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A History of Australians In English Football

Last week Lucas Neill, the former Blackburn, West Ham and Everton defender secured a move to English Championship team, and my home town, Watford. With the World Cup on the horizon Neill is desperate to secure regular football to gain a spot on the flight to Brazil. His career has taken him to England, across Europe, back to Australia, Asia and now back to England. It prompted me to think about the history of Australians in the English game and celebrate those that made an impact in the motherland and some that went Walkabout.

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Australian State Football: New South Wales

New South Wales is most populated state in Australia and home to Sydney, the official birthplace of football in the nation. Introduced to the state in the late 19th Century the game had a stunted development until the aftermath of World War Two and mass shift of Europe’s population. At an amateur level the game has been a phenomenon in a state largely preoccupied with the oval ball and it is by far the most participated sport. There are a number of regional leagues and two ‘state level’ leagues in New South Wales including the Northern New South Wales State League, but naturally the most high profile is the division concentrated around the Sydney and outer-Sydney region, the core subject of this profile.

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