1981 Revisited – Epilogue: ‘Tainted Love’

After all is said and done (again) Stainless wraps up his odyssey through the annals of 1981 superb history.

1981 Revisited – Grand Final: ‘The Winner Takes It All’

A Brownlow Medal is tied, and two of the game’s oldest rivals fight it out for the Premiership in an epic tussle. Sam Steele was among the standing room crowd on the day, and vividly relieves the experience. (This is an outstanding conclusion to a brilliant series – Ed).

1981 Revisited – Preliminary Final 1981: ‘Another One Rides the Bus’

In his 1981 retrospective, Stainless looks back at the Preliminary Final, in which favourites Geelong take on Collingwood at VFL Park.

1981 Revisited – Finals Week 2: ‘Hold on Tight’

Sam Steele’s recounting of the 1981 VFL season reaches semi-final week. Carlton take on Geelong for a place in the Grand Final, whilst Collingwood and Fitzroy fight for survival.

1981 Revisited – Finals Week 1: ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’

It’s finals time in Stainless’ look back at the 1981 season. In the first week, there are multiple upsets that disrupt the course of the finals series.

1981 Revisited – Round 22: ‘Back in Black’, The Death of South Melbourne

South Melbourne play their last home game at the Lakeside Oval, and finals places are confirmed on largely sodden ovals. Sam Steele revisits the final home and away round of the 1981 VFL season.

1981 Revisited – Round 20: ‘Once in a Lifetime’, The Neale Daniher Edition

As a moment in history, this was the pinnacle of Neale Daniher’s career as a footballer; the marvel of Fight MND was a young, talented defender ahead of his time. Sam Steele continues his look back on 1981, with particular focus on the Dons’ clash with the old enemy, Carlton.

1981 Revisited – Round 19: ‘Cool World’

The freezing winds dominated almost as much as the umpires’ strike in Round 19, 1981. Stainless braved the arctic Moorabbin conditions and was rewarded with a thriller. And the VFL’s Sunday football experiment wasn’t helped any by the weather. The finals are taking shape as Sam Steele’s 1981 Revisited continues.

1981 Revisited – Round 17: ‘Bad Habits’

Captain-coaches are now a thing of the past and the Tigers just can’t break through. 1981 was a different world, as Stainless eludes to in his recap of Round 17.

1981 Revisited – Round 11: ‘On and on and on’

Sam Steele continues his weekly review of the 1981 VFL season. Kevin Bartlett reached the milestone of 350 games; umpire Bill Deller got to his 250th; Don Scott saw the writing on the wall.

1981 Revisited – Round 10: ‘Master Blaster’

Sam Steele continues his weekly review of the 1981 VFL season. Round 10; league heavyweights Essendon v Carlton, and Collingwood v Richmond clashed with good wins to both home sides. Daicos and Kerry Good kicked 9 goals each.

1981 Revisited – Round 7: ‘I Love a Rainy Night’

Round 7 1981, Sam Steele’s weekly review of the season continues. Highlights included, Fitzroy’s memorable win, yellow footballs allowed for use in adverse conditions, and the State Government approving two Sunday games at the MCG.

1981 Revisited – Round 4: ‘Don’t stand so close to me’

Sam Steele takes us to Round 4 1981 where some big crowds are in attendance at the old suburban grounds. Carlton and Collingwood are the only undefeated teams at the end of the round.

1981 Revisited – Round 3: ‘Oh no, not you again!’

Stainless Steele is torn between honouring a commitment to a music rehearsal and staying at the MCG to watch a classic between Richmond and Essendon. And this was also the round of Jeff Fehring’s kick.

1981 Revisited: Introduction

With time on his hands, Sam Steele reflects on current events and its effects on footy, and considers another time of upheaval for the sport, 1981.