Almanac Lunch (with Matt Zurbo’s book launch): Ken Fraser, Lazar, Chicken and Me

Matt Zurbo’s new book, ‘Heart and Soul’, will be launched tomorrow at a lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. All welcome. Here’s a tasty morsel, written by Matt himself, of what’s in store. Do yourself a favour…

2019 Cricket World Cup Final – That’s a Draw, Mate!

Michael Viljoen certainly has his thinking cap on this week. Following on from his ‘epic journey of biblical proportions’ earlier in the week, he’s now trying to undo the Gordian knot of how to fairly decide the outcome of a tied ICC World Cup Final. He gives us several options to consider.

‘A Hard-Man……On And Off The Field’ – KB Hill

KB Hill knows his local characters! This week he recounts the colourful life of Ray Burns, policeman, hotelier and football hard man. And no-one does it like KB!

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 18: First on-field female referee after 111 years!

History will be made in the NRL tonight – for the first time in it’s 111 year history, there will be a female on-field referee! Congratulations, Belinda Sharpe! Ian Hauser also casts his eye over Round 18 and nominates his winners.

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Frittelli flys to Portrush, Open time again (finally) for NI

If it’s happening in the world of golf, Hamish Neal is on to it! Today he reviews the week just gone and previews this year’s final major, The Open, which starts tonight.

Almanac Flashback: Off Season Odyssey – Part 37: Blighty!

With Matt Zurbo lunching at the North Fitzroy Arms this Friday, let’s revisit his 2012 road trip, where he caught up with none other than Malcolm Blight.

Almanac Time Capsule – AFL Round 14 2009: Observing the Saints fan

Saturday night wasn’t one to remember, so let’s revisit a happier day for Saints fans. Round 14, 2009, when two undefeated teams met in one of the best games in years. John Harms was in the crowd observing more than just the footy.

Balcony Banter Round 16 – Essendon v Sydney: Dour Dons do enough

Almanacker and MCC member Rod Oaten saw his Bombers claw past the Swans in a dour struggle.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 10-16 July 2019

Snatches of overheard conversation from the past week; observed by David Wilson.

Almanac Time Capsule: Some of my best friends are Saints (really)

It has been a very long decade for both St Kilda and Carlton. Back in 2009, John Butler ventured some opinions on the differing world views of both clubs. Both are now, once again, contemplating new coaches. How do both sets of supporters view things now?

Almanac Flashback: Song of the Zealot

We think this piece by Anson Cameron stands the test of time. What it means to be a footy fan.

Fitzroy Football Club – All-star line up for literary lunch: (NOW SOLD OUT)

The Fitzroy Football Club is an old friend of the Almanac. They will be hosting an upcoming literary lunch to be held at the Brunswick Street Oval Community Rooms on July 27th. Sounds like a beauty and features Almanac fave George Megalogenis. You’d better get in fast! Bookings close Monday 22nd July.

Almanac Flashback: Dangerman is a safe bet for a big future with the Crows

Who knows a player better than their own family? For those who didn’t know, the Almanac’s ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber has inside knowledge of one P. Dangerfield. This piece was originally posted back in 2009. You may find it explains a lot about what has transpired since.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch: Matt Zurbo and his new book Heart & Soul (today)

Come and celebrate with one of the Almanac’s favourite sons, Matt Zurbo, as his new book ‘Heart and Soul: Footy Stories by those who played the Game’ is launched on Friday 19th July. Join us for lunch at the The North Fitzroy Arms Hotel,  296 Rae St, North Fitzroy for a day of ripping yarns and tales.

Round 17 – Sydney v Carlton: The Winds of Change

Joe Moore completed yet another family trip up to the SCG for the rivalry between Sydney and Carlton. His account, already published on www.sydneyswans.com.au, details the fun-loving nature of what footy means to families.

Almanac Footy History – Special offer on Roy Hay’s Book of the Month

Check out the special deal for Roy Hay’s recently released book about indigenous footballers and their involvement in the development of footy as we know it today.

50 years on – a perspective on the moon landing: An epic journey of biblical proportion, but did it really happen?

Who do we believe? Michael Viljoen presents his compelling arguments with regards to the conclusiveness of historical events, asserting their believability is within the recorded evidence.

A Weekend in Sport

There was a lot to appreciate about the weekend’s multiple sports offerings. Ian Hauser provides his take on some of the amazing contests and looks for lessons from it all.

Almanac Music – Aussie album review: Tex, Don and Charlie – ‘Sad But True’

In the tenth of his occasional series looking back at classic Australian albums, Smokie revisits “Sad But True” – the debut collaboration of Tex, Don and Charlie.

Almanac Teams: A Team of Injury Plagued Stars

Phil Dimitriadis returns with another team, this one a little more heartbreaking than most. Read on for his list of talented players cut down by injury & feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!