Almanac Cricket: Vale Henry Gunstone – A cricket icon passes

Bob Utber pays tribute to the ‘Bradman of the Bush’ Henry Gunstone who has passed away. According to Bob, Henry Gunstone was one of Australia’s greatest cricketers who dominated cricket in the bush and wherever he played.

Almanac Footy Tributes: Ron Barassi – the greatest.

For Andrew Fraser, Ron Barassi was the greatest. Here are his reasons why.

Everyday Obits: Eulogy for June Georgina Blainey

Trevor Blainey remembers his wonderful mother, June Georgina Blainey, with great love, in the eulogy he gave at her funeral a few months ago.

Almanac Football: Vale Graham Arthur – Hawthorn’s first premiership captain

Hawthorn’s first premiership captain Graham Arthur passed away earlier this week. Rod Gillett pays a fitting tribute to the man known as ‘Mort’.

Almanac Obituaries: What we loved about Shane Tuck – a tribute from two cousins.

Jordan O’Neill and Jill Fitzsimons pay a fitting and heartfelt tribute to a favourite Tiger son, Shane Tuck, who passed away on Monday.

Vale Rodney Seekamp

Malcolm Ashwood remembers Rod Seekamp in his tribute to the former Norwood Football Club stalwart who recently passed away.

Eulogy – My Grandfather

Anna Pavlou has written a wonderful and loving tribute to her grandfather, a man who showed by example how to live a full and meaningful life. [We’re thinking of your family Anna, Nick and Dermie (James), at this time. James tells me your Papou (his Uncle Europe) was remembered in fine fashion at yesterday’s funeral and wake. JTH]

“These shall not be forgotten years”: Richmond: 1981 – 2016. 7. The Frawley Years

Sam Steele pays tribute to Danny Frawley’s time as Richmond coach.

Danny Frawley: Tribute Blog for Saints champion

RIP Danny Frawley.

Almanac Obituaries: South Bendigo’s Bernie McCarthy passes away

Bernie McCarthy, legendary South Bendigo footballer, has died. Richard Jones pays tribute.

Vale, my first true love…

The first flush of young love consumes you, body and soul writes Earl O’Neill. Movingly, he reflects on the life of that young love Wendy who recently lost her battle with cancer.

Tom Wills grave restoration: one of the fathers of football needs our help

Australia’s first sporting legend and the father of Australian football lies in a crumbling grave in a Melbourne cemetery. With a largely unknown but extraordinary life story, Tom Wills deserves a final resting place in better condition. With the blessing of the Wills family, The Footy Almanac is now raising funds to renovate the gravesite.

Paul Couch: Giving something of value

Brutas Mudcake reflects on footy, value and life upon the death of Paul Couch.

Season Highlights 2015 – Hawthorn: Round 16, Sydney Swans v Hawthorn: For Tim

Re-packaging a great piece from Joe Moore in the wake of the round 16 clash between the Swans and Hawks: Although his Bloods lost the match, he was happy for one particular Hawthorn fan. Perhaps Joe’s allegiances rest with Hawthorn on Saturday as they take on West Coast?


Peter Flynn’s grandfather would have turned 100 today. He shares the eulogy he prepared in 2010.

Ode to the Fat Boy

Ode to the Fat Boy. Some sad news came to me recently. A friend from my sporting past had left us after a long illness. I had lost touch with him, and whilst I knew of the illness the finality of it all shocked me. I passed on the news to my brother up north [Read more]

Almanac Tributes: Remembering ‘The Horse’ Harry Kernahan

At the timeof Harry Kernahan’s death in 2012, Mike Sexton paid tribute to him by telling the story of a brilliant night honouring the twentieth anniversary of Glenelg’s 1985 premiership.

The other Gary Ablett

  by Hamish Cameron On Monday, a Gary Ablett of a different kind passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 46, played for Liverpool and was later controversially transferred to Everton. Ablett scored in his first match and won two championships and the FA Cup during his spell with Liverpool, and became [Read more]

‘Black Gold’ presents the Arthur Beetson Radio Tribute

‘Black Gold’, produced by Koori Radio (Sydney-93.7FM) and 3KnD (Melbourne-1503 AM), will present a special live 3-hour tribute show for Indigenous rugby league legend, Uncle Arthur Beetson OAM.   We will be celebrating the life and times of the first ever Aboriginal captain of a major national sports team, who won two premierships as captain [Read more]

Farewell Smokin’ Joe

  by Damian O’Donnell The headline says “When the mountain came to Muhammad”. It was 1971 in Madison Square Garden. There’s Joe being lead to the corner by the referee. There is no discernable look on his face; it’s fixed in a deadly glaze. He’s returning to the corner like a bloke strolling home from [Read more]