|2020: a year to forget
2020 will be remembered as a remarkable year in history. The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected every nation, every walk of life and every aspect of what we do as a society. At the time of writing, Victoria is in the midst of a state of disaster and the furthest thing from our minds is the idea of football, in any form. While professional leagues across many sports battle to scrounge a living from the slowly dying corpse which is Pay TV, community football in Victoria has sensibly closed its doors. Football Victoria, for the first time in 102 years, finally called a halt to all league competitions in late July.
We are living through history.
An update to the Victorian Football Club Archive appears superfluous at this time, with many of our active clubs battling to remain afloat as uncertainty clouds their very existence. Under normal circumstances, this update would have appeared in October, with 2020 finishing positions listed along those from 2019 and the myriad changes which accompany this release. But for those of us affected by the economic realities of lockdown, we all have far too much time on our hands and with the prospect of 2020 being a footnote in history, now is as good a time as any to deliver this to the Victorian soccer diehard.
What’s new in Version 2.0?
1. Updates for the 2019 season applied to all clubs involved in the Men’s National Premier Leagues and Men’s State Leagues, seven tiers of league competition in all.
2. A host of name changes and amalgamations noted, with records combined for multiple entities in the archive.
3. Google map references included for playing venues for all active clubs.
4. An alphabetised Club Catalogue listing every instance of every club with brief notes on name changes and amalgamations and links to their full record in the archive.
Tony Persoglia, Victorian Football Club Archive, August 2020.