A massive undertaking such as australianfootball.com is naturally depended upon the efforts of many people, including those whose past work this site has built upon, and those whose recent work has created the current incarnation.
First and foremost I would like to thank John Devaney, whose research and writing over many years created the foundation upon which this site has been built. John’s passion for the game and desire to tell its true history inspired the website ‘Full Points Footy’ and subsequent books from Full Points Publications. That body of work stands as a testament to John’s dedication to the task and enduring commitment to the game he loves. We hope that his contribution to the literature of our game commands the recognition it deserves.
Thanks is due also to Paul Jeffs of AFL Tables, who has generously allowed us to use the V/AFL stats data he has tabulated over many years - and done so in such a well organized and an easy to use manner. Of course that body of work itself relies on the tireless efforts of many official and unofficial stats gurus over the years and to these stalwarts we also give our thanks.
Further to this I would also like to thank Greg Wardell-Johnson for allowing us to use data from the wafl.com.au website that he and Steve Davies have put together over many years. I would also like to thank Rob Meredith from footyjumpers.com and Damien Green from 'Australian Rules Football Cards' for allowing us to reproduce images from their respective sites.
With respect to the development and launch of the current website thanks is due to the team at Slattery Media, led by the doyen of Australian football publishers, Geoff Slattery. Geoff has been a great supporter of the project from its inception and has helped to guide its editorial development and bring the site successfully to launch. In so doing, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, a testament to his love of footy history and culture.
Thanks are due also to Charlie Happell, whose hands-on editorial work has been of great assistance, and crucial in bringing order to content that at various times threatened to overwhelm us. Following on from Charlie has been Andrew Gigacz (more commonly known as 'Gigs'), whose great knowledge of all things footy has been an enormous benefit to the initial launch of the site, and, its ongoing development.
On the IT front, David McIntyre and James Troi have done a marvellous job of building the website and the database on which it stands. The foundations that Jamie in particular has laid at the outset will surely stand AF in good stead to achieve its ambition of scaling to a new level of comprehensiveness.
Acknowledgement is due to the wonderful project that is Trove, the National Library of Australia's (NLA) initiative to digitize and make accessible online its vast repository of content, most notably newspapers and magazines. Hidden within that inventory is a literal ‘Treasure Trove’ of material relating to the history of Australian football, and AF has made and will continue to make use of this material to provide as comprehensive a record of the game’s past as is practicable.
A similar social media phenomenon that deserves like praise is You Tube. If it's on film it'll probably show up on that channel sooner rather than later, and we are making full use of that reality to source footy videos that would be unavailable to us otherwise.