Friday @ the Almanac


Read Neil ‘Thommo’ Thompson’s  remarkable story, of over 20 footy clubs, soldier, Bali bombings, UN involvements and more HERE.


The Almanac community includes many writers. Here is a list of their recently published books.



The Tigers (Covid) Almanac 2020 will be published in early 2021.
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 (Local) Cricket: Pomborneit Cricket Club 2020/21 Season- November Review

November was a busy month at the Pomborneit Cricket Club, especially with the debut of the club’s inaugural senior women’s teams. Catch up with all that’s happening at the Bulls in their monthly review.

Almanac Footy: The Ian Brown Memorial Fund Match – Ballarat FL v Bendigo FL 1953

Historian Roger Spaull recounts a classic (and tragic) piece of country football history, ‘The Ian Brown Memorial Fund Match – Ballarat FL v Bendigo FL 1953’.

Leading from the front: Neil Thompson’s journey

Neil ‘Thommo’ Thompson has a remarkable life story, ranging from over 20 footy clubs (12 of them being guided to flags by Neil) and a few harrowing tales of the Bali bombings and UN involvements. Rob Spurr has been lucky enough to know ‘Thommo’, and has produced a wonderful recount of ‘Thommo’s’ many tribulations (a must-read, this is an amazing story – Ed).

Almanac Baseball: ‘Legends of South Australian Baseball Book 5 – Neil Philip Page aka ‘Supee’’

In an extract from his book, ‘Legends of South Australian Baseball Book 5 – Neil Philip Page aka ‘Supee’’, Gary Bennett provides an introduction to one of his all-time favourite pitchers.

Book Launch: ‘George Giffen – a biography’ by Bernard Whimpress

Join author Bernard Whimpress on December 8 to celebrate the launch of his latest biography on Australian sporting wonder George Giffen.

FEARLESS 2020: North Melbourne – all is not what it seems

After a tough season for Shinboners, Fearless reviews North Melbourne’s year and looks ahead to the imminent rebuild under new coach David Noble.

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

Toby Cumming’s latest book ‘The golf courses of Vern Morcom’ is an insightful look into the many different holes and greens shaped by the course architect. Enjoy an excerpt from the book, where Toby discusses a course comprised of Morcom’s best holes.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Men of `Fifty-Four’

With today the anniversary of The Eureka Stockade, Kevin Densley’s poem reflects upon the thoughts of that by-gone struggle.

Almanac Soccer: The Dockerty Cup – outside of Melbourne?

Almanac historian Roy Hay takes us back to 1931 to recount the only time the Dockerty Cup was held outside of Melbourne.

Almanac Life: The Yachts

Smokie fondly remembers some of his teenage exploits as a budding yachtsman on Hobsons Bay.

Balcony Banter: Fifty years on

John Harms remembers the first summer of Test cricket he can remember properly. (This piece is from the MCC’s Balcony Banter blog)

Almanac Footy: What’s what with the WAFL by Les Everett

Les Everett highlights the WAFL players that have, or should have, attracted the attention of AFL recruiters.

Almanac (Footy) Life: Pepsi and Suntan and a first game of footy

Jamie Simmons tells the story of how he was drafted into playing his first ever game of footy for the Murri Mavericks. [Ripper read Jamie! – Ed]

Almanac Music: Elton John – on the road to the Highlands 1974

A Rolls Royce, a Mini, Elton John and the road to the Highlands are fondly remembered by Col Ritchie.

Almanac Surfing: Summer is here and Dips is up

Evidence of Dips O’Donnell as a genuine surfer has landed at Almanac HQ.

Almanac Poetry: The Day I Broke Billy

Many Almanackers will recall running their guts out as kids in Little Athletics. Kevin Densley does, and in this week’s poem he describes his most memorable race.

Sports Archaeology? What lies beneath the pitch…

When did the English start their climb to the top of the limited-overs rankings in cricket? According to this photo, it could have been much earlier than you think!

Almanac Teams: The Terrific 2s (1980-)

The schoolyard refrain ‘First is the worst, second is the best’ might not be entirely scientific in its reasoning, but Rodney Boyd has put forward another team based on the best players he’s seen in the Number 2 which could very well take it up to his Number 1s.

Almanac Books: New and Recent Releases by friends of the Footy Almanac

We’ve made a list of the books published by authors who are part of the Almanac community – with links to information about each one.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Sacredly Profane’ – a new collection by Kevin Densley

Congratulations to Kevin Densley on his new collection of poems ‘Sacredly Profane’. Read more in this post.