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]

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…”

War and Peace (and A-League): Goals! Goals! Goals!

Lots of goals this week as Dennis Gedling reviews the weekend’s A-League round where the top two teams dropped points. DG’s Clown of the Round is revealed as is his Sacred Cow.

Gregarious George and buoyant Barbarouses led the way in Broxham’s 250th milestone match with Melbourne Victory

Ok, Jennifer admits this was her virginal visit to the Rectangular Stadium. But she’s happy to confess that, contrary to being a diehard Australian Rules fan since eight years of age, Jennifer is now a convert – not only to the stadium but also to the A-League! [Includes a newly penned song from Jen too – Ed]

Almanac Soccer: 2017 – A Nothing Year in Australian Football

Lack of coverage, crowds and cooperation is keeping soccer in Australia from a bright future writes Dr. Cruel.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 16

Dennis Gedling with an overview of Round 16 of the A-League season which introduces us to a new word: thunderbastard. [Definitions please – Ed]

Almanac Soccer: War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 15

Scarily, Sydney FC and Adrian Mierzejewski are just hitting their straps – will anyone stop them?

War and Peace (and A-League)-Round 14

Dennis reports on the half way point of the season that sees Sydney FC still clearly the best side in the A-League, though given a bloody nose by the Jets, Victory having their march stalled, and the Glory, well, is just being the Glory.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 13

Victory clawed their way to some good form, Sydney FC continue to torch the earth as they march on like a footballing General Sherman and fireworks only over the harbour in Gosford for the New Year’s round of the A-League. Dennis Gedling reports.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 12

Dennis Gedling runs his eye over Round 12 in the A League and doesn’t have a lot of good things to say about Western Sydney. Meanwhile SFC march on with Bobo registering an away hat-trick.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 11

Dennis Gedling on A-League Round 11 – includes stories of farcical video reviews, love handles, squeaky bum time, Sacred Cow of the Round and Arse Clown of the Round [Do yourself a favour – Ed].

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 10

Dennis Gedling looks at Round 10 of the A-League and finds memorable and forgettable moments with Sydney FC flexing their collective muscle yet again.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 9

Dennis Gedling reports on Round 9 of the A-League, where, worryingly, an average of just 7,445 fans attended each of the five games in this round.

Australia v Iran 1997: What happens when a sport bets the house and loses

As the 17th anniversary of Australia v Iran ticks by, Vaughan Menlove shares his memories of that World Cup qualifier at the MCG. He remains haunted. [And with a debt to pay…? – Ed] [First published Nov 29 2014, reprised Nov 29, 2o17]

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 8

Dennie Gedling’s comprehensive wrap of Round 8 in the A-League – which was not without its action and controversy.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 7

Dennis Gedling gives A-League Round 7 a thorough going-over.