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Endangered Species And ‘National Football’, 1986-1990

This paper was delivered on 13 July 2005 to the biennial conference of the Australian Society for Sports History, Sporting Traditions XV held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The main sources used were the Football Times Yearbooks and SANFL Annual Reports for the relevant years. Most of the material on the Port Adelaide bid to join the AFL in 1990 is drawn from articles in the Adelaide News

Bernard Whimpress is a freelance historian who has written 20 books, chiefly on sport. From 1994 to 2009 he was Curator of the Adelaide Oval Museum and in an earlier life was Publications Manager of the South Australian National Football League. His most recent book, The Official MCC Ashes Treasures (2009) was written in conjunction with the Lord's Cricket Museum.

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