Liam Picken retires

Liam Picken, a favourite of many Almanackers and footy fans, has retired.

Fletcher Roberts: Just A Suburban Boy

Anna Pavlou interviews Fletcher Roberts of the Western Bulldogs, taking us on his journey from the Murrumbeena Under 9’s and having Richmond’s Matthew Richardson as his idol, to AFL Premiership defender and beyond.

The Red and the White: Getting it done!

Keiran Croker is back again for the Red and the White, the Almanac’s Swans Forum. A nail-biter against the Bloods’ 2016 nemesis, but thankfully the Swans were on the right side at the siren!

Luke Beveridge, the Bulldogs faithful, and Play On

Footy means so much to so many. Just ask a Doggies supporter. In his book Play On (from the Loose Men Everywhere section) John Harms considered why. Luke Beveridge read an extract from Play On at the club celebrations last night. Here’s what the much-loved coach read.

2016 Grand Final – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Guilt, doubt and freebies: the view from the corporate seats.

Sean Curtain gives a really honest account (as he always does) of his feelings about the 2016 Grand Final. It’s a confession of sorts – or at least an admission. [Excellent piece – JTH]

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Typical

On tour with his band in the US, Penk Etham, sadly couldn’t make it back to Melbourne to see his beloved Bulldogs win the flag. A cracking night was had, post gig, in a Memphis bar watching the game. The glorious, beautiful confusion of your team winning. (Wonderful debut for The Almanac Penk, welcome! – Ed)

Grand Final – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Tension and excitement

Joey Barnard [aged 9] relives the tension of the AFL Grand Final.

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Great Blokes and Role Models of Bevo and Murph

Yoshi gives his unique view of the Bulldogs win and how Bevo and Murphy have inspired him to bigger and better things. Hopefully his beloved Saints can follow the example

Grand Final 2016- Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Happy Days

Neil Anderson travelled from his Western District home to the Western Bulldogs’ family day at the Whitten Oval on Sunday, spending a nostalgic time wandering the streets of old Footscray while revelling in his Doggies second flag.

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: We’ll All Be ‘Rooned

An epic Footy Almanac Grand Final Lunch topped only by an epic Grand Final. Can the Bulldogs drop their hangdog persona? Peter Baulderstone adapts classic Australian verse (apologies to John O’Brien) to record the events of recent days.

AFL 2016 from a non-Victorian perspective

Dave Warner demonstrates a whole series of inequities in the national competition and points the finger at the Melbourne-based journalists who support them. How strong are the arguments he brings?

Grand Final 2016: What we have learned about visible and invisible teams

Lachlan Tighe is an elite lawn bowls coach and analyst who says we can learn a lot about sporting organisations from the Western Bulldogs.

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: “Advaance Australia Fair” … at last …a win for the Doggies and for the people…

This flag is a win for fairness and the people’s game says Australian historian Stephen Alomes.

This is a huge Grand Final (or what will close an art gallery?)

Bridget McDonnell Gallery will be closed on Grand Final Day. Here’s why. And check out the great photo.

Crio’s Question? – Banner Banter

The Bulldogs have had a succession of wry and witty banners this season. What do they choose for next Saturday? Here’s my opening bid: “Up Yours Oakley!” Suggestions?