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.

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 1977 Grand Final – Port Adelaide v Glenelg: 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?