Almanac Footy: Frank Gumbleton – Ganmain to Glory

Matt Watson recounts the remarkable story of Frank Gumbleton, the kid from Ganmain who went on to become a North Melbourne premiership player.

Almanac Footy: Jim Krakouer – the magic

Matt Watson looks back at the career of Jim Krakouer, who with his brother Phil was a trailblazer for indigenous footballers in the VFL of the 1980’s.

Almanac Footy: Ron Reeves – I’ll do it my way

Ron Reeves was born and bred Collingwood. Matt Watson takes a look at the life and times of the 1958 Collingwood premiership player.

Almanac Footy: John Gallus – The journey through football

Matt Watson examines the football journey of former Melbourne footballer John Gallus.

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: Grand final day at the Gabba

Matt Watson reflects upon his attendance at the 2020 Grand Final recognising the historic significance of the game played at the ‘Gabba.

Almanac Footy: Getting a grand final ticket

The trials and tribulations of getting a grand final ticket as told by Matt Watson.

The Jehabake Legacy – 53 consecutive years

Ironmike has words of advice for AFL clubs looking for a new coach – ‘research the Jehabake legacy’ – as he traces the origins of premiership success over the past five decades.

Big Bob Pascoe – Hard and rugged

Matt Watson sat down with the outstanding ruck Bob Pascoe, a big man with big character, who played over 200 games across the SANFL, VFL and Tasmania’s NWFU.

Remembering Mighty Mick Martyn

Matt Watson presents an in-depth account of former Roo, Mick Martyn’s mighty footy career, a career expanding over 16 seasons and 300 AFL games.

Horses get sick, don’t they – the final cough

Matt Watson concludes his enthralling account of the catastrophic equine ‘flu epidemic that devastated the racing industry in Australia in 2007.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they – Part 7

Read on for Part 7 of Matt Watson’s saga on the 2007 Equine Influenza crisis.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 6

Matt Watson continues his compelling account of the outbreak of the Australian equine influenza epidemic and its ramifications in 2007.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 5

“The industry just didn’t get it.” Matt Watson’s series on the 2007 equine influenza crisis continues. Despite the belated efforts of the authorities, the equine flu rages on.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 4

Matt Watson’s series on the 2007 outbreak of equine influenza is continued, as the Queensland government struggle to find vaccinations for the vulnerable horses.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 3

The equine influenza has hit home and has created a devastating effect as Matt Watson tells in Part 3 of his history of the 2007 outbreak of the disease.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 2

Matt Watson continues his series on the 2007 outbreak of the Equine influenza in Australia, and as the disease spreads so does the blame game.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 1

Equine influenza is a disease with a very long history. Matt Watson begins a series on the 2007 outbreak of the disease in Australia, when we discovered we weren’t as well prepared as we thought we were.

Almanac (Australian) Cricket: Beset by crisis because the system is spoiled

This is the regression we had to have.  In ironmike20’s life, Australian cricket has suffered three great crises and rebounded.  This crisis is self-inflicted, but a setback is an opportunity for a comeback.  The Aussies have done it before and can do it again a passionate Mike claims.

Almanac Books: Sons of Guns – family and football

The author of the book “Sons of Guns”, Matt Watson takes us through his relationship with family & footy, shares tidbits from the stars of his manuscript and the long, involved process it took to complete.

Almanac Cricket: Vaseline and cricket

Smith, Warner and Bancroft broke a nation’s heart when they broke the spirit of the game. Why cheat?  Why destroy everything Test cricket stands for?  Why destroy a nation’s psyche?  Why try to ruin Test cricket? Ironmike tries to understand why.