What’s in this year’s Footy Almanac
Apart from all of the wonderfully diverse match reports written from all over Australia (and around the world) it features:
Tony Birch – on Adam Goodes. Tony is the second writer with The Footy Almanac’s to be short-listed for the Miles Franklin and this is a delightful celebration of one of the competition’s most loved players. (Craig Silvey – 2008 edition – has also been short-listed).
Brian Matthews – on following footy in South Australia and his recent return to Victoria. You will know (Prof) Brian’s works of memoir, biography (including a biography of the MCG The Temple Down the Road) and collections of columns. He’s a mad Sainter.
Dave Warner – who has completed our annual muso’s take on footy Dave is a musician, writer, observer and commentator and this is a delightful essay of footy in Perth and then his new love: the Sydney Swans.
Rod Gillett – returns to the 50th anniversary celebrations of footy in Armidale. A delightful piece of reminiscence and a look at the place of footy in New South Wales.
Stephanie Holt – on having a year away from Melbourne (in the USA). Steph contemplates the game’s significance in a subtle dig at football’s marketers.
JTH – the Season Review. Just a few words on a season which kept so many fans alive to the prospect of success for so long.
Grand Final pieces:
John Donegan who travels down the Hume (with two of his kids) from Sydney to the MCG in a world which is at once Old South and New Sydney. This is one especially for Swans fans, that all footy fans will appreciate.
Dave Goodwin, a (then) miserable and disappointed Hawks fans lamenting the Josh Kennedy situation (among other things) in verse (with apologies to Banjo and a christening).
Peter Flynn on the squirt for the B and F count of the North London Lions which coincides with the pre-dawn Grand Final coverage in the antipodes. (Just read it)
JTH – on the game.
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