Almanac Poetry: ‘Four Flags’ – Tommy Mallet

With the AFL Grand Final around the corner, Tommy Mallet remembers a footballer who played in four premiership teams in his poem ‘Four Flags’.

Almanac Sport: A ‘purple patch’

Have you experienced a ‘purple patch’ in a sport you have played? The Footy Almanac would love to hear from you.

Almanac Footy: City of Melbourne Parking Officers football team

In 2007 Malcolm McKinnon curated an exhibition and created a short film about the fascinating story of parking enforcement in Melbourne. Along the way, he discovered there was a City of Melbourne Parking Officers football team.

Almanac Rugby League: Orange rugby league’s best ever 17

Michael Croke and Nick Tedeschi have selected their best ever rugby league team from regional Orange. Players included span a 90-year period from 1930 through to 2020.

Finals Week 3 – Melbourne v Geelong Preview: It’s not about you, son

Mark Freeman is toey about Friday night as Melbourne inch closer to snapping the Norm Smith Curse. He shares his experiences as an excited Demon who will be attending on Friday in his stead. (It’s got to be a good omen, Mark, surely? – Eds.)

Almanac World Records: Cobram Estate’s olive oil tasting Guinness World Record attempt

Cobram Estate are making a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest simultaneous olive oil tasting. Here’s how you can be a part of the attempt.

Almanac Footy: The 1948 Castlemaine Woollen Mill Ladies football team

Thea Allan has sent a photo of the 1948 Castlemaine Woollen Mill women’s football team, inspired by E.regnans’ collation of old premiership photos from the Almanac community.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Simon and Luka’ – Tommy Mallett

Splitting wood is a contemplative means when space and freedom from humans is needed suggests Tommy Mallet’s poem, ‘Simon and Luka’.

Balcony Banter: My Favourite Final – 2009

Anna Pavlou recalls the experience of her first Grand Final in 2009 in her story published in ‘Balcony Banter’.

Almanac Rugby League: NRLW season postponed until 2022

The NRL has announced that the 2021 NRLW season has been postponed until 2022. Read the details here.

Almanac (Footy) History: The 25th anniversary of the Roys’ sunset in the west

Yesterday (Sep 1) was the 25th anniversary of Fitzroy’s last game in the VFL/AFL. This extract from William Westerman’s book Merger looks back on the curtain call of an event that some consider one of the most significant in the history of the VFL/AFL: Fitzroy’s clash with Fremantle and the end of their time in the League.

Almanac Rugby League – Sister Act: A schoolboy’s tale

Michael Croke revisits his teenage years to recall his first experience of live Sydney First Grade rugby league – in the company of a nun!

Balcony Banter: Defining moments

MCC member Dave Campbell recalled a series of memorable matches involving his Tigers as he streamed their recent drawn clash with Hawthorn. He recorded his thoughts for the MCC Members blog Balcony Banter.

‘Dylan carries on the Stone football tradition…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill recounts the Stone family dynasty’s contribution to O&M footy starting with Brien at South Wangaratta back in the 1920s right through to present day Dylan with the Rovers.

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

Looking for something for dad on Father’s Day? We’ve made a list of new and recent books published by authors who are part of the Almanac community – with links to information about each one.

Almanac Music: ‘Diddy Wah Diddy’ – Running Jumping Standing Still

Running Jumping Standing Still had a big hit with their version of ‘Diddy Wah Diddy’ in the 60s, and they still sound great today.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Tav Falco’ – Tommy Mallet

The guitar playing Tav Falco, and the beatnik Hepburn feature in this week’s poem from Tommy Mallet.

Finals Week 2 – Where and when

Find out where and when the teams are playing in Finals Week 2.

Almanac Basketball: Patty Mills and the Boomers, ‘Not Bad Thanks’

We were thrilled by basketball at the highest level with Patty Mills and the Boomers, but there’s another team proud of their exploits, the Not Bad Thanks team. [Ed -great gift idea for Father’s Day]

Almanac Music: Vale Charlie Watts

The Footy Almanac pays tribute to Charlie Watts, legendary drummer of The Rolling Stones, who has passed away aged 80.