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?

Round 14 – Sydney v Essendon: The Season With Several Gears

Daniel Saunders saw the Swans’ season slipping away. That was until the Swans went up a gear to overcome the Bombers after the siren. September action may beckon yet.

A letter from Martin Flanagan

When Martin Flanagan left The Age, David Wilson wrote a letter of humble thanks to him. This is Martin Flanagan’s reply. [Thanks Flanners. Welcome to the Almanac. We are thrilled to have you. We love that the rhythm of your Saturday contemplation has not missed a beat. JTH]

An open letter of humble thanks to Martin Flanagan

David Wilson has put into words the essence of what many of us are feeling with this letter of thanks to Martin Flanagan. No doubt we all have a Martin Flanagan story. No doubt we all feel a sense of gratitude, and loss.

Blighty You Legend

Peter Baulderstone offers a personal tribute to Malcolm Blight the man; the footballer and newly inducted AFL (should that be Australian football?) Legend.

Almanac (Fun) Footy: Blundstone training night at Arden St and the Unhall of Fame

John Harms was a little nervous about going to the Blundstone training night at Arden St on Tuesday night. What did Turbo Thompson and half a dozen other players have in stall for the well-tummied crew? [Great night – JTH]

Almanac Footy History: The Goalpost Final

Last Sunday, broadcaster Matthew Nicholson told the story of the 1967 Tasmanian state premiership between Wynyard and North Hobart on ABC Grandstand. It’s one of the most famous footy games in Australian history – and in this fiftieth anniversary year the tale deserves to be told and re-told. The version by Shane Johnson, published here, of it is a cracker. It comes from Footy Town which Malarkey Publications put out a few years ago.

SANFL Blow-ins 1960-1990 Part 3: Glenelg

One of the biggest names in Australian football (along with several obscure ones) appears in this next instalment of Swish’s list of Glenelg interstate interlopers during the SANFL’s black and golden years.

A Cats Eyed View of Subi

Cat’s supporter Denis reminisces about the Subiaco Oval as he says goodbye to it as an AFL venue.

Footy Blogging and Archiving

Andy Fuller provides a thoughtful and insightful discussion about footy blogging and archiving.

Reclink Community Cup Melbourne – This Sunday

The Reclink Community Cup kicks off in Melbourne this Sunday. Get along for an awesome day of footy and music.

The Round 13 Mega Post

Junior Adelaide Correspondent Aidan Hammond delivers his first mega post. He covers the Port Adelaide and Brisbane game, his Brownlow Medal votes and the premiership race. He also reports on his own game of junior footy. [Great stuff Aidan – JTH]

WAFL Round 13: Another Subi Statement and a Sharks win at last

“The trip from Fremantle to Joondalup is one of the most daunting in the WAFL – I get lost every time I go there” Les Everett on Round 13 (and some cracking photos too).

Fabulous Phil Carman – an extract about punches

In this extract from Fabulous Phil, Matt Watson relates the reasons why Max Richardson ‘ … just turned around and biffed him.’

We’ll always have Paris: The 2017 Western Bulldogs

These are tough times for Western Bulldogs supporters, with the team sitting at 6-6 after thirteen rounds. Neil Anderson gives us a deep insight into the mind of a lifelong Footscray/Western Bulldogs fan.

Coming to Terms With Losing a Star – The Curious Case of Dustin Martin

Richmond faces the very real possibility of losing their superstar Dustin Martin. Smoove is bracing for life without Dusty at the Tigers and thinking about the compensation they might receive for him.

The power of AFL football: Pride game helps foster change in country Victoria

Kate O’Halloran has written a wonderful piece profiling the second Gay That’s OK Pride and Inclusion game.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: One week at a time

Collingwood had a much needed break in both the AFL and VFL. Cam Hooke looks ahead to this weekend’s important clash with Port Adelaide.

SANFL Round 10 – South Adelaide v Norwood: The real meaning of footy

A special day for a long-standing Redlegs fan as Norwood tame the Panthers at Noarlunga.

Round 13 – Gold Coast v Carlton: The Shoots are Sprouting

Tony Robb casts a keen eye over the recent Carlton efforts and, for once, there is no sign of the Parkin-jugular. Very measured.

Round 13 – Richmond v Sydney: After 30 minutes – Why do we bother? After 120 minutes: That’s why!

Jan Courtin made the trip to Tigerland to watch the Swannies go from exasperating to exhilarating. Was it worth the bother? You bet it was.