The rhyme of the modern Mariner

Last Saturday’s A League Grand Final, won spectacularly by the Central Coast Mariners, 6-1, reminded Alex Darling of this poem first published in 2018.

Alex Darling with a rousing sea shanty of the Gosford waterfront. (“It is a modern Mariner; And he stoppeth regu’ly…”)

Almanac Soccer: Bolt! Trailblazer for the Central Coast?

Usain Bolt becomes a “coastie” tomorrow as he takes his first steps on the road to his professional football career.

Almanac Soccer: Trials and tribulations – a reflection on Darije Kalezi?’s time at the Phoenix

@hamishneal   “Speculated Wellington Phoenix coach Darije Kalezi? has managed four teams in four years in three countries (England, Holland and Saudi Arabia” I noted back in May. “It doesn’t exactly scream stability”   And henceforth the Swiss-born coach won’t end the season in charge of the Kiwi-based A-League franchise. As March started with the club [Read more]

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Now Edition

Hamish Neal previews the much anticipated A-League Grand Final Between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Plate Edition

With teams jockeying for finals positions Hamish Neal previews Round 27 of the A-League

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The VAR Edition

The A-League eyes the future with the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee this weekend. With the Premier’s Plate all locked up, how will it affect the race away from the wooden spoon?

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Plate Edition

Will Bobo or Baba kick more goals this weekend in Round 25 of the A-League season? Includes highlights one of the most amazing matches of New Zealand football you will ever see

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Gap Edition

Plenty of changes in goal around the country as Hamish Neal tells you all you need to know about Round 24 of the A-League

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Two Edition

A quiet weekend for the A-league with only two matches, but they do have finals consequences. Hamish Neal reads the tea leaves.

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Sweep Edition

It’s Round 22 of the A-league and finally we get the rematch we’ve all been waiting for – Tim Cahill vs the corner flag kid

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Boateng Edition

Just what does Western Sydney have to do to get a points deduction and do we have a trans-Tasman brotherhood on the cards?

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Concussion Edition

Hamish Neal ponders the use of the concussion test amongst his review of Round 20 of the A-League

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Ban Edition

1,000-ish words, thoughts and musings on round 19 of the A-League which starts in Sydney on Thursday evening when the unbeaten Sky Blues FC host the Nix before it concludes in the Harbour City on Sunday. Perth also host the defending champion second franchise from Melbourne in the W-League decider.   Sydney FC v Wellington [Read more]

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Gunners Edition

Hamish Neal previews this week’s A-League action including the big clash between Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar.

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Run Edition

Hamish Neal previews Roound 16 of the A-League and pints to a few things to look out for.

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Chasing Edition

Hamish Neal previews the exciting round 15 matches this weekend including the top four battle between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar.

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Distance Edition

Hamish Neal with his musings on the upcoming Round 14 of the A-League.

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Hot Edition

With football heading down to Geelong while the FFA eyes expansion there’s a reasonable prospect of the top four stealing a big break on the rest of the competition

A-League 1,000: The Holiday Edition

A big week for the A-League coming up with matches (almost) every day for the near future. Hamish Neal walks us through

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Facts Edition

Hamish Neal previews Round 11 of the A-League as a goal-fest in the west looks on the cards.