Almanac Footy: With Genius Can Come Flaws

Ian Wilson looks at some of footy’s great footballers who are more often remembered for their publicity received for adverse deeds perpetrated within or outside footy during their career.

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]

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 13 – Collingwood v Hawthorn: Dirty Didak and mercurial Mitchell

Two resurging Victorian teams met in the last game of Round 13, 2007. Matt O’Connor reports on a nailbiting finish full of young and international talent.

Echoes of Dreamland: on footy and footy writing and 2018

As a teenager, David Wilson (as one of 1200) sang the hymn “Forty Years On” each year at school. Its “echoes of dreamland” live in 2018.
On footy, history, place, story, responsibility. Follow-up!

A New Love

‘When Dane Swan retired, my footy-supporting stocks reached a low ebb. Things were bleak; dark. They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn.’
Find out which player has now claimed E.regnans’ Collingwood heart.

The Pies’ most memorable games against the Eagles

Steve Fahey continues his occasional series of the Pies’ most memorable games against opposition clubs. This time it’s not all wins as some famous games ended in other results.

Round 1 – Collingwood v Western Bulldogs: Dog Day Afternoon, Night & Week

Some promising signs against the classy reigning premiers, but in the end, it turned out to be a Dog Day Afternoon, Night and Week for the Pies according to Ramon.

Almanac Book Cover 2016: The Case for Walla

The latest nomination for the 2016 Almanac book cover sees Andrew Else put forward the case for new Bomber star Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti.

2016 Footy Almanac Cover: The Case for Swanny

Early nominations have come in for the cover of this year’s Footy Almanac, Phil Dimitriadis presents his case for Dane Swan. Is it justified?

Round 23 – Hawthorn v Collingwood: This is water

E.Regnans and the Buds journeyed to the MCG to see the sun set on the Magpies season. Hawks fans were wearing their traditional brown and gold grumpy pants. This is water.

Haiku Bob – Round 22 – the far corners (A Dane Swan Tribute)

Instead of his weekly match report, and in the wake of Dane Swan’s sad and slightly premature retirement, Haiku Bob has waded through his haiku match reports over the years and come across a highlights reel of his own. Thanks for the memories, Swanny.

Miss You, Dane Swan

On the occasion of Dane Swan’s retirement from AFL football, David Wilson writes him a short note, and invites us all to ‘watch’ Swanny.

AFL Football- A game of moments

Poppy Penny on how AFL football is a game of moments when discussing the injury to Bob Murphy.

Round 4 – Collingwood v Melbourne: Early settlers

David Wilson ducks off to the Collingwood v Melbourne match. Seated amongst the Collingwood throng, he finds a team in more trouble than McCubbin’s Pioneer.

Round 1 – Sydney v Collingwood: An artful rogering

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is back with her O’Reilly family to see her Swans thrash the hapless Pies. [Nice – Ed]

NAB Challenge | Geelong v Collingwood: A lot to like for both teams

Cam Hooke reckons this practice match showed promising signs for both teams. Though it’s good to be on the right side of the scoreboard.

Round 22 – Geelong v Collingwood: D Swan

Swanny is one of us writes E. Regnans in this fine tribute to an eccentric character (in many ways and a very ordinary character in others). [Terrific yarn – JTH]

Round 19 – Collingwood v Carlton: Haiku Bob – the other half

Haiku Bob on the Pies victory at a half empty MCG

Can Collingwood win a premiership with their young list in the next five years? Part Two: Midfield

Nick Durban gives us his 2020 Collingwood midfield. One for the time capsule.

Round 19 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Winning Ugly

As the old adage goes: a win, is a win, is a win. Cam Hooke shares his thoughts with the Magpie True Believers after Saturday’s ugly win over Carlton.