Almanac Funny Teams: A colourful team

In my many years of watching footy I’ve seen a few colourful characters. I thought I’d put together team of the best i’ve seen.


B:          B Brown, Fitzroy.                N Brown, Collingwood/St Kilda.            M Brown, West Coast.


H/B:       R Greene, St. Kilda/Hawthorn.        M White, West Coast/Geelong.               R Blew, Essendon.


C:                W Blackwell, Carlton.               J Greening, Collingwood.                      G Brown, Collingwood


H/F:                M Brown, Richmond.               J Brown, Brisbane.                                B Green, Melbourne.


F:                          N Brown, Fitzroy.                                   W Brownless, Geelong.                W Brown, Richmond.


Followers: M Green, Richmond.                      S Black, Brisbane.                         N Brown, Bulldogs/Richmond.


Interchange:        J White, Melbourne/Fremantle.        H Black, St Kilda/Fremantle.       M Browne, Geelong.         P Brown, Geelong


Emergencies: M Greenslade, Richmond.          A Black, North Melbourne/Geelong.          J Green, Brisbane/Essendon.


I did use a bit of literary licence including Russell Blew. Though I was born during his career, I was still in nappies during that period.


Who would fellow Almanackers choose to coach these colourful chaps?






  1. Coach of the Coloured Team :
    Alan “Blue” Jeans
    Bluey Hampshire
    Mal Brown

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Good to see someone working a bit Blew, Glen

    Tom Alvin Purple
    Mauve Keane
    Dillon Viojo-Rainbow
    Peter Pantone

  3. Carole Fabian says

    Matthew Scarlett
    Tyson Goldsack

  4. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Nice one Glen ! Colours of autumn coming out as another season begins. Lots of Browns giving the team an earthy hue.

    Darryl White
    Bob Rose
    Robbie Gray

  5. Mark Duffett says

    Just about enough for a seconds team if nicknames are eligible. Buff Tyrrell

  6. There was a VFL umpire called Don Blew. He sued Norm Smith for defamation for calling him a cheat on radio in 1965.
    Ian “Bluey” Shelton won 2 flags at Essendon (62 & 65). Ian “Bluey” Hampshire Geelong and Footscray). Robbie and Sam Gray (Port). Brady Grey (Fremantle). Dillon Rainbow (Carlton). Toby Pink (Sydney). Luke Lavender (Essendon).

  7. How could i forget the Scarlett father and son combination?


  8. Citrus Bob says

    A bit late but Brian Gray (Collingwood) on the wing for anyone and Lindsay White (Geelong) as the full forward. Greg Brown (Essendon) for a tough man on the back line.
    Sorry Glen to many modern day players who could not hold a candle to some of the blokes I have mentioned. I do hope that is Mal Brown (Richmond) you have mentioned. The most over rated player ever to play in the AFL/VFL. He would be better off in a stable where he might get a kick but not on a football ground.

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