Almanac Memories: Drinking with Billy Serong Part 2

Bill Serong, who died a month ago, drank at the North Fitzroy Arms. John Harms had a few beers with him over the years.

Round 12 – Collingwood v Western Bulldogs: Flotreat Pica Society Report

Floreat Pica Society and Footy Almanac stalwart Frank Taylor had a troubled preparation for this big clash, and the Pies never really recovered.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 11 Review / Round 12 Preview

Cam Hooke has a fair-handed look at the umpiring in the Pies-Dockers clash in Perth as he reviews the draw, then previews the Round 12 clash with the Doggies.

Round 11 – Fremantle v Collingwood (Floreat Pica): Crumble

Not even his daughter’s homemade apple crumble could soften the disappointment Mark O’Connell felt on Friday night as his Pies fell away to draw with the Dockers.

Almanac Grand Final – Collingwood v Brisbane: Smashed Guitars, Old Legs and Newborns

Jacob Lynch makes his Almanac debut with an account of the 2023 Grand Final between his Pies and the Lions. It was a big day.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life 2024: Round 10 Review / Round 11 Preview

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life 2024 reviews the Pies’ Round 10 match against Adelaide, and Previews their Round 11 match against Fremantle.

Round 9 – Collingwood v West Coast: Mothers’ Day Mission Accomplished (Floreat Pica Society)

With a decimated forward line, Michael Waters was concerned that the Pies might be vulnerable against West Coast. He need not have worried, as he reports for the Floreat Pica Society.

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.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: The karma of gathering

We introduce Simon de Frankston, who had to be coaxed into publishing – and then he asked if we paid a fee. The exchange is recounted in the introduction to this, the only footy poem he’s ever written, which enters haiku territory in its final lines. (There will be more poetry from him, no doubt.) Worth a read for the observations of coaches alone. [Welcome SdeR – we’ve been waiting a long time.]

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life 2024: Opening Round – Back to back?

With the opening of footy season 2024 fast approaching, Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life and the ‘True Believers’ are feeling very upbeat about their prospects for the coming season.

Almanac Life: Education In Isolation (from 2020)

This was first published in April, 2020, at the height of Lockdown. It’s bobbed up in Almanac conversations recently…

Parent of young kids, Luke Reynolds has come up with a cracker curriculum in these times of home schooling! [A deadset Almanac classic – Ed]

AFL Grand Final: Two old guys banish our demons

Sean Mortell is consumed by thought as he walks from the city to the MCG on Grand Final day. He describes the tense Grand Final and his response to it. This is a piece for those who love the game and the premiership quest, especially those of the black and white.

Darcy Moore

Damian Balassone has a chance meeting with a Collingwood angel.

Round 24 – Essendon v Collingwood: One of the best Friday night walks (Floreat Pica Society)

Linda Ho was at the MCG for (most of) Round 24, as Collingwood looked to finish the home and away season as minor premiers.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 18 Review, Round 19 Preview.

Cam Hooke was in transit during the Pies match against Freo and had to rely on a bloke wearing Richmond shorts to fill him in on the score. He’s pretty happy about the second quarter and is looking at the rounds to come. [The man’s enthusiasm has no bounds – JTH]

Round 17 – Haiku Bob: pull of the moon

Haiku Bob recounts the enthralling game at Docklands where the Pies came back from a halftime deficit to remain hot favourites this season.

Round 16 – Gold Coast v Collingwood: Globetrotting (Floreat Pica Society)

Reporting for the Floreat Pica Society, Tony Scully reckons the Pies reminded him of a famous US basketball team

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]

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: AFL 2023 – Round 1

Cam Hooke gives his insights as we edge closer to the start of the season

Almanac AFL Predictions: Why Carlton are certs in 2023

George Grossek searches the history books and come up with a reason his Bluebaggers will win the 2023 flag.