Matt Zurbo wishes the Almanac community a happy Christmas. His gift is a transcript of his interview with Ron Branton, which captures the life of a 1950s footballer superbly. Sections of this interview appear in Matt’s book Champions All.
Martin Flanagan’s recent column from The Age on Almanac favourite, Matt Zurbo. Matt’s book Champions All is out now.
Matt Zurbo is the subject of Martin Flanagan’s column in The Age today. Here is a piece he wrote in July 2012.
The road is a hungry thing, calling, even when it’s made of nothing but sand.
[This piece was first published in late 2012. It was part of a series where Old Dog jumped in the ute and travelled from the south of Tasmania to far north Queensland and west to the Mallee in South Australia. Read more of Matt’s pieces by clicking on his name in the left sidebar.]
Matt Zurbo’s first footy club (many years ago) was a suburban club where the blokes worked hard and played hard. Young Matt Zurbo was made welcome because of his Blundstone boots. Not footy boots. His work boots.
Old Dog goes to Queenstown where he plays a fun (but proper) footy match on the famous gravel oval during the Unconformity Festival. [This is an Old Dog special – JTH]
What do players say about other players? Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt from the Chapter: Players on Players 2010s.
Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt featuring the 1976 Grand Final.
Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt featuring the 1970 Grand Final.
Champions All is finally out. 700 pages of punchy stories from 171 legends of the game over 8 decades of AFL/VFL footy. Today’s extract has players discussing the Grand Finals in the 2000s.
Old Dog’s book, Champions All is finally out. 700 pages of punchy stories from 171 legends of the game over 8 decades of AFL/VFL footy. The honesty in it is often overwhelming. History often looks very different from the inside. Today, Ken Hunter on Depression.
Matt Zurbo thinks his way through some recent footy moments – life moments – and listens for the sounds, and observes the silences.
Listen to a replay of Matt Zurbo and Jan Courtin on ABC Grandstand.
Part 2: Champions All – A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Player’s Own Words by Matt Zurbo. In this extract players talk about the clubs in the 2010s from Hawthorn to Western Bulldogs.
Matt Zurbo has a new book published called Champions All – A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Players’ Own Words . In this extract players talk about the clubs in the 2010s from Adelaide to GWS.
With his book completed and footy season at a close, Matt Zurbo keeps his AFL watching to one game a week.
Old Dog watches Friday night footy and has some observations about physicality, umpiring, electric energy and bar crowds.
Old Dog is in a Melbourne pub with his girlfriend. He’s impressed with the Giants but less impressed with how self-absorbed footy fans are in the city. [Interesting life and footy observations – Ed]