Almanac Footy: Tom Wills – A bit of care is necessary

Roy Hay responds to recent revelations on Tom Wills, and to Andrew Starkie’s piece on the subject.

Almanac Book Review – Jason Goldsmith and Lucas Gillard’s ‘Be My Guest’ by Roy Hay

An interesting and extensive look at the overseas football/soccer players who have visted Australian shores is the subject of Roy Hay’s latest book review.

Almanac Book Reviews: Wray Vamplew’s Games People Played by Roy Hay

Roy Hay reviews Wray Vamplew’s impressive volume on sports histories, dating back centuries in human history.

Almanac Olympics: Brazil retain the gold medal in Tokyo

Brazil scored the gold medal in their match against Spain in the Men’s Football Final at the Tokyo Olympics reports Roy Hay.

Almanac Olympics – Soccer: Gold medal settled on penalties as Canada wins and Trump fumes

Roy Hay continues his excellent coverage of events from the Tokyo Olympics, today the women’s soccer.

Almanac Olympics – Soccer: Matildas’ fighting finish comes up short

The Matildas trailed for much of their bronze medal play-off game against the United States but never chucked it in. Roy Hay reports.

Almanac Olympics – Soccer: Australia has another chance of a medal, but Sweden is bound for the final

Roy Hay continues his reports of the Matildas’ games during the Olympics, this time they came up short in their match against Sweden.

Almanac Olympics – Soccer: Sometimes you just have to admit you were wrong

Roy Hay is fessing up to a premature call after the Matildas and Great Britain played an absolute thriller in the quarter final of the Olympic tournament. [Well played Roy – JTH]

Almanac Olympics – Soccer: Shades of ’82: cynicism and the world game

On Tuesday night in the Tokyo Olympics’ women’s soccer competition, The Matildas and the United States played out a dull draw. Roy Hay critiques the coaching of the game and the contribution such matches make to sport.

Sports history in Australian history

Roy Hay offers some thoughts on the significance of sports history as a part of our overall understanding of Australian history. The Footy Almanac has an important role to play in that bigger picture.

Almanac Soccer: North Geelong 1 – 1 Brunswick City

Roy Hay had a busy weekend watching many soccer games, but eventually settled on the North Geelong and Brunswick City clash. After a tight start, both teams got on the board in a frenzied second half.

Almanac Soccer: Bell Park 2 v Surfcoast 1

With stiff opposition from Surfcoast, Bell Park had to work hard to score goals late in both halves to eventually win the game two goals to one reports Roy Hay.

Almanac Soccer: Golden Plains v Bell Park

Bells Park had a big win against Golden Plains in the local derby soccer match at Bannockburn as Roy Hay reports..

Almanac Soccer: Corio v Whittlesea United

Roy Hay reports on local soccer in Geelong where Corio and Whittlesea played a 2 all draw.

Almanac Soccer: North Geelong Warriors 2 – 4 Bulleen Lions

Roy Hay gives a detailed insight into the high-scoring North Geelong Warriors – Bulleen Lions clash, as well as a historical recap of the home side.

Almanac Soccer: Geelong 1 – 1 Western United

Roy Hay reviews the Geelong v Western United game held at Stead Park.

Almanac Soccer: Geelong Rangers 0 – 1 Hume United

On a bitterly cold winter’s day in Geelong, Roy Hay worked hard as a supporter to review the Geelong Rangers’ game against the strong Hume United.

Almanac Soccer: Back to the park

Roy Hay returns with a match between two local soccer clubs whose origins are somewhat emblematic of the tale of modern Australian migration.

Football is Back: Golden Plains SC v Melbourne Uni SC

Roy Hay says he’s retired (and gives some words to a description of life in Bannockburn outside of Geelong) but we all know he is not. Here’s his report on the opener of the local football season.

Almanac Life: The end of civilisation as we have known it?

Roy Hay laments ‘The Conversation’ having to remove all debates on Indigenous affairs, and instead turns his eyes to the Almanac’s community feel.