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Introducing Hayden Kelly (and the Hayden Kelly Scholarship)

John Harms was up late one night when an email lobbed. It was from Hayden Kelly. Things have moved along since then, as this welcome explains. [Great to have you involved Hayden – JTH]

Almanac Footy: The Muse – what would happen if it was really a Grand Old Flag?

With the hopes of Demons supporters justifiably growing, Hayden Kelly shares his personal recollections of some other recent drought-breaking premierships. He also offers a distinctly Gordon St. perspective on what the celebration of a Melbourne flag might look like.

Almanac Horseracing (Yarns): The Sport of Kings and Paupers

Having stumbled home from the 2018 Caulfield Cup, the fertile mind of The Muse (Hayden Kelly) turns to the characters of his youth up the bush. [There’s a bit of Garrison Keillor about this – JTH]

The Muse: Thoughts of an AFL restructure on a perfect winter’s day

The Muse can see the (necessary) future of the AFL competition: two conferences. This is what happens when the virus agrees that Melbourne is the world’s most livable city. [More creative thinking from Hayden Kelly – Ed]

The Muse: Finals Week 2 (2016) – Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs

The Muse (Hayden Kelly) has been sending his observations to his email mates for years. We hope to return to a few of these emails.

He has seen enough of Melbourne and football to appreciate how it rolls. This is his report, written at the time, of the Doggies brilliant victory over Hawthorn who were trying to win four flags in a row. [It was a superb night – JTH]

Winning in Wyche – Part 2: Combining to survive

Sean Mortell continues his series on footy in Wycheproof way back when. In Part 2 he explains the origins of The Combine and introduces some charcters who go on to make a name for themselves in Wyche and in footy.

Winning in Wyche – Part 1: Growing up in the shadows of a mini landmark

Sean Mortell begins his search for the story of one of Wycheproof’s finest moments: the Under 16 premiership of 1969. [This series is going to be a cracker – JTH]

Almanac Horse-racing (Plunges): We’ve got a good one

Trainer Shane Fliedner set Tollesprit for a debut sting at Seymour. The Muse was in the thick and thin of it.

Almanac Horseracing (Plunges): Like stealing wheat from blind chooks

The Muse and crew were in the know one afternoon when Spencer Hotel found itself back in the 1950s.

Almanac (Footy) History: A season under the great Herb Matthews

Sean Mortell caught up with octogenarian (and Almanac contributor) Jim Johnson to findout about his footy career under South Melbourne legend Herb Matthews.

The Muse: Musing on The Cup of 2019

Three O’Briens trained one third of the field for the 2019 Melbourne Cup and it was the Irish Australian from Ky who saddled up the winner. The Muse muses on Danny Boy and Vow and Declare. [Animated piece for someone who didn’t back the winner – JTH]

Almanac Life – The Muse: Musings on Day 85

The Muse has been musing. Here are his observations (with some insight) on numerous topics de jour. [Includes identifiable stirring of the pot – JTH]

Join the club: become an Almanac member for 2021

As we gear up for the start of footy season, it’s time to consider becoming an Almanac member. Or you might like to become a patron, or a sponsor/advertiser.


TO BECOME A FOOTY ALMANAC MEMBER FOR 2021 CLICK HERE (to request a membership form by return email)     G’day Everyone The Almanac is a community of writers and readers who love life – especially sport. We’re actually a lot like a sporting club. Which is why we have memberships. By becoming an Almanac member [Read more]

FEARLESS 2021: Rounds 5 and 6 double-header

FEARLESS is running a little late with his update on Rounds 5 and 6 but it’s worth the wait. Tell it like it is, PT!

The Muse: Musings on Anzac Day

The Muse had an Abbotts Lager and mused about Anzac Day and what the brothers Smith and Hutchins from the Australian bush were fighting for.

Round 14 – Review: Round 15 – Preview: A telling few weeks for top eight fancies

Sean Mortell reviews all the Round 14 matches, and presents his thoughts and tips for the coming Round 15 matches.

Round 13/14 Review and preview: A glorious weekend in Darwin followed by blockbusters

Sean Mortell celebrates a great Sir Doug Nicholls round and looks forward to this weekend’s tantalising clashes.

Round 8 Review: Eagles and Giants fire warning shots

Sean Mortell takes an extensive look at the Round 8 action.

Round 8 – Preview: Mouth-watering clashes outrank a Grand Final rematch

Footy tipping has been a nightmare for many over the past few rounds. Sean Mortell has made his call with all the previews, tips and insights tipsters need.