Monday@The Footy Almanac

Ross Mueller You Grow into it - Henry

Old woollen Cats jumper passed down to second generation Henry who is the archetypal Geelong player.


OLD FOOTY JUMPERS SERIES: Send us a photo and story of your old woollen footy jumper.

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

Sep 22The Almanac Brownlow Darts Tournament (please nominate NOW);

Sep 26 – Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch (a few tickets remain) DETAILS HERE

Nov 3 – Almanac Melbourne Cup Lunch with Greg Carpenter

AFL Preliminary Finals Reports 

Hawthorn v Port Adelaide

Footy Almanac – Popular Pieces

Dear Sando: a letter from the Crows’ Board (nice satire from D. Brown)

Weekend (Long) Read: Patrick Skene on the Redfern All Blacks

Best footballers to have an association with the wool industry

The Almanac Podcast: Listen to EPISODE 18

Become a  2014 Footy Almanac Member

AFL Preliminary Final – Hawthorn v Port Adelaide: “Sometimes you kick. Sometimes you get kicked.”

Stainless Steele is impressed by Port Adelaide’s approach to the game and is convinced they are no one-hit wonder.

WAFL Grand Final – Glory glory Subiaco

Les Everett tells how heart, commitment and wet weather got outsiders Subiaco Lions home over the East Perth Eagles/Royals in the WAFL Grand Final.

Old (woollen) footy jumpers: You grow into it

“It is clear to all in the cubicle that I intend to wear this jumper home. I intend to wear it until it wears out. This is my team, my home town and so the adults talk about something and somehow we get home with me still inside the garment,” writes Ross Mueller of this fine jumper now passed on to his son Henry.

The Hinkley Factor

Dips O’Donnell pays tribute to the attacking, joyful footy that Ken Hinkley has embraced at Port Adelaide.

AFL Preliminary Final – Hawthorn v Port Adelaide: This one’s for Gibbo

Players take no solace from a loss – Josh Gibson explained this sternly to Trucker Slim back in May. Port Adelaide played with speed, ingenuity and sublime skill, but did not quite do enough.

Music (Stereo Stories): Sarah Blasko’s Flame Trees

The Almanac’s partner site Stereo Stories has been launched. Almanac stalwart Vin Maskell has invited a number of Almanac writers to contribute, and extends the invitation to all.

Here is Mickey Randall’s piece on Sarah Blasko’s Flame Trees.

Retirement for the weekend warrior

Vaughan Menlove shares the difficult decision facing the competitive athlete about when to quit. The heart and mind are willing but the body chooses to differ.

Pharmacy 101

Phil Hill shares his professional opinion about the use of drugs in sport and the dental needs of Port fans.

AFL Semifinal Reports

All the reports from the second week of the 2014 finals.

Brownlow Gownlow

An artist has sent his latest football work.

Redfern All Blacks – Keeping the ball in motion

Patrick Skene watched the Redfern All Blacks do battle with Bondi United, institutional racism and their personal demons. (The most engaging, enjoyable, wide ranging, eye opening, heart warming, provocative piece you will read anywhere this week – Ed.)

The people of Melbourne respond to Justice Middleton’s ruling

Justice Middleton, now being sought as a BBC dramatist for his ability to give clashing signposts in his narrative, has ruled against James Hird and Essendon.

Here is how Melbourne responded. How did you respond, wherever you may be?


Matt Zurbo on the significance of ruckmen and their influence on games. [Top stuff - Ed]

As featured the the Age sports section today.

American football: a Green Bay memory

Rod Oaten has wide interests in football and they extend to American football. Here’s his piece about the Green Bay Packers from

Dear Sando: a letter from the Crows’ board

Dave Brown unearths a letter, written three years ago, from the Board of the Adelaide Football Club to newly-appointed coach Brenton Sanderson.

AFL Season Review – Sainters: What’s the frequency, Lenny?

Patrick O’Brien brings a revolution to Shoreham Beach and considers the Saints season; a season which makes him think of floods, rainbows, Lenny Hayes, the petulant strops of Supreme Beings, Cormac McCarthy and Will Self, Zac Dawson and our own Saint Yvette. [Classic Almanac stuff - JTH]

2014 Finals Diary: when time steps out of its regular gait

Each year Swans’ fan Mathilde de Hauteclocque tries to feel the joy of finals, the renewal of September, the luck bestowed on her by supporters of teams not so lucky. [Exquisite - JTH]

Preliminary Final Preview – It’s People’s Round

Our Foreteller of fates, Sal Ciardulli, tips a Silent Achiever on the weekend (Kangaroos omen?) and Happy Trails for the Hawkers on their way to another Grand Final.

The 2014 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup: Finally, Four

There’s plenty of ways to turn punters away and off, and the AFL has the knack of discovering them. Earl O’Neill (with a great line about 1977) on his Preliminary Finals plan.

1975 NFL Championship Final – A Dim Recollection

Swish Schwerdt cannot remember attending the 1975 NFL Championship Final at Football Park between South Australia and Victoria. But he has the evidence to prove he was there.