A study of the role played by football and the physical and social living conditions in forging the unique Collingwood Barracker. A supporter with an inner strength and a 'side by side' attitude to overcome appalling living conditions, to give birth to the biggest sporting club in Australia.
A social history of the Melbourne inner working class suburb of Collingwood, examining how the suburb developed in the period 1853-1906.
The book utilises original newspaper reports, stories, poems and songs from largely unseen sources to gain an understanding of working class life in Collingwood, during this period. An examination of how these forces culminated in the quest for social recompense via the Collingwood Football Club.