Almanac Footy: Season 40 for the Old Dog!

Not too many footballers can say they are pulling the guernsey on for season 40, the Old Dog can! [Congratulations and well done Old Dog, you’re an inspiration to us all!]

Almanac Music: The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart – Tops Off!

The body builders, the pasty young dudes, and topless dancing, are all part of a night at The Brissy remembered by the Old Dog.


With the appointment of Toby Nankervis as Richmond co-captain, the Footy Almanac reprises Old Dog’s wonderful tribute. The Old Dog knows a thing or two about ruck work. He also knows a few things about Toby Nankervis, who he coached as a youngster. He was very proud on Friday night.

Almanac Music: Blabber ‘N Smoke

It was beautiful! Rock theatre and pyromania in the rain and in the bush. More of Matt Zurbo’s musical adventures.

Almanac Music: Matt Zurbo’s Musical Adventures – Cuba

Matt Zurbo’s musical adventures continue in Cuba and the people met in the Casa de Planenque. [Language warning – Ed]

Almanac Music: Mikey – A Pocket of Gold

Matt Zurbo continues his musical adventures with a story about Mikey, one of Australia’s most respected Indi music producers.

Almanac Opinion: Old Dog on Liam Jones

Old Dog has thought about the Liam Jones situation and while he thinks the former Carlton player is selfish and idiotic, he also asks why?

Almanac Music: The Angels – The beer soaked counter meal of music

The Angels were a great band, no edges, just sweat and energy! Bodies flying everywhere. It was exciting, terrifying. Matt Zurbo continues his musical adventures.

Almanac Opinion: Jordan De Goey

Old Dog might not agree with all that Jordan De Goey stands for (he doesn’t know him to be fair…) but he’ll defend to the death his right to a fair trial.

Almanac Music: Neil Young

In Matt Zurbo’s continuing musical adventures he recalls the opportunity he had to interview Neil Young for his sister’s rock magazine.

Almanac Music: Andre Williams – The Dirtiest Old Man in the World

Andre Williams was known as the ‘Godfather of Soul’. He referred to himself as ‘The Dirtiest Old Man in the World’ but to Matt Zurbo he was a musical hero as he explains. [Language warning – Ed]

Almanac Music: ‘Sonic Boom’

Matt Zurbo continues his regular account of his musical experiences as he relives the pain and the joy it took to eventually see a band much loved by him, The Sonics, when they played the Caravan Club in Oakleigh.

Almanac Footy: The Unconformity Cup – Nowhere Footy

Old Dog goes to Queenstown where he plays a fun (but proper) footy match on the famous gravel oval during the Unconformity Festival. [This is an Old Dog special which was first published in 2016 – JTH]

Almanac Music: Sunnyboys

Matt Zurbo shares more music experiences from his younger days; this time, a performance by the Sunnyboys, and a girlfriend named Sonja. [Warning: Adult themes mentioned. -Ed]

Almanac Music: Angel

Matt Zurbo begins a regular series of stories about his extensive experiences related to music and its impact on his life and relationships.

Grand Final – Move over Knight, here’s the Zalac poster

Old Dog shares the work of his artist mate Zelko Zalac, a Dees premiership poster designed in a style reminiscent of the late, great WEG.

Grand Final – Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: A ripper!

It’s been a long day and a longer night for Old Dog who presents his traditional wrap up of what was a ripper Grand FInal. [Thanks for seeing in the dawn to get this done Old Dog. Always a highlight of the coverage. – JTH]

Grand Final Warm-Up

It’s Christmas Eve for footy lovers writes Old Dog as he recalls the attitude of Gabriela Andersen.

Almanac Footy: Grand Finals

Old Dog is absolutely rapt for one of his old clubs Lilydale FC in Tasmania with their Grand Final victory as he celebrates in spirit with them. He also reflects on another former club defeated in their finals bid and feels their gut wrenching experience of loss.

Finals Week 1 – Melbourne v Brisbane: Mythology

Old Dog makes an incredible quarter of footy last forever as the Dees demolish the Lions in their Qualifying Finals match.