Almanac (Footy) Life: Wearing your heart on your…sleeve

Following Collingwood’s latest win, Pies fan Nicole Kelly reflects on the importance of female fans to the AFL and footy in general

AFLW: The Rise of Women’s Footy – Grassroots

Callum O’Çonnor on the rising popularity and participation of women playing Australian Rules Football all over the country. [With the AFLW Grand Final this weekend it is a good time to reprise Callum O’Connor’s three part series about the rise of women’s football. Enjoy Part 1. – ED]

Almanac Book (Launch): ‘Celestial Footy: the story of Chinese heritage Aussie Rules’ by Patrick Skene

Patrick Skene has been at it again, this time authoring ‘Celestial Footy: the story of Chinese heritage Aussie Rules’. Read on for details of its release and associated events across Victoria. [Those who attended the Footy Almanac Grand Final Lunch will remember Patrick’s fascinating segment – Ed]

FEARLESS 2023: End of season wrap – by club.

FEARLESS 2023 reviews the AFL season that was, club by club, and it proved to be the culmination of a tough year for some clubs.

Balcony Banter: Ron Barassi Memorial

MCC Members researcher and historian Lynda Carroll reflects on the memorial held recently at the MCG for code legend Ron Barassi.

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: Peter James Martin (1875-1918) – Collingwood FC

Former Collingwood footballer Peter James Martin (1875-1918) is one of many sportsmen buried at the Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg.

Almanac Footy and Water-skiing: Ted Hopkins – Renaissance Man in Blue

After chatting with Roger Ley, Andrew ‘Dougie’ Fraser tells the tale of a young water ski-ing footballer at Monash University who led a most creative and original life. That man: Ted Hopkins, who was a friend of The Footy Almanac for many years, since John Harms first met him on Run Like You Stole Something on 3RRR. [This is a really interesting piece, thanks Dougie – Ed] [With the passing of Carlton footballer Ted Hopkins on Monday, the Footy Almanac reprises Andrew Fraser’s story about Ted.]

Almanac Teams: Drafted, but never played a game

Love it or loathe it, the AFL Draft is here again – with that in mind, Rodney Boyd has supplied a side comprised of players whose names entered the draft, but didn’t enter the field of play (in the AFL at least)

Almanac Fiction: The Search for the Shield (Episode 2)

Our intrepid gumshoe Swifty Taylor traverses Williamstown as he continues his search for the missing shield…

Almanac Fiction: The Search for the Shield (Episode 1)

Down-at-heel gumshoe Swifty Taylor has been asked to assist his old footy club in locating the missing best club person shield. The mean streets of Williamstown beckon.

Almanac Life: The penny is dropping

Dips O’Donnell shares some words of wisdom about ‘think’ time given to him by his father. [The Footy Almanac reprises this wonderful piece by Dips from twelve years ago – still very timely. – ED.]

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: Pervical and Terence Ogden

The focus of this week’s excerpt from Allan Barden’s essay ‘Sporting history in abundance at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery’ falls on the father/son duo of Percival and Terence Ogden.

Almanac Footy History: The John Pitura trade

Dan Hoban recently caught up with John Pitura and asked him about the South Melbourne trade. In profiling the talented utility, Dan has written this account of the saga.

Almanac Book Review: Nicky Winmar with Matthew Hardy, Nicky Winmar My Story: From Bush Kid to AFL Legend.

Avid Saints supporter Braham Dabscheck reviews Nicky Winmar’s incredible story written in conjunction with Matthew Hardy, ‘Nicky Winmar My Story: From Bush Kid To AFL Legend’.

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: James Francis ‘Jock’ McHale (1882-1953)

The legendary James Francis ‘Jock’ McHale is the focus of this week’s excerpt from Alan Barden’s essay, ‘Sporting history in abundance at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery’.

Almanac Books: ‘Stories for Harry & Ray’ – Michael Sexton

‘Stories for Harry & Ray’ by Michael Sexton is a collection of yarns about sportspeople he has gathered over many years and is now available for purchase.

Almanac (Community) Footy – National Inclusion Carnival 2023: Tassie win Inclusion Championship in a cliff-hanger

Vin Maskell reports on the very successful National Inclusion Carnival played in Ipswich last week. And the winner was a real surprise!

Almanac Teams: Players who were drafted/traded to a new club but didn’t play a game

A follow up side by Rodney Boyd concerns players who had significant careers beforehand, but were drafted or traded in by clubs who never saw them wear the jumper for points.

Almanac Footy: Fitzroy’s Jack Worrall – 19th century sporting superstar

Rod Gillett profiles the career of Jack Worrall, a superstar footballer and cricketer of the 19th Century,who later became a successful football coach and sporting journalist.

AFL Grand Final: Hot tickets for the Hot Pies

Side by side with family throughout generations, Anna Sublet got to watch a famous Pies victory with her daughter and the spirit of her dad by her side in the MCC. But not without a few speedbumps along the journey.

Almanac Teams: Players who were traded/drafted but didn’t play a game

Love it or loathe it, for men’s footy the silly season is just around the corner – trade period. Rodney Boyd has put together a side based on the flavour of the moment, with players who got traded to a side without playing a game for them.