Thursday @ The Footy Almanac

Mickey Randall in his time-honoured Blundstones. Check out his story, below

Mickey Randall in his time-honoured Blundstones. Check out his story, below

The next Almanac Lunch in Melbourne is with Darren Flanigan, all-round good bloke, who has a wealth of experience in footy and in pouring beers (with Bruce ‘The Pres’ Lindner). Aug 28, 12.30 for 1pm. (Before the Geelong v Collingwood match). More details.

The Ashes Series
Round 21

Hawthorn 13.8.86 lost to Port Adelaide 16.12.108
Collingwood 7.14.56 lost to Richmond 23.9.147
GWS 6.8.44 lost to Sydney 20.13.133
Gold Coast Suns 14.13.97 defeated Essendon 14.11.95
St Kilda 14.13.97 drew with Geelong 15.7.97
Adelaide 20.11.131 defeated Brisbane 6.8.44
North Melbourne 14.10.94 defeated Fremantle 12.11.83
Carlton 12.6.78 defeated Melbourne 7.13.55


Wonderful family story from Josh Pinn who shows how sport can have a genuine impact.

Mickey Randall on the uniquely Australian footwear trifecta of Dunlop Volleys, Blundstone Boots and ‘double plugger’ thongs.

Swish Schwerdt shares an update on Old Mate Clem; a Bulldogs fan from way back who, like his club under Luke Beveridge, is on the mend after a fall and ready for finals footy.

The Ultimate (Australian) Wool Team

The Victorian Wool Team
The South Australian Wool Team
The Western Australian Wool Team
The Riverina Wool Team

Also, have a look at our Old Woollen Footy Jumpers series.

 It’s not too late to become a 2015 Footy Almanac Member. CLICK HERE

Has D. Flanigan had a haircut? Find out at lunch on Aug 28, before Geelong v Collingwood

Darren Flanigan is coming to lunch on Aug 28. Book now.

Round 21 – St Kilda v Geelong: The Performer

So you want to understand Johnno? P.J. Flynn revels in the magic and madness of old mate Stevie J. [Pure gold – JTH]

Chappy: he’s so reliable

Chappy! He’s so reliable. [A piece first published for Chappy’s 200th – Ed]

Round 21- North Melbourne v Fremantle: A perfect Day

Andrew Starkie takes his daughter to her first ever game of footy. A win – over a rival premiership aspirant no less – as well as the father-daughter bonding makes the day just a little bit too good as Andrew explains… [Maybe Linda should be getting the 3 votes here Starks? – Ed]

Dudley Street Doggies – Them’s The Breaks

A great start to your Thursday morning from Swish Schwerdt with Clem’s story. Down for the count after round six, a Doggies stalwart recovers in time to see his ‘Bullydogs’ launch a red-hot tilt at September success.

Round 21 – Adelaide v Brisbane: Unintended consequences

Dave Brown may not necessarily be a fan of the AFL and what it has come to represent, but he does love the Adelaide Oval and Eddie Betts. A lot! Dave takes the family to see Blighty’s statute, the Crows and manages to nab seven consecutive general admission tickets in one fell swoop. Good times.

Footys4all – Footys heading to Fiji and Maningrida

It is not everyday that you meet a man who has travelled all the way from an overseas country to pick up a donation of AFL Footys4all Ross Faulkner Footballs to take back to his homeland of Fiji!     It was great to meet you and thanks for spreading the Australian rules ‘gospel’ and [Read more]

An Under 9s Coach

If character is essential to success in footy and life, then current Adelaide coach Scott Camporeale is ahead of the pack. Less than 24 hours after despatching the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval, Peter Argent’s camera found the former Carlton champion and 2000 All-Australian calling the shots at an Under 9s match in suburban Adelaide.

Round 22 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: round 22 preview

Like the rest of the Magpie army, Cam Hooke found last week’s loss to Richmond a little too much to bear. Nevertheless, the Pies front up against Geelong on Friday night and Cam is looking for a better effort than their round 21 offering.

Round 21 St Kilda v Geelong: On good terms with ourselves … not quite…

Most people would be familiar with Dropsy (dropping stuff) and Lostsy (“my glasses: I can’t find my glasses!”) but after Saturday night’s St Kilda v Geelong Cats draw at the Docklands, Stephen Alomes adds Confusey to the mix.

Haiku Bob – Round 21 – disembodied

Muddy paths and cold, empty seats. The Magpies’ season ending loss to Richmond leaves Haiku Bob despondent.

AFL Fans Association: Diehards demand more grand final tickets

A statement from the AFL Fans Association calling on the League to increase its ticket allocation for members of the competing clubs.

It’s not easy being green

Really interesting piece from an umpire’s perspective. [Excellent expose of the notion that umpires have identity, something which mainstream discourse tends to deny them – JTH]

Round 21 – Gold Coast Suns v Essendon: Family Time

The post-Hird era at Essendon dawns with a narrow loss to the Suns. Andrew Else contemplates how he’ll explain the Bombers’ fall from grace in the years to come to his own son. [And mazel tov on the new arrival to the household! – Ed]

Volleys, Blundstones and Thongs: Life in the Shoe-Wearing States

In praise of thongs, the [time honoured-Ed] Dunlop Volleys and Blundstones. Mickey Randall salutes three Australian icons.

Shawry & Schneids: Like Ships Passing in the Night

On the verge of their retirement, Joe Moore shows his respect for two of his favourite Swans premiership players.

Perth Reclink Community Cup

A highlight of the community sporting calendar in Melbourne and Sydney, the annual Reclink Community Cup is local footy at its most irreverent. This weekend is the inaugural Perth Reclink Community Cup and we’d love to see you at Bassendean this coming Sunday!

Round 21 – Carlton v Melbourne: Consolation

Peter Fuller nails the ‘match-day experience’ for the rank and file Carlton supporter in 2015, while wondering how much his grandkids will be able to extract from Rick Milne’s descendants for Peter’s complete set of Carlton Wooden Spoon Year Membership cards?

Almanac Music: Gonna Be A Lovely Day

Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir have a concert on September 13. Here are the details.

Essendon 2015 List Review- Part 2 Midfielders/ Ruckmen

After looking at Essendon’s defence in part one of his Essendon season review, Nick Weidmann casts an analytical eye over the Bombers on-ball brigade in part two. What will the Dons in-coming coach have to work with?