by athlete activism and collective action. In recent years, Brendan has authored key articles for academic journals and policies on the intersection of human rights law and sport. Brendan co-founded Professional Footballers' Australia in 1993 and the Australian Athletes' Association, and was a Board member/Vice-President of FIFPRO from 2007-2015, and Chairman of FIFPRO Asia.
'Fozz' is a former professional football player in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and England, Socceroo and one of Australia’s leading football advocates, as well as human rights campaigner. He is also a Pro-License coach, and lawyer. He is a member of the Australian Multicultural Council, a Human Rights Ambassador with Amnesty International and an Adjunct Professor of Sport and Social Responsibility with Torrens University. He is author of the books 'Fozz on Football' (2010) and 'Saving Hakeem' (2019).
John is a Worimi Aboriginal man from the Port Stephens region of NSW. He is currently a Director at the Wollotuka Institute of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Newcastle and Chair of Indigenous History. He has held several major positions and served on numerous prominent organisations and committees related to education, history and Indigenous issues. As well as his academic work, John's books include 'Aboriginal Stars of the Turf', 'Fight for Liberty and Freedom', 'Aborigines and the Sport of Kings' and 'The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe', the second and updated edition of which was published in 2019.
Vicky has been a journalist for 35 years and is a former Sports Editor of the Cairns Post, as well as a dedicated football volunteer. '100 Years of Football at Wynnum', to be published later in 2021, is her first book.
Simon was Chief Football Commentator with FOX Sports for 15 years, and has been a journalist, broadcaster and commentator for more than 25 years in the UK and Australia, principally focussed on football. He co-hosts a number of podcasts and the football program on SEN Radio. He is author of the autobiography, 'Just A Gob on a Stick' (2017) and is a lifelong Manchester City fan.
Greg is Chairman of the North Coast (NSW) Academy of Sport and a Lecturer at Southern Cross University. His PhD on 'An oral history of the women's game in Australia' forms the basis of his book 'Dedicated Lives: Untold Stories of the Pioneers of Women's Football in Australia', to be published in 2021.
Texi is the veteran of nine marathons, an enthusiastic amateur player, a volunteer coach, manager and referee, and runs a busy IT consultancy. He is also the rarest of authors - of football novels - with four published so far: 'Introducing Jarrod Black' and 'Jarrod Black Hospital Pass' (both 2019), 'Jarrod Black Guilty Party' (2020) and 'Anna Black - this girl can play' (2021).
Emma is Deputy Sports Editor with The Guardian Australia. She who has previously worked with The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph and AAP in Sydney. She also recently completed a Masters of International Relations.
Michael was a senior journalist for Network TEN in Sydney until September 2020. He is the producer and writer of ‘Mark Viduka Uncovered’ broadcast on ESPN. He is now a freelance journalist who is also a passionate Liverpool, Newcastle Jets and Adamstown Rosebud supporter. He is currently completing his first book.
Fiona is a writer and editor whose work spans social and environmental issues, the arts, and football. Fiona has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Big Issue, and FourFourTwo (now FTBL), and she formerly managed Football Federation Australia’s Matildas and W-League social media. Her PhD examined how the Homeless World Cup uses football to tackle homelessness. Her co-authored book with Lee McGowan, 'Never Say Die: The Hundred-Year Overnight Success of Australian Women’s Football', is a history of the first 100 years of women’s football in Australia.
Bonita is a writer and publisher, a lifelong football volunteer who has also worked professionally in the game, and has previously worked in the health and government sectors. She writes about football at bonitamersiades.com.au, has previously written for The Guardian, Telegraph (UK) and others, and is founder of the Football Writers' Festival and Fair Play Publishing. 'Portraits in Football', to be launched at this year's Festival, is her third football book.
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