The Poet Laureate of Old Fitzroy

Old Fitzroy, club and suburb, are long gone, except in the memories of those who played there or grew up amongst its pokey houses and grimy streets.  One person who pops up in reminisces about those days and times is Norm Byron, who played a couple of games for the Maroons back in 1918.  But [Read more]

Aker-mania comes to town

Aker-mania came to Hobart on the weekend. A ground record crowd of 8,400 turned up see Aker debut for the Glenorchy Magpies at KGV Oval against reigning TFL premiers, Clarence on Saturday evening in the season opener. For the demographically and statistically inclined, that’s around 4% of Hobart’s population or 1.6% of Tassie’s total populace. [Read more]

Burning Down the House (or ways fans celebrate sporting success)

One of my favourite stories of fans celebrating a premiership is what Parramatta fans did in 1981 after the team won its first premiership in the old Sydney Rugby League comp: they burnt the old home ground down! Parramatta’s rickety, old, ‘country showground’  home, Cumerland Oval, was slated to be replaced by a new ‘stadium’…that night, the jubilant fans decided [Read more]

Review: Mr. Cleansheets

Mr. Cleansheets Author: Adrian Deans Publisher: Vulgar Press Published 2010 Reviewed by Adam Muyt This is a lads book, a ‘Boys Own’ adventure through the footballing landscape that is England.  Seriously, I can see this book doing well in the UK amongst a large slab of the football-loving populace.  Not bad for an aussie author [Read more]

Footy: Denning’s death ends links to Roys’ last flag

By Adam Muyt The 1944 Fitzroy premiership player Clen Denning died on 10 November.  He was 98.  One of Clen’s teammates in the Gorillas’ premiership, Laurie Bickerton, died just three months earlier, marking 2009 as the year the two final living links to Fitzroy’s eight VFL flags ended. Denning was, by all accounts, a very [Read more]

General Sport: Supporter lobby group starts up

By Adam Muyt Roy Masters has written a piece in today’s SMH (7 November) on a newly formed lobby group, Sports Supporters Australia.  Masters likens it to an RACV or NRMA for sports lovers and a quick squiz through its website heightens the comparison. This group is definitely ‘serious’, structured around a membership base and board, and complete with (obligatory?) commercial [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Last-finishing Roys remind us that it’d be good just to be able to finish last

When your AFL club no longer exists – at least in its original form – there are plenty of ‘lasts’ left to ponder.  The last player left in the comp to wear a Roys jersey, Brisbane’s Chris Johnson, hung up his boots in 2007.   And on Monday, another direct link with Fitzroy’s rich history ended [Read more]

General Footy Writing: The Roys are back in town

By Adam Muyt Royboys.  It’s got to be one of the best nicknames in Australian football, conjuring up all sorts of affectionate images of a footy club and the people who followed it, most blessed with a particular (peculiar?) outlook and attitude.  And now it’s the title of a doco having its first airing at [Read more]