Four Bloody Points

September is many things but mainly September is final’s time. A time to be shared with mates.

Almanac (Finals) Memoir: A few days in September

An epic debut from Kangaroo Island resident (and Tiger fan) Jeremy Wells. You’ve waited more than 30 years for the Tigers to make a Grand Final, and the slim prospect of a ticket suddenly beckons. What would you do to claim it?

Round 5, 2017 – Essendon v Collingwood: The meaning of ANZAC Day (Floreat Pica Society)

An Anzac Day article in two parts: the first, an engaging and challenging discussion of the meaning of Anzac Day; the second, a description, from a Pies perspective, of the Essendon-Collingwood match from 2017.

Almanac Flashback – AFL Grand Final 2017: Adelaide v Richmond – It’s Us

Richmond’s three decades plus premiership drought finally ended in 2017. Let’s go back two years to revisit Jack Banister’s poignant account of that glorious day when the face of those long, often heart-breaking and challenging years, Matthew Richardson, came forward to present the premiership trophy.

A Footy Newcomer’s Story Volume 2: The Richmond Rollercoaster Ride

Some Tiger fans just can’t forget the ride that was the 2017 premiership year. Here, footy latecomer Ben the Artist relives the trip that got to the station sooner than originally expected.

Round 9 – Essendon v Geelong: A rock and a hard place

Col’s off to Uluru, but he’s sticking his neck out before he goes. Bombers to win!

Round 7 (2017) – Collingwood v Carlton: Calling time on the Toorak Boys’ Club

Phil Dimitriadis wrote this after Round 7 last year. Timely to dig out out:

It’s been long enough, Collingwood. Phil Dimitriadis has seen enough. And he is wise enough to look to those who use the metric of playing winning football to measure footy success.

Almanac Memoir – The Tracks of my Tears

“I buried my face in the pages of the Football Record and I cried as frustration washed through me. If you think the disappointment of being bundled out of the finals in 2013, 14 and 15 was bad then you didn’t experience the disappointment of the last round of the 1966 season. The gut-wrenching emotion of that last game had me in tears.”

Powerboy’s 2017 Grand Final week sit-reps from behind enemy lines.

We welcome Powerboy, who provides this uniquely Port Adelaide view of the 2017 Grand Final. [Le Fevre Pitch?]

The AFL season for a Tiges supporter in Denmark

It’s become a lot easier to be a Tiges’ fan in Denmark, but when his beloved Richmond started to look so good Ian Hill thought about making plans, then made plans – and had the time of his life. [Terrific Tiger life story which Ian was motivated to write after he received his copy of The Tigers’ Almanac in Denmark – yes we can get copies to you overseas JTH]

Ron ‘Potsy’ Watson and the biggest wake of all time [The link is now fixed – Ed]

Christmas is always a time for remembering loved ones. Murray Walding’s cousin Ron ‘Potsy’ Watson dies earlier this year. His wake was memorable. Over 90,000 people attended it.

Presenting The Tigers’ Almanac 2017: Ninth no more

We bring you The Tigers’ Almanac 2017. Read all about it.

Almanac Art: The Tigers’ Almanac cover original painting by Kate Birrell

The original of Kate Birrell’s brilliant art work for the cover of The Tigers’ Almanac 2017 is for sale. You can also purchase prints. Details here.

Writing Richmond Together: A review of The Tigers’ Almanac 2017

Andy Fuller gives a terrific overview of The Tigers’ Almanac 2017. He has absolutely nailed it.

The Tigers’ Almanac Launch

Fun launch of The Tigers’ Almanac at the North Fitzroy Arms on Wednesday night. Here’s a pic and a few words.

Dusty, Punt Road End…. The Tigers’ Almanac Cover Art

With much emotion and joy Kate tells the story of her journey to producing her work of art that adorns the cover of the book about this AFL season The Tigers’ Almanac 2017. The original is available, and so are A3-sized prints. [Purchase details follow Kate’s piece – Ed]

Of Tigers, Bulldogs, Black Pots and Kettles

Stainless Steele recalls what he had to see about the post-Doggies’ flag adulation a few months ago, and finds some beautiful gymnastics which allows him to get through a similar experience because the funny thing is now he is in exactly the same position as a Tiger! [You are an honourable man Stainless – JTH]

Tiger in the classroom

Primary school teacher Madeline Russo has spent all of her years wishing for a Tigers’ flag. It’s been a natural part of her family life. This season she was able to wear her yellow and black scarf to school on many a Monday and she may even have won a few of her Grade 1-2s over. [This story is published in The Tigers’ Almanac 2017 – JTH]

The Tigers’ Almanac 2017 Extract: Richo the Hound and the after glow of the Grand Final

The minutes, hours and days which followed the Grand Final win were quite dreamy for Tiges’ fans. Writer James Weston recalls the feeling in his piece published in The Tigers’ Almanac 2017 (details are at the end of this article) in a section called ‘After Glow’.

The Tigers’ Almanac 2017 is here!

The Tigers’ Almanac is here! And it looks sensational. It has JTH’s kids going, and for very good reason.

2017 Player Reviews: Your Club’s Best Revised

Anna Pavlou revisits her 2017 pre-season club-by-club player performance predictions.