The Case of False Identity on a Scanlen’s Footy Card

Who is this? Please help. Someone must know him. It may well be Rod Stokes. Can we find Rod Stokes?

Almanac Footy History: Keogh and Lenaghan – two Bendigo FNL champions

Trevor Keogh and Frank Lenaghan were two champion players of their eras, both having important connections to Sandhurst and were inducted into the BFL Hall of Fame in 1996. Richard Jones tells their stories.

Almanac Footy History: Glen ‘Black Duck’ Rosser, an ornament to the game

In another of his profiles of great Redegs, Rulebook tells the story of Glen ‘Black Duck’ Rosser, Norwood and SANFL legend.

‘Football rotting at the roots in Fish Creek’ – Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan has a habit of striking at the very heart of the issue. Here he nails it once again in this recent opinion piece in ‘The Age’ as a local footy team battles to survive.

Almanac Teams: Rangas

Dan has come up a team of redheads, but can they play footy? Have your say!

Cricket memoir: Dips’ finest hour

There has been a number of posts on the site recently about backyard cricket, backyards, and early childhood memories. We reprise a cricket story from 2009 by Dips about his backyard cricketing exploits. Have you a story to tell?

2018 AFL Player Previews: Revisited

How did they fare in 2018? Anna Pavlou revisits the player previews she made at the beginning of the 2018 AFL season to present an assessment of their performances for the year.

Old woollen footy jumpers: Dick McGillivray in a ridgy didge Essendon premiership jumper

Dick McGillivray wore his fair dinkum Essendon premiership jumper around the farm, as his daughter Pamela explains.

Almanac Backyards – Backyard Bliss

Craig Dodson’s article on backyard space caused Pamela Sherpa to reflect on her own blissful childhood spent outdoors.

Draft Day – Not as good as the movie and the AFL has the wrong script

There are big problems with the draft process in the AFL system as Steve Earl explains. How does it serve footy generally? And, importantly, who does it serve a large number of undrafted aspirants the system spits out?

Almanac Footy History – Dan Minogue: a Bendigo boy huge in the VFL

There’s been a long stream of footy greats who grew up in Bendigo and played in the BFL/ BFA before going onto the VFL/AFL. Dan Minogue is one, the only player to coach 5 VFL/AFL clubs and he is profiled here by Richard Jones.

Bailey Smith: Dedicated and driven young gun

Luke Reynolds recently had the privilege to speak to Bailey Smith, captain of the Sandringham Dragons TAC Cup team, 2018 Under 18 All-Australian and touted as a possible top ten draft pick.

Luke Valente, Elite Leader

Malcolm Ashwood profiles Luke Valente, captain of the victorious South Australian Under 18 team.

Interview: Brett Goodes – Accidental Destination

Anna Pavlou speaks with former Western Bulldog player Brett Goodes about taking his 22-game AFL career as the start of his passion for the AFL Community and the rights of the people involved.

‘A master of his craft…’ KB Hill

KB Hill is the master of the memoir. Here he tells us about the life and times of Stuart Elkington.

Nathan Buckley living la dolce vita

Nathan Buckley is holidaying in Europe which prompts Jump Ball to make his Almanac debut with his observations of the Pies coach. [Welcome Jump Ball – JTH]

VAFA Veteran acknowledged by AFL

VAFA Veteran and Power House President Nic Pavlou has been awarded the prestigious AFL Victoria State Metro Volunteer of the Year Award, for his 38 years of selfless service to his club, at the 2018 AFL Victoria Community Football Awards.

Meeting Geoff Blethyn

Sometimes writing takes you to surprising places, and so does a T/shirt! Vin Maskell explains why.

“More of the Kangaroo: 150 Years of Australian Football in Queensland 1866 – 2016” New book release and launch details

Details of the new book release from Murray Bird and Greg Parker recounting the history of Australian Rules Football in Queensland over the last 150 years.

Almanac Footy History – Extract from More of the Kangaroo: 1985 – The Sharks and Tigers play one of the great QAFL Grand Finals

From Murray Bird and Greg Parker’s forthcoming book, “More of the Kangaroo: 150 Years of Australian Football in Queensland 1866 – 2016” is an extract about one of the great QAFL Grand Finals.