Friday@The Footy Almanac


Spangher! More about the cover and artist Susan Sutton below. Make a bid for the painting.

Order your copy of this year’s Footy Almanac now


Forthcoming Events (for your diary – details in the Calendar of Events)

Nov 3 – The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch featuring Greg Carpenter and Robbie Griffiths Waterside Hotel. $50. Come and pick the trifecta. Book now.

The Footy Almanac 2014 will be launched at the Waterside Hotel on Nov 20, 6 for 6.30pm. Always a tremendous celebration. Nibblies. All welcome. And kick on.

Best footballers to have an association with the wool industry

The Almanac Podcast: Listen to EPISODE 22 (with Jack Styring)

Become a  2015 Footy Almanac Member

Second Test, Pakistan v Australia (Abu Dhabi) – Day 1: Younis, Younis, Younus?

Luke Reynolds tells the story of Sheikh Zayed Stadium (“more Football Park than Adelaide Oval”) on Day 1. Ideas and attempts were many, but so were Pakistan’s runs.

Second Test, Pakistan v Australia (Abu Dhabi) – Day 1: Same old, same old

Rulebook reports on a bleak Day 1 from Abu Dhabi (and takes the chance to get a few things off his chest).

It’s Only the Beginning – Derby Day Preview

Sal Ciardulli analyses the card at Flemington for Derby Day. There is a winner in every race, and Sal helps you find it.

The Footy Almanac 2014 cover

Here it is: The Footy Almanac 2014 cover.
Artist: Susan Sutton
Designer: John Kingsmill

Our Caller Jack

P. Flynn’s salute to Jack Styring.

The Footy Almanac Podcast Episode 22 – Jack Styring

“Would you like to see the new bank Squizzy?” “Why yes, I think I would…” For our last racing podcast this spring, John Harms and Steve Baker sit down with legendary race caller Jack ‘bearing his molars to the breeze’ Styring for a cuppa or two.

Our Caller Jack gets The Dog home at Donald

Jack Styring gets a mention in Memoirs of a Mug Punter

Racing: Mad Dog Morgan, Lord Lucan, Jack Styring … it’s a great cast at Hanging Rock

P. Flynn on Jack Styring and the Hanging Rock Cup.

Footy Almanac Snippet II: A report which starts at Brunswick Street Oval

Another morsel from The Footy Almanac 2014

Loneliness of the Long Distance Cricket Umpire

John Gascoigne debuts with a ripper yarn about the dramas, oddities and nuances of local cricket told from a unique perspective. He’s been an umpire for 25 years – so he’s seen it all (hearing it all was a different matter).

Crio’s Racing: Derby or Darby Day?

Crio has been poring (pawing?) over the form for Derby (Darby?) Day and provides a thorough analysis of the big races, the form and the value. Essential reading for those pouring the Moet (VB?) on Saturday. Tips please.

A couple of snippets from The Footy Almanac 2014

Late nights are made easier for The Footy Almanac 2014 editors by some very fine writing, as John Harms explains.

Almanac Music (Stereo Stories): Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones

Debbie Lee’s piece on our sister site Stereo Stories is an exploration of the personal link between the Stones classic and her journeys to visit an ailing relative.

My Excitements of St Kilda’s Anzac Day Clash in 2015

Yoshi has had his wish granted with his Saints playing Carlton next Anzac Day in Wellington. He wants to get back to New Zealand for the game.

Simplifying Football

Ben Rutten has inspired this piece because Old Dog loves backmen. He loves watching backmen. He hates how they’re ignored when votes are awarded. He doesn’t like how stats rule – and he points out a ripper stat about the Swans premiership back line

A Tale of Three Cities – From St Kilda to Kings Cross (via Gepps Cross)

Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt reviews the comparative attractions of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Nominate your icons and cast your votes.

American Football: A visiting Australian sees the Denver Broncos

Tony McLeod is studying in Colorado. He is following the Broncos and the University of Colorado.

Lou on swing bowling

Lou on swing bowling. Has Boof been reading? Boof has gone to town on missing straight ones today.

Walking through a Tiger Wonderland

John Green takes us on a walking tour down memory lane in Tigerland, and lets us know that he and a mate have developed a downloadable map to guide your journey to Tiger shrines like Jack Dyer’s old school and St Ignatius’ premiership bells on Richmond Hill.

Calling all cricket thinkers: Second Test writers step up

E.Regnans has a call to arms for Australian cricket followers. Nominate to write a match report on one day’s play in the Second Test against Pakistan starting Thursday. Lou – are you up for it? Your Almanac need you.