Almanac Book Review: ‘Flags, Spoons and Knives’ by Lee Harradine

West Adelaide stalwart Lee Harradine has produced a book reliving sixty-plus years of the trials and tribulations of this proud SANFL club. Swish has reviewed this important addition to SA footy history.

1971 SANFL Mobil Cards – Part 6: South Adelaide

Swish’s latest 1971 SANFL Mobil footy cards instalment revisits South Adelaide and its selection of four players who all went on to play 200 games or more, including SA legend Peter Darley.

1971 SANFL Mobil Cards – Part 5: Port Adelaide

If your subject is the SANFL, then you will inevitably find yourself discussing Port Adelaide. Swish Schwerdt’s 1971 Mobil footy card series stops off at Alberton Oval.

1971 SANFL Mobil Cards – Part 4: Norwood

Swish brings us the next in his 1971 SANFL Mobil footy cards series. This one features the men of Norwood.

1971 SANFL Mobil Cards – Part 3: North Adelaide

North Adelaide was entering a rewarding period under Mike Patterson when these 1971 Mobil Cards of four of its very best were produced, including the greatest of them all, Barrie Robran.

1971 SANFL Mobil Cards – Part 2: Glenelg

Swish is back with Part 2 of his 1971 SANFL Mobil Card virtual collection which this time features the Glenelg Tigers.

1971 SANFL Mobil Cards – Part 1: Central District

Swish is assembling a virtual collection of the SANFL Mobil Footy cards from 1971. Centrals is first up in this (alphabetical) club by club series.

SANFL 1987 Grand Final – North Adelaide v Glenelg: Amayzing

Swisch Schwerdt remembers 1987, in all its 1987-ness, culminating in the North Adelaide – Glenelg Grand Final in the SANFL. [The Ricky May national anthem is a must-see – Ed]

SA’s Lost Video Treasures – Vol 2: BetaMax

Swish has opened that other box of SA themed videos. Maybe he shouldn’t have. [But we’re glad he did – Ed].

SA’s Lost Video Treasures

Swish’s recent clean up revealed a host of SA video history that was thought to have been forever lost or otherwise disposed of. Have you seen any of these before? [Swish really is the cultural historian SA deserves. This is brilliant – JTH]

SANFL Draft Dodgers – 1982: You Got Nothing I Want

The second of the VFL’s hidden drafts took place in 1982. ‘Swish’ lets us know how it turned out for the Croweaters involved.

SANFL Draft Dodgers – 1981: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

As if we did not need a reminder of the SANFL’s love-hate relationship with the VFL/AFL! Swish Schwerdt runs us through the ‘forgotten’ draft of 1981, and tells us who stayed and who went

Glenelg Football Club 1971 – Like A Tiger

He’s not a Glenelg follower, but Swish found plenty of interest in this 1971 Bays souvenir publication. Why it included Cornesy’s eye-popping confessions about his pre-game newly-wed routine remains a mystery.

1968 SANFL Grand Final – Sturt v Port Adelaide: Triple Threats

Swish has a rummage through the 1968 Grand Final Budget, which included team photos from all ten clubs, a bonus Barrie and lots of late 60s advertising.

A Family of Tossers

So Helena Schwerdt wins the Bay Sheffield. Yes, she’s from the famous sheaf-tossing family. Here’s their story, as told by Almanac lynchpin Swish Schwerdt:

Have you been wondering if Swish Schwerdt is related to the famous South Australian sheaf tossing Schwerdts? Not actually sure what sheaf tossing is? Let Swish enlighten you.

Levi’s Duds – Years.

Swish has a quick yarn about jeans.

Almanac Fashion: A Bit Shirty

As that little known David Bowie/Graham Parker duet goes, “Fashion Is No Ordinary Word”. In Swish’s case, very ordinary. What’s in your t-shirt collection? And why is it still there at all?

SANFL 1966 Grand Final – Sturt v Port Adelaide: First of Five

Norwood’s Ron Kneebone featured on the cover of the 1966 SANFL Grand Final Budget. The second successive Oatey-Williams Grand Final proved to be the beginning of a Double Blue era of dominance.

SACA Annual Report 1983/84: Same As It Ever Was

The SACA, Adelaide Oval, cricket and West End Light loomed large in 1983/84. Here’s Swish letting those days go by. Come for Bish, stay for Don O’Connor, marvel at Craig Bradley’s straight outta Pooraka poodle mullet. And see if you can spot Boz Maloney. Sponsored by West End Light – the Right Light.

Almanac Flashback – Bowled (Canna) Lily: Park Cricket in 1970s Elizabeth

Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt revisits the battlefields of childhood, and the characters that made those informal test matches forever memorable in a story from 2014 reprised from the Footy Almanac archives.