Another Bout of Sudden Death Sickness with the Socceroos

Declan Fay recalls a few classic World Cup qualifier moments – or half recalls them and half imagines them. But as you read this he is making his way to Sydney for the Honduras-Socceroos Sudden Death play off, the prospect of which has had an observable impact on his health. [Good to hear from you again. And you are Kennett-less in this case. JTH]

War and Peace (and A-League) – Elimination Finals

With the season proper done and dusted, Dennis Gedling took on Elimination Finals week – a big one for fans of the Victorian teams

PFA Football History Conference: Tuesday May 15

The PFA will host its inaugural Football History Conference at Lakeside Stadium on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 27

Dennis Gedling on the A-League where after 27 weeks, from the 10-team league, we now have six finalists.

Almanac Soccer: John Lambie, Scottish Football Hero

Neil Drysdale pays tribute to John Lambie, one of Scottish football’s most mercurial and charismatic characters from the 1970s to the 1990s, who passed away this week. [Super piece about a classic much-loved character – JTH]

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 26

Dennis Gelding wraps up the weekend of A-League and previews the upcoming final round of the season.

AFL Rivalries – Not Usually a Zero Sum Game

The reasoning behind the rivalry existing between specific sporting teams is articulated authoritively by William Westerman.

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 25

Dennis Gedling has plenty to say about this week’s round, as the A-League approaches the business end of the season.

Round 2 – Collingwood v GWS: Nothing Else Matters

Luke Reynolds reports (from his great seats in the Ponsford precinct) on a game of almosts for his beloved Collingwood.

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 24

“Normal service resumes at the top, teams in Sky Blue get back in to form as Victory take one step back in another wide open round of the A-League” reports Dennis Gedling.

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Rounds 22 and 23 Part III

The “baffling” split rounds are over – and with the A-League reaching the business end, “it’s all happening.” Dennis Gedling says “beware the Victory.”

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Rounds 22 and 23 Part II

With only two games on this weekend to finish Round 22 it wasn’t exactly blockbuster round but they did have an effect on the bottom of the Top 6 none the less as the round finished under the cloud of the Graham Arnold appointment.

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 22 and 23 Part I

Dennis Gedling tries to create order from A-League scheduling chaos with his latest report. “A cracking set of games over this weekend..”

Almanac Soccer: Trials and tribulations – a reflection on Darije Kalezi?’s time at the Phoenix

@hamishneal   “Speculated Wellington Phoenix coach Darije Kalezi? has managed four teams in four years in three countries (England, Holland and Saudi Arabia” I noted back in May. “It doesn’t exactly scream stability”   And henceforth the Swiss-born coach won’t end the season in charge of the Kiwi-based A-League franchise. As March started with the club [Read more]

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 21

Dennis Gedling takes us through the A-League – including the Sydney derby in which a “goal was also down to classy lead up work by fellow Spaniard Raul Llorente who looks like he should be on the front of a Captain Morgan rum bottle rather than in the red and black of Wanderers.”

The rhyme of the modern Mariner

Alex Darling with a rousing sea shanty of the Gosford waterfront. (“It is a modern Mariner; And he stoppeth regu’ly…”)

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 20

Dennis Gedling with all you need to know about A-League this week; including: “an amazing finish from someone who has had the accuracy of a blind machine gunner this season,” cracking match reports and news of potential new teams on the cards.

Bert Van Marwijk: Safe Choice, Yes. Inventive, No.

The appointment of Bert Van Marwijk as the Socceroos coach following the departure of Ange Postecoglou has left DrCruel73 thinking that the FFA are still playing it too safe with our national side.

Almanac Soccer: War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 19

The gap between the top 4 and the rest grows, Phoenix continue to show why people like John Kosmina want them out of the league and poor new Socceroos boss Bert Van Marwijk had to sit through three A-league games. Another big round of A-League writes Dennis Gedling.

A-League 2017/18 Round 18 : Berisha the only salve to Victory’s blues as they sadly succumb to the Sky Blues

Jennifer Muirden had a big Australia Day, meeting friends, enjoying beers and taking in ‘The Big Blue’. As is often the case with Jen’s colourful stories, she has penned some song lyrics.

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 18

Dennis Gedling with this week’s A-League: “A free kick worthy of Billy Bragg lyrics, Sydney FC back in charge and the Roar bounceback from their midweek horror show. A lot of great stuff in this round of the A-League…”