Almanac Footy: The Journey

It has been a long journey in the wilderness for Carlton supporters over many years suffering a lack of success at the top level. But many fans, like Shane Thomas, are excited by the Blues’ performances this season and the prospect of the ultimate prize just two steps away.

1972 SANFL Grand Final – North Adelaide v Port Adelaide: Same Again Thanks

It’s fifty years since North Adelaide completed back-to-back SANFL flags. Swish takes a look at the 1972 Grand Final Footy Budget and provides some observations from the Roosters’ acclaimed win in the Champions of Australia a fortnight later.

Almanac Footy History: Remembering the early days of Geoff Southby and Keith Greig

David Clerehan was at primary school when Geoff Southby and Keith Greig made their debuts. He remembers those early days, as he reminds us that both celebrate birthdays this week.

Round 20 – St Kilda v Carlton: There goes another season and the hot air of expectation

Yvette Wroby knew her Saints were in trouble when they were favourites against the self-deprecating Blues and their supporters….Saints by a million they said!

Everyday Obituaries: Onya Pal – a tribute to Kelvin Reynolds

Luke Reynolds pays tribute to his grandfather Kelvin on what would have been his 90th birthday.

Neil Craig: Elite Performer (Part 2)

Rulebook’s back with Part 2 of Neil Craig’s career – from player to super coach

Sal’s Round 1 Preview: Go Blues, Blue and Blue

Sal Ciardulli is an institution here at the Almanac and he’s back for Round 1 with his thoughts on the matches, his anticipated ladder at the end of Round 23, and a look at the Moonee Valley Friday meeting and the Saturday races featuring the Golden Slipper, Winx and some other tough events (made tougher by Sydney’s Autumn weather).

AFLW Round 7 – Fremantle v Carlton: Bruises before the bloodbath

There’s no dead games in a seven game season, just ask the dented Dockers and the bruised Blues

AFLW Round 5 – Adelaide v Carlton: Not too much to ask, is it?

After Saturday’s emphatic win by the Crows over the Blues, all that remains for Dave Brown is for the chips to fall where they may to keep the mathematical possibility of an Adelaide Home Grand Final alive.

Round 23 – Sydney v Carlton: The Pelican of the SCG

Interesting what you see at the footy, and where that might take your thoughts. Mathilde de Hauteclocque enjoys the final match with the O’Reilly crew as the Swans take their place in the finals.

My thoughts on Houli’s case and the media

Japanese footy correspondent looks at the Houli case from another country for a different perspective.

AFLM Round 8 – St Kilda v Carlton: Roller Coaster Rides

In what has been a truly wonderful week and the launch her memoir, ‘Siren’s Call’, Yvette Wroby is disappointed by poor behaviour of some of the men in her footy team. It reminds her of a 2012 cartoon she posted on the Almanac.

Round 8 – St Kilda v Carlton: Let The Sunshine In.

Warren Tapner has been inspired by Haiku Bob.

A Portrait of the Supporter as a Young Woman

So much certainty in the “adult” world. With their team struggling, Little Jenny and her Mum head off to the game. [What is hope? What is evidence? What is opinion? – Ed]

The Best Photo of the AFLW Season

At half time of the first AFL Women’s match between Carlton and Collingwood at IKON Park on February 3, AFL photographer Michael Willson captured the shot that depicts everything the new competition meant. Callum O’Connor explains.

AFLW Round 5 – Carlton v Western Bulldogs: When the opening act are the headliners

Princes Park delivered the goods as fans witnessed the highest scoring AFLW game so far. Carlton and the Western Bulldogs went goal for goal in a close, free-flowing match.

To trade or not to trade: Shakespeare’s hot take on the Gibbs non-deal

Every man and his Bard has an opinion on the trade period these days

Almanac Season Review (and Round 23 report): Carlton – A flat end to a fresh start

How to rate the year? John Butler is happy that current management and coaching practices at Carlton differ from the old. And he’s got some advice for cocky Bomber fans.

Almanac Season Review: Essendon and the rude awakening (plus Round 23 report)

Trevor Blainey has ridden this 19-loss season with the Bombers and suggests they are looking good: “No other AFL team will add as many quality players to it’s list next year as Essendon.”

Round 23 – Essendon v Carlton: We beat the old enemy

Is Essendon closer to success than Carlton? In a difficult season, Rod Oaten found “what a joy it was to watch those lads in the Essendon jumpers prove too skilful, too fast and too committed as a team for The Blues…”