A (temporarily) disgruntled Don returns to the Sash

Rod Oaten hears the ancestral call and returns to his beloved Dons. (One for the modern marketers to read – and the true believers as well. Ed.)

AFL Round 16 – Western Bulldogs v Essendon: Bulldogs hang in (again) but Dons do enough

Much like their history as a club, the Bulldogs hung in there but it wasn’t quite enough for success, writes Rod Oaten.

VFL – Collingwood v Essendon: Return to Vic Park

Rod Oaten heads off to Victoria Park. What was once an act of bravery is now more like a timeless picnic.

AFL Round 7 – Geelong v Essendon: An honourable loss

If ever there was an honourable loss, this was it, writes Bombers fan Rod Oaten.

EPL: Barnsley by the skin of their teeth

It’s been a nerve wracking, nail biting month for Barnsley supporters as they battle to stay in the Championship division of UK football.

AFL Round 5 – Essendon v Collingwood: Keeping a lid on it

Bombers fan Rod Oaten is keeping a cast iron lid on things but their start to the season has him smiling.

AFL Round 3 – Fremantle v Essendon: The price you pay following the Dons

Rod Oaten had to leave the room during the final quarter.

The Fortunes of Roderick’s Barnsley

Bristol City 5 Barnsley 3. Just when I had the Reds pencilled for another win and a bit of breathing space from the relegation zone, they lose.

Barnsley’s back, baby!

Barnsley has turned its season around, much to the joy and relief of Rod Oaten.

A new sporting horizon

Rod Oaten believes the crisis at Essendon opens opportunities for those with unfulfilled dreams.

No, not Barnsley!

Rod Oaten explains why he is concerned for Barnsley FC.

AFL Grand Final: Breakfast in the park

  The Carlton Four caught up with me the other morning on our regular walk/plod around Princes Park and invited me to their Annual Grand Final Bar B Q  Breakfast. Now this is not your ordinary run of the mill breakfast in the park.  A table was selected by Michael in the dark at quarter [Read more]