As a 19-year-old Andrew Howe, wandered from the “Anglo-Saxon suburban fringe of Sydney’s Sutherland Shire” into the multicultural Leichhardt to watch a football (soccer) game out of curiosity - and he was hooked for life.
He wanted to know more about this sport they call ‘the beautiful game’, but he could find nothing. Then a Macquarie University studying statistics, he set about on a lifetime ‘mega-assignment’ of collecting, compiling and recording everything he could about the history of football in Australia.
Now a population demographer with the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Adelaide, Andrew Howe is the author of the first ever ‘Encyclopedia of Socceroos’ – a beautiful volume comprising 376-pages, 200,000 words and 300+ images providing the data and biographies of every man who has ever pulled on the green-and-gold to play football for Australia from 1922 to the present day.
With the 2018 World Cup to get underway in Russia on 14 June, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of one of Australia’s favourite national teams as they get set to meet France, Denmark and Peru in the early stages of the biggest single sporting event in the world.
Andrew Howe has been Australia’s premier football statistician since the 1990s. His stats, facts and historical analyses are relied upon by Football Federation Australia, Professional Footballers’ Australia, FOX Sports and all media. He is the author of the annual media guide for the A-League; before that, the national soccer league; and is the ‘go-to’ man for official stats and data. He can be followed on Twitter via @andyhowe_statto
Join Andrew in conversation with Dr Ron Smith.
Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)
The Encylopedia of Socceroos is published by Fair Play Publishing, a niche publisher of really good football books. They can be followed on Twitter via @fairplaybooks
Ron Smith is a former junior player with Tottenham Hotspur in London who emigrated in 1974 to take up a playing and coaching career in Australia. From 1982 to 1996 he was assistant, and then head, coach of the Australian Institute of Sport’s football program where he mentored players including Frank Farina, Kevin Muscat, Steve Corica, Ned Zelic, Paul Trimboli, Mark Viduka, John Aloisi, Craig Moore, Lucas Neill, Brett Emerton and Vince Grella. Ron has a PhD in sports science from the University of Canberra. He can be followed on Twitter via @smudger_rs