Friday@The Footy Almanac


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 Cover Art – Auction: The current bid on Susan Sutton’s Grand Final (Spangher!) painting is $2500. Make a bid. (More information here)

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

Brisbane launch: Wed Dec 3 at the Pineapple Hotel, near the Gabba. 6 for 6.30pm. rsvp please

Adelaide  launch: Thurs Dec 11 at the Adelaide Lutheran FC clubrooms, 6 for 6.30pm. rsvp please

Best footballers to have an association with the wool industry

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Summer Fields

Bert Spinks shares his love of abandoned Tassie footy grounds in majestic surroundings – ” in remembering what has passed, my gratitude is renewed for what there is now”. (Sheer poetry -Ed.)

Yoshi’s Perception of Sport and Art

The Footy Almanac’s Northern Japan correspondant, Yoshi Imagawa, compares sport and art. A thought provoking piece from the Sapporo scribe.

The Footy Almanac 2014 Launch in Melbourne TODAY (Nov 20)

Come and enjoy the festivities. Always a great celebration.

Become a 2015 Almanac member today

The Almanac announces it sensational annual membership packages:
The Jack Dyer Good Ordinary Membership
The K.D. Walters Gadabouts’ Membership
The John Wren Business Membership
The W.K. Trewick Scholarship (and the like)

NTFL Round 7 Wrapup

Jackson Clark reviews Round 7 in the NTFL and tells how AFL great Andrew McLeod has returned to Darwin at 38 years of age, to go round for his original club Buffaloes in a farewell (?) game.

It was a very good year

Some thoughts from Rob Bath in his debut year as co-editor of The Footy Almanac. [Celebrating the originality, diversity and good fun of The Footy Almanac – Ed]

Simon Black and the things that count

In writing his book, Old Dog spends some time with Simon Black. The conversation reminds him of an old footy story.

The medal that never was

Who deserves a premiership medal? In the third part of his Grand Final trilogy, Rick Kane shows how the 2014 Hawthorn squad shines a light on this issue. [You just can’t stop thinking about the 2014 flag can you Trucker Slim? – Ed]

Cubs now the Maddon Crowd

The baseball World Series has just finished but Mic Rees is already on board for his Chicago Cubs run at the 2015 pennant. Baseball fans will enjoy this history of the “loveable losers” managers, occasional successes and new season prospects and signings.

Bowled (Canna) Lily

Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt revisits the battlefields of childhood, and the characters that made those informal test matches forever memorable.

Why Footy is Attractive for a Japanese Bloke

Yoshi Imagawa strives to explain what he finds attractive and unique about Australian Rules footy.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Round 6 of the A-League

Dennis Gedling’s weekly A League wrap reviews a very competitive round, and unveils our Asian Cup mascot (hats off to Roy and HG).

A Gunn & Moore for all seasons

Craig Dodson beautifully shares the triumphs and tribulations of life alongside his trusty Gunn & Moore. It’s a special relationship between man and cricket bat.

Cricket: Killed by the ICC, with the dagger, in the cellar

Dips O’Donnell is picking up clues; sifting the evidence. Cricket is dead.

AFL Fans Association kicked goals despite itself

Jeff Dowsing gives us a ‘before, during and after’ view of his AFL Fans Association experience and its efforts taking on the AFL. “Not so much playing Goliath versus David as we were David’s kid sister”. Salient points about the growth, maintenance and renewal of any organised movement.

Seasons in the Sun (Part 6): Fine times and $2 fines

The Stars (“Are you blokes Lalor or the Lalor Stars?” “No, we’re the Stars”) are up and about against the Lower Plenty Thirds. Their $2 fine regime should see them a tidy end-of-season trip.

Crio’s Question: Slow burners?

Crio’s Question moves from the overrated last week to the serially underrated who have proven their worth with time and persistence. Nominations please.

Lou: Cricket and potatoes

Lou’s limped often enough to know a bad back when he sees one, and has some advice [surprise, surprise] for the Australian selectors on the captaincy.

AFL Round 1 – Geelong v Adelaide: Eight Good Hours

Remember back to the start of the 2014 season. What were we thinking back then? JTH headed to Kardinia Park for the Cats’ opener.

What is sportswriting, anyway?

E. Regnans with a creative conversation about the nature of sportswriting. [Comes nicely on the tail of last week’s art v sport debate – Ed]