Almanac Soccer: Five Things I am looking forward to in the A-League season

The 2021/22 A-League and W-League seasons are upon us! Vaughan Menlove is looking forward to the action and, hopefully, the re-emergence of Melbourne Victory as a force.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: A night at the footy

The simple pleasures of passing suburban Melbourne on the train to the MCG are all Vaughan Menlove needed to rekindle his connection with the triumphant Tigers at their home ground after a year of distance.

AFL Season 2019: A reflection of the year Richmond laid the ghost of the Hafey Years

Dr Cruel73 reflects on the Tigers’ great premiership victory, and wonders if the current team is a better one than the Hafey premiership teams.

Almanac A-League: Victory v Glory Heavyweight battle that could save the A-League

As the current A-league season meanders along there are two teams that have been the standouts of the competition as DrCruel73 explains.

Richmond – 18 Months in Review: A Fruitful Journey

Dr Cruel relives the past 18 months as a Tiger supporter. He looks forward to 2019.

Richmond Finals 2018: They are coming for us

Dr Cruel urges the Tiger faithful to lap up the current wave of success while it lasts. Long-suffering Tiger fans know the wisdom of this advice – after all, they waited so long to get back to the top of the pile.

Russia 2018: Is this the last great World Cup?

DrCruel73 reflects on the World Cup just gone, and worries about Qatar 2022. Is FIFA about to undermine its own showcase?

Bert Van Marwijk: Safe Choice, Yes. Inventive, No.

The appointment of Bert Van Marwijk as the Socceroos coach following the departure of Ange Postecoglou has left DrCruel73 thinking that the FFA are still playing it too safe with our national side.

Almanac Soccer: 2017 – A Nothing Year in Australian Football

Lack of coverage, crowds and cooperation is keeping soccer in Australia from a bright future writes Dr. Cruel.

Australia v Iran 1997: What happens when a sport bets the house and loses

As the 17th anniversary of Australia v Iran ticks by, Vaughan Menlove shares his memories of that World Cup qualifier at the MCG. He remains haunted. [And with a debt to pay…? – Ed] [First published Nov 29 2014, reprised Nov 29, 2o17]

Grand Final – Adelaide v Richmond: A week where Richmond went from a joke to kings of the AFL

Tiger fan Vaughan Menlove recounts his Grand Final day.

37 Years Have Come to This.

Vaughan Menlove looks back on his lifetime as a Richmond supporter, but looks forward too, as he prepares for his first ever Grand Final.

Vale Les Murray

Yes, in reality, how do you compete with a god? asks Dr Cruel in his tribute to Les Murray.

The ups and downs of being a Richmond supporter in 2017 or just a standard season

Relive a week in the life of a Richmond supporter, according to Vaughan Menlove.

Political turmoil in Soccer (I think we have been here before)

History has a way of repeating itself. Particularly when it comes to the issues facing Australian soccer. Dr Cruel explains.

Junior Sports: Where Can They Play?

In a world of high density housing developments where the focus is on profit, just where are our junior sportspeople supposed to train and play?

A-League Expansion: Where should the new teams be based?

As FFA looks to expand the A-League from 10 to 12 teams, DrCruel73 favours South Melbourne as the best of many options.

How the Bulldogs went from a club of individuals to a team of Champions.

Dr Cruel puts his spin on how the Bulldogs became a Premiership club.

Almanac Soccer: Tom Rogic – The next Socceroo superstar?

Dr Cruel reckons that Tommy Rogic, currently plying his trade with Glasgow Celtic, could be Australia’s next EPL superstar

Richmond Board Challenge are they Messiahs or just a bunch of Naughty Boys?

The Focus on Football challenge on the Richmond Board, according to DrCruel73, was the icing on the cake in a horrible year for the Tigers.