Desert Island Discs – Which album will you take?

Marooned on a desert island? Which album would you hope to have with you to while away the time? Col had no problems making his choice!

The Great Romantic: Cricket & the Golden Age of Neville Cardus

There’s nothing better than a fab cricket book to get stuck into! Col’s just finished reading a great book about the doyen of cricket commentators, Neville Cardus and the Golden Age of cricket which he thoroughly enjoyed. Check it out.

Delisting can be cruel!

Col’s disappointed Essendon has delisted one of his favourite players.

Almanac Music – Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan

Col remembers the time he first heard Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” played by a favourite teacher in Form 4 all those years ago.

AFL Trade Period 2019 – Joe Daniher: To go or stay?

The AFL Trade Period has commenced and Col’s disappointed one of Essendon’s favourite players wants a trade.

Almanac Lunches – The Footy Almanac Grand Final Lunch 2019: Photos

The Footy Almanac Grand Final lunch for 2019 was another great success. Check out some photos from the day.

Almanac Music – Jazzfest New Orleans 2019: Johnny Rivers

Col had a great time at Jazzfest in New Orleans this year. Johnny Rivers was one of his highlights at the festival. Read Col’s story here.

Almanac Book Review: Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere  by Roy Hay

Roy Hay has written a wonderful new book examining the history of indigenous involvement in the development of the game as we know it today. Here is Col Ritchie’s review of the book. [The book is available at a reduced price for the month of July – Ed]

Hugh Mitchell – Essendon great: Train reflections

Seeing former Essendon champ Hugh Mitchell on the train brought back some childhood memories for Col.

Alternative Essendon FC theme song – Do yourself a favour!: Have a look and a listen!

Check out the rap African alternative version of the Bombers theme song. For your enjoyment!

Round 15 – Essendon v GWS: McKernan you star!

Col reached for the sky as his Bombers soared to a sensational victory over GWS in their Round 15 match at Marvel.

Round 5 – Tipsters, who will you pick this round?

Round 5 again highlights the unpredictable nature of the AFL season. To pick 9 winners may just as easily come down to the flip of a coin!

Round 2 – Essendon v St Kilda: Bombers bomb out

Col can’t …”get no,…no satisfaction” as his Bombers bomb out, and the Stones stop rolling.

Round 2 – Richmond v Collingwood: Tigers tamed as Pies swoop!

Magpies swoop and stifle the Tigers’ roar in an impressive display of footy in their Round 2 match at the MCG.

Round 1 – GWS v Essendon: What a shocker for the Dons!

Bombers glide and shot out of the sky in a humiliating loss in their Round 1 clash against GWS, disappoints Col greatly.

Round 1 – Collingwood v Geelong: What a cracker of a game!

In a cracking game, Geelong win a hard fought battle against the Pies in their Round 1 match at MCG on Friday night.

Three coins in a fountain, three Cols in a room!

Col, Col, and Col were all in the same room together! This gathering of Cols is a extremely rare event as Col explains.

Almanac Lunch – 2019 Footy Almanac Launch

Footy season 2019 was launched for The Footy Almanac today at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel with former WCE premiership player, Sam Butler as the guest speaker.

Almanac Football – JLT 2019: Geelong v Essendon

Pussy cats have a lot to purr about as Geelong proved too slick and polished for Col’s Bombers in their Round 2 JLT match at Kardinia Park on Thursday night.

My blue tranny and “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, Those days of soda and pretzels and beer”

Here’s a story from a few years ago. Col reflects upon the impact of a small blue tranny during a period of change in his formative years in the 60s.