Almanac Footy History: Starting to Rise – Fitzroy FC’s promising 1978 day and night season

Philip Mendes recounts Fitzroy FC’s 1978 home and away VFL season, a season of new beginnings and promise for the future but one ending in disappointment after losing eight games by less than two goals costing them dearly.

On the rise but just short of finals action: Fitzroy’s promising 1982 season

Philip Mendes provides us with an epic re-cap of Fitzroy’s 1982 season

Almanac Football History: Fitzroy’s last finals series, the fabulous 1986 season

Following on from his recent look back at 1984, Phillip Mendes revists what was to be the final VFL/AFL finals series for the Roys; 1986. From the smashing of the ’85 premiers to the retirement of Superboot, it was a momentous year.

North Melbourne’s 15 top Home and Away victories 1997-2020

In his latest monumental effort, Phil Mendes recounts the matches he considers to be North Melbourne’s 15 greatest triumphs since he started following them in 1997.

Comparing the VFL and the AFL: 1978 v 2021

There haven’t been many footballs kicked with passion in 2021, but Philip Mendes has jumped the gun to ponder what the season ahead will look like compared to the nature of the game in 1978 when he was just 13 years old.

Switching football loyalties: Transitioning from the Fitzroy Lions to the North Melbourne Kangaroos, 1997

Following Fitzroy’s demise at the end of 1996, Philip Mendes switched allegiances. Here he gives a round-by-round account of his first season supporting the Kangaroos.

Almanac Football History: Fitzroy’s Topsy Turvy 1984

Phillip Mendes has an in depth look at the 1984 season from a Fitzroy perspective – a year in the middle of what many consider the great club’s last hurrah in the VFL/AFL.

Who should stay and who should go? A reflection on Robbo’s list of 23 uncontracted Kangaroos

After reading Mark Robinson’s take on North Melbourne’s playing list, Philip Mendes and Lucas Lewit-Mendes responded with a more accepting evaluation of the 23 Kangaroos facing contract negotiations at the end of this season.

From the foot of the table to the Final Five: Fitzroy’s exhilarating 1981 season

Philip Mendes presents a meticulously researched look at the meteoric rise of Fitzroy in the 1981 VFL season. A great companion piece to Sam Steele’s week by week coverage of this season.

Almanac Book Review – ‘The Death of Fitzroy Football Club’: Mixed Feelings

Melbourne writer and academic Philip Mendes loves the Fitzroy Football Club. This is his review of Russell Holmesby’s book ‘The Death of the Fitzroy Football Club’.

Rising from the cellar: Fitzroy’s outstanding 1979 season

A teenage Philip Mendes watched his beloved Lions break a 19 year-old finals drought in 1979. He recounts every game of that breakthrough season. [Sit back and enjoy – Ed].

So close to the Holy Grail: A personal reflection on Fitzroy Football Club’s 1983 season

Philip Mendes was in his second year at uni in 1983, the year Fitzroy made a genuine play for the flag. Here he recounts the season, game by game, quoting the analysis of the experts of the day, and giving his own commentary. [Fantastic memories – JTH]

Almanac People: The 30th Anniversary of “Superboot” Bernie Quinlan’s last season

Philip Mendes reminds us about Bernie Quinlans’ last VFL season in 1986, 30 years ago.

2016: A year of high and low anniversaries for Fitzroy Football Club supporters

Philip Mendes reflects on the significance of this year’s anniversaries for Fitzroy Football Club – the good and the not so

Almanac Tennis: Can we compare the tennis greats of today to the legends of yesterday? Two different views by Philip Mendes and Lucas Lewit-Mendes

Should you compare players across eras? Philip says no, Lucas says yes. Who is right?

Close but not close enough: a review of North Melbourne’s season

Philip Mendes looks at the Kangaroos’ 2015 season. While there was plenty to like, Phil thinks the Roos need to make some changes to go the next step in 2016.

North Melbourne Season Preview – 2015

After a summer of lists and best of’s that generated plenty of discussion, the Mendes boys – Philip and Lucas – return with a comprehensive preview of North’s chances in 2015.   Strengths: Much greater depth than in previous seasons. North arguably have 30 players who are proven at AFL level. Youngsters are pushing up [Read more]

Tennis as a Game of Beauty and Well-Being

Philip Mendes recalls falling love with tennis after his grandmother passed her trusty wooden-framed racquet on to wide-eyed eight year old boy. From the streets of Caulfield to centre court at Kooyong, Tennis has been a life-long love affair for Philip.

Top 15 VFL/AFL Full-Forwards of the Last 40 years: 1975-2014

Controversial, fearless, well-informed and exhaustive. Philip Mendes and Lucas Lewit-Mendes list their greatest full-forwards of the ‘modern’ VFL/AFL era.

AFL Legends Side: 1970-2014

As we get set to draw the curtain on another year, Philip Mendes offers his latest list. This time, his Australian Rules Legends team of 1970-2014. Warning: contains some notable omissions!