Flashback: Chelsea v Wolves at Stamford Bridge

Another taste of the Almanac’s early days. Our roaming correspondent at large, the peripatetic Peter Flynn, was at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea take on Wolves. The cab ride was a mistake, as was the unfortunate mention of Frank Skinner.

The Demise of Sports Illustrated

Like any fan of good sports storytelling and writing, Edward P Olsen expresses his disappointment at the demise of “Sports Illustrated” as management implement changes to the magazine.

Stab Punt Jim Johnson – one of the Almanac’s many characters

The Almanac has unearthed many characters over the years – octogenarian Jim Johnson is one of them. Jim is best know as the inventor of the stab punt and we’ve shared his research previously on the site. But what about the man himself? Ian Hauser tells the story of Jim’s life.

Gaelic football v Aussie Rules: Is there a connection?

Browny has come up with a thought-provoking argument that looks at the similarities between the beginnings and development of Gaelic and Australian Football over the years since the mid 19th century.

Almanac (Gaelic) Football and Golf – The Lowry’s Eyes are Smiling

Peter Baulderstone knew about the British Open golf win of Irishman Shane Lowry at spectacular rainswept Royal Portrush on the weekend. This is the less known story of Shane’s father Brendan and Uncle’s Sean and Michael winning the All Ireland Gaelic football title in 1982 for minnow Offaly against the might of county Kerry going for a historic fifth successive win. Great video highlights of the best football you will see all week.

2019 Cricket World Cup Final – That’s a Draw, Mate!

Michael Viljoen certainly has his thinking cap on this week. Following on from his ‘epic journey of biblical proportions’ earlier in the week, he’s now trying to undo the Gordian knot of how to fairly decide the outcome of a tied ICC World Cup Final. He gives us several options to consider.

A Weekend in Sport

There was a lot to appreciate about the weekend’s multiple sports offerings. Ian Hauser provides his take on some of the amazing contests and looks for lessons from it all.

Almanac Writers – Matt Zurbo: Some mighty fine writing!

Matt Zurbo has published many excellent stories on the Footy Almanac site over many years, so, do yourself a favour and check some of them out.

Rare Book Week – Rare Sports Books and Ephemera (Wednesday July 10th)

The MCC Library’s Rare Book Week is in full swing – coming up on Wednesday (July 10th) is a panel discussion all about books and other items collected by the panelists, who include Gideon Haigh and Rusty Jackson. [This is a public event – you do not need to be an MCC member to attend. You just need to book. Ed.]

Almanac Golf – Golf Returns to its Roots: The Irish Open at Lahinch

Peter Baulderstone celebrates the Irish Open golf starting tonight on the rugged Lahinch links in the South West. Golf as god intended on emerald green fairways amid towering dunes along the Atlantic shore. The history of Lahinch is generous, tragic and wonderful. As with all things Irish.

‘Louie’s 87…….And Still Kicking……’ – by K B Hill

KB Hill brings us the delightful story of Lou Cesa who, according to his wife Roma, is still kicking on at 87 and can’t get enough off the footy! Lou is yet another Wangaratta-based personality who personifies the success of immigrant families who have contributed so much to both our country and our game.

The All-Rounder, the Import, and the Coach who stayed – KB Hill

KB Hill goes back a hundred years and more to bring us stories about the talented, the ‘colourful’ and the committed. The Wangaratta Football Club certainly went through some interesting times back then.

Should Governments fund AFL and NRL high performance centres?

Thinking Sport asks the question as to what extent, if any, governments should be funding major sporting facilities for elite, high performance sports. [Timely comments considering the upcoming election. Ed]

When The Mighty Fall/ Fail

The Ruminator asks us to think beyond the easy road of character assassinations and instead explore constructive, respectful and meaningful conversations with those with whom we may disagree strongly. A challenging and perceptive call to pause, think and then engage. A short treatise on humanity.

‘Far from the madding crowd…..’ – KB Hill

KB Hill reprises his tribute to Lance Oswald, Strathmerton legend, St Kilda star of the early 60s and a member of both their Hall of Fame and Team of the Century. According to many local experts, he was Wangaratta’s finest football product. Lance passed away recently.

A great weekend in Australian sport

The weekend showcased so much that is great about Australian sport, regardless of what or who you follow. Here’s one take on just some of what we saw.

Portrait of a Club in Hard Times

In this poignant fictional offering, ER paints a telling portrait of the struggling bush club where changing times test the resilience of local stalwarts. (Some beautiful imagery here. – Eds.)

Oval named after La Trobe sporting legend

Tony Sheehan, a Distinguished Alumni at La Trobe University, was officially honoured last week with the naming of The Tony Sheehan Oval during the opening of La Trobe’s new Sports Park Pavilion.

‘Old Champ Shows Her Class…….’ – KB Hill

Michelle Hill may well be the greatest player in the history of the Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club. KB Hill makes a compelling case in his latest portrait of a local sporting legend.

‘The ultimate team-man…………’ – KB Hill

KB Hill maintains his run of ripper stories about prominent sportspeople from up around Wang. Today he highlights the Wilson family and, in particular, Mick, a long-serving, hard running, fierce tackling country footy icon.