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WA Footballer

The WA Footballer was the forerunner to today's Football Budget and was first published in 1921 by South Australians Bernard and Patrick McMahon. Over in Adelaide, the McMahons already owned the SA Footballer and they saw there was money to be made across the Nullarbor by starting a programme for the WAFL.

The WA Footballer ran from 1921-1935 and there were 394 editions published during those 15 seasons, including special editions for state games, grand finals and even challenge games against visiting teams from the VFL or SANFL. If you would like to read more about the history of the WA Footballer, then click here for a feature article I wrote for the 90th anniversary edition of the Football Budget in 2011: The History of the Football Budget

Though I would love to own a full set of these, I have just 84 of them and I doubt I will ever be able to find any more than a handful of the 310 I am still missing. Thankfully, though, Swan Districts historian Brad Willey has scanned each and every copy of WA Footballer using my own collection and the collections held by the WAFL, the clubs and the State Library. The collection is now available on disc. Anyone interested can email me for details of how to get in touch with Brad.

Below is the list of WA Footballer magazines that I am currently missing. Any help with any of these would be greatly appreciated.

1921 (7 Needed)

May 7
May 14
May 21
July 9
July 23
August 10 Western Australia v Victoria
September 3 

1922 (2 Needed)

August 5 (have one, but missing cover)
September 16 Final (WP v SF)

1923 (17 Needed)

May 12
June 2
June 4
June 16
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1
September 15 First Semi-Final (WP v EP)
September 22 Second Semi-Final (EF v SF)
September 29 Final (EP v EF)
October 6 Grand Final (EP v EF)

1924 (26 Needed)

May 3
May 10
May 17
Nay 24
May 31
June 2
June 7
June 14
June 21
June 28
July 5
July 12
July 19
July 26
August 2 Combined Fremantle v North Adelaide
August 6 Combined Metro Clubs v North Adelaide
August 9 WA 2nd 18 v North Adelaide
August 16 Combined Fremantle v Essendon
August 20 Combined Perth v Essendon
August 23 WA 2nd 18 v Essendon
August 30
September 6
September 13 First Semi-Final (EF v SF)
September 20 Second Semi-Final (EP v S)
September 27 Final (EF v S)
October 6 Grand Final (EF v S)

1925 (22 Needed)

May 2
May 9
May 16
May 23
May 30
June 1
June 6
June 8
June 13
June 27
July 4
July 11
July 18
July 25 Veterans v Colts
August 1 Country Players v League 18
August 8
August 15
September 5
September 12 First Semi-Final (WP v EF)
September 19 Second Semi-Final (EP v S)
September 26 Final (EP v EF)
October 3 Grand Final (S v EF)

1926 (26 Needed)

April 24
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22
May 29
June 5
June 7
June 12
June 19
June 26
July 3
July 10
July 17
July 24 Western Australia v Victoria
July 27 Western Australia v Victoria
July 31
August 7
August 14
August 21
September 4
September 11
September 18
September 25 First Semi-Final (WP v S)
October 2 Second Semi-Final (EP v EF)
October 9 Final (EP v S)

1927 (29 Needed)

April 23
April 30
May 7
May 14
May 18
May 21
May 28
June 4
June 6
June 11
June 18
June 25
July 2
July 9
July 16 Western Australia Trial Match
July 23
July 30
August 6
August 13
August 16 Western Australia v Collingwood
August 20 Western Australia v Collingwood
August 27
September 3
September 10
September 17 First Semi-Final (EF v SF)
September 24 Second Semi-Final (S v EP)
October 1 Final (EP v SF)
October 8 Grand Final (SF v EP)

1928 (26 Needed)

April 21
April 28
May 5
May 12
May 19
May 26
June 2
June 4
June 9
June 16
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1
September 8
September 15 First Semi-Final (EP v SF)
September 22 Second Semi-Final (EF v S)
September 29 Final (EF v EP)
October 6 Grand Final (EF v EP)

1929 (24 Needed)

April 20
April 27
May 4
May 11
May 25
June 1
June 3
June 8
June 22
June 29
July 6 Western Australia v Victoria
July 9 Western Australia v Victoria
July 13
July 20
August 3
August 13 Western Australia v South Australia
August 17
August 31
September 7
September 14
September 21
September 28 First Semi-Final (WP v SF)
October 5 Second Semi-Final (EF v S)
October 12 Final (EF v SF)

1930 (22 Needed)

April 19
April 21
May 3
May 5
May 10
May 17
May 24
May 31
June 2
June 14
June 21
June 28
July 5
July 12
July 19
July 26
August 2
August 30
September 13
September 20 First Semi-Final (S v SF)
September 27 Second Semi-Final (EF v P)
October 4 Final (EF v SF)

1931 (24 Needed)

May 2
May 4
May 9
May 23
May 30
June 1
June 6
June 13
June 20
June 27
July 4
July 11
July 18
July 25
August 8
August 15
August 22
August 29
September 5
September 12
September 19 First Semi-Final (EP v SF)
September 26 First Semi-Final Replay Final (EP v EF)
October 10 Preliminary Final (S v EP)
October 17 Grand Final (EF v SF)

1932 (22 Needed)

April 30
May 2
May 7
May 14
May 21
June 6
June 11
June 18
June 25
July 2
July 9
July 16
July 30
August 6
August 13
August 20
August 27
September 3
September 10
September 17 First Semi-Final (EP V SF)
October 1 Preliminary Final (EF v EP)
October 8 Grand Final (WP v EP)

1933 (24 Needed)

April 29
May 1
May 6
May 13
May 20
May 27
June 3
June 5 Western Australia v Goldfields
June 10
June 17
June 24
July 8
July 15
July 22
July 29
August 5
August 12
August 19
September 2
September 9
September 16
September 23 First Semi-Final (EP v S)
September 30 Second Semi-Final (WP v EF)
October 7 Preliminary Final (S v WP)

1934 (14 Needed)

May 5
May 7
June 30
July 17 Western Australia v South Australia
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1
September 8
September 22 First Semi-Final (EP v VP)
September 29 Second Semi-Final (EF v WP)
October 6 Preliminary Final (WP v VP)

1935 (21 Needed)

May 4
May 11
May 18
May 25
June 1
June 25 Western Australia v Victoria
June 29
July 13
July 20 Western Australia v Goldfields
July 27
August 3
August 10
August 17
August 24
August 31
September 7
September 14
September 21 First Semi-Final (EF v EP)
September 28 Second Semi-Final (S v WP)
October 5 Preliminary Final (EP v WP)
October 12 Grand Final (S v WP)

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