Almanac (Footy) Book Review: ‘Larrikins and Legends’ by Dan Eddy

Raging Bull has enjoyed the story of Carlton’s domination (despite internal conflicts) from 1979-82, and the larrikins and legends who played hard and partied hard.

Round 11 – Sal’s Preview (Part 2): Wobbly Carlton to sneak home?

Reading between the lines, it looks like Sal thinks the Blues have a Danger Game against the Suns. Here’s his preview of the rest of the Indigenous Round along with a look at a few of the Saturday’s races.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 8 Review, Round 9 Preview

Life is good for Cam Hooke. It needs no explaining…but there’s a smile in every word.

Finals Week 2 – Melbourne v Carlton: Tradition

Citrus Bob Utber delighted being an unbiased spectator at the nail biting Semi Final match between Melbourne and Carlton.

Almanac Footy Finals: A word to the Carlton FC and its players

Andrew ‘Dougie’ Fraser is a very happy Blues man who has morphed into coach and motivator. Hear he speaks to his mighty Blues.

Almanac Footy (Trips): My brothers

John Nugent has sent John Harms another email. In it he pays tribute to The Scallywags, a group of footy mates he holds dear.

Round 18 – Carlton v Port Adelaide: And that’s what Bob Turner would have said

In the finest tradition of sports writing from the outer, Andrew Fraser presents his thoughts on Carlton’s impressive performance against Port, weaving in a reminder of one of life’s characters. [Beaut little piece – Ed]

Almanac Footy Memoir: Beloved Barass and how the Blues won the 1970 Grand Final.

In the lead-up to the Carlton-Collingwood clash on Sunday, Canberra’s Andrew ‘Dougie’ Fraser explains why the clash of these two clubs means so much to him and his family. Fine memoir which explains how the Baggers won the 1970 Grand Final and pays respect to Andrew’s Mum and Dad, and to the big-hearted Ronald Dale Barassi. [Read this – JTH]

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: The Running of the Bulls

John Green is ready for the first match of the 2023 AFL season. He never tires of the lead-up, especially on the day. He compares barracking for a footy team to the running of the bulls in Spain.

Almanac Book Review: Eddie Betts: The Boy From Boomerang Crescent

In his review of Eddie Betts’ autobiography The Boy From Boomerang Crescent , Braham Dabscheck explains that this is more than a ‘glory book’. [Thanks to Braham for permission to reproduce this review which first appeared in The Newtown Review of Books.]

Stalking David Parkin Part 2

Ian Wilson continues the tale of his interactions with legendary AFL player and coach David Parkin.

Gang of Thieves

Peter Fuller has stumbled across a leaked document.

1969 – Round 4: The day Collingwood and John Greening smashed Carlton

In preparation for Sunday’s massive game Magpie Glen looks at Carlton v Collingwood, Round 4, 1969.

Round 18 – Carlton v Geelong

In accordance with the Michael Voss contention that the Carlton v Geelong clash represented a club audit, Peter Fuller of Green Pen Ticks undertook and completed said audit which is presented herein.

Round 16 – Carlton v St. Kilda: Saints exorcise ‘dem’ Blues

After a few disappointing weeks, St Kilda gave their fans something to smile about with their convincing win over the Blues in their Round 16 match as a pleased Braham Dabscheck reports.

Round 15 – Carlton v Fremantle: Rock and Roll Football

A rollicking ride from Shane Thomas as he riffs on the fans who aren’t singing the Blues for Carlton anymore. It might be a long way to the top, but there’s plenty of sausage rolls along the way!

Round 8 – Carlton v Adelaide: Mothers’ Day Becomes Daughter’s Day At Docklands

Watching his Blues defeat the Crows with his daughter was a delightful way for Matty to spend Mothers’ Day

Round 1 – Carlton v Richmond: Fifty years on, the Blues do it again.

Carlton’s tremendous win in their season opener reminded Bluebagger Matt Harvey of games half a century ago. This delightful memoir (which includes mentions of characters then, and now) is a quiet acknowledgement of life and footy.

Round 1 – Carlton v Richmond: Deja Vu

Collingwood supporter Jackson Mansell attended the Carlton v Richmond Round 1 match and felt a sense of deja vu as he explains.

Round 1 – Carlton v Richmond: An MCG Minute

The Carlton faithful supported long and hard against the Tigers in their Round 1 clash at the MCG, but their support for one player, Sam Docherty, was something special as Shane Thomas writes.