Almanac Footy: A Team for all seasons



Citrus Bob has been at it again and has picked this very impressive football team from players in the last seventy years.  Once again he has cast his eyes over all the players he has seen and come up with this surprise team.


Backs:                   Ben Hart (A)   Leo Barry (SS)    Ian Nankervis (G)


Half Backs:         Anthony Koutoufidas (Ca)   David Rhys-Jones (Ca)   Francis Bourke (R)


Centres:                Keith Greig (NM)   Simon Black (BL)   Patrick Dangerfield (A)


Half Forwards: Alex Jesaulenko (Ca) Dermot Brereton (H) Darren Millane (Co)


Forwards:           Peter Daicos (Co)    Adam Goodes (SS)    Jeff Farmer (M)


Rucks:                  Justin Madden (Ca)          Ron Barassi (C)          Kevin Bartlett (R)


Interchange from:  Gavin Croscisca (Co)  Bill Duckworth (Ess)  Steven Icke (NM)  Shane Mumford (GWS) Ange Christou (Ca)  Jude Bolton (SS)  Dale Morris (WB)


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About Bob Utber

At 84 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he has always done since growing up on a small farm at Lang Lang. Talking, watching and writing sport and in recent years writing books. He lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny) and a groodle named 'Chloe on Flinders' and can be found at Deakin 27 every day.


  1. Very interesting, CB, but could we please have an insight into your selection processes?

  2. IAN H – as you have probably observed from my cricket trivia we cannot make these quizzes/ teams too easy for the experts in sports out there.
    Our esteemed editor “Bomber Col” suggested that there were at least 20 of the players who had played in premiership teams. Great answer but a way off the mark.
    Stick with it IH it always takes time to pick a team like this.
    Lovely to hear from you and with little cricket of interest “keep punchin'” (Scotty Palmer circa 1959)

  3. By the way – speaking of cricket.

    The answers to the quiz will be posted on the weekend.
    Still looking for the answers to questions 5, 6, 8, 10


  4. ROBERT UTBER says


  5. Doull? Enright? Neither Ablett? Blight?

    Interesting Citrus. Eclectic even.

    Steven Icke. Good choice

  6. DIPS – Many thanks for that but I could not fit Enright in. Get the picture?

    Gee, it would be hard to pick the best side ever. I guess one should not even contemplate it. As for “The Team of The Century” it should not even be contemplated!
    As my old mate, Scotty Palmer said “keep on punchin'”

  7. Interesting choices here Bob. However, it’s pointless naming positions, nobody plays in them these days, it’s Primary School stuff with everyone chasing kicks all over the place.

  8. FISHO – it is still rather quaint to pick players in positions Fisho. However, this is not the point of the exercise.
    Have another close look at the team and perhaps look up a couple of players.

    As long as there are 18 players on the round I am happy.

  9. Colin Ritchie says

    They all wore numbers 20 to 44, no two numbers the same! Very sneaky CB!

  10. ROBERT UTBER says

    BOMBER – “with a little bit of help from my friends”.

  11. BOMBER – yes, 20,21,22,23 etc.etc that is why Corey Enright (44) did not make it and Justin Madden (44) did.

    DIPS – Hope you have not read this the Bomber could not help himself!

  12. Colin Ritchie says

    I was going crazy for at least two hours looking for a pattern, adding digits together expecting something difficult and sneaky and there it was staring me in the face all the time. Can’t see the forest for the trees!

  13. roger lowrey says

    Plenty of both forest and trees down your way through the Otways between Colac and the coast so we can’t blame you Col. Great to see you again today mate.


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