Great players…Great nicknames

Peter Clark remembers some of the great nicknames of footballers past but wonders why nicknames for current footballers are not as forthcoming. Who can you add to the list?

Almanac Book Review – In Black and White: 125 Moments That Made Collingwood

Phil Dimitriadis reviews new publication In Black and White: 125 Moments That Made Collingwood, a comprehensive history of the Magpies written by two black-and-white tragics that will surely appeal to Collingwood fans far and wide.

Round 15 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Youthful Revolution at the Dogs

Another piece in the Paddy Suggests series, Neil Anderson tells the tale of the lesser-known Western Bulldogs victory over Sydney in 2016, all the way back in round 15. It’s an incredible feeling when one realises how far the Dogs have come since that unlikely victory at the SCG, and the trials the then-embattled Sons of the West undertook.

Being a good coach – Luke Beveridge

Following his astute assessment of Alastair Clarkson, Yoshi has now provided thoughtful insight into Premiership Coach Luke Beveridge.

SANFL Blow-ins 1960-1990: Part 2 Central District

Having reviewed the blow-in SANFL coaches in his first article of the series, Swish starts on the playing ranks of the clubs. His beloved Central District Bulldogs is first up. How did they go? Did he miss anyone?

Luke Beveridge, the Bulldogs faithful, and Play On

Footy means so much to so many. Just ask a Doggies supporter. In his book Play On (from the Loose Men Everywhere section) John Harms considered why. Luke Beveridge read an extract from Play On at the club celebrations last night. Here’s what the much-loved coach read.

In the skyline with the full backs

Continuing Carolyn Spooner’s excellent review of key position players, no team was complete without a solid full back.

Being a good coach – Alastair Clarkson

During his Almanac off season, Yoshi (our Japanese correspondent) follows the incredible rise of Alastair Clarkson, from average midfielder to four-time premiership coach and a place among the greats of Australian Football.

Almanac Books: Footy Grounds to Grandstands: Play, Community and the Australian Football League (by Sam Duncan)

Sam Duncan has turned his PhD thesis into a book. You are invited to the launch on Dec 11. [Congratulations Sam – JTH]

Almanac Footy Poetry: “Manacunna,” by Ian Bland

We’re lucky today at the Almanac to share the poetry of Ian Bland. Check out this rollicking tale of Manacunna.
“The town of Manacunna, in the far west of the state
Had, outside of football, little cause to celebrate…”

Home bias in AFL umpiring: the 10 year tables

Dave Warner of the suburbs has completed his opus: the last 10 years of AFL free kick counts examined and analysed. Do umpires always favour the home team? How do Victorian teams fare when playing at home against non-Victorian teams? Trends, biases… all is revealed.

Almanac People: Mitch Hannan

Paddy Grindlay remembers the day Melbourne Football Club’s new recruit, Mitch Hannan, ripped in a few quick overs for Woodend’s thirds.

Almanac Season Review: Top 50 AFL Players 2016

lucasj_lm has put together his best 50 players for 2016. Who would you include or remove, what would your top 50 look like?

Local Footy: The club where Blunnies mattered

Matt Zurbo’s first footy club (many years ago) was a suburban club where the blokes worked hard and played hard. Young Matt Zurbo was made welcome because of his Blundstone boots. Not footy boots. His work boots.

2016 AFL Draft Preview

Paddy Grindlay has put forward his round 1 top 20 picks for the AFL Draft. What are your selections and has Paddy nailed them?

Footscray’s Fightback in 1989

This piece was first published in 2011. Remarkably it was written by Domenic Favata when he was in Grade 9. It’s topical again, given the Doggies premiership. The Fight Back of 1989 is also the topic of a piece by Melbourne barrister Rob Heath in The Doggies Almanac 2016 which is available now.

Almanac Local Footy: Pre-Season Grinds are never the same it seems

While footballers around the country have commenced pre-season training, Mick Jeffrey discusses his program and asks how your training works especially before Christmas.

Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Buddy

It is difficult to imagine Beethoven and Buddy in collaboration, unless you were Jan Courtin in a night of cultural whimsy.

Peter Argent’s book: “Snaps of the 2016 season”

Capturing images across the length and breadth of South Australian football at numerous levels, Peter Argent has produced an e-book of over 500 of his finest football images in 2016.

The grave of Tom Wills’ cousin, H C A Harrison at Boroondara General Cemetery

John Holmes has spent years researching and listing the location of our many Australian Sports Monuments and sportsmen’s grave sites. Many years ago after visiting Tommy Wills’ grave, he located that of his cousin HCAH.