Almanac Footy History – The Crapp Chronicles Part 2: Three Cheers for Crapp’s first year

Tim Ghys continues his series on the career of Henry ‘Ivo’ Crapp as Crapp takes his first steps in what was to become a long career in umpiring.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Gary Parcell (1933-2020)

Gary Parcell, a member of that famous 1960 Kangaroo all-Ipswich front row of Beattie, Kelly and Parcell, passed away last week. The Almanac pays tribute to a Queensland and Australian rugby league icon.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Taking it to the Streets – the Second Life of the Newtown RLFC’ by Glen Dwyer

Following our introduction to Glen Dwyer’s book on the Newtown RLFC last week, we present this review by experienced rugby league writer and commentator Dave Hadfield.

Almanac Rugby League: Three books to commemorate 40 years of State of Origin

At least three books have been released this year to commemorate 40 years of rugby league’s showpiece State of Origin competition. The Footy Almanac offers a bird’s eye view of them all.

Almanac Rugby League Books: ‘Taking it to the Streets – The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC’ by Glen Dwyer

The Footy Almanac is happy to introduce Glen Dwyer’s 2019 publication ‘Taking It To The Streets – The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC’. Glen’s work reinforces our Almanac notion that sport is important, no matter the level at which it is played!

Almanac Rugby League – Cameron Smith: A legend in his own time

Liam Hauser makes the case that, over the 30 years he’s followed rugby league, Cameron Smith is the greatest player he has seen.

Almanac Rugby League: Queensland Origin and Community – Playing for the People

In his 2015 Tom Brock Lecture, Sasha Lennon explored the link between the Queensland rugby league State of Origin team and the broader Queensland community. In the lead-up to tomorrow night’s Game 1 of the 2020 Origin series, we revisit Sasha’s lecture.

Almanac Rugby League: Controversies that never end

Harold Peacock recalls two controversial grand finals involving Ipswich, one rugby league, the other musical.

Almanac Rugby League: The 22nd Annual Tom Brock Lecture

The 22nd Annual Tom Brock Lecture will be an online event in 2020. The guest lecturer will be award-winning author Tom Gorman. See details for registration here.

Almanac Rugby League: Masochism runs deep in the veins of all footy fans

John Campbell, a South Sydney man to the core, recalls the day he witnessed their worst ever loss to the NZ Warriors. He has the ‘Big League’ magazine to go with it.

Almanac Rugby League: Oakey – premiers of 1975

Recently John Harms was sent a Facebook post recognising the 45th anniversary of the Oakey Bears premiership of 1975. These are some of his memories of those great sides of the mid-`70s (This is an edited extract from his book ‘Loose Men Everywhere’)

Almanac Rugby League: It’s all there in black and white

Looking back over his collection of ‘Big League’ programmes, John Campbell finds one dated September 30th 1986 (Vol 67, No. 31) – Grand Final day. Another recounts South Sydney’s worst defeat ever – Round 16, 2006. He loves them all!

Almanac Rugby League – The 1973 NSWRL Grand Final: Manly v Cronulla

The 1973 New South Wales Rugby League Grand Final is regarded as the most brutal of them all. The Almanac’s Ian Hauser went back to the video to see if it lived up to that designation.

Almanac Book Review – ‘The Big O: The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina’ by Patrick Skene.

Patrick Skene’s book on Olsen ‘Big O’ Filipaina has been reviewed by Braham Dabscheck, who delves into the importance of his story for the modern nations of Australia and New Zealand.

Almanac Rugby League: Footy in the South Burnett

David Goodwin casts his mind back over childhood days of following rugby league in regional Queensland’s South Burnett. And, in doing so, supports the contention raised in John Harms’ recent piece that there is meaning in rugby league.

Almanac Rugby League – Cumbria calling: Barrow Rugby League Football Club

Kevin Haney reports in from Cumbria with images from the Barrow Rugby League Football Club ground where the glory days are long in the past.

Almanac Rugby League: Who should be added to rugby league’s Immortals? A long-time Parramatta fan states his case.

Jason Charles is a Parramatta Eels tragic. He thinks two of the club’s greats should be considered for Immortal status. He sets out his case.

Almanac Rugby League – Preston Campbell’s Indigenous Team of this Century

To mark the NRL’s Indigenous Round 12, former Dally M Player of the Year Preston Campbell was asked to nominate his Indigenous Team of this Century.

Hindsight…how does this affect how you watch a replay of a sporting fixture?

When you watch sport, are you calm, relaxed and impartial or, like the rest of us, an irrational, one-eyed, out-of-character, raving idiot? Author and former sports journalist Liam Hauser looks back over his experiences in reporting and writing about sport.

Almanac Book Review – ‘State of Origin: 40 Years’

Rugby league tragic Lindsey Cuthbertson reviews Liam Hauser’s ‘State of Origin: 40 Years’, the third and latest instalment of his definitive coverage of the jewel in the code’s crown.

Almanac Rugby League – Uncle Max: the coaches’ coach

Glen Humphries from the ‘Illawarra Mercury’ shares the story of his Uncle Max, a man who coached various teams for over four decades but never at the very top level. He was too smart to do that!