The story of “Wheels” and the impact he had on a local footy club. [Funny - Ed]
Dear readers, with November… sorry I mean Movember on its way I thought it was a good time to start spreading some awareness. Plus, what girl doesn’t love a man with a mo? – Danni
Saint Yoshihiro Imagawa debuts with his story on how he became an Australian footy fan. “In 2011, I saw an AFL match at the pub by a chance; however I thought it was extraordinary (much different to other sports – I apologise if it offends you).” No apology necessary Yoshi. Welcome aboard.
Jackson Clark tells us that there were cliffhangers galore in Darwin on the weekend, with even the all-conquering St Marys having to consider their mortality.
Yvette Wroby and her daughter met a footy mad, Saints loving Japanese young man in a chocolate factory memorabilia museum in Sapporo. As you do. Things got stranger after that.
Sal Ciardulli provides an excellent summary of each club’s activity over the Trade Period, and offers his advice for those wading into the Caulfield Cup meeting.
Patrick Skene on The Auburn Giants – a women’s Muslim Australian Football team. [Excellent piece, and comments section worth reading as well - Ed]
Old Dog recalls a footy-less warm-up. [Ray Wilson and his Uni Blacks are onto something - Ed]
Brenton ‘Nose’ Eckert has what his life insurance and superannuation providers like to call a “terminal medical condition”. What will happen to his collection of football memories? (Now with bonus ‘Nose’)
Only from Tinsel Tony Wilson. A tale of the competitive juices which flow on Grand Final day. [More Tinsel madness - which somehow makes sense, and has a heart-warming denouement - JTH]
We think this is the first ever piece to be published on footyalmanac.com.au
And it was from Dips, who is still an advocate of entertaining direct football, and getting crankier and crankier about rubbish, trades, and sloppy surf.
Tim Butcher saw Footscray’s VFL flag and then his Hawks AFL triumph. The subsequent fortunes of both clubs shows that footy is becoming a tradeable commodity in the marketplace for talent and entertainment dollars.
Peter Goldsworthy’s fine poem about an end-of-career sportsman. [oustanding - Ed]
Jackson Clark updates us on the second round of NTFL matches in the Top End.
Keiran Croker may be paranoid, or the AFL may be out to get his Swans with their sudden crackdown on the COLA and the Swans trade opportunities.
E.Regnans was familiar with the commodification of football. But trade week has made him uncomfortable with the commodification of footballers. What price dreams?
Well that’s three things I didn’t know. Thanks to Neil Anderson for telling us (1) that KB barracked for Footscray when he was a kid (2) that KB went to Hawksburn Primary and (3) he’s hardly changed a bit. Ripper photo.
Over a glass of wine or two, Barb Smith reads Caro’s analysis Peter Gordon’s press conference and has a few thoughts of her own.
This piece by Jason Kevin Groves from 2011 is one of the most eloquent descriptions of the journey into and out of serious depression. (Hope you are doing well Jason. Give us an update on your footy or personal adventures – Ed.)
Peter Baulderstone noticed some AFL merchandise collector’s items at the newsagent. “Official” Ryan Griffen/Adam Cooney Bulldogs and Dayne Beams Collingwood 2015 calendars anyone?