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Almanac Flashback – ‘Swish’ Schwerdt’s review of Michael Sexton’s ‘Chappelli’s Last Stand’

Yesterday we featured a review of Michael Sexton’s ‘Border’s Battlers’. Today we revisit his previous offering, ‘Chappelli’s Last Stand” via a review penned by ‘Swish’ Schwerdt. (Both books are readily available at all good bookstores.)

Almanac Book Review – ‘Border’s Battlers’ by Michael Sexton

Michael Sexton’s ‘Border’s Battlers’ gives an incisive insight into ‘the other tied Test’ in 1986 between Australia and India. Dan Hoban provided this review.

1964 A Game, A Season, A State by Michael Sexton

  1964 A Game, A Season, A State   by Michael Sexton   $30 (+ $5 postage) Michael Sexton looks at the characters and the times which made for a golden period in South Australian football. Review by Chris Riordan

Almanac Rewind – Mike Sexton in India: Finding Cricket and Space in Delhi

With the test series against India beginning tomorrow, let’s revisit this piece from Mike Sexton, published late last year. A taste of modern Dehli, and an insight into modern Indian cricket. (If you didn’t get a copy of Border’s Battlers at the time, it’s well worth it – Ed).

Almanac Cricket: Remembering Dean Jones in the Tied Test (an extract from Mike Sexton’s book ‘Border’s Battlers’)

Dean Jones died in September 2020 while in India, the country where he played (arguably) his greatest innings. We relive this innings and the Madras (now Chennai) tied Test through these two extracts from Mike Sexton’s fine book ‘Border’s Battlers’. Vale Dean Jones.

Almanac Tennis: Ant bed nation – why Australian tennis owes the termite

With the topic of ant bed tennis courts running hot on the Almanac in recent weeks, Michael Sexton delves into the career of one of Queensland’s finest tennis players in Mal Anderson, and the influence growing up of the famous ant beds.

Almanac (Footy) History – Trade Week 1973: How Richard Michalcyzk got to the Kangaroos

In 1973, every club in Melbourne wanted to recruit Richard Michalcyzk. Michael Sexton tells the curious tale of how North Melbourne managed to secure his services.

Almanac Cricket: Finding Frank Tarrant under the grape vines

With summer here, the sultana grape vines provide Michael Sexton with a wonderful shady backdrop for listening to Test cricket, and for reading. A book he recommends for reading in such a place is Mike Coward’s ‘Cricket’s Forgotten Pioneer: The Frank Tarrant Story’.

Almanac Cricket: ‘The Summer of Barry’ – celebrating the golden season of 1970-71

Barry Richards was a prodigious scorer of runs. Unfortunately, we never saw the best of him at Test level, due to apartheid, but he had a glorious summer in South Australia in 1970-71. Michael Sexton has written a book about that season: ‘The Summer of Barry – South Australia 1970-71’.

Talking to Archie Roach about Sir Doug Nicholls

With Indigenous Round now renamed in honour of Sir Doug Nicholls, we revisit this 2016 piece from Michael Sexton, as he chats with Archie Roach about Sir Doug’s impact upon aboriginal people.

The anxious look of a ruckman – the true story of ‘Bub’ Smith

For Anzac Day, Michael Sexton brings us the story of Stan ‘Bub’ Smith – West Torrens footballer, soldier, club administrator. ‘Smith had every reason to be sour on life and football, but he acted against the darkness and embraced the light the game could provide.’

Almanac Cricket: A Pair of Aces – The Caribbean Bromance of 1973

Michael Sexton recalls the 1973 Test series between the West Indies and Australia. The role Jeff Hammond and Max Walker played in achieving a series win was vital as Michael explains.

Proof: Why Living in the `70s was the best

Michael Sexton looks at some comparative studies around the game of the last 50 years thanks to James Coventry and friends – and the results so far are very interesting.

Round 2 – Adelaide v Richmond: Welcome Home Bryce Gibbs

Michael Sexton remembers Bryce Gibbs as a 17-year-old from Glenelg with a drop punt that made you purr, and a Zen calmness that defied his age, and has watched him with pride in becoming the champion footballer he is today.

Almanac Book Review: Chappell’s Last Stand

Michael Sexton’s latest book, Chappell’s Last Stand, recalls the turbulent events of 1975/76 as Ian Chappell led South Australia to Sheffield Shield success after stepping down as Australian captain.

Neil Sachse, the Bulldogs, and spinal cord research

On the eve of the Project Discovery Classic #2, a ride to raise funds for the Neil Sachse Centre – Spinal Cord Research, Michael Sexton gives us some background.

Almanac Cricket: Reading, Writing and Rowdy

Michael Sexton provides us with some unique insights into Ashley ‘Rowdy’ Mallett’s journalism career which commenced while he was still Australia’s premier off spin bowler.

Seeing Ken Farmer

On Friday evening before the Crows-Swans match a statue of Ken Farmer was unveiled at the northern end of the Adelaide Oval. He is cast in perfect form – roosting the ball through for another goal. It was a dominant pose familiar to football lovers during the Depression. Michael Sexton wonderfully recalls the Bradmanesque career of South Australian goal kicking great, Ken Farmer. [Brilliant story of a son wanting to see his father – JTH] *** 27/9/17 A link to the footage is now available ***

Almanac Cricket (and Food): Finding Duleep Mendis in Colonel Light’s Cafe

In Adelaide’s innovative suburb of Colonel Light Gardens, a new cafe has opened up. It serves Sri Lankan food. It’s owned by the Mendis family. Michael Sexton tells this tale of food and cricket.

Almanac Video: Footscray 1954 Premiership and Team of the Century defender Herb Henderson

We published earlier this year Michael Sexton’s interview with Footscray premiership defender Herb Henderson. With the Bulldogs advancing to the GF 2016, time to revisit this classic.