Almanac (Footy) History – Trade Week 1973: How Richard Michalcyzk got to the Kangaroos

In 1973, every club in Melbourne wanted to recruit Richard Michalcyzk. Michael Sexton tells the curious tale of how North Melbourne managed to secure his services.

Almanac Cricket: Finding Frank Tarrant under the grape vines

With summer here, the sultana grape vines provide Michael Sexton with a wonderful shady backdrop for listening to Test cricket, and for reading. A book he recommends for reading in such a place is Mike Coward’s ‘Cricket’s Forgotten Pioneer: The Frank Tarrant Story’.

Almanac Cricket: ‘The Summer of Barry’ – celebrating the golden season of 1970-71

Barry Richards was a prodigious scorer of runs. Unfortunately, we never saw the best of him at Test level, due to apartheid, but he had a glorious summer in South Australia in 1970-71. Michael Sexton has written a book about that season: ‘The Summer of Barry – South Australia 1970-71’.

Almanac Cricket: Remembering Dean Jones in the Tied Test (an extract from Mike Sexton’s book ‘Border’s Battlers’)

Dean Jones died in September 2020 while in India, the country where he played (arguably) his greatest innings. We relive this innings and the Madras (now Chennai) tied Test through these two extracts from Mike Sexton’s fine book ‘Border’s Battlers’. Vale Dean Jones.

Neil Sachse: A determined father spreads an important message

With the passing of Neil Sachse, we revisit this excerpt from Mike Sexton’s book about Neil. This is an introduction to Neil Sachse, the nature of spinal injury, the advances made in understanding and management, and Neil’s foundation. The Almanac extends our condolences to the Sachse family.

Talking to Archie Roach about Sir Doug Nicholls

With Indigenous Round now renamed in honour of Sir Doug Nicholls, we revisit this 2016 piece from Michael Sexton, as he chats with Archie Roach about Sir Doug’s impact upon aboriginal people.

Almanac Cricket: A Final Session with Barry Jarman

Mike Sexton caught up with Barry Jarman three weeks before he died. Barry was in the mood to reminisce. Here are some of Barry’s stories which sit within Mike’s terrific commentary. [Mighty fine piece. Vale Barry Jarman – JTH]

Almanac Tennis – Wimbledon 2020: Seeing Lew Hoad in a Dream

Mike Sexton reminds us we’re coming into Wimbledon fortnight. He remembers the cavalier character Lew Hoad.

Almanac Obituaries: Colin Churchett

Colin Churchett, best known as a post-war Glenelg full forward, passed away in 2012. Mike Sexton paid tribute to him. (Reprised)

The anxious look of a ruckman – the true story of ‘Bub’ Smith

For Anzac Day, Michael Sexton brings us the story of Stan ‘Bub’ Smith – West Torrens footballer, soldier, club administrator. ‘Smith had every reason to be sour on life and football, but he acted against the darkness and embraced the light the game could provide.’

Almanac Cricket: A Pair of Aces – The Caribbean Bromance of 1973

Michael Sexton recalls the 1973 Test series between the West Indies and Australia. The role Jeff Hammond and Max Walker played in achieving a series win was vital as Michael explains.

Mike Sexton in India: Finding Cricket and Space in Delhi

Delhi is a crowded city in India, space for cricket is at a premium, and Mike Sexton wonders at the delights of cricketers developing their talents there and abroad. This was all part of a trip to India where Mike was able to launch and talk about his book Border’s Battlers.

Proof: Why Living in the `70s was the best

Michael Sexton looks at some comparative studies around the game of the last 50 years thanks to James Coventry and friends – and the results so far are very interesting.

Round 2 – Adelaide v Richmond: Welcome Home Bryce Gibbs

Michael Sexton remembers Bryce Gibbs as a 17-year-old from Glenelg with a drop punt that made you purr, and a Zen calmness that defied his age, and has watched him with pride in becoming the champion footballer he is today.

Neil Sachse, the Bulldogs, and spinal cord research

On the eve of the Project Discovery Classic #2, a ride to raise funds for the Neil Sachse Centre – Spinal Cord Research, Michael Sexton gives us some background.

Almanac Cricket: Reading, Writing and Rowdy

Michael Sexton provides us with some unique insights into Ashley ‘Rowdy’ Mallett’s journalism career which commenced while he was still Australia’s premier off spin bowler.

Seeing Ken Farmer

On Friday evening before the Crows-Swans match a statue of Ken Farmer was unveiled at the northern end of the Adelaide Oval. He is cast in perfect form – roosting the ball through for another goal. It was a dominant pose familiar to football lovers during the Depression. Michael Sexton wonderfully recalls the Bradmanesque career of South Australian goal kicking great, Ken Farmer. [Brilliant story of a son wanting to see his father – JTH] *** 27/9/17 A link to the footage is now available ***

An interview with Herb Henderson

This is a delightful insight into Footscray 1954 premiership player Herb Henderson from Mike Sexton who caught up with Herb at his home in Millicent (SA) last year.

Hookesy at West Torrens

Mike Sexton meets Denis Brien, West Torren CC stalwart, and tells the story of a young and emerging David Hookes and a little-known test (legal) case. [Another quintessential M. Sexton yarn – JTH]

Almanac Cricket (and Food): Finding Duleep Mendis in Colonel Light’s Cafe

In Adelaide’s innovative suburb of Colonel Light Gardens, a new cafe has opened up. It serves Sri Lankan food. It’s owned by the Mendis family. Michael Sexton tells this tale of food and cricket.