Sports Archaeology? What lies beneath the pitch…

When did the English start their climb to the top of the limited-overs rankings in cricket? According to this photo, it could have been much earlier than you think!

Almanac Books: New and Recent Releases by friends of the Footy Almanac

We’ve made a list of the books published by authors who are part of the Almanac community – with links to information about each one.

Almanac Football (Soccer): Diego Maradona dies at 60

Soccer great Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 – a sublime talent, a hero to many, a villain to some. A name that conjures a multitude of responses.

Almanac Cricket – Australia v India 2020/21: The international season Down Under begins tomorrow

The 2020/21 summer of international cricket in Australia kicks off tomorrow with the first of the ODI matches between Australia and India in Sydney. See the schedule of matches in all three formats here.

Book Review: ‘Shelf Life’ by Gideon Haigh

Roy Hay reviews Gideon Haigh’s ‘Shelf Life’, a collection of Gideon’s non-cricket writing (long form journalism), as compiled by Russell Jackson.

Community Sport: The state of play with Football Queensland

How much should people running ‘community’ sport earn? And should there be transparency about that? This piece from the ABC raises many interesting questions.

2020 Almanac Tipping Comps: Results for AFL Tipping, AFL Tip the Top 8, and NRL.

It’s been a big year in tipping. And here are the results of al the Almanac tipping comps.

Almanac Golf: Toby Cumming and ‘The golf courses of Vern Morcom’

Toby Cumming played his early golf at Anglesea. He became interested in the course’s architect, Vern Morcom, and went looking for Vern and his influence. This piece tells the tale of his involvement in golf and why he researched and wrote this book. [Terrific piece – JTH]

Almanac Footy History and Memorabilia: The Bob Gartland (Geelong FC) Collection

If you have an interest in the history of the Geelong Football Club, join vice president Bob Gartland as he tours (via video) the exhibition of his (phenomenal) private memorabilia collection.

‘Bastards, bitches and bloody good people……’ by KB Hill

KB Hill recounts the colourful, trail-blazing and highly successful career of Wangaratta’s legendary female jockey and trainer Gabrielle Marchant.

Almanac (Cricket) Books: ‘George Giffen – A Biography’ by Bernard Whimpress

Historian Bernard Whimpress introduces his recently-released biography of the great nineteenth century South Australian and Australian cricketer (and more than handy footballer) George Giffen.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Taking it to the Streets – the Second Life of the Newtown RLFC’ by Glen Dwyer

Following our introduction to Glen Dwyer’s book on the Newtown RLFC last week, we present this review by experienced rugby league writer and commentator Dave Hadfield.

Almanac Golf: New Book Release – ‘The golf courses of Vern Morcom’ by Toby Cumming

Toby Cumming has published a new golf book ‘The Golf Courses of Vern Morcom’, the story of one of Australia’s most influential golf course architects.

Almanac Book Release: ‘Death In A Matchbox’ by Steve Rogers

The next book in Steve Roger’s red dirt crime series has been released. Details here.

Almanac Cricket: Australian Test squad to take on India named

The Australian Test cricket squad to face India this summer has been announced. Thoughts?

Almanac Rugby League: Three books to commemorate 40 years of State of Origin

At least three books have been released this year to commemorate 40 years of rugby league’s showpiece State of Origin competition. The Footy Almanac offers a bird’s eye view of them all.

Almanac Rugby League Books: ‘Taking it to the Streets – The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC’ by Glen Dwyer

The Footy Almanac is happy to introduce Glen Dwyer’s 2019 publication ‘Taking It To The Streets – The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC’. Glen’s work reinforces our Almanac notion that sport is important, no matter the level at which it is played!

Almanac Fans Research: How’s your heart rate?

Taking our cue from an EPL survey of differing fans’ heart rates, we wonder how Australian fans might measure up. What do you think? [Some ‘research’ conducted by a betting company!]

Almanac Cricket: ‘The Comeback Summer’ by Geoff Lemon

Geoff Lemon has a new cricket book coming out soon. Here are some advance details.

Balcony Banter – When footy came to The Gabba

For a sense of what it was like to attend the AFL Grand Final at the ‘Gabba, Queensland-based MCC member Fiona gives an account of her experience.