1966 and all that: Round 1 – Melbourne v St Kilda

Harold Holt was in Vietnam visiting the troops as Melbourne and St Kilda stepped onto the MCG in front of a big Round 1 ANZAC Day crowd. Peter Clark continues his account of the 1966 VFL season.

Almanac Footy Teams – Ken-oath they were good!: A Team of Kens

No Barbies here, just Kens! Phil Dimitriadis excells himself once again with a fabulous team of footy Kens.

Almanac Memoir – The Tracks of my Tears

“I buried my face in the pages of the Football Record and I cried as frustration washed through me. If you think the disappointment of being bundled out of the finals in 2013, 14 and 15 was bad then you didn’t experience the disappointment of the last round of the 1966 season. The gut-wrenching emotion of that last game had me in tears.”

Facts about St Kilda and Melbourne

After a visit to the Sports Museum at the MCG Yoshi presents some historical facts and figures of matches played between St Kilda and Melbourne.

50 Years On – Brunswick Street Ground

Warwick Nolan takes us back to 1966, with a fantastic account of Fitzroy’s final ever VFL game at the Brunswick St Oval in the penultimate round of the season. A game Carl Ditterich will remember for all the wrong reasons. [50 year anniversary occasion will be marked at Brunswick Street Oval TOMORROW (Saturday), where Fitzroy play Old Scotch in a crucial VAFA Premier B clash – Ed].

Era, era on the wall; 1960-1966

The VFL in the 1960’s saw football still as a tough yet sometimes brutal sport, as players were happy to play the game for the joy of it. This period also saw the introduction of television, football replays and shows such as Football Inquest, World of Sport and League Teams. It was also the period that saw Ron Barassi leave the Dees for the Blues and the sacking of Norm Smith.

Round 20 – North Melbourne v St Kilda: A brilliant Tassie adventure

The Kangaroos were hosting, but to lots of folks Yvette Wroby met in Hobart last weekend, the real home team was wearing red, white and black.

Ultimate Wool Team – Victoria: Brian ‘Moo’ Muir

Brian Muir was a wool classer, analyst and later a manager at Dalgety’s. He played at St Kilda, coached the Under 19s and has been a club stalwart for over half a century. He spoke to JTH yesterday. [A worthy nom for the Vic side – Ed]

Round 4 – St Kilda v Carlton: The Plane, The Party, The People, The Parade/Commemoration, The Pummelling, The Pooped and Peaceful Night after, The Paddy and The Punt, and the Place.

Brought to you by the letter P; part match report, part tour diary, Yvette Wroby made the trip across the ditch for the Saints and Carlton game. No points, but a good time was had by all – especially being taught how to drop punt by a number one draft pick.

Hurlingham Park

Braham Dabscheck recalls a childhood of shattering the Donath’s dining room windows with sweetly-timed leg-side pull shots in street cricket, competing against mates and neighbours at the hallowed grounds of Hurlingham Park in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs, which sorted the men out from the boys and creating lifelong friendships and memories in equal measure.

Laws of Life and Football

Tony Robb takes Bob Ellis’ latest tome ‘The Ellis Laws’ and applies the veteran playwright and racounteur’s ten laws of life to modern football. Do Ellis’ laws stand up to scrutiny?

AFL Grand Final: Let There Be Football

  Right now it’s past midnight. Tomorrow. Saturday. Grand-damn-Final day! Praise be and hallelujah Grand! Final! When jets play on jets. Champions are put on Champions. Redemption stories are put on redemption stories. One tale to be confirmed, etched in stone. The other to be shattered and fade like false dawns. I’ve said it before, [Read more]