Almanac (Footy) History: Vive les Roys – How Bill Stephen gifted the Royboys the best club song in the VFL (ever)

The late Fitzroy FC legend Bill Stephen was not only a great footballer and coach, he was also a songwriter and the inspiration behind the club’s theme song, as Adam Muyt explains.

Almanac Soccer: Klompen across the Riverina

The great postwar migrant boom saw more than 2 million arrivals from Europe through the 1950s, 60s and 70s.  In the 1950s alone, 100,000 Dutch migrants arrived here.  Like other migrant groups, it wasn’t long before they were establishing soccer clubs across Australia.  Here’s the tale of one of those Dutch teams formed in the [Read more]

Almanac (Sports) History: John Curtin, PM…and footy lover.

John Curtin was not only a great Prime Minister of Australia during the most challenging of times, he also had a genuine love for sport especially football as Adam Muyt recounts.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Fitzroy’s Fabulous Century: the 100 Greatest Victories 1897-1996.’

Royboy Adam Muyt (author of the acclaimed ‘Maroon and Blue’) reviews Fitzroy Pete’s recently released book ‘Fitzroy’s Fabulous Century’. [Gives it a big tick too – Ed]

Almanac Footy History – Wilfred Smallhorn: The Remarkable Chicken

Adam Muyt recounts the wonderful story of Fitzroy FC legend, Wilfred ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn.

Almanac Rugby League – ‘Brookie’ and the 70s

Adam Muyt is catholic in his footy code tastes but Brookvale Oval on Sydney’s northern beaches really tugs at his heart strings. He takes us back over the years to explain why.

Almanac Rugby League – Book Review: ‘The Immortals of Australian Rugby League’ by Liam Hauser

Liam Hauser’s previous rugby league books have focussed on State of Origin and NRL Grand Finals. Here ecumenical football follower Adam Muyt reviews Liam’s latest publication, ‘The Immortals of Australian Rugby League’.

From World Cups and FIFA bans to the Socceroos and Bertie: the Dutch & Australian football

With orange coloured glasses Adam Muyt (jointly written with Roberto Pennino) looks back on the wonderful contribution of Dutch migrants and their descendants on the round ball game in Australia since the late 1940’s. Includes the tale of when Australia were banned by FIFA for four years.

Peter Temple and the Royboys of Doom

This is a remarkable piece, one of the Almanac’s finest. Adam Muyt has transcribed his 2003 interview with the late Peter Temple. It was conducted 15 years or so ago when Adam was writing his fine book Maroon & Blue. Tremendous observations about footy and Melbourne life.

Almanac Inventiveness: Gotta keep possession

What can be done with a footy? Where are the limits? Adam Muyt on a chance encounter at the bottleshop – with a sassy footy creative; pushing boundaries.

The Lousy Bounce – Part 3: Royboys last game.

Heartfelt Fitzroy supporters, this is for you: memories of the Royboys exit from the VFL/AFL.

Solving the Case of the Roys Ring-In Premiership Trophy

Mystery solved! The case of the Fitzroy Premiership that wasn’t! Read all about it!

The Lousy Bounce – Part 2

This is the second part of Adam Muyt’s 1996 diary extracts, which were originally published in ‘Maroon & Blue – Recollections and Tales of the Fitzroy Football Club’

The Lousy Bounce – Part 1

Twenty years on from Fitzroy’s last unmerged season in the AFL, Royboy Adam Muyt shares some of his diary entries from that eventful year.

On Jonathan Brown

A timely look again at Adam Muyt’s essay on Jonathan Brown, from The Footy Almanac, 2010.

AFL Round 14 – Hawthorn v Brisbane Lions: Some undies have all the luck

Despite the winter Launceston day, Adam Muyt chose to forego his extra thermals and plumped for his lucky Royboy undies instead. Well, they were lucky earlier this century.

Almanac Rugby League – SMH season preview piece features the Footy Almanac

Ecumenical Almanac writer Adam Muyt – who writes for both the AFL and NRL Almanacs – has spotted a nice piece about The Rugby League Almanac from Malcolm Knox.

North head south

                                          North come south Reviewed by Adam Muyt. North Melbourne Versus Greater Western Sydney, 1.10pm, 8 April 2012, Bellerive Oval, Hobart Last week I was in Sydney where I grew up, reviewing a rugby league game for the [Read more]

Almanac Rugby league – A long way from home

The finals are just two weeks away.  Brookie Oval is packed out for a Friday night cracker, first versus second on the ladder, one team undefeated after 12 games, the other undefeated at home for the season. The teams with the best for-and-against in the comp, sharing a rivalry built up over recent seasons (one [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Granny’s five cents goes a long way (a late sixties boyhood in Sydney)

Sausage roll five cents, (sauce one cent extra); musk sticks, cobbers, freckles, milk bottles, musk sticks, bananas – cent each; bertie beetle, choo-choo-bar, both five cents. Shiny packet on top of the glass-topped bench: same as a snag roll (minus sauce); forget bertie, forget the black mouthed bar; bargain! Give over the echidna; Mrs Mineo [Read more]