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Diego Maradona, hero and villain, has died aged 60.
To read and view tributes to Maradona click HERE.


The Tigers (Covid) Almanac 2020 will be published as soon as possible.
It will have all the usual features – a game by game account of the Tigers season – and will also include some of the best Almanac writing from the Covid winter.
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Almanac Footy: A decade on – was I Nostradamus?

Sam Steele reflects and comments on the thought provoking predications he made about the future of AFL footy in a piece he published on The Footy Almanac in 2009.

Almanac Cricket: First game of cricket

Watching his grandson play his first game of cricket brought back memories for Col Ritchie of his first match 57 years ago.

Almanac Book Review: ‘The Golf Courses of Vern Morcom’ – Toby Cumming

Peter Baulderstone reviews Toby Cumming’s book, ‘The golf courses of Vern Morcom’, the story of one of Australia’s most influential golf course architects.

FEARLESS 2020 – The Grand Final Edition…and the silly season that follows.

The dust has finally settled after the Grand Final and the silly season has began as FEARLESS explains in his footy report.

The Nuns of Naples 1984-91

With his usual rapier wit, Damian Balassone cuts to the chase in addressing the death of Diego Maradona.

Almanac Football (Soccer): Diego Maradona dies at 60

Soccer great Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 – a sublime talent, a hero to many, a villain to some. A name that conjures a multitude of responses.

Almanac Cricket: The Art of Afternoon Tea

Henry Ballard elucidates on the etiquette of cricket’s afternoon tea spread, from the horrors of multiple pull-apart scrolls to the delights now provided regularly by the Wantirna South Thirds.

Almanac Cricket – Australia v India 2020/21: The international season Down Under begins tomorrow

The 2020/21 summer of international cricket in Australia kicks off tomorrow with the first of the ODI matches between Australia and India in Sydney. See the schedule of matches in all three formats here.

Book Review: ‘Shelf Life’ by Gideon Haigh

Roy Hay reviews Gideon Haigh’s ‘Shelf Life’, a collection of Gideon’s non-cricket writing (long form journalism), as compiled by Russell Jackson.

Community Sport: The state of play with Football Queensland

How much should people running ‘community’ sport earn? And should there be transparency about that? This piece from the ABC raises many interesting questions.

The Crapp Chronicles Part 4: Crapp And The First Report?

Ivo Crapp was the first umpire to report a player in a VFL game. Tim Ghys continues the Crapp Chronicles.

2020 Almanac Tipping Comps: Results for AFL Tipping, AFL Tip the Top 8, and NRL.

It’s been a big year in tipping. And here are the results of al the Almanac tipping comps.

Almanac Cricket: Behind the wickets – an umpire’s view

Like cricketers, umpires also need practice as John Gascoigne recalls a recent intra-club practice match polishing up his umpiring skills.

Almanac Music: Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

In the tradition of Professor Longhair, New Orleans based musician Jon Cleary continues the boogie-woogie piano playing that New Orleans is renowned for.

Almanac Poetry: Souvenir Postcard – Photographed by Mr Henry Poil – Wangaratta, Victoria, April 9 1865

Dead bushranger Dan Morgan on a postcard? Yes, you read that correctly. Kevin Densley explains in his poem this week.

Almanac Golf: Toby Cumming and ‘The golf courses of Vern Morcom’

Toby Cumming played his early golf at Anglesea. He became interested in the course’s architect, Vern Morcom, and went looking for Vern and his influence. This piece tells the tale of his involvement in golf and why he researched and wrote this book. [Terrific piece – JTH]

Almanac Footy History and Memorabilia: The Bob Gartland (Geelong FC) Collection

If you have an interest in the history of the Geelong Football Club, join vice president Bob Gartland as he tours (via video) the exhibition of his (phenomenal) private memorabilia collection.

Almanac Teams: Number 1 sometimes in name only (1980-)

For a second week Rodney Boyd looks at players who wore Number 1, but this side is sourced from the more obscure members of the club.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Dealey Plaza, November 22’

With the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, Kevin Densley remembers the event with his poem ‘Dealey Plaza, November 22’.

Almanac Footy: Caleb Serong reveals the challenges he overcame to win the Rising Star Award

Caleb Serong won the AFL’s Rising Star Award. Max Hatzoglou caught up with him.