Sports Archaeology? What lies beneath the pitch…

When did the English start their climb to the top of the limited-overs rankings in cricket? According to this photo, it could have been much earlier than you think!

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 Poetry: ‘Sacredly Profane’ – a new collection by Kevin Densley

Congratulations to Kevin Densley on his new collection of poems ‘Sacredly Profane’. Read more in this post.

Almanac Music: Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

In the tradition of Professor Longhair, New Orleans based musician Jon Cleary continues the boogie-woogie piano playing that New Orleans is renowned for.

Almanac Poetry: Souvenir Postcard – Photographed by Mr Henry Poil – Wangaratta, Victoria, April 9 1865

Dead bushranger Dan Morgan on a postcard? Yes, you read that correctly. Kevin Densley explains in his poem this week.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Dealey Plaza, November 22’

With the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, Kevin Densley remembers the event with his poem ‘Dealey Plaza, November 22’.

Almanac Footy and Music: McLennan and Riewoldt: Stars or Role Players?

Michael Nichols explores the interplay of footy and music through the lens of Richmond’s role player Jack Riewoldt and The Go-Betweens’ composer/performer Grant McLennan.

Almanac Memoir (and Music): Shadow Boxing at The Argyle Hotel

Kevin Densley revives memories of Geelong in 1980 with his band Murmurs at The Argyle Hotel.

Almanac Cricket (Memoir): Headingley, 1993

Recently T.G. White found some old photos of the Headingley Test in 1993. John Harms was at that Test with him.

Almanac Music: From New Orleans – Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and The Roadrunners

Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington is another one of the great musical institutions of New Orleans who plies his trade around the clubs of the ‘Big Easy’ and across the USA.

Almanac (Celebration of) Words: How good is stuff?

Nicole Kelly loves the word ‘stuff’ in all its versatility.

Almanac Life: First Swim

The day was hot, so it’s time for the togs and the first swim of the season as Mickey Randall explains.

Almanac Book Release: ‘Death In A Matchbox’ by Steve Rogers

The next book in Steve Roger’s red dirt crime series has been released. Details here.

Almanac Music: ‘The Musical Mojo of Dr John: A Celebration of Mac and his Music’

Dr John is one of the legends of New Orleans music. Col Ritchie attended a tribute to Dr John, ‘The Musical Mojo of Dr John: A Celebration of Mac and his Music’ at the newly renovated Saenger Theatre in New Orleans in 2014.

Almanac Short Fiction: ‘Brian and His Mum’

Brian was more like a frill-necked lizard than your average teenager … he was also close to his Mum. Kevin Densley describes his short story, ‘Brian and His Mum’, as ‘a very fractured fable’.

Almanac Life (and Poetry): A Desert Poet – Jack Dodds

With Remembrance Day approaching, Nicole Kelly shares some poetry and diary extracts written by her great-grandfather Jack Dodds while he was on active duty at Tobruk during the Second World War.

Almanac History and Poetry: Two Remembrance Day Offerings

To continue the Remembrance Day theme, we revisit a couple of recent contributions from Kevin Densley, about Capt. Bert James and Capt. Albert Jacka VC.

Almanac (New) Books: Gideon Haigh’s ‘Shelf Life’

It’s not a cricket book, but it is a Gideon Haigh book, which we’re always enthusiastic about here at The Footy Almanac. ‘Shelf Life’ is a collection of Gideon’s journalistic writing over the past 20 years; Gideon explains more within.

Almanac Music: Dave Kimber – Scavenger hunts in Beverly Hills and Malibu.

More adventures from Dave Kimber and his mates on scavenger hunts around Beverly Hills and Malibu.

Almanac Poetry (and Music): ‘Lionheart Summer’

The weather’s getting warmer – summer is approaching. This week’s poem from Kevin Densley, ‘Lionheart Summer’, is about a fondly remembered summer he spent in Adelaide (travelling there from Geelong) as an eighteen-year-old in 1980 … involving his grandmother’s beautifully cool bluestone house in Largs Bay, Test Cricket, the local beer, and a Kate Bush album.