The Ashes – First Test, Days 4 and 5: If

Test Match cricket is a game of “Ifs”. The Brisbane Test was no exception.

Almanac Teams: Hollywood Womens’ FC – The Leading Ladies

It is not right that there has been no women’s ‘funny’ team. In the spirit of equality, Smokie seeks to put this right with the “Leading Ladies” team.

Almanac Music – Midnight Oil at Kuranda: Still burning

Smokie Dawson capped off a week long holiday in Far North Queensland by seeing one of Australia’s most popular bands of all time Midnight Oil. The beautiful Kuranda Amphitheatre surrounded by the rain forest and company made it a gig to remember.

I hate Richmond

Smokie Dawson tries to explain his deep-seated hatred of Richmond.

VAFA C Grade Semi Final – Willy CYs v Marcellin: The Very First Time

This Sunday at Elsternwick Park, Williamstown CYMS enter the VAFA C Grade finals for the very first time. Smokie will be on hand to witness this historic event.


Ben Hynes, a legendary figure at Williamstown CYMS FC, recently became the first player to reach 300 games for the club. Smokie pays tribute to his friend and former team-mate.

Round 19 – North Melbourne v Melbourne: When I Get Down To Hobart Town

It was a winning weekend in Hobart. Thanks to Mrs Smokie, North Melbourne, the travelling Almanackers, and Blundstone.

Smokie’s Willy CYs Preview, Rd10: Midsomer

Williamstown CYMS travel to Marcellin for a must-win game. But Smokie has his mind on crime.

Smokie’s Willy CYs Preview, Rd8: Superstition

Celebrating the Willy CYs’ return to the Fearon for the first time in 2017, Darren “Smokie” Dawson takes a look at some of the more ludicrous superstitions of his old team-mates.

Smokie’s Willy CYs Preview – Round 7: Billy

Whatever happened to Billy, asks Smokie in his weekly CYs preview.

Round 9 – Melbourne v North Melbourne: BT

As if it wasn’t bad enough having to miss the match due to work commitments! Smokie then has to suffer through BT’s call.

Smokie’s Williamstown CYMS column: Trump

In his regular column for Willy CYs, Smokie Dawson goes looking for the (satirical) best in Donald Trump in ponders an important question related to a possible visit to Australia.

Round 7 – North Melbourne v Adelaide: 7 Ingredients

The recipe for success against the undefeated Adelaide Crows is simplicity itself.

VAFA C Grade: Reviewing “the MRP” (Willy CYs Preview – Rd 4)

Williamstown CYMS are sitting at 1-2 after three rounds. Guru ponders the CYs’ misfortune. It’s a crucial game this week. But Smokie is also interested in a group called the MRP.

VAFA C Grade: The Next Revolution (Williamstown CYs Preview – Round 3)

For some years now, Darren “Smokie” Dawson and Dene “Guru” Macloed have been exclusively providing the Williamstown CYMS FC faithful with their irreverent pre-game thoughts following Thursday night’s team selections. They are now on the Footy Almanac.

Answers to the pre-Ashes quiz

Yesterday’s sad news of John Clarke’s passing has made us look through the files to find this Smokie classic inspired by Clarke’s old Saturday Age quiz.
All players will be required to answer a simple multiple choice questionnaire before the Ashes? It is therefore fortuitous for the players (especially Watto) that the answers to this quiz have been slid under the door at the offices of the Footy Almanac.

Round 2 – Geelong v North Melbourne: Barrackers

The Kangaroos were competitive, and so Smokie was at his barracking best.

India v Australia: Bangalore Test, Day 2 – A Tale Of Two Marshes

There are two Marshes. Shaun the oft-injured master of inconsistency. And Shaun the patient, stylish, gifted grafter.

India v Australia – Pune Test, Day 2: Fugazi

It is Smokie’s new all-purpose go-to word. But, for Australia, it has not been the “fugazi” that most thought it might be.

AFLW Round 3 – Brisbane v Collingwood: Pacemaker

In a scrappy, low-scoring, but nonetheless enthralling game in Brisbane, Smokie sees the Lions hang on for a narrow win against Collingwood. And he is impressed by the emerging Lions superstar that is Sabrina Frederick-Traub.