Happy Swishmas (The Fairytale of New Work)

Swish delivers his annual review of 2017, an Almanac tradition entering its second year. (If he had a bad burger would he have had an Angus Horribilis?)

Sheffield Shield Teams 1975/76: Mugs Shot

Swish blows the cobwebs off some more of his collection and comes up with team photos from the 1975/76 Shield season. They weren’t called the Ugly Australians for nothing.

Almanac Book Review: Chappell’s Last Stand

Michael Sexton’s latest book, Chappell’s Last Stand, recalls the turbulent events of 1975/76 as Ian Chappell led South Australia to Sheffield Shield success after stepping down as Australian captain.

Almanac Teams: Permanent Fixtures

Swish found this when stalking some of Adelaide’s famed hair-dressing legends recently. What does it all mean?

Almanac Teams: Nelection Sightmare

Swish thinks he’s a smart feller with this squad of spoonerisees. Surely you can do better.

Footy in Tasmania: Picture This

Swish brings us a brief pictorial overview of Tasmanian football in the 1970s, thanks to Ken Pinchin and Allan Leeson’s “A Century of Tasmanian Football. 1879-1979”

Football The Scientific Way (1975)

Frank Pyke and Ross Smith were Ground Zero when it came to footy sports science. Here’s their truly seminal publication, as exhumed from the depths of academia by Swish.

Dudley Street Doggies – Clem Nips Out To The Shed

Neil Anderson has nominated this Swish account of Clem’s first visit to Etihad as an Almanac Classic. (send your noms in to webeditor@footyalmanac.com.au)

Clem makes the trip up Dynon Road to the big shed on Spencer St to see the Doggies for the first time this century. Was it worth the trip to Joe’s of Barkly Street beforehand?

The (Lost) Art of Umpiring

Swish found this 70s SANFL umpiring relic in the bowels of academia. He’s sharing it before it disappears entirely.

1980 State of Origin Carnival – What KB Did Next

In 1980, too much footy was barely enough. Swish gives us this brief account of that year’s NFL State of Origin Championship, held in October.

Retirements, Delistings, Trades: Don’t Dream. It’s Over

The club departures scoreboard is ticking over rapidly. Who will you miss? Who didn’t you even know about in the first place?

Trade Tirades

Jake Lever – $nake in the grass or making hay while the sun shines?

Grand Final – Adelaide v Richmond: A Week Effort

Swish’s Grand Final week took some surprising twists and turns, but in the end, he couldn’t will his Crows across the line.

Grand Final Edition – The (insert names here) Cups

Our last day in September edition of this now traditional award is named in honour of

Richmond v Adelaide 1993 – Die Hards

1993 was a tough season for Richmond. Adelaide certainly had their measure, Tony Modra kicking 23 goals against them, gloats Swish.

Barry Hall: Dog Act or Top Bloke?

Barry Hall – beat up or beat ’em up?

Finals Week 3 – Six (Talking) Points

Swish with a few of the big issues from the Prelim Finals (at least those that are left after Rulebook’s had a go elsewhere). Clash jumpers, gloating corporates, insufferable winners, Little Gaz, SANFL crowds and Stevie J’s jam tin all get a look in.

Grand Final Week Headlines

No stereotype is safe from Swish’s preview of next week’s footy headlines.

Finals Week 3 – The (insert names here) Cups

For the third successive week in a row back to back to back, this weekend’s finals lack incentive according to Swish. Once more again too, he’s come up with some awards for the winners, based on players who have played for both sides. Any better suggestions?

Finals Week 2 – Six (Talking) Points

Six more stabs at tabloid sensationalism from Swish. Zero shades of grey. Stevie J, Buddy, C Scott, P Dangerfield, Crow supporters, GWS crowds, Kochie and Ken all get a run.