Almanac (Footy) Meditation: My Left Foot

Each year, The Footy Almanac includes a piece by a footy-loving muso. This piece by Paul Kelly was penned for the first-ever Footy Almanac in 2007.

The Nuns of Naples 1984-91

With his usual rapier wit, Damian Balassone cuts to the chase in addressing the death of Diego Maradona.

Almanac Rugby League – 2020 State of Origin, Game 1: Flickering start, high beam finish

The NRL’s 2020 State of Origin series got underway in Adelaide last night. The Almanac’s rugby league editor Ian Hauser tells us how he saw it unfold.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Grand Final – Geelong v Port Adelaide: A dismal end

After a long season following the Power, John Kingsmill was left watching distraught faces in the away change rooms of the MCG just half an hour after a horror Grand Final loss to the Cats in 2007.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Grand Final – Geelong v Port Adelaide: The chosen ones

It’s Grand Final day in the Almanac’s recollection of the 2007 season. For John Harms, it’s an afternoon he will never forget.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Grand Final – Geelong v Port Adelaide: A murder at the Grand Final day picnic

Grand Final days are usually a holy experience for footy fans. But Cameron Noakes was tortured by Martin Flanagan and a wealth of missed bets outside the MCG.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Port Adelaide v North Melbourne: Pain, pain and more pain

Politics and footy are eternally linked for Tony Roberts. In 2007 he was left bemoaning the latter when the Roos came crashing down to Earth in their Preliminary Final against the Power.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Port Adelaide v North Melbourne: Might and power

Local Adelaide guru John Kingsmill watched Port Adelaide trounce the Kangaroos en route to the 2007 Grand Final. A powerful display brought down the curtains on the career of Glenn Archer.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Geelong v Collingwood: A night of hope and spirit

Matt O’Connor managed to secure a ticket to the biggest clash in town. After a week of build-up, he turned up to the ‘G to cheer on his Pies in a titanic blockbuster.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Geelong v Collingwood: Fate, nerves, Otto

Some nights in footy are etched into your brain, whether it be for the good or the bad. John Harms recounts a memorable night – the Geelong/ Collingwood 2007 Preliminary Final, and his experience of watching it from the bowels of the ‘G.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 2 Finals – North Melbourne v Hawthorn: Watching from a rugby state

Rob Clarkson entered North Melbourne’s 2007 Semi Final against Hawthorn nervous of a straight-sets exit, but was soon optimistic about what the year could hold for his Roos.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 2 Finals – West Coast v Collingwood: Unbearable phone updates all night

Other commitments didn’t stop Andrew Stafford, who managed to keep up to date with Collingwood’s 2007 extra time Semi Final against the Eagles thanks to a passionate mate.

Almanac Rugby League: NRL 2020 Round 17 wrap: Cronulla to pay for indiscretions

There was action aplenty in the NRL’s Round 17. Liam Hauser covers the aftermath with Cronulla the biggest losers both on and off the field.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 2 Finals – West Coast v Collingwood: Stressing from afar

In what became a famous night for Collingwood, Matt O’Connor rode every bump of the 2007 Semi Final against the Eagles from his Thornbury home.

Almanac (Footy) Reminiscence: Planting a blue and white garden

It’s the first week of the finals in 2007 and John Harms and The Handicapper are contemplating the colour of the plants for their spring garden. [A version of this was published in The Age – Ed]

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Geelong v North Melbourne: Finals nerves, changing routines

The pressure of a great season weighed heavily on John Harms as he found his way into the ‘G for Geelong’s first final in 2007. His worries were alleviated by a dominant performance.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Collingwood v Sydney: Omens

Cam Noakes went into his Swans’ 2007 final confident, but was soon left ruing his optimism and reflecting on the dominant Sydney run spanning from 2005-2007.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Collingwood v Sydney: A big night at the office

Matt O’Connor was nervous about Collingwood’s Elimination Finals date with the Swans in 2007. In front of a packed MCG, he went through the familiar rollercoaster of emotions.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Hawthorn v Adelaide: A game worthy of a full house

Tony Roberts got plenty of room to watch the 2007 Elimination Final between the Hawks and Crows. He was lucky to witness one of the great finals moments.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Port Adelaide v West Coast: The rules of arm-wrestles

After a year of high-scoring footy, John Kingsmill learnt the golden rules of low-scoring arm wrestles. In a classic 2007 final between the Power and Eagles, twists and turns would continue to the very end.