Wednesday @ The Footy Almanac




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The Footy Almanac 2015 is out now. Re-live every game of the AFL season. Full of triumph and misery. Amusing. Insightful. Perfect for those Hawkers who want to revel in their own dominance. And every other fan of footy and good writing about footy. More info here.


The Manning Clark Cricket Lecture will be given by cricket writer Dan Brettig in Melbourne on the night of January 28 (includes dinner – details to be finalised, but keep the night free).


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Footy Almanac 2016 Membership is now open. CLICK HERE

What makes football supporters different!

Vaughan Menlove (aka Dr Cruel) on the difference between football supporters and supporters of other codes.

At Easter-time Stawell Giveth and Stawell Taketh Away

Dips O’Donnell tells the story of his crack at Stawell and what the event and the weekend mean to the O’Donnell family.

Crio’s Q? – Nugget on the Boots?

When the once commonplace makes you sit up on the sofa you know that times have changed. Couch potato Crio recalled Johnny Miller’s golden locks and the starched creams of the cricketers when some “back to the future” youngsters popped up on the TV.

Three “Three-Test Wonders” from the Seventies

Thesaurus Rex on three ‘Three Test Wonders’ for Australia in the 1970’s.

Supporting: who and why?

Following on from Charlotte’s debut piece, we re-visit this one in which E. Regnans asks ‘which is your team’? And why? (Happy to read short comments, but this might also inspire some autobiographical explanations and justifications – Ed)

Getting to grips with Melbourne sport

How does a young English woman, migrating to Australia, go about understanding the Melbourne sporting scene? Who do you go for? [A very welcome Almanac debut from Charlotte here – Ed]

The Footy Almanac 2015 – what’s inside?

The Footy Almanac 2015 is out now.

The All Blacks pay tribute to Jonah Lomu

At Jonah Lomu’s funeral, the All Blacks gathered. They paid their respect.

Australia v New Zealand – Adelaide Test: The New is Old is New again

New, old, new, new, old, old, new, new, old, new, new, old and new. Sharp observations from Joseph Ryan who visited Adelaide for the Test.

Answers to the Aus v NZ 3rd Test Quiz

Wondering what to do with the spare couple of days now that the Pink Ball Test is over? Here’s Jeff Dowsing’s quiz answers.

Australia v New Zealand – Adelaide Test, Day 3: It’s getting dark

David Wilson with less of a match report; more of a despairing fist-shake. “The scientific method is out. Groupthink is in.”

Vale ‘Gentleman’ Joe Marston, an Australian Sporting Pioneer

Readers may not be familiar with the remarkable Joe Marston story. The legendary Australian soccer player died last week. Dennis Gedling tells us why he will be remembered as a great sportsman and a pioneer of soccer in this country.

Australia v New Zealand: Adelaide Test Day 3 – Kiwis grounded again

Citrus Bob’s wrap up a highly entertaining Adelaide test

24/7 Jobs

Yoshi meditates on the constant requirements and stress of 24/7 jobs in the modern economy. Not good for footy coaches, hotel clerks (and their aspiring sports writer alter egoes).

Australia v New Zealand – Adelaide Test Day 2: When the going gets tough, Australia gets lucky

John Butler suggests that indiscreet batting was the major contributor to the fall of wickets on Day 2 of the Adelaide Test.

Australia v New Zealand – Adelaide Test Day 2: Fritzy’s honoured

Citrus Bob and his wallet attended both Eric Freeman’s book launch and day two of the test.

Almanac Music: a hospital, a husband, a Van Morrision love song

There’s only one way to take a diagnosis of cancer in our family, writes Lucia Nardo in her latest Stereo Story. You get on with it. But the day of Martin’s surgery, I’m not getting on with it very well.

Australia v New Zealand – Adelaide Test Day 1: What’s the fuss?

Dave Brown sees most of the first day of the first day/night test. He fails to see what all the fuss was about. What is the collective noun for a group of Almanackers?

Era, era on the wall; 2011 –

The final installment of what has been a fantastic series on the history and evolution of the VFL/AFL. Jeff Dowsing looks at the challenges now facing the game and concludes that less is more (you’ll get no arguments there Jeff)

Urban Utility

In my last article I discussed some of the challenges posed by urbanisation and why sport should play a key role in our future towns and cities. How should we deliver our sporting and recreation facilities in ways that will be appropriate for future residents but takes account of resource constraints? Australians love their sport [Read more]