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?

AFLW Round 3 – Western Bulldogs v Melbourne: Red and Blue Night

While the rest of the city was white, it was all red and blue at the Western Oval as Alan Stewart watched the Dees beat the doggies in the AFLW

Local Footy: Friar Mick’s introduction to footy

Friar Mick Power tells the story of his recruitment to the UQAFC and his first game. Who’d have thought the RE Beer Garden was such a rich breeding ground for footballers.

Almanac Women’s Footy: New sport, new team and new boots

Inspired by AFL Women’s, Sarah Black commences her footy career with a new pair of boots and a new set of footballers to be like

Another First for Women in AFL

This piece was originally published in 2013. Anne Cahill Lambert tells us about the achievements of her niece and other women in winning coaching positions in senior men’s clubs in the major State Leagues (VFL, WAFL and NEAFL). Apparently one of the problems with women footballers is that they talk a lot. They are welcome at Almanac lunches at any time.

AKA: The Blue and White Easybeats

Glen spent 30 years tearing his hair out on the sidelines and is now paying the price. Here are the players he blames for his thinning top.

Almanac Footy History: The Games that Murdered Football

George Smith tells the story of some blowouts – which are memorable for the wrong reasons Yet, he says, football bounced back in an instant.

Almanac Local Footy: Calling all Uni of Queensland Red Lions past players

As a former player of the Uni of Qld Red Lions (half a dozen games, one point v Strathpine FC) I would like to introduce president Tom Lonergan to everyone. Tom’s doing a few things at the moment: creating a database of past players (please contact him), recruiting players for a season of winter sunshine and footy this season, and letting you know about the club. [There’s a section on the club in Loose Men Everywhere

Almanac Yarn: Davo pulled it to the left.

This may or may not be true. But, in his debut piece for the Almanac, Curtis de Mar tells the tale of Davo, footballer and lateral thinker who was always late for games.

Girl footy – Don’t You Dare Laugh

The success of the weekend has Matt Watson reaching back to his primary school days and his involvement with girls’ footy.

It’s a New Dawn

Neil Anderson takes a look back at the decades of watching rival football teams success while his Bulldogs suffered. All making the 2016 premiership all the more sweeter.

North Hobart Football Club fights to regain its name and legacy

Craig Martin looks at the downfall of the North Hobart Football Club and it’s fight to stay alive and regain it’s name. First published in The Mercury.

At long last, over 100 years of women’s footy has finally been recognised!

Historian and friend of the Almanac, Rob Hess, wrote an excellent piece on the long history of women’s footy which was published on The Conversation. Jan Courtin has based this article on that piece.

Darryl Sutton – underrated poise and consistency

North Melbourne premiership player Darryl Sutton passed away last week. Matt Watson provides this touching tribute.

Pre-Season: Can a limited numbers comp work for the AFL?

Mick Jeffrey has seen the success of the Auckland Rugby League Nines. He’s got some ideas for the AFL to stage an equivalent pre-season tournament.

Points of views on captaincy

Yoshi presents his latest thoughts about all thing footy, especially his beloved Saints.

In the firing line with the ruck rovers

The role of the ruck-rover is defined by the many wonderful exemplars Carolyn Spooner refers to from teams of the’60’s through to the current day.

George Ronald Cole – Footballer Senator

Never heard of George Cole? Well, he was a school teaching, grassroots footballer of outstanding ability well known throughout Tasmania who later become a Federal Politician. His remarkable story is told here.

Life as a veteran local footballer

The end cometh. But what material it provides to the capable scribe. We welcome Luke Holmesby to the Almanac community with a wonderful debut piece. [Great to have you with us Luke – JTH]

Almanac Footy History: No Umpires in this Game. The Victorian Football League during two World Wars

They might be retirees but Brice Coe and Bruce Kennedy have become keen historians over the last decade and have written and published a number of books on the Geelong Football Club and now this one on the VFL during World War I and World War II. [I have a review copy for any one who is interested –

AFL Women’s (Practice Match) – Collingwood v Western Bulldogs: Curtain Raisers No More

Terrific debut piece from Jack Banister who weaves a description of the moment with a description of the game while presenting an understanding of the plight of women’s football.