Never before has there been such a comprehensive publication completed on the history of the world game in Western Australia. Paddocks to Pitches will unquestionably raise the bar in football writing. It is a colossal 800-pages, with nineteen chapters of facts and figures, on how the game has evolved since the first football arrived by ship. Starting with the State’s settlement; it progresses beyond the introduction of organised football in WA, and the foremost instigators.
The succeeding chapters include: immigration impact; a history of Perth Glory; profiles on key players; cup competitions; country football; the women’s game; junior football; administrators and something never before attempted in Australia – a chapter on referees from 1896 to 2012.
In addition to all of this information, there are 600-plus images, dating from 1897 to present day. Many of which have never before been published.
Paddocks to Pitches has been comprehensively researched and painstakingly compiled over a period of four years. The research took the author to Sydney, France and the United Kingdom. This, in addition to the vast amount of hours spent investigating in local archives and talking to hundreds of the personalities profiled.
It is the third book relating to soccer in Western Australia by Richard Kreider and the most all-encompassing by far. In addition to his previous publications, he was invited to contribute (as the foremost authority on football history) to the Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia (published by UWA Press in 2009).
Kreider has been writing football articles for a considerable number of years, for publications such as the Sunday Times, The West Australian, Daily News, Weekend News, Australian & British Soccer Weekly and the first seasons of match-day programmes and yearbooks for Perth Glory.
His skills as a football writer have been well-honed over thirty years, and his credentials are now those of a vastly experienced, knowledgeable and well-respected football historian.
Paddocks to Pitches will be a vital reference tool and historical record for institutions such as libraries, universities, colleges, schools and future generations of sports enthusiasts.