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.

Footy Memorabilia : SA Footy World & Team Tumblers

Swish has restarted some of his footy archaeological activities, with surprising results. We’d love you to share any special memorabilia that you may have.

SANFL Blow-ins 1960-1990 Part 3: Glenelg

With Glenelg winning the 2019 SANFL Grand Final, we re-visit Swish Schwerdt’s look at players who had a stint at the Bays.

One of the biggest names in Australian football (along with several obscure ones) appears in this next instalment of Swish’s list of Glenelg interstate interlopers during the SANFL’s black and golden years.

SANFL Grand Final 1977 – Centenary Premiership Port

Both Port Adelaide and Glenelg were sick of losing Grand Finals by the time 1977 came around. John Cahill started an enormous run of success at Alberton, with Big Nick the first rung on a very big ladder. Swish was there and he kept the Budget.

SANFL 1976 Grand Final – Port Adelaide v Sturt: Around The Ground

The biggest ever footy crowd in South Australian history assembled at, in and on Football Park for the 1976 Grand Final. Swish’s Footy Budget from that year helps remember one of the great days in SANFL history, with a nod to ageing Hollywood performers, tyre replacement guarantees, cask wine and egg rings.

SANFL 1975 Grand Final – Glenelg v Norwood: Colourful Football Identities

The first year of colour TV saw the SANFL venture into brave new worlds of graphic design for the 1975 Grand Final footy Budget. Swish Schwerdt was there, but claims he can’t remember much. Fortunately, the Budget is a goldmine of information.

1974 SANFL Grand Final – Glenelg v Sturt: Whelan In The Years

Swish Schwerdt continues his series reviewing great SANFL games, Footy Budget and all, this time it’s the 1974 Grand Final between Glenelg and Sturt.

1973 Championship of Australia – Smoking, Tigers, Hidden Coaches

The best team in Australia in 1973 was decided between Richmond, Subiaco, Glenelg and Scottsdale (!) over two Adelaide October days. Swish brings us some extra colour on Adelaide Oval’s last splurge of big-time footy for a few decades.

1971 SANFL Grand Final – North Adelaide v Port Adelaide: Swampies Outfoxed

Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt takes us back to Adelaide, circa 1971, via the Grand Final Budget of that year. (Make sure you stick around until the end- Ed).

1969 SANFL Grand Final – Sturt v Glenelg: A Greenslide

Swish has uncovered a copy of the 1969 SANFL GF Souvenir Football Budget – while of course filled with the ins and outs of the big game (notably one Royce Hart), read on to discover mentions of PNG, Fruita, Four Corners after Rolf Harris and much much more…

Almanac Footy History – On The Bench (Seat)

Would you buy a new or pre-loved vehicle from one of these blokes?

Round 1 – Melbourne v Port Adelaide: Unwiesnable Haste

Swish saw 7/8ths of one of the many MCG day games he is hoping to take in this season. Please excuse his brevity, he’s coming back from a long spell.

Dudley Street Doggies: Hammeroids

Old mate Clem shares his opinion on the Bullydogs Round 1 cartoon jumper. He’s not pleased.

1971 – Vic v SA (MCG): A New Record

The Victorian public’s interest in state football was at an all-time high in June 1971, as both sides were filled with names that resonate to this day. Swish has annotated that game’s Football Record and has obtained some memories from one of the SA participants.

Almanac (Finals) Footy: The Wild Card Weekend

The jungle drums are beating, with rumblings of a change to the time honoured AFL Final Eight that would give ninth and tenth a September sniff. Give us your $0.10 worth.

Inside Football: Docklands Stadium

Nothing speaks to the rank horridness of the Docklands more than the spectacle of Dick Reynolds in a hovercraft, writes Swish.

Almanac Footy History: How To Play Football – Don Roach 1969

Don Roach was an esteemed player, coach and administrator for four decades. To many young eyes, his footy skills booklet was their first glimpse into the sport’s printed world (as shown by the many classic 60s photos herein).

Do You Remember Lying In Bed? A Radio Reminiscence

Swish charts the highs and lows of his radio listening lifetime, from Mel Cameron to The Coodabeens. Did you listen to the radio? That’s what he’d like to know.

AUFC Blacks 1982: Join The Club

Swish came across this Adelaide Uni Blacks new player information sheet from 1982. The secrets to their long-lived success can be found between the lines.