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Rohan Connolly is one of the AFL’s most experienced and respected journalists, passionate about football, and with a 35-year track record of observing it at close quarters in print, online, and on radio and TV.

And he’s on a mission to cut through the petty politics and celebrity sideshows to talk to you about the thing that matters most – the actual game. That’s what Footyology is about. The big stories. But with the focus always upon how they impact on the real point of it all, the clubs, teams, players and coaches that inspire such fervour in us all.

RoCo’s obsession with football began at the age of five, when he’d churn out match reports while listening to “The Captain and The Major” on 3KZ, or “Harry and Tommy” on 3AW. He grew up on the terraces at Windy Hill, and in the outer at long-lost suburban grounds like Victoria Park, Moorabbin and the Junction Oval.

It was that fanaticism which underpinned his single-mindedness to become a football journalist, realised at the age of 18 when he started work at the old Sun News-Pictorial, now known as the Herald-Sun.

That’s been his go ever since. In 1987, he moved across town to The Age, where he worked for 30 years until June 2017, racking up a slew of Australian Football Media Association awards.

But Connolly has also always embraced and been heavily involved in the electronic media as well.

He began appearing on 3AW in 1996 as part of their match previews and match coverage as boundary rider, and since 2012 has been an integral part of the 1116 SEN team, appearing on a number of weekly programs, part of the Friday night and Sunday football commentary teams, and filling in as host on Kevin Bartlett’s “”Hungry For Sport” show.

He was part of the birth of pay television in Australia from 1996 as part of the Optus Vision C7 football coverage on shows like Football Feedback, has appeared many times as a guest on Channel 7’s coverage over the years, and in 2017 joined the much-loved Marngrook Footy Show as a member to analyse the news of the week and present the popular nostalgia segment “Rounds Of Our Lives”.

Beyond football, he’s a lover of all sport, mainly cricket and soccer, is passionate about music, hardcore bands like Rage Against The Machine a specialty, has some strong views on politics and is very active (some would say too much) on social media, where you can usually find him sparring with anyone up for a stoush.

RoCo is a passionate, heart-on-sleeve sort of guy. He hopes that comes across in his work, and most importantly, on this site. Because we know that’s how much YOU love your footy, too!

If you want football analysed, scrutinised, romanticised and on occasion satirised, you’ve come to the right place. We hope you enjoy the ride.