Tess Pryor makes her Almanac debut with a beaut story of not being tooted by the great man: Richo. [Welcome Tess – Ed]
The Melbourne launch of The Footy Almanac 2014 lived up to expectations. A lively crowd loved hearing Enzo Spangher’s stories as he gave the book his blessing.
The Almanackery gathers for the traditional launch photo.
Bert Spinks shares his love of abandoned Tassie footy grounds in majestic surroundings – ” in remembering what has passed, my gratitude is renewed for what there is now”. (Sheer poetry -Ed.)
Jackson Clark reviews Round 7 in the NTFL and tells how AFL great Andrew McLeod has returned to Darwin at 38 years of age, to go round for his original club Buffaloes in a farewell (?) game.
In writing his book, Old Dog spends some time with Simon Black. The conversation reminds him of an old footy story.
Who deserves a premiership medal? In the third part of his Grand Final trilogy, Rick Kane shows how the 2014 Hawthorn squad shines a light on this issue. [You just can’t stop thinking about the 2014 flag can you Trucker Slim? – Ed]
Yoshi Imagawa strives to explain what he finds attractive and unique about Australian Rules footy.
Jeff Dowsing gives us a ‘before, during and after’ view of his AFL Fans Association experience and its efforts taking on the AFL. “Not so much playing Goliath versus David as we were David’s kid sister”. Salient points about the growth, maintenance and renewal of any organised movement.
The AFL Fans Association is keen to have a voice at the (match day) summit which starts tomorrow. Your thoughts? Should they have an invited representative? What’s your view of the AFLFA?
Patrick Skene has had a fantastic debut year as a feature writer both with us here at the Almanac and now he has been picked up by the Guardian. Here’s his latest.
A little off-season update from Earl O’Neill. Cricket’s stuffed; NFL’s great but bikes and music are better. Oh, and there have been a few changes on the home front (did my invite get lost in the mail – Ed?)
Yoshi Imagawa is interested in the different technologies that coaches deploy to communicate or capture match stats. Phone or headset? Paper or tablet? Boomer or Gen X?
Sensational dreamlike memoir from Mickey Randall as he naps during the 1997 Prelim. Sadly for the Doggies, the nightmare was theirs on this day.
James Hird is back in court again. E.Regnans reckons he’s a gift that keeps on giving (for QC’s and outraged writers).
Who is this mystery man? [Thebarton Oval, early 1980s]
All the weekend’s matches from the Top End as young dynamos and some old AFL stars make starring performances [Includes an appearance from arguably the silkiest Aboriginal player to pull on a pair of boots – Ed.]
E. Regnans shares some historical research he found in a history of the North Hobart Football Club. How the twig was bent in the 19th century shapes the bough of today’s monolithic AFL oak.
Yoshi Imagawa thinks that taking on the Blues in New Zealand will be good for his Saints, and good for football.