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General Footy Writing: The top ten finals according to Stainless

One of the few joys of being a Richmond supporter is that you can regularly attend finals matches without emotional involvement.  The football purist takes over and you can sit back, relax with a quiet, reflective beer and enjoy the best of what the rest of the competition has to offer. A ripper 2009 finals [Read more]

Almanac Footy Writing: Continuing the umpiring debate…

Nothing in the AFL is as contentious as the decisions made by the men in green. Stainless jumps into the umpiring debate.

Almanac Life: Footy Almanac Vernacular

Is there such a thing as Footy Almanac vernacular, that is, a particularly Footy Almanac way of talking and writing, especially in relation to how Almanackers respond to posts on the website? KD discusses this question.

Almanac Memoir: Caught in the race with Kennedy’s Commandos

Brilliant memoir from Richard Griffiths (and brilliant photo too) as he tells the story of a memorable day at Glenferrie Oval in the middle of a classic 60s and 70s childhood. (First published in 2016)

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: What an asterisk!

Stainless doesn’t shy away from the dreaded ‘asterisk’ season – he embraces it!

1981 Revisited – Epilogue: ‘Tainted Love’

After all is said and done (again) Stainless wraps up his odyssey through the annals of 1981 superb history.

1981 Revisited – Preliminary Final 1981: ‘Another One Rides the Bus’

In his 1981 retrospective, Stainless looks back at the Preliminary Final, in which favourites Geelong take on Collingwood at VFL Park.

1981 Revisited – Finals Week 1: ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’

It’s finals time in Stainless’ look back at the 1981 season. In the first week, there are multiple upsets that disrupt the course of the finals series.

Almanac Pub Review: The Exeter, Semaphore

Mickey Randall heads to the Exeter in Semaphore (in Adelaide) and recalls canned peas and canned corn and bachelorhood.

1981 Revisited – Round 21: ‘De do do do, De da da da’

Stainless recounts Round 21 of the 1981 season which set the scene for a final round to determine every ladder position for the looming finals series.

Almanac Life: The Crystal Pool

Smokie Dawson longs for the summer, and a visit to the Crystal Pool. Its charms have been passed down through the generations of his family.

1981 Revisited – Round 19: ‘Cool World’

The freezing winds dominated almost as much as the umpires’ strike in Round 19, 1981. Stainless braved the arctic Moorabbin conditions and was rewarded with a thriller. And the VFL’s Sunday football experiment wasn’t helped any by the weather. The finals are taking shape as Sam Steele’s 1981 Revisited continues.

1981 Revisited – Round 18: ‘You want it. You got it.’

Sunday footy made its first appearance in Round 18 of the 1981 season. Stainless recounts the story of its promotion ‘in the patrons’ interest’! David Rhys-Jones and Brent Croswell provided the on-field ‘entertainment’.

1981 Revisited – Round 17: ‘Bad Habits’

Captain-coaches are now a thing of the past and the Tigers just can’t break through. 1981 was a different world, as Stainless eludes to in his recap of Round 17.

1981 Revisited – Round 16: ‘Some Days are Diamonds’

Stainless uncovers some ‘World of Sport’ classics as he revisits the VFL’s Round 16 from 1981.

1981 Revisited – The Escort Cup: ‘The Night Owls’

In his journey through the 1981 season, Stainless Steele revisits the halcyon days of the Escort Cup when Essendon downed Carlton in the Grand Final at VFL Park.

1981 Revisited – Round 15: ‘The Tide is High’

With the rain turning Victorian grounds into troughs, Round 15 of the 1981 VFL season became a battle of attrition. But off the field, Stainless describes the political feud that was surrounding South Melbourne’s potential relocation to Sydney.

1981 Revisited – Round 14: ‘Gotta pull myself together’

Round 14 1981 is best remembered for perhaps Malcolm Blight’s most embarrassing moment in footy. Stainless continues his review of the 1981 VFL footy season.

Round 3 – Richmond v Hawthorn: Underdone

Paddy Grindlay was busy on the griddle flipping burgers while his Tigers were getting smashed by the Hawks.

1981 Revisited – Round 13: ‘Swingshift’

Stainless Steele continues his journey through the 1981 season with Round 13. The Bombers overcame a 26-point deficit at three quarter time to pip Richmond at the bell while Geelong kicked a mammoth score against a hapless North Melbourne. All that and more.