To the Port Adelaide list management team

Dave Boon couldn’t be happier with the AFL Trade Week for his Port Adelaide. The inclusions of Steven Motlop, Jack Watts and Tom Rockcliff will bolster the Power significantly according to Dave.

The Crapp Chronicles Part 4: Crapp And The First Report?

Ivo Crapp was the first umpire to report a player in a VFL game. Tim Ghys continues the Crapp Chronicles.

2020 Almanac Tipping Comps: Results for AFL Tipping, AFL Tip the Top 8, and NRL.

It’s been a big year in tipping. And here are the results of al the Almanac tipping comps.

Almanac Footy History and Memorabilia: The Bob Gartland (Geelong FC) Collection

If you have an interest in the history of the Geelong Football Club, join vice president Bob Gartland as he tours (via video) the exhibition of his (phenomenal) private memorabilia collection.

Almanac Teams: Number 1 sometimes in name only (1980-)

For a second week Rodney Boyd looks at players who wore Number 1, but this side is sourced from the more obscure members of the club.

Almanac Footy: Caleb Serong reveals the challenges he overcame to win the Rising Star Award

Caleb Serong won the AFL’s Rising Star Award. Max Hatzoglou caught up with him.

Almanac Books: New and Recent Releases by friends of the Footy Almanac

We’ve made a list of the books published by authors who are part of the Almanac community – with links to information about each one.

Almanac Footy Comment: An Open Letter to the Collingwood Football Club

Frank Taylor loves the Collingwood Football Club. But, at 66 years old, he will not renew his Collingwood membership until the club answers some of his questions. And he reckons plenty of The Faithful, many of whom are disillusioned with what has happened, are in the same boat.

Almanac (Footy) History – Trade Week 1973: How Richard Michalcyzk got to the Kangaroos

In 1973, every club in Melbourne wanted to recruit Richard Michalcyzk. Michael Sexton tells the curious tale of how North Melbourne managed to secure his services.

Book Review: Les Everett on ‘Belief’ by Dave Warner

Les Everett has written a review of Marlion Pickett’s biography, ‘Belief’, written by none other than Dave Warner.

Almanac Teams: Number 1 Hits (1980-)

Hot on the heels of his last ‘Return to Sender’ side, Rodney Boyd shares his picks for the best team to have worn Number 1 on their backs since 1980.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Flags, Spoons and Knives’ by Lee Harradine

West Adelaide stalwart Lee Harradine has produced a book reliving sixty-plus years of the trials and tribulations of this proud SANFL club. Swish has reviewed this important addition to SA footy history.

Balcony Banter – When footy came to The Gabba

For a sense of what it was like to attend the AFL Grand Final at the ‘Gabba, Queensland-based MCC member Fiona gives an account of her experience.

Almanac (Footy) Song: ‘The Ballad of Darcy Moore’

Simon Minahan has penned ‘The Ballad of Darcy Moore’ to the tune of Jimmy Webb’s ‘By the time I get to Phoenix’.

Almanac Elections: The polling booth near the cricket ground

Elections are front and centre which reminds us of this yarn from Roger Lowrey, first published around election time 2019:

Dog legs, racing, cold beer and fraternising with the enemy were all part of Roger Lowrey’s stint while handing out how to vote cards during the SA State Elections in 1985.

Almanac Teams: Return to sender

Here’s a new Almanac Team from Rodney Boyd, it’s his best list of players who returned to a former club (from the 1980s onward). [A surprisingly long list of fine players! Ed.]

Almanac Footy: John Gallus – The journey through football

Matt Watson examines the football journey of former Melbourne footballer John Gallus.

Almanac Footy: From AFL football to tattoo guns

Trying to follow his football dream, Hal Hunter found himself at Essendon’ during the peptide scandal. He has gone on to forge a career in a completely new field. Emile Pavlich spoke to him.

FEARLESS 2020 Finals Week 3: Review and post-season thoughts

Paul Thompson was writing his review of the AFL Preliminary Finals when rumours of events at North Melbourne gave him pause for reflection. He offers his thoughts on what has transpired.

Almanac Footy History – The Crapp Chroicles Part 3: A Crapp First League Game

Henry ‘Ivo’ Crapp umpires his first game of VFL football in the very first round of the competition, in 1897. As Tim Ghys reports, some rule tweaks were soon required.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn

A poem about the legendary Fitzroy champ, Wilfred ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn, by Stephen Whiteside.