AFL 1998 – Twenty Years On: Hawthorn Hawks (13th)

They were a lowly team at Hawthorn in 1998, but they were on the improve, despite the lack of superstars displayed herein. Who are they now?

AFL 1998 – Twenty Years On: Collingwood Magpies (14th)

Change was in the wind at Victoria Park twenty years ago, but the worst was yet to come for this 1998 crew. Give us any thoughts, happy or otherwise, or maybe some recent sightings.

AFL 1998 – Twenty Years On: Fremantle Dockers (15th)

Two decades ago, this collection was on the verge of two more decades of something. Who are they now?

AFL 1998 – Twenty Years On: Brisbane Lions (16th)

The Brisbane Lions weren’t much good two decades ago, according to the astute judges at the Football Record. We all know about the guns who kicked on from this crew, but what about the others?

1971 – The Greatest Game I Never Saw: Sturt v Centrals 1st Semi Final

Swish harks back to his beloved Centrals’ first ever final in 1971, which he missed due to a visit to relatives in not so greater western Sydney.

Dudley Street Doggies – A Late Westerly

Old mate Clem has had a few upheavals since the Doggies’ 2016 flag, but he (plus his mates Quang and Van) is still with us.

1973 – The VFL Around The Groundsmen

Swish has come across this early 70s tribute to VFL around the grounds radio commentators and asks what it was like on your AM dial?

Round 15 – Adelaide v West Coast: June 30 Write-off?

Swish and Co saw in the new financial year with an unexpected win in the City of Ledgers.

Round 1 1991 – Adelaide v Hawthorn: Off The Record

Swish found out in 1991 that even the Budgets were different.

South Australia v Victoria 1973: Nevermore

Swish relives his first state game via this 1973 Footy Budget, the one where Jezza kicked 10. He’s still going, unlike much of its commercial contents.

Late 70s Tassie State Teams – Changing Times

Tasmania was not immune to the changing social mores of the late 70s, as these team photos depict. Who went on to the big time, who stayed home but could have been anything?

Round 6 – Adelaide v Gold Coast: Lasting Impressions

Mr and Mrs Swish winged it over to Adelaide for a weekend of footy and North Terrace culture.

Almanac Book Review: The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong

Read Swish’s review of Jock Serong’s 2016 Australian thriller, ‘The Rules of Backyard Cricket’.

Footy in Tasmania: Picture This

Some more on Tassie footy – from Swish Schwerdt, first published late last year.

Swish brings us a brief pictorial overview of Tasmanian football in the 1970s, thanks to Ken Pinchin and Allan Leeson’s “A Century of Tasmanian Football. 1879-1979”

Almanac Music: Welcome to the Working Week

Workshy Swish had the day off. His idle hands have produced this playlist that draws parallels with his forty-odd years in the workforce.

Happy Swishmas (The Fairytale of New Work)

Swish delivers his annual review of 2017, an Almanac tradition entering its second year. (If he had a bad burger would he have had an Angus Horribilis?)

Sheffield Shield Teams 1975/76: Mugs Shot

Swish blows the cobwebs off some more of his collection and comes up with team photos from the 1975/76 Shield season. They weren’t called the Ugly Australians for nothing.

Almanac Book Review: Chappell’s Last Stand

Michael Sexton’s latest book, Chappell’s Last Stand, recalls the turbulent events of 1975/76 as Ian Chappell led South Australia to Sheffield Shield success after stepping down as Australian captain.

Almanac Teams: Permanent Fixtures

Swish found this when stalking some of Adelaide’s famed hair-dressing legends recently. What does it all mean?

Almanac Teams: Nelection Sightmare

Swish thinks he’s a smart feller with this squad of spoonerisees. Surely you can do better.