The Coodabeen Champions – Kicking Against The Wind on Grand Final Day

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.

It’s Steve Baker’s last day as web-editor

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.

Almanac Soccer – Brendan Rodgers: So Close, Yet So Far

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]

2015 AFL Grand Final – No ticket, no worries – part two

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]

How the AFL Can Get Back Our Newly Rugby-Leagued Continent

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….

Terrible news

We are thinking of Josh and Terry Barnstable on this saddest of days.

Crio’s Q?- great sporting finishes this year (and beyond)

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?

Footy Almanac Melbourne launch speech (remember this?)

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).

From the Almanac Archives – Is Brian Lake an Alien?

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.

Almanac Rugby League: Footballing gods smile on Ipswich

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.

2015 Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch: Match Report

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.

Round 10 – North Melbourne v West Coast: Blustery at Blundstone

Primary schooler Alex Richards recalls his day at windy Blundstone Arena in Hobart where North hung on against the Eagles.

Grand Final – West Coast v Hawthorn: Preparation is the key to success

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?

Ultimate Victorian Wool Team – Shane Heard: The farm lad who developed tagging

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]

Grand Final – West Coast v Hawthorn: A few days later, at the Espy

Three in a row? Thirteen flags in 54 years? E.regnans imagines a meeting between a talking Hawk and a talking Magpie this week at the Espy…

The Sydney Swans Speculative Soundtrack: A Season In Revue

Joe Moore has got his playlist sorted; check out the soundtrack of the Sydney Swans’ 2015. [Now with link to the music – Ed].

Grand Final – West Coast v Hawthorn: As good as it gets

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].

Grand Final – West Coast v Hawthorn: Grand Excuses

West Coast Eagle Matt Quartermaine wants to know what you really feel about the Hawthorn premiership. He lets us know how he does.

The Nathan Fyfe Appreciation Day holiday

A wonderful reflection on the career (to date) of one Fyfe, N. A skinny kid from Lake Grace who has blossomed into a bona-fide great of the game from a Dockers fan embedded behind enemy lines in Victoria.