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?
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.
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.
Following his astute assessment of Alastair Clarkson, Yoshi has now provided thoughtful insight into Premiership Coach Luke Beveridge.
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?
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.
Continuing Carolyn Spooner’s excellent review of key position players, no team was complete without a solid full back.
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]
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…”
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.
lucasj_lm has put together his best 50 players for 2016. Who would you include or remove, what would your top 50 look like?
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.
Paddy Grindlay has put forward his round 1 top 20 picks for the AFL Draft. What are your selections and has Paddy nailed them?
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.
While footballers around the country have commenced pre-season training, Mick Jeffrey discusses his program and asks how your training works especially before Christmas.
It is difficult to imagine Beethoven and Buddy in collaboration, unless you were Jan Courtin in a night of cultural whimsy.
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.
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.