Almanac Football: Collingwood’s darkest day sums up a horror off-season

Sean Mortell casts his thoughts over Collingwood’s day of racial reckoning when the club was found to be systemically racist.

Almanac Reviews: These Treasures – Old Dog on the joy of a book

Find out why Damian Balassone’s recent book, ‘A Strange Game in a Strange Land’ is a treasure trove of delights for Matt Zurbo.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 14 – Sydney v Fremantle: Victory for milestone men Goodes and O’Loughlin

Rod Gillett enjoyed Sydney’s barnstorming win over the dismal Dockers in 2007 to celebrate milestone matches for favourite sons Goodes and O’Loughlin.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 9 – Western Bulldogs v Sydney: Superman stamps the Swan’s intentions

Cameron Noakes was bullish after the Swans accounted for fellow finals aspirant in the Bulldogs. Played in the harsh terrain of the ‘Manuka Triangle’, the 2007 clash epitomised the class of Sydney.

Round 18 – Fearless 2019: Congratulations to Mack Horton and the British bloke…

Fearless presents his thoughts about the Round 18 results. He’s also had a look at The Final Quarter. Read what he has to say.


Senior high school student Paddy Grindlay expresses his thoughts about Adam Goodes, the footballer and the person.

I’ve lost faith in Australia: A reaction to ‘The Final Quarter’

First year university student Sean Mortell writes that ‘The Final Quarter’ has had a big impact on him. He has been saddened by some of the reaction, especially on social media, and what that reaction suggests about Australian culture. He looks to Young Australia to lead the way in changing deep-seated racism.

Round 18 – Fremantle v Sydney: My preferred interpretation of success!

After watching her Swans lose by a point, Jan Courtin spends a restless night contemplating a number of topics, including the meaning of “success”

Adam Goodes: Our Graceful Swan

Joe Moore articulates his feelings for Adam Goodes in a most heartfelt, intelligent and profound manner. [Wonderful read Joe: Ed]

Adam Goodes: His Legacy

This article was published in July 2015 at the time covered in Ian Darling’s documentary ‘The Final Quarter’:
Braham Dabscheck argues that Adam Goodes has forced Australia to confront the “ugly” side of itself.

Round 14 – Sydney v Hawthorn: One of the pleasures of life, beating Hawthorn!

Boy, is Jan Courtin over the moon! Her beloved Swans have had a great win over the Hawks, and Jan loves to beat the Hawks. Read her report of Sydney’s win over Hawthorn in their Round 14 match at the SCG.

What you won’t read in the BAO training manual

What does it mean to be ‘safe’ at the footy? Stainless wanders through his personal history as a spectator to ponder ‘what now constitutes acceptable fan behaviour’ and the place of the BAO. Interesting thoughts here about ‘quality control v individual responsibility’.

Round 12 – Sydney v West Coast: The shadow of Goodes on a sunny day

Ian Latham, together with old friends and new at the footy, celebrate a great win by their Swans over the Eagles in their Round 12 match at the SCG.

Almanac Indigenous Football – The power of language: by Roy Hay

Roy Hay considers the response from the AFL about the racism experienced by Adam Goodes at the end of his career, emphasising this response was all too familiar as his reports highlights.

Almanac Footy History: An aboriginal game? by Roy Hay

Well known historian, Roy Hay, has recently published a book examining the history of aboriginal involvement in football since the 19th century. Roy presents an overview of his book.

Round 10 – Sydney v Collingwood: The Marn Grook Game

Keiran Croker reports from the Sir Doug Nicholls Round 10 Marn Grook Game between the Swans and Pies in Sydney, and although a little disaapointed by the result he sees a bright future for the Sydney Swans.

Round 3 – Carlton v Sydney: Favourite Sons

Joe Moore has been lucky enough to have not one but two “favourite sons” with the recent arrival of George to his family. Prodigal performances from his Swans have been lacking in recent weeks, but with a victory over Carlton getting 2019 back on track, he is reminded of past favourite sons of the Bloods.

Almanac Soccer – World Cup 2018: Power and dissent

Brin questions whether there is a role for the political within sports as two Swiss players face a sanction from FIFA.

Adam Goodes vs. Daniel Wells

Well, if you like to play with words, you’d have to say that this is good! Damian Balassone gets cute.

Almanac Teams – Most Disliked

Controversy corner here from Phil Dimitriadis; in a deviation from his recent numerical-based sides here is a team of disliked (to some) players.