Almanac Footy: David Palm – Friendship and footy

Malcolm Ashwood profiles the extensive footy career of David Palm, former Norwood FC, West Perth FC, and Richmond FC player.

Dennis Modra: Norwood’s electrifying pacey wingman

Champion Norwood wingman turned 80 on this week. Malcolm Ashwood profiles the electrifying, pacey wingman from the `60s.

Philip Gallagher: Norwood’s Silky Smooth Mr September

‘Rulebook’ is at it again! In his latest profile, his subject is Philip Gallagher, ‘Gags’, the silky smooth, highly skilled player who always shone brightly in September. But that’s only part of the story.

Almanac (Wheelchair) Footy: SANFL Wheelchair Footy an Overwhelming Success

Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood was privileged to commentate matches in the SANFL Wheelchair footy competition in 2021. In this inspiring piece, he outlines the history and characters of the competition.

Keith Thomas: Redlegs champion

‘Rulebook’ is back! After a long absence, by his standards, Malcolm Ashwood returns to the Almanac with a profile of Keith Thomas, a member of the Norwood ‘Team of the Century’.


Malcolm “Rulebook” Ashwood profiles Neil Balme – legendary footballer, coach and manager across multiple states and clubs.

The Thoughts of ‘Rulebook’ – Umpiring woes everywhere

Experienced man-in-the-middle Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood vents some of his frustrations with the way the modern game is umpired. He’d like to see the whistleblowers take a stand on a few subjects. (A long-awaited rant, Rulebook! – Ed.)

Neil Craig: Elite Performer (Part 2)

Rulebook’s back with Part 2 of Neil Craig’s career – from player to super coach

Neil Craig: Elite Performer (Part 1)

Neil Craig’s career has been so prolific Rulebook is covering it in two parts, all starting with the Yorke Peninsula, Carmel Court and the Norwood Football Club.

Brady Dawe: Quintessential Team Man

Malcolm Ashwood’s latest Norwood tribute, this time profiling triple premiership winning Redleg Brady Dawe.

Tom Harley: Mr Perseverance becomes elite

Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood considers the life and career of a tenacious Geelong (and Redlegs, of course) champion

David ‘Malt’ Wildy: Sobers, Richards, Wildy

League footballer, state cricketer, record breaking commentator, newspaper columnist, fireman – there’s not much David Wildy hasn’t done according to Rulebook.

Neil ‘The Bear’ Button – champion footballer, quality human being

Malcolm Ashwood continues his series of profiles on former Norwood greats. This time it’s Team of the Century member Neil ‘The Bear’ Button.

Alex Georgiou – the Competitor

Alex Georgiou, former champion Norwood FC player is profiled by Malcolm Ashwood as he continues his series of stories about champion footballers.

Vale Rodney Seekamp

Malcolm Ashwood remembers Rod Seekamp in his tribute to the former Norwood Football Club stalwart who recently passed away.

Almanac Footy History: Glen ‘Black Duck’ Rosser, an ornament to the game

Rulebook told the story of Norwood and SANFL legend, Glen ‘Black Duck’ Rosser last year – Glen is sadly no longer with us, but his deeds will live on long into the future of SA footy. Vale Black Duck.

Almanac Club Cricket – Willy the All-Rounder

Geoff Wilson has been a stalwart of the Payneham Cricket Club for decades. Malcolm Ashwood outlines Geoff’s many contributions both on and off the field over the years.

Norwood defeat WWT to get the ressies chocolates

Norwood have won their first SANFL Reserves premiership since 1998. Redlegs tragic Malcolm “Rulebook” Ashwood was on hand at the Adelaide Oval to report on the victory.

Payneham Norwood Union grab the holy grail: by Malcolm Rulebook Ashwood

Payneham Norwood Union have taken out the SAAFL Division 1 Grand Final in a fluctuating contest with Prince Alfred OC. Rulebook Ashwood was on the scene to report.

Alan Stringer: Glenelg premiership player

Rulebook chats with ex Glenelg player Alan Stringer about his struggles dealing with depression.