Vale John Devaney: A hidden legend of footy

For almost 50 years, John Devaney chronicled the major and not so major Australian football leagues and the players involved in them. In a moving tribute, Gigs pays his respects to an unsung and largely unknown historian of the game.

Almanac Cricket: Forget the Grammys. Introducing… the Hammys!

Old cricketers never die, they just tear something. Inspired by the Grammys, Andrew Gigacz proposes the Hammy Awards. He cites himself as a prime nominee. All nominations welcome.

Almanac Poetry: Deano

Steve Cotter, from the Clifton Hill CC, pays tribute to Dean Jones. Thanks to Steve’s teammate Andrew ‘Gigs’ Gigacz for alerting us to this poem.

Name that team

Have you ever wished there was a name generator to produce some wonderful footy monikers? Wish no longer, as Andrew Gigacz has found and produced some teams consisting of humorous fake players.

Almanac Obituaries: A toast to Pubby Dave

Pubby Dave has played his last game of cricket for the Clifton Hill Cricket Club. Gigs pays tribute to a fine innings played.

Almanac Music: Forty-five years ago, ‘Far, Far Away’

Andrew ‘Gigs’ Gigacz was on top of the world on this day 45 years ago as he headed to the Western Oval with Slade’s ‘Far, Far Away’. He’s learnt an important life lesson from that day.

The strange case of Archie Whitfield

The ‘one game only’ club contains a plethora of interesting stories. Archie Whitfield is one such case, as related here by Gigs in an excerpt from his forthcoming book with Mick Rees.

AFLW: The first 100 games

The milestone of the first 100 games played of AFLW footy has just been reached. Gigs reflects upon some of the facts and figures of this accomplishment.

The Tale of the Tiger Tape — 2019

Anagrams, interesting stats, and more as Gigs reviews Richmond’s premiership winning season in his own inimitable style.

A forty-two year wait for Tate

As the Ashes wind up again, Gigs has been reminded of an unfinished childhood quest involving breakfast cereal, collectables and sporting history in need of a fact check.

The ultimate injured testicle listicle

What is a testicle listicle? ‘Listicles are often derided — quite fairly — as cheap, lazy content,’ writes Gigs. ‘But as someone who is cheap and lazy, and who loves lists and writing articles, I find the idea of creating one kind of attractive. For me, though, it has to be a listicle with a twist.’ Read on with caution – only Gigs could come up with this one which includes suffering sportsmen like Scott Thompson and Bumble!

Celebrating a feast of Saint Davids

As a thankyou gesture, Gigs names a Saints team of Davids in honour of Almanacker David Downer.

Round 23 – Richmond v Bulldogs: 2016 versus 2017

Gigs is getting bullish about his Bullies, even after a three point loss!

Vale Evelyn — a champion mum

Gigs pays tribute to his beloved mother who passed away early on Sunday morning. She was a true champion. [Our condolences Gigs – JTH]

May Day – Mayday – M’aider

Andrew Gigacz posted this piece on his blog and asked us to add it to the Almanac site. It is an account of a tragic death.

A few (twisted) words about the Ashes

As a wordsmith, Gigs is the great conjuror. It’s like watching a magic show. Here he toys with cricketers’ names, just as he did a few years ago. [How do you think of this stuff Gigs?]

Almanac Teams: I axe/dump side (A mixed up side)

This is a nice challenge. Gigs has picked an annagrammatic side of footballers since the 50s. I think it’s best that he explains, which he has done in this piece. [Vintage Gigs – JTH]

August 15th – A Day of Reckoning

Gigs fills us in on the significance of August 15 2017 as he embarks on another Radox-fuelled season with the Clifton Hill CC


Andrew Gigacz posted this piece from five years ago on Facebook today and it is brutally honest account of job loss and the affect it can have on someone’s mental health. Must read.

Almanac (Local) Cricket: In search of lost Clifton Hillers

Andrew Gigs Gigacz has become part of the furniture at Clifton Hill CC and is helping track down some lost players in time for the 50th anniversary celebrations at the Fitzroy Town Hall on Feb 18. If you know any of thses cricketers please leave a comment here, or contact Gigs, or the club. And book for the event!