Friday @ The Footy Almanac


The mystery XX from 1896 – contributed by Michael Silver


Photographer Michael Silver needs a hand in finding out who the mystery men are in this image. Can you help? Read more in THIS POST.




Almanac Season Launch (dinner and entertainment) at The Royal Melbourne Hotel. April 1. Details here. 

Best footballers to have an association with the wool industry

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2015 ICC World Cup: Semi Final- Australian v India: Eden Gardens at Moore Park

Wayne Ball likes what he saw of the Australians at the SCG last night. Bring on the Kiwis. The MCG certainly isn’t Eden Park

The NTFL Player-Points System Restricts Locals

Jackson Clark identifies some of the shortcomings in the NTFL’s player-points system, arguing the system needs to take better account of the unique circumstances for a lot of top end footballers.

Luxury: The Price of Pies at the Adelaide Oval

Letter to the editor taken from the Adelaide Advertiser. A true blue smack down on all those who moan about the cost of having a bite at the footy.

Cricket. Radio.

Cricket, emotion and rain in the darkest hours. And some thoughts on the nature of cricket commentary.

2015 AFL Season Preview – Fremantle

Will the premier-ship finally dock in Fremantle in 2015? Or will the ageing Dockers begin to slide their way down the ladder? Zach Standish crystal-balls Fremantle’s chances of winning the 2015 flag.

The origins of one-day cricket? (and World Cup blog)

Robert Allan found this article speculating about the possibility of one day cricket in a 1938 Sporting Globe.

The Mystery of the 1896 First XX

Calling the Almanac community: Can you help identify who is in this century old image?

ICC World Cup 2015: World Cup Quiz Challenge

It’s sudden death for Australia and India in today’s 2015 ICC World Cup semi final. Damian Balassone invites you to test your Cricket World Cup knowledge with this great little quiz.

The Gift of Stawell

Some unforgettable memoir words: Tess Prior remembers the Stawell Gift, Easter and her dad, George. Beautiful.

The A to Y of Seldom Watched Sports (Part One: A-E)

Having survived another football off-season, Jamie Simmons recalls his search for something to replace the joy of football. Today he presents the A-E of his ‘couch-bound expedition to investigate the merits of other televised sports.”

My First SANFL Match – Centrals v Woodville – 29/7/1967 (an Adelaide Time Capsule)

Some excerpts from a July 1967 “Football Budget”. Which just so happened to be the first match which “Swish” Schwerdt ever attended. The Adelaide of his childhood is revealed.

2015 British Open Golf Tour

Any Almanackers keen to attend the British Open golf at St Andrews? Here are some details of how you can.

Women Writing Footy – A Wheeler Centre Symposium Invitation

The Wheeler Centre hosts a discussion on women and footy writing with panel of first-round [literary] draft picks including Catherine Harris, Nicole Hayes, Miriam Sved and Triple R’s Alicia Sometimes from The Breakfasters. Get along and get involved!

Chinese Goldfields football (first published in the Guardian)

Patrick Skene tells the story of Chinese footy in the goldfields. [Excellent topic – Ed]

The Almanackers: N is for Nadel

N is for Nadel, radical, Almanacker and Pie man. Among others.

It’s the Black Caps’ division of labour I really enjoy

Brilliant teamwork has fostered the self-belief that has taken New Zealand to the cricket World Cup final for the first time, says Peter Cresswell. [Good to publish a Kiwi view – JTH]

Opening lines of Loose Men Everywhere

People always say I have a deep prejudice against Hawthorn – even a deep hatred. That always makes me laugh. I have the deepest respect for the mighty Hawks, so much so that they are the very first club to be mentioned in Loose Men Everywhere (soon to be re-published). You can order your copy through our crowdfunding campaign.

ICC World Cup 2015 Semi Final – New Zealand v South Africa: Sport as Art as Tool

You want creative: try this match report from E. Regnans.

2015 ICC World Cup – New Zealand v South Africa Audio

Missed the action from Eden Park in last night’s thrilling ICC World Cup semi final? Fear not! Keiran Deck’s summation of one of the most exciting semi finals will have you up to speed in no time.

An age-old debate: is dance a sport?

Bridget Schwerdt finds the parallels between sport (footy) and dance (ballet) in her entertaining debut piece and is rather persuasive in responding to an old question. [Bridget is our Grade 10 work experience student this week – JTH]