Wear your footy jumper at the launch tonight

Just to emphasise: writers, please wear a footy jumper at the Melbourne launch tonight. It’s a fun part of the evening. (Look in on wonder as middle-aged men squeeze into an old jumper bearing hoops.)

The best sports book award winner announced

The Guardian is at again, this time running excerpts from the best sports books in 2013. It’s a British award (what, no footy?), but buckle in nonetheless.

The ten best sports films

What, no footy films? The Guardian has listed its top celluloid depictions of blood, sweat and tears. Let’s hear about a few of yours.

On the streets

The phenomenon of hearing stories from a bunch of 17-year-olds in the lead-up to the draft can remind us of our own childhoods

Blues recruit has a Rebel heart

Ciaran Sheehan is another Corkman who’s found his way to Princes Park, following on from Setanta O’hAilpin. Look out for some blood on his bandages.

Gunbower – a footy town

A jacketless Paul Daffey in fine form. This time in Gunbower.

From little things, big things grow

Paul Daffey’s engaging yarn on former St.Kilda wingman Tom McNeil, who fought to establish a players’ union in the 1950s.

AFL Round 9 – Richmond v Essendon: Is there no place for Daniel Connors in Richmond’s best?

The Tigers were over-coached and under-led against Essendon, writes Paul Daffey. Surely there’s a place for Daniel Connors, who carved it up for Aberfeldie earlier in the day.

Garage band

Read Paul Daffey’s exclusive behind the scenes piece on Channel 31’s Local Footy Show – like a spin-off of the old Club Corner segment on World of Sport, only less slick. Daff will be on tonight’s show (7.30pm) talking Footy Town.

The Footy Almanac’s new book: Footy Town

Footy Town: Stories of Australia’s Game is out now.

Read the blurb and Daff’s foreword to this collection of 48 local footy yarns.

The local footy book

Hi all,   Yes! The local footy book lives!   Malarkey Publications, publisher of The Footy Almanac, should soon be in a position to revive the local footy book of essays that went into abeyance last year.   We have a dozen completed pieces and several others in the editing stage (see list below) but [Read more]

An imperfect symbiosis

  by Paul Daffey   Amid all the hoo-haa about the phone-hacking scandal and the attendant revelations about the media, politicians and power in England, I thought I’d lay bare the workings of newspapers and … yes, you asked for it … country footy clubs in Victoria.   The newspapers and the footy people need [Read more]

Round 1, 1965

Last week on afl.com.au, Paul Daffey wound the clock back to Round 1, 1965. Relive the Saints very first match at Moorrabin, North Melbourne’s debut at Coburg City Oval and Ron Barassi’s debut as Carlton captain-coach right here: http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/109819/default.aspx

Daff’s Plea

You may not have noticed Paul Daffy’s letter to the Tigers over at AFL.com. Decide for yourself whether they heard it. http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/109872/default.aspx

East Coburg Blues

By Paul Daffey The day was beautiful, with clear sunshine beating down on a verdant outfield, which was the most that could be said for it. In a cricket sense the day was horrible. I was playing my second annual match for the East Coburg fourths. We (these things happen quickly) were expected to win [Read more]

Footy History: Dees and Dons take twists and turns in first drawn Grand Final

1948 Grand Final Essendon 0.6 2.15 6.21 7.27 (69) Melbourne 3.0 4.5 6.8 10.9 (69) 1948 Grand Final rematch Essendon 0.3 5.5 6.6 7.8 (50) Melbourne 6.2 9.3 11.6 13.11 (89) With the first drawn grand final and grand final rematch in VFL history, the end of the 1948 season marks one of the great [Read more]

Local Footy: Roosters find boosters to see off Heidelberg

You can always bank on a handful of dramas in local footy at this time of year, but few would match the events of the Northern league in recent weeks. Heidelberg was heavily favoured all season to win its sixth premiership in seven years. In round 16, the Tigers defeated the second-ranked team, West Preston, [Read more]

Local Footy: Amateur legend ends fun journey after 428 games

One of the great careers in amateur football ended at the weekend when Old Paradians forward Peter “Plugger” Brabender played his final game at 40 years of age. Brabender’s games tally of 428 included a handful of under-19 games but not one reserves game. Sunday’s match against Division 2 rival Banyule was his second grand [Read more]

2009 Almanac Grand Final Lunch

The moment it was confirmed to me that the 2009 Footy Almanac pre-Grand Final lunch was a shemozzle was when I noticed the huge puddle beneath the seats of Andrew Mackie’s parents. Oh no, I groaned. Why couldn’t it be Peter Flynn or Chris Riordan in the wet spot? Or any of the Almanackers who’d [Read more]

Local Footy: Rain takes toll on country footy finals

There’s a legend in north-west Tasmania that conditions for a match at Forth were so wet that the Forth River broke its banks and fish began swimming between the goal umpire’s legs. Conditions were almost that wet in nearby Launceston on Saturday, when one team in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association’s second-division grand final failed [Read more]