After 35 years on radio The Coodabeens Champions are as much a part of the fabric of footy in Melbourne as pies, beer and sauce. Though their national profile might have diminished with the passing of their weekend shows, Champs, Covey, Richo, Billy and Torch have fans right around the country. A serial contributor to the Coodabeens – Swish Schwerdt – made the trek to light tower number two at the MCG for the time honoured Grand Final O/B.
Sorry to say folks, but Stone Cold Steve Baker is leaving the Almanac web-editor’s role – he needs to spend more time with his Bakewood family.
Dr Cruel has watched the going’s-on at Liverpool with great interest since Brendan Rodgers arrived at Anfield. After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for the 2013/14 EPL title and some less than successful transfer calls, John W Henry and the boffins at Fenway Sports Group have decided that Rodgers is not the man to manage the Reds. As always, the good Doctor explains why he had to go. [Nicely balanced… for a Gooners fan! – Ed]
In the second part of his Grand Final ticket odyssey, Matt Watson heads from Brisbane to Melbourne for work, but without a ticket to the game. When all seems lost, however, Matt becomes involved in a ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ style race to Melbourne’s outer west in search of the gold. [SPOILER ALERT: Matt’s available to help with your Lotto and Quaddie numbers for Caulfield this weekend. – Ed]
The Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch gets the final weekend of the 2015 AFL Season off to a great start!
The very creative Jennifer Muirden was in the best at last Friday’s Grand Final lunch. She was in such good spirits she was moved to the pen, and her inspiration was rather grand. [Very kind words from you Jen. Thanks. – JTH]
One funny kick and Rugby League finds itself at the top of the Australian sports entertainment industry. The AFL needs to act. Patrick O’Brien has the answer. It all starts with Gillon buying his daughter a Chisel CD….
We are thinking of Josh and Terry Barnstable on this saddest of days.
The NRLGF or the USPGA?…great sporting finishes this year (and beyond). These two stand out as events I watched seemingly dispassionately until finding myself leaping off the couch, screaming at the TV. Any other noms?
Remember this? Anson Cameron may have shot the Cisco Kid last Friday but he knocked everyone over with this classic speech to launch The Footy Almanac in 2009 (A Geelong year).
Brian Lake yesterday announced his retirement from AFL footy. To mark the occasion, we looked back through our archives and found this beauty from Westcoast Dave (David Bruce). It might be a bit painful for Doggies fans to enjoy reading, but if you’ve ever watched the way Brian Lake played his footy, then you’ll agree David nails the way he got to contests you didn’t think he could, or take the marks that you didn’t think he would and why there’ll be a few key forwards relieved that he won’t be standing them in 2016.
Sunday’s NRL Grand Final is already being coined the greatest in the code’s history. While the focus was on the feats of Jonathon Thurston and the success of the North Queensland Cowboys, Harold Peacock also found plenty to celebrate in the Ipswich Jets’ NRL State Championship win in the curtain raiser.
The story of The Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch held at the Royal Melbourne Hotel in Bourke St last Friday. Cast your Brownlow votes.
Primary schooler Alex Richards recalls his day at windy Blundstone Arena in Hobart where North hung on against the Eagles.
For the superstitious among us, Grand Final week is a time to watch those superstitions carefully. Bradley Thomas had never been to a Grand Final. Was now the time to go?
Nick Weidmann profiles Victorian sheep farmer Shane Heard who was recruited to Essendon and became one of Kevin Sheedy’s favourites. [Interesting footy and sheep detail Nick – Ed]
Joe Moore has got his playlist sorted; check out the soundtrack of the Sydney Swans’ 2015. [Now with link to the music – Ed].
Kasey Symons, a West Coast Eagle of Melbourne, managed to secure Grand Final admission. Here she tells a cracking tale of hope, pride, anticipation and loss [Wonderful fan-writing – Ed].
West Coast Eagle Matt Quartermaine wants to know what you really feel about the Hawthorn premiership. He lets us know how he does.