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Almanac Life: Project Discovery Classic #5 – Riding to achieve Neil Sachse’s Vision

Neil Sachse suffered one of the worst footy injuries imaginable becoming a quadriplegic in 1975. He worked tirelessly in the field of raising awareness of spinal injuries and Project Discovery was set up as a fundraising arm for the cause. Details for the forthcoming Project Discovery Classic #5: Riding to achieve Neil Sachse’s Vision are listed. Can you help out?

Neil Sachse: 45 years on

Paul O’Connor (from the Western Bulldogs Past Players, and good friend of the Almanac) presents a terrific tribute to Neil Sachse who was seriously injured in a tragic incident 45 years ago. (We republish this piece to pay respects to Neil Sachse, who passed away on Aug 26, 2020. RIP, Neil. – Ed).

Neil Sachse: A determined father spreads an important message

With the passing of Neil Sachse, we revisit this excerpt from Mike Sexton’s book about Neil. This is an introduction to Neil Sachse, the nature of spinal injury, the advances made in understanding and management, and Neil’s foundation. The Almanac extends our condolences to the Sachse family.

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.

1971 SANFL Mobil Cards – Part 3: North Adelaide

North Adelaide was entering a rewarding period under Mike Patterson when these 1971 Mobil Cards of four of its very best were produced, including the greatest of them all, Barrie Robran.

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 Music: Forty-five years ago, ‘Far, Far Away’

Andrew ‘Gigs’ Gigacz was on top of the world on this day 45 years ago as he headed to the Western Oval with Slade’s ‘Far, Far Away’. He’s learnt an important life lesson from that day.

Almanac Footy History: Glen ‘Black Duck’ Rosser, an ornament to the game

Rulebook told the story of Norwood and SANFL legend, Glen ‘Black Duck’ Rosser last year – Glen is sadly no longer with us, but his deeds will live on long into the future of SA footy. Vale Black Duck.

SANFL 1966 Grand Final – Sturt v Port Adelaide: First of Five

Norwood’s Ron Kneebone featured on the cover of the 1966 SANFL Grand Final Budget. The second successive Oatey-Williams Grand Final proved to be the beginning of a Double Blue era of dominance.

1971 – Vic v SA (MCG): A New Record

The Victorian public’s interest in state football was at an all-time high in June 1971, as both sides were filled with names that resonate to this day. Swish has annotated that game’s Football Record and has obtained some memories from one of the SA participants.

Almanac Footy History: How To Play Football – Don Roach 1969

Don Roach was an esteemed player, coach and administrator for four decades. To many young eyes, his footy skills booklet was their first glimpse into the sport’s printed world (as shown by the many classic 60s photos herein).

1971 – The Greatest Game I Never Saw: Sturt v Centrals 1st Semi Final

Swish harks back to his beloved Centrals’ first ever final in 1971, which he missed due to a visit to relatives in not so greater western Sydney.

South Australia v Victoria 1973: Nevermore

Swish relives his first state game via this 1973 Footy Budget, the one where Jezza kicked 10. He’s still going, unlike much of its commercial contents.

SANFL Round 15 – Woodville West Torrens v Norwood: Norwood Dominate and destroy the Eagles

The Redlegs comfortably knock off the ladder leaders and Rulebook no longer has any doubts about the direction Norwood is headed.

Merry Bloody Swishmas

Tidings of comfort and joy from Swish.

Almanac People – 28 John Francis Wynne: my first footy hero

Rulebook’s touching tribute to a great footballer and even better person – Two Eight – John Wynne

My Mother

Footscray have lost a loyal fan in this tribute by Glen! to his mother.

Era, era on the wall; 1967-1976

The late 60s and early 70s are the Golden Years of footy for many VFL fans. In Jeff Dowsing’s latest look at Grand Final eras, the years 1967 to 1976 would see a revolution in how the game was played after Barassi’s Blues and their use handball engineered possibly the greatest comeback in VFL Grand Final history. Carlton, Richmond, Hawthorn and North fans; this is your era.

Round 2 – Collingwood v Adelaide: Comes As No Surprise

Don’t you hate those cocky Crows supporters? Here’s another one.

The Match Day Experience

As the Bulldogs get set to launch their 2015 campaign with Luke Beveridge at the helm, Kerrie Soraghan paints a picture the match day experience of the sons and daughters of the ‘Scray