Almanac Book Review: ‘The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996’ by William Westerman

In this review of William Westerman’s ‘Merger’, Jonathan Pilbrow shares how affecting and emotional he found the book’s subjects and their portrayals while offering lessons for the future and hope through community. [Couldn’t agree more – Ed]

Almanac Memories: Drinking with Billy Serong Part 2

Bill Serong, who died a month ago, drank at the North Fitzroy Arms. John Harms had a few beers with him over the years.

Almanac Memories: Drinking with Billy Serong Part 1

Rod Gillett will never forget Bill Serong, who died in Melbourne on May 20. Here he recalls having a drink with him (as a nine year old!) in 1964. Vale Bill Serong.

Revelling in the Riverina: Episode 8 – Bowsers, Wowsers, and Peppercorn Trees

In this week’s episode of his trek through the Riverina, Peter Clark steers us eastward from Barellan to Ariah Park.

Almanac Book Review – ‘Merger’ (Part 1: Background)

In response to William Westerman’s ‘Merger’, Callum Quirk has taken a fine-toothed comb to the events of Fitzroy in 1996 and the environment in which they occurred. First up he sets the scene at a macro level, by looking at the emerging philosophical trends.

Revelling in the Riverina: Episode 7 – Back to the good old days

In Episode 7 of ‘Revelling in the Riverina’ Peter Clark takes us eastwards from Griffith through the villages of Yenda and Binya to the ‘good old days’ town of Barellan and the Barellan United Football Netball Club.

Almanac Footy: No mere legend

Shane Reid remembers two of Fitzroy Football Club’s greatest footballers, Sir Doug Nicholls, and triple Brownlow Medallist Haydn Bunton.

‘Injury cruelled Tiger’s stint in the big-time…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill remembers Ian Hayden who passed away recently. Hayden, a Wangaratta product, had a promising career with Richmond cut short by injury.

Revelling in the Riverina: A little piece of Italy in the Riverina

Episode 6 of Peter Clark’s wonderful footy series ‘Revelling in the Riverina’ visits Griffith, a little piece of Italy in the Riverina.

Almanac Footy: The game is not the same!

With Citrus Bob Utber spending a few days relaxing down at Moggs Creek, he was able to attend two footy matches on the one day. One match involved country footy at its best, and the other match left a lot to be desired.

“Despite those wonky knees, ‘Boofa’ soldiered on…” by KB Hill

Every club needs people like Brendan ‘Boofa’ Allan – totally committed, totally involved and totally determined to give their all for the club. KB Hill tells the tale of the Milawa legend.

Revelling in the Riverina: Episode 5 – On the banks of the Lachlan

Peter Clark continues his journey through the Riverina travelling to the banks of the Lachlan and Hillston via a visit to Four Corners.

Almanac (Local) Footy: The One Percenters

Old Dog gives thanks to volunteer Jacquie Langley – and to all the behind-the-scenes workers at local footy clubs

Almanac Footy: FIDA Seagulls

Callum Quirk reflects on his significant time spent playing for Willy in the FIDA competition, with triumphant highs and lowly lows.

Revelling in the Riverina – Episode 3: The Crooked Mile

Peter Clark continues his travels through the Riverina. This week he heads north-west from Cootamundra to the sprawling plains out West Wyalong way.

‘Cracking the Big Time…(Part 2)’ by KB Hill

KB Hill continues his series about Wangaratta Rovers players who went on to crack the big time.

Revelling in the Riverina – Episode 2: The Cootamundra Wattle Blues

Peter Clark continues to revel in the Riverina. Leaving Tumbarumba, he travels north via Tumut to Cootamundra, home of the Wattle Blues. (Be sure to keep up to date with Peter’s ‘spot’ card – Ed.)

Almanac Footy History: Chris ‘Tractor’ Prime

In his latest profile piece, Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood details the career of former Norwood forward and legendary country goalkicker Chris ‘Tractor’ Prime.

Almanac (Footy) History: Jack Cooper – Courageous Fitzroy footballer and Anzac soldier

At a time of remembrance for soldiers who served and gave their lives in The Great War, Roger Spaull pays tribute to Jack Cooper, champion footballer of the Fitzroy Football Club. In this moving and in-depth account of a footballer and soldier, Roger paints a picture of a man who served his club, and his country, and made the supreme sacrifice on the Menin Road, Passchendaele .

Revelling in the Riverina – Episode 1: ‘In Tumba-bloody-rumba’ cheer’n ‘kanga-bloody-roos’

Peter Clark begins his journey through the Riverina, setting out from Holbrook to Tumbarumba, home of the Kangaroos in a suitably vintage vehicle.

‘Cracking the Big Time…(Part 1)…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill begins a two-part series on players who cracked the ‘big time’ in their journey from Wangaratta Rovers to the VFL/AFL.