Paul Daffey’s 2017 book, Behind the Goals: The History of the Victorian Country Football League, is the most comprehensive book to be written on Australian football in its country heartland.

It tells the story of the VCFL, the ruling body of Victorian country football, from its formation in 1927 to its merger with AFL Victoria in 2016.

Behind the Goals offers insight into the reasons the game means so much to supporters in town and country — in detail that has never been previously been described at this level.

It is the perfect gift for anyone who has ever been a country footy official, or anyone who has an interest in the politics and intrigue of country footy.

Paul Daffey is a journalist and author who has covered country football for 30 years.

Behind the Goals is available for $40 per book.

Postage (three books or fewer): $10

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Paul Daffey’s books

Local Rites: A Year in Grass Roots Football in Victoria and Beyond (2001)

Beyond the Big Sticks: Country Football Around Australia (2003)

Behind the Goals: The History of the Victorian Country Football League (2017)

Chapters in books

Black and Blue: The Story of Football at the University of Melbourne (2005)

The Barrackers Are Shouting: Stories of Collingwood From the Grandstand (2006)

The Rise and Rise of the Essendon Football Club (2009)


The Footy Almanac: The AFL Season One Game at a Time (2007-2013)

Footy Town: Stories of Australia’s Game (2013)

Athenians and Red Invincibles: The Origins of Queensland Football (2015)