Almanac Footy Memoir – VFL Grand Final 1970: It’s the Vibe

Fifty years ago! Mark Poustie makes an impressive Almanac debut with this fine piece on attending the 1970 Grand Final with his father and brother. Philosophical reflection, description, history and comment all come together in this beaut memoir. [Welcome Mark – JTH]

Almanac Footy History: The first moving images of VFL football

This is the earliest surviving film of VFL footy – from the 1909 Grand Final between Carlton and South Melbourne.

Round 8 – Sal’s Preview: The Race Begins

Sal previews part of Round 8 – these rounds are coming around very quickly!

1981 Revisited – The Escort Cup: ‘The Night Owls’

In his journey through the 1981 season, Stainless Steele revisits the halcyon days of the Escort Cup when Essendon downed Carlton in the Grand Final at VFL Park.

Round 5 – Carlton v St Kilda: Could we back up?

Coming off a couple of good wins, Matt Harvey’s Carlton couldn’t make up the ground as the Saints proved too strong at Marvel Stadium.

Round 2 – Carlton v Melbourne: Honourable losses butter no parsnips

Peter Fuller laments the slow starts of the Carton FC – especially this one. But, while admiring the gritty comeback, he notes the butterless parsnips.

Almanac Memoir: A new chum’s introduction to Australian Football

John Milton had never heard of Australian Football until he was asked to fix an antenna on a ship off the New South Wales coast. Here’s how his footy life has unfolded. [A wonderful memoir of life and love and the places they take you – JTH]

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 6 – St Kilda v Carlton: A typical Carlton night and a decent left boot

John Harms soaked up the business of Carlton on a Friday night. But the charm of the town soon changed once the Blues ran into a precise St Kilda side.

1966 and all that: Round 2 – St Kilda v Carlton

Peter Clark continues his review of St Kilda’s 1966 season. In Round 2 this week, the Blues visit the Saints’ new fortress at Moorabbin. And Gough takes a hit.

Almanac Flashback – Round 1 2010: A new dawn, same old Tigers

Ten years is a long time in footy. 2010, Richmond with a new coach, new administration, supporters were hopeful their season was to turn around but they got off to a shocker!

AFLW Round 2 – Carlton v Collingwood: Haiku Bob – upside down

Haiku Bob captures the afternoon at the footy with his daughter at the clash between their Collingwood and rival Carlton.

AFLW Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Blues come away with a mature opening win in Richmond’s valiant debut

In the opening game of the AFLW season, Carlton were too good for a gallant Richmond side making its debut. Sean Mortell reports.

Round 13 – Sal’s Preview: The Floggers’ Edition

The Blues have a win and Sal Ciardulli is all over them as he talks us through Round 13 while also searching for a definition of ‘flog’. What is a flog?

Almanac Footy Books (and Lunches): An extract from Matt Zurbo’s ‘Heart & Soul’ – Ken Hunter

Matt Zurbo spent many years chatting to footballers and produced a fine collection of the interviews. A new edition of the book Heart & Soul has been published by Geoff Slattery. This post includes an extract from the book – an interview with Ken Hunter. The book will be celebrated (launched?) at The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms on July 19. All welcome.

Round 11 – Essendon v Carlton: An MCG Comedy

On a day of rain of biblical proportions, Caspar McLeod also finds himself praying to the Gods of Good Grades.

Round 1 (2009) – Richmond v Carlton: Ransacked by Visigoths

This piece by John Harms was published just after the opening round in 2009. Stainless Steele’s series reminded us to reprise it here.

A Tale of Two Freos: A long week in Fremantle football one week at a time by Les Everett

Freo’s AFLW side headed to Princes Park for their Preliminary Final against Carlton while the men;s side started their season at home. Les Everett reports.

Almanac Footy History: Keogh and Lenaghan – two Bendigo FNL champions

Trevor Keogh and Frank Lenaghan were two champion players of their eras, both having important connections to Sandhurst and were inducted into the BFL Hall of Fame in 1996. Richard Jones tells their stories.

Carlton 2018: Every rebuild can be unhappy in its own way

Much furious comment surrounded Carlton’s 2018. John Butler offers his thoughts on the Year of the Double Spoon.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 15 – The Year of the Magpie

Cam Hooke delivers his upbeat weekly assessment of the Collingwood Universe after a win over their old rival.