Saturday@The Footy Almanac

Neil Anderson - Ron Anderson footy team 1928

Warrnambool Technical School 1928 (Premiers) which includes Ron Anderson.

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)

Aug 29 – Come to the Almanac lunch celebrating all things South MelbourneFeaturing Peter Bedford.

Sep 22 – Almanac Brownlow Darts Tournament at the Waterside Hotel.

Sep 26 – [The famous?] Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch

Nov 3 – Almanac Melbourne Cup Lunch with Greg Carpenter

AFL Round 21 Reports 

Carlton v Geelong

Gold Coast v Port Adelaide

Sydney v St Kilda

Essendon v West Coast

Collingwood v Brisbane Lions

Adelaide v Richmond

North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs

Melbourne v GWS

Fremantle v Hawthorn

Footy Almanac – Popular Pieces

Obituary: James Alexander Gordon – the voice of British football scores

The Jerk’s 500th and other Bob Neil celebrations

Best footballers to have an association with the wool industry

The Almanac Podcast: Listen to EPISODE 15. (The next podcast will be available next Thursday – 28/8)

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AFL Round 22 – Port Adelaide v Carlton: Substandard Homesick Blues

The cleverest, funniest piece you will read on the Almanac or anywhere this footy season. Tony Robb channels Bob Dylan to sing the Blues about his Blues and take the piss out of Mick.

Father’s Day Special: All book titles 20% off until September 7

Father’s Day Special.

All titles 20% off until September 7.


A tribute to my dad: a Bulldog – not quite through and through – but a Bulldog nonetheless

Andrew Gigs Gigacz’ father passed away at 5am this morning. Here is Gigs’ tribute. [Gigs has been a dedicated contributor to the Almanac community over many years. Our thoughts are with you Gigs - JTH]

AFL Round 20 – Geelong v Fremantle: Of camels and fate

Susie Giese journeys across Western Victoria all afternoon in her job as a sports photographer, then its off to Kardinia Park to see her Cats take on their despised rivals the Fremantle Dockers.

Dear Gillon

Stand up and cheer Knackers. Read this amazing letter that Sue Currie sent AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan passionately summarising all the problems of the modern game. To his credit Gillon rang Sue personally to respond.

NFL U18s Girls Grand Final: South Morang Lions v Darebin Falcons

The NFL U18′s Girls Grand Final between Darebin Falcons and South Morang Lions was the tightest finish since Twiggy Dunne goaled after the siren. Rick Kane doesn’t let his family involvement get in the way of a great yarn.

The Pre Wrap for Round XXII: The Penultimate Round of the Home & Away Series for 2014

The Wrap comes up with a new angle on improving the Great Game and offers his insights into the crucially finals-shaping Round XXII.

AFL Round 22: Sal’s Penultimate Preview

Sal chases a dollar at the footy and the races and prays for the good fortune of the Friars in their fight to stay in Div 1.

Cam Hookes’ Collingwood life: Round 22 preview

Magpie fan Cam Hookes understates his case in previewing the GWS – Collingwood game. Injuries? The Pies have had a few. Poor games lately? The Pies have had a few. A win for the Pies? Comprehensively, with a bit of a push.

Old (woollen) footy jumpers – Plenty Rovers Under 17s 1963

Wayde Petersen shares memories and pix of his father and the Plenty Rovers (now Mernda) footy club. Saturday is Mernda’s last game at the old Schotter Street ground before moving to new facilities next season. Wayde would like plenty of people to come down for the farewell.

Round 21 – Haiku Bob – all the clocks

Clocks, petals, a door. Haiku Bob tries to make sense of another Collingwood loss.

Mahela Jayawardene: Tribute to the great Sri Lankan batsman

‘Great’ is a cheap adjective these days, but Mahela Jayawardene was truly a great Test batsman. And pretty handy in shorter forms of the game too. Luke Reynolds summarises a brilliant career.

AFL Round 21 – Melbourne v GWS: In which our young heroes come of age

Kath Presdee celebrates with her Giants as they have their first win at the MCG.

The 2014 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Twenty One

Earl O’Neill celebrates his Monaros big win over the hapless Demons, and muses on the future of Mark Thompson and the endlessly recycled trivia of the footy media (Almanac excepted).

The Jerk’s games record tops Tuck and Hungry

Adelaide Uni legend Darren “the Jerk” Graetz plays his 500th game for the Bob Neil Blacks. Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood was here, there and everywhere (as only he can be) to record the day.

Old (woollen) footy jumpers: Warrnambool Technical School 1928 (Premiers)

Neil Anderson has sent in a photo of his father’s premiership side – from 1928. [Classic - Ed]

AFL Round 21 – Fremantle v Hawthorn: The Dockers board the Rottnest Ferry

Patrick Smith says Freo’s form has switched from being like the old Rottnest Ferry, chopping through the waves to a sleek hydrofoil, skimming across the water.

“I was saying ‘Boourns’…”

Susie Giese pays tribute to her favourite footballer, two time Cat premiership player Shannon Byrnes. If only he played in the 2008 Grand Final…

Crio’s Racing: Looking to the Old Dart

Crio thinks the best racing this week is in the UK, with leadup races for the Cup invaders. Moonee Valley has the last vestiges of winter, while the class resumes in Sydney but the big wet intervenes. Tips please.

AFL Round 21 – Sydney Swans v St.Kilda: In a Buddy-dream daze

Writing from her sick bed, Saints fan Yvette Wroby is still optimistic. There is always something to look forward to, she says, even if it is just the end of the season.