24/7 Jobs

Yoshi meditates on the constant requirements and stress of 24/7 jobs in the modern economy. Not good for footy coaches, hotel clerks (and their aspiring sports writer alter egoes).

Era, era on the wall; 2011 –

The final installment of what has been a fantastic series on the history and evolution of the VFL/AFL. Jeff Dowsing looks at the challenges now facing the game and concludes that less is more (you’ll get no arguments there Jeff)

A Draft Night in Adelaide

Missed the Draft the other night? Mike Hugo brings you all of the colour and movement from Adelaide’s night of nights.

Training for six- Chapter 3: Training for three

There has to be a reason for every drill. Even if only three turn up on a foggy Tuesday night. Matt Zurbo’s excellent ‘Training for six’ series continues…

Adelaide Launch of The Footy Almanac 2015 – 26 Nov.

The Adelaide launch of The Footy Almanac 2015 is on 26 Nov. The launch starts at 8.30pm. But there is a cricket game first from 5-8pm. It’s all explained here.

‘Unification’ Rules: Attempts to Surmount the Great Divide between Australian Football and Rugby League

Pagan Maven with a well-referenced look back at former attempts to amalgamate football codes across Australia. Imagine what could have been… [What do you mean Queensland boycotted the 1933 talks? – Ed]

Era, era on the wall; 2000-2010

Ahh the noughties. The game as we knew changed significantly as footy got as roof over its’ head and the era where totally professional football created some unwanted distractions for those easily led astray. Dynasties were created while other clubs went far and wide looking for salvation. Clubs or Regimes? Corporates or Fans? Jeff Dowsing gives us his review of footy in a new millennium in what has been a fantastic series.

From Winton to the Whitsundays

I reckon most Almanac readers will agree with Steve Earl when he writes that the front bar of a pub is always good for a character with a yarn. Here’s one about a reluctant VFL player – who won a flag with the Blues before finding himself in all sorts of far flung places.

Rioli Tops NT Draft Prospects

Draft-watchers: Wesley Hull brings news of exciting young footballers out of the Top End. His family name is well known, but Daniel Rioli is not alone.


Paddy Grindlay gets to play with a Richmond legend, Trout (from Woodend). [Batting against Paddy is no picnic either-Ed]

My Saintly brothers and sisters … in Jake, we must now trust!

Jen Muirden asks that her fellow Saints give Jake a go.

Open Letter to Jake Carlisle from Yoshi

Yoshi is angry and is not going to take it anymore. Jake Carlisle’s attitude and behaviour that is. Jake, you’re on notice.

SANFL Season 1977 – Round 1: A New Hope

Swish relives the year his Dogs broke, 1977, via the SANFL Round 1 Budget.

Training for six – Chapter 2: Training for two

Matt Zurbo shows that footy training can be varied and fun, even when there are only two of you. Everything you need to know to lock up the B&F next season.

Yoshi’s Soap Box

I stay loyal to the mighty Saints – Yoshi gives us the Kyoto version of The Run Home.

Melbourne Launch of The Footy Almanac 2015 – 19 Nov.

The Melbourne launch is on. Details here. All welcome. See you there. Spread the word.

Martin Flanagan in conversation with Bob Murphy at the Wheeler Centre

Martin Flanagan in conversation with Bob Murphy at the Wheeler Centre. [This film runs for an hour and is well worth seeing – Ed]

Era, era on the wall; 1987-1999

Jeff Dowsing continues his series on the eras of VFL/AFL footy with a look a 1987-99.

Heart And Soul

Wesley Hull discusses how people behind the scenes are the heart and soul at a football club and no club would survive without them.

Training for six – Chapter 1: Training for one

Matt Zurbo’s “Training for six” series kicks off with a beauty: footy training for one. [If it is to be it is up to me – Ed].