Thursday @ The Footy Almanac


It’s Cyril. Cover art: Naomi Le Get. Cover design: John Kingsmill

The Footy Almanac 2015 is now available. More info.


The Adelaide pre-Test extravaganza including a cricket match and The Footy Almanac 2015 launch will be held TODAY, Nov 26. Details here. All Welcome.


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Mickey Randall: My Greg Chappell Hat (features a comment from GS Chappell)
Crankypete: Thoughts on Jimmy Webb’s ‘By the time I get to Phoenix’ UPDATE – THIS HAS BEEN COMMENTED ON AND RECOMMENDED BY JIMMY HIMSELF!

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Almanac Music: Geography, geometry and the cartography of loss… revisiting Jimmy Webb’s By the Time I Get to Phoenix

Make yourself a cup of tea and sit down with Cranky Pete’s wonderful discussion of ‘By the time I get to Phoenix’ [Update – Jimmy Webb has read, commented and shared this on Facebook. Great stuff Pete – fine writing. JTH]

A Draft Night in Adelaide

Missed the Draft the other night? Mike Hugo brings you all of the colour and movement from Adelaide’s night of nights.

Tex Perkins and Tim Rogers – Sat 29th Nov at the Memo Music Hall

Almanackers – Sunday 29th of November at The Memo Music Hall promises to be a grand event. After a decade apart, local legends Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins (author of a foreword in this year’s Footy Almanac) come together on the same stage for a cause close to their hearts… Legendary local footy club St Kilda [Read more]

A-League 1,000: The Dekkers Edition

Hamish Neal is back with his preview of week 8 of the A-League season, featuring the time honoured Smeltz Derby.

Training for six- Chapter 3: Training for three

There has to be a reason for every drill. Even if only three turn up on a foggy Tuesday night. Matt Zurbo’s excellent ‘Training for six’ series continues…

Adelaide’s Proud Night Cricket Heritage – Watching This Electrical Storm*

Adelaide hosts the first day/night Test. As predicted in the pages of the Almanac many years ago. Sort of. Daniel Keane of the ABC did the heavy lifting.

Adelaide Launch of The Footy Almanac 2015 – 26 Nov.

The Adelaide launch of The Footy Almanac 2015 is on 26 Nov. The launch starts at 8.30pm. But there is a cricket game first from 5-8pm. It’s all explained here.

Australia v New Zealand – Adelaide Test: Call for writers

Let’s organise a rough schedule of contributors to ensure Almanac coverage of the Adelaide Test. All welcome.

Almanac Music: wishing life was like Penny Lane

In the midst of family violence Maria Majsa found comfort in a little transistor playing Penny Lane: a brave and moving story by one of Stereo Stories’ finest writers.

Crio’s Q? – does 2 hrs later equal twice the entertainment?

As Test Cricket sets up for the groundbreaking Test, “retro” Crio misses the wave, wondering if they’ve got the wrong product for the night time package.

‘Unification’ Rules: Attempts to Surmount the Great Divide between Australian Football and Rugby League

Pagan Maven with a well-referenced look back at former attempts to amalgamate football codes across Australia. Imagine what could have been… [What do you mean Queensland boycotted the 1933 talks? – Ed]

Tegan’s great catch – Photos by Peter Argent

Any keeper will tell you the hardest thing to do is snaffle a catch standing up to the stumps to the medium pacers.
What about the degree of difficulty for a photographer? Peter Argent captured these shots of Scorpions keeper Tegan McPharlin.

Talking trots and Trotsky and the distribution of dog tracks

Crankypete needs your help. It’s to do with the spatial distribution of trotting tracks in south eastern Australia…

Era, era on the wall; 2000-2010

Ahh the noughties. The game as we knew changed significantly as footy got as roof over its’ head and the era where totally professional football created some unwanted distractions for those easily led astray. Dynasties were created while other clubs went far and wide looking for salvation. Clubs or Regimes? Corporates or Fans? Jeff Dowsing gives us his review of footy in a new millennium in what has been a fantastic series.

January 1933 – The Empire Strikes Back

Sit back and make yourself comfortable. Peter Warrington has an idea to share. And he’s made a magnificent start, with an account of the cultural and sporting events of January 1933 as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald [A mighty effort – Ed].

From Winton to the Whitsundays

I reckon most Almanac readers will agree with Steve Earl when he writes that the front bar of a pub is always good for a character with a yarn. Here’s one about a reluctant VFL player – who won a flag with the Blues before finding himself in all sorts of far flung places.

Australia v New Zealand – WACA Test, Days 4 and 5: Hmmm (it’s only the beginning)

David Wilson tidies up Days 4 and 5 from the WACA last week with seven key learnings.

Rioli Tops NT Draft Prospects

Draft-watchers: Wesley Hull brings news of exciting young footballers out of the Top End. His family name is well known, but Daniel Rioli is not alone.

The Ballad of Shaun Marsh

James S & the Jolimont Street Band have released their latest single. But it’s a 33 not a 45, just like the subject’s average.

The Footy Almanac 2015 is out – order now!

The Footy Almanac 2015 is out now. Purchase your copy.