Round 21 – Melbourne v Sydney: Game of cards

Craig Dodson reckons sometimes in life you get dealt a decent hand, other times not so much. For his young ones, being gifted the Swans as a footy team doesn’t seem such a bad deal.

Simon Madden and the 5.07PM train from Moonee Ponds

Wracked with memories, apprehension and a sense of a real “sliding doors” moment, Craig Dodson had the chance to meet his first footy hero, Dons ruck extraordinaire, Simon Madden.

Round 15 – Richmond v Sydney: A test from the Tigers

Craig Dodson felt the cheer squad’s fervour was a bit overwhelming as his Swans headed south to face the reigning premiers .

Round 7 – Sydney v North Melbourne: Finding their old self

‘Thank you to the North Melbourne Football Club for wrecking my 40th Birthday.’
Craig Dodson’s milestone celebrations were tainted when the Roos defeated his Swans in Sydney on Saturday night – sorry about the loss Craig but Happy 40th from all us here at The Footy Almanac!

Round 4 – Western Bulldogs v Sydney: The moment

Craig Dodson had his ‘moment’ over 30 years ago; he had the chance to witness his children’s own Swans moment as Ollie Florent sealed a famous victory.

Almanac Cricket: A common sense guide to sledging

Craig Dodson considers sledging in cricket after recent incidents and recalls his own experiences playing the game. Here he has put together some guidelines for what he thinks is appropriate on the pitch.

Good parent or a pompous tool?

A parental confession? You be the judge.

AFLW Round 1 – Western Bulldogs v Fremantle: Experiencing Unfamiliar Territory at the Western Oval

Craig Dodson had to face some 2016 GF demons as a Swans fan on Sunday afternoon entering Whitten Oval, but he could enjoy the Bulldogs victory this time around with his family.

The Ten Commandments for average cricketers

His children having caught the cricket bug, Craig Dodson draws upon years of experience to dispense some wise advice on cricket, dating and life in general

My season as a Sydney Grade Cricket nobody

Craig Dodson leaves Wagga Wagga for The Big Smoke where he tries to make his way at Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club. [This is a perfect introduction to the summer of cricket. Super piece – Ed]

Jack takes down his old man

There is a point where every father relinquishes alpha male sporting status to his son. Craig did not expect this to occur when his first born was only five years old!

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v Sydney: Well, I didn’t see that coming!

The Sydney Swans fairytale season has come to an abrupt end at the hands of the Cats. Craig Dodson was as shocked as most Swans fans (and neutrals) with the result and the performance.

Elimination Final Preview – Sydney v Essendon: More than belief

For Craig Dodson this September is about more than mere belief. He knows something, he thinks.

Round 19 – Hawthorn v Sydney: I only have two words to say about Hawthorn…

Craig Dodson went to the extreme of a media following Sydney’s loss to arch rivals Hawthorn.

Round 16 – Sydney v Gold Coast: Finding balance on the tightrope

Craig Dodson watched the game at home surrounded by two sons in Bulldogs jumpers. The Swans had another impressive win and look to be surging towards a finals spot.

Round 13 – Richmond v Sydney: I Believe

2017 has been the ultimate roller coaster for the Sydney Swans. Craig Dodson was exhausted and euphoric by the end of the game against Richmond.

Round 8 – North Melbourne v Sydney: I am not cheer squad material

Sydney Swans proved to be far too good for North Melbourne, making Craig’s journey to the game despite tiredness so worth it.

The Auskick Files – Week 2

Craig Dodson thinks that his Auskick coaching skills could be easily transferable to the big leagues – watch out John Longmire.

Round 3 – Sydney v Collingwood: A test for all concerned

Craig Dodson has not written off the Swans despite a less that impressive start to year. Write them off at your peril.

The Auskick Files – Week 1

A new AFL season means another year of Auskick. Craig Dodson begins the Auskick journey with his son Jack.