Almanac Soccer: Vale Jimmy Williams

Luke Radzminski followed South Melbourne to play the underdogs in the Eastern Lions. Having just lost the late Jimmy Williams, the Lions held on in a nail biting finish.

Almanac Soccer: Geelong Rangers 0 – 1 Hume United

On a bitterly cold winter’s day in Geelong, Roy Hay worked hard as a supporter to review the Geelong Rangers’ game against the strong Hume United.

Almanac Soccer: Barnsley FC update (and some Bombers as well!)

Rod Oaten updates the latest results from the games played by Barnsley FC over Easter.

Almanac Soccer: Back to the park

Roy Hay returns with a match between two local soccer clubs whose origins are somewhat emblematic of the tale of modern Australian migration.

Almanac Soccer: Sheffield Bloody Wednesday! – Barnsley FC update

Rod Oaten updates the fortunes of the Barnsley FC as they endeavour for promotion to the EPL.

Almanac Soccer: Preston Lions v Melbourne City – A Sleeping Giant Awoken

Luke Radzminski reports on the Preston Lions victory in their first game in the National Premier League 3 against Melbourne City recently. He also provides some historical background of the Preston Lions Club.

Football is Back: Golden Plains SC v Melbourne Uni SC

Roy Hay says he’s retired (and gives some words to a description of life in Bannockburn outside of Geelong) but we all know he is not. Here’s his report on the opener of the local football season.

Almanac Soccer: Barnsley Football Club – the dream continues…

Rod Oaten continues to be pleased with the progress Barnsley Football Club is making with a drawn and a win in their past two matches.

Almanac Soccer: Barnsley Football Club dare to dream

At the risk of breaking the spell, Rod Oaten feels obliged to update you on the rather stunning recent success of Barnsley FC in the Championship.

Almanac Soccer: South Melbourne plays an old foe on a neutral battleground

South Melbourne, after a strong pre-season, came up against arch rivals Heidelberg United to open their 2021 season. Luke Radzminski was there, camera in hand, to capture the big moments and profile Heidelberg.

Almanac Soccer: Barnsley Football Club

A great joy of English soccer is keeping an eye on scores from afar. Rod Oaten has picked Barnsley as his team, and has had an intriguing few seasons following them from across the globe.

Almanac Soccer: South Melbourne’s perfect pre-season fails at the last hurdle

South Melbourne were flying in their pre-season, raring to take on rivals Heidelberg in round one of the Victorian National Premier League. But Luke Radziminski was there, camera in hand, to watch the powerhouse take on the intriguing St Albans Saints in their final practice match.

Almanac Soccer: The 6 minute game

Back in 2004, Rob Spurr was having the happiest day of his life. Then he decided to go watch a star-studded Real Madrid play, and things took a most unexpected turn.

Almanac Soccer: A forgotten powerhouse – Polonia Melbourne

Luke Radziminski continues his in depth look at Victorian soccer with a dive into the fascinating history of Polonia Melbourne (currently known as the Western Eagles)

Almanac Soccer: After an eleven month Covid hiatus, State League football is now open for business.

Another Almanac debut, this time from Luke Radziminski . Luke watched and photographed South Melbourne play Casey Comets in a pre-season warmup match. He also profiles the Casey Comets, a local club that has produced some notable players.

Almanac Soccer: Vale Frank Arok AM

Legendary Socceroos coach Frank Arok who changed the course of ‘the world game’ in Australia has died in Serbia aged 88. The Almanac pays tribute to an icon of Australian sport.

Maradona and the bird

Rob Spurr shares a story of Diego Maradona’s extraordinary ability to change the atmosphere of a stadium and influence a grand slam winner in his prime, punctuated by dishing out “the bird” to an Australian fan on a fevered whim. [Stupendous but not entirely surprising – Ed.]

Almanac Soccer: Remembering Paolo Rossi’s Moment in the Spanish Sun.

Soccer great Paolo Rossi passed away on Wednesday at the age of 64 after a long illness. Dennis Gedling recalls the exploits of Rossi during the 1982 World Cup in article he wrote as part of series for the Footy Almanac in 2014.

Almanac Soccer: The Dockerty Cup – outside of Melbourne?

Almanac historian Roy Hay takes us back to 1931 to recount the only time the Dockerty Cup was held outside of Melbourne.

The Nuns of Naples 1984-91

With his usual rapier wit, Damian Balassone cuts to the chase in addressing the death of Diego Maradona.