Almanac Footy: The Ian Brown Memorial Fund Match – Ballarat FL v Bendigo FL 1953

Historian Roger Spaull recounts a classic (and tragic) piece of country football history, ‘The Ian Brown Memorial Fund Match – Ballarat FL v Bendigo FL 1953’.

Phil Matson: Prince of Coaches

FitzroyPete profiles early twentieth century legendary player/coach Phil Matson of the East Perth Royals. And what a story – an extraordinary player, peerless coach and colourful character all wrapped up in one! Read also of Pete’s plans for a commemorative series on Matson’s premiership successes. (Great reading – Ed.)

Local Footy: Sponsorship deals – always a thorny problem

Richard Jones looks back at the sponsors involved in the Bendigo Football League and the colourful names that have been given to football grounds as a result of the deals.

Northern United Football Club – 30 years

Northern United was a powerhouse of the newly formed Bendigo Football League in the 1980s. Their 1984 premiership will be celebrated this weekend, Trevor Ludeman has all the details.

Fierce rivals draw at Rochy in the opening round of 1954

Richard takes us back 60 years in the Bendigo Football League in a report that includes a dominant Graham Arthur at Sandhurst and a sensation at Camp Reserve. He also delivers his tips for round 1 2014.

Footy in the 20s: East folds, three country clubs arrive

Richard Jones looks at the 1920s in the Bendigo footy league.

Bendigo footy in the Forties …. war and rationing intervene

Richard Jones offers a splendid history of Bendigo League football during the war years of the 1940’s.

Neville Strauch: A man for all seasons and age groups

The late Neville Strauch, a legend of the Bendigo Football League, was one of those rare people in football who was able to make the transition from club footy to the bigger arena of football development.

The burgers are better at Kyneton but Bloods prevail

By Shane Goss South Bendigo have been made to work hard to overcome a gallant Kyneton to win by 26 points in their round 14 BFL clash at the Kyneton Showgrounds. Had the Tigers kicked straight the result may well have been different. In a low scoring and scrappy affair, Kyneton began well, registering seven [Read more]

Castlemaine legend Peter Fyffe on wine and flags

A NEWSTEAD boy through and through, Peter Fyffe came in to play major league football with Castlemaine in the Bendigo league while still a teenager. It was 1969 and 17-year-old Fyffe played on permits with the Magpies. He’d already played senior footy with Newstead at the age of 16 under Castlemaine legend John Williams and [Read more]