Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Roots: Frederick Campbell to 1921 Foundation years The strength of southern football Points of the Lazarus sundial Chapter 2: A league of their own: 1921-81 Rugby League begins Bob Craig Between the wars A homegrown nursery War years and after International glamour Blues, Roos and a blur named Larry Changing the game Time to roll up the sleeves Chapter 3: The Canberra phenomenon: 1982-85 Sink or swim The Pioneers, 1982 'Upset of the decade' and other achievements, 1983 Two steps forward, one step back, 1984 and 1985 Chapter 4: A movie script come to life: 1986-90 One long nightmare, 1986 So close and yet, 1987 Opportunity missed, 1988 'Inside each of you is a dream', 1989 Chapter 5: The team of the '90s: 1990-2001 Oozing class, 1990 Rise, fall and rise again, 1991-93 Mal Meninga and the last crusade, 1994 Surviving Super League, 1995-96 The changing of the guard, 1997-2001 Chapter 6: Harder yards: 2002-present Winters of content, winters of discontent, 2002-06 Leave your ego at the door, 2007-08 Return of a favourite son, 2009-13 Forever Green, 2014-18 Chapter 7: Six again!: 2019 Chapter 8: Ties that bind Key sources The Canberra Raiders Index
David Headon is a Canberra-based historian and cultural consultant, and a regular commentator on cultural, political and social issues on ABC Radio. He is a Foundation Fellow at the Australian Studies Institute of the ANU, and recipient of a Centenary Medal in 2001. David is editor of The Best Ever Australian Sports Writing and, with Lex Marinos, of League of a Nation, and he is the author of several other books on Australian history, culture and sport.