An open letter of humble thanks to Martin Flanagan

David Wilson has put into words the essence of what many of us are feeling with this letter of thanks to Martin Flanagan. No doubt we all have a Martin Flanagan story. No doubt we all feel a sense of gratitude, and loss.

Round 10 – Collingwood v Brisbane: From little things big things grow

David Wilson and the buds are off to the footy; Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous round 2017. It’s a changing game in a changing time, that ends with visiting a special tree and Collingwood one win outside the eight(!)

Almanac Satire – Desmond interviews the President

This week the President is in the hot seat. David Wilson’s transcript of long-time (fictional) sports interviewer Desmond Troyer’s conversation.

A Portrait of the Supporter as a Young Woman

So much certainty in the “adult” world. With their team struggling, Little Jenny and her Mum head off to the game. [What is hope? What is evidence? What is opinion? – Ed]

Almanac Satire – Desmond interviews the Coach

David Wilson’s transcript of long-time sports interviewer Desmond Troyer’s conversation with this week’s coach in the hot seat. [Satire in the John Clarke/ Bryan Dawe tradition -Ed].

India v Australia, Ranchi Test: Celebrate the struggle

Ahh, India. David Wilson sees this tremendous India v Australia Test series as a reminder to celebrate the struggle.

India v Australia – Ranchi Test: What now?

Australia is down two Mitchells. V Kohli is hot under the collar. Test cricket is back.

India v Australia – Bangalore Test, Day 4: Beware the headless snake

David Wilson pieces together a match that he missed entirely. But he needs help. What is this headless snake that kills? What is this creature felled by a headless snake?

India v Australia – Bangalore Test: Pre-game call for writers

India v Australia. Cricket. After a wonderful first Test in Pune, the second Test begins tomorrow (Saturday) in Bangalore. What can we expect? Nominate a day.

India v Australia – Pune Test, Day 1: Skid marks

India on top. Australia skids on Day 1. And poor Matt Renshaw now knows that the sub-continental trots belong in a special sub-branch of living torment.

India v Australia – Pune Test: Call for writers

The 1st Test, India v Australia, begins in Pune on Thursday. What can we expect to see? Can you volunteer a day’s story?

Almanac Music: Springsteen, rainbows and a full moon; drinking our fill at Hanging Rock

David Wilson woke on Saturday morning with a nebulous thought of seeing his first Bruce Springsteen show. What followed was a wonderful family adventure to Hanging Rock…

Women’s footy: Thank you

E.R is very grateful for the exposure and acceptance that women’s football is finally receiving in 2017 and what it means for his daughters.

Almanac Cricket – Speeches given on the occasion of Betty Wilson being inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

Betty Wilson was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the Allan Border Medal function on Monday night. David Wilson shares the text of speeches given on this occasion – one given by his Dad, Ken – Betty’s nephew. [Wonderful – JTH]

Australia v Pakistan – SCG Test: Call for writers

We’re calling for reports, stories, poems, observations of the Sydney Test. Let’s cover every day of this last Test of the Australian home summer. Nominate a day. [Especially given that Citrus is unavailable after Day 1 – Ed].

Australia v Pakistan – MCG Test, Day 2: Azhar Ali and the endless fight

David Wilson was at MCG Day 2, prompted by his old imaginary horse, Clarrie Grimmett; a horse who rises only for a scrap…

Australia v Pakistan – MCG Test: Call for writers

Calling all writers for the MCG Test. Pick a day to cover; let’s cover this Australia v Pakistan game in style.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba Test: Call for writers

The Gabba Test begins on Thursday. All entries for cricket reports happily received at The Footy Almanac. Pick a day.

Finding North Hobart Football Club in disguise: Never Say Die

A group has mobilised in North Hobart – aiming to resurrect the North Hobart Football Club name. It’s timely to revisit this one – David Wilson’s midwinter pilgrimage to North Hobart oval from 2014, where he found a club and its supporters steeped in history.

Almanac Cricket Poetry: The Ballad of Bluey Jenner

e.regnans, in his typically beautiful way, tells the story of Bluey Jenner, a bush cricketer with the world at his feet.