Old Autograph Books: Rod Oaten

Rod Oaten has enjoyed the autograph series on the Almanac site – and tells the tale of his old autograph book.

Neil Craig: Elite Performer (Part 2)

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

Round 18 – Essendon v Fremantle: Macaque Attack

There are some parallels to be found between the Bombers dispensing with the Dockers and a recent visit to the Kuala Lumpur Eco-Park, no monkeying about.

Round 16 – Essendon v Collingwood: Homecoming

Down from the nation’s capital, William Westerman, as a neutral, soaks up the atmosphere of a big game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Round 11 – Essendon v Richmond: Dreams, legends, full circles and quick hands

Stainless ponders Kevin Sheedy’s legacy at both clubs during Dreamtime at the G.

Round 7 – Essendon v Hawthorn: Disappointing Dons and around the grounds

‘This must surely be one of the worst games of football from the Essendon Football Club that I have ever seen.’ Rod Oaten was not impressed with his Dons on Saturday.

They’re a weird mob: a South Australian attends the 1950 VFL Grand Final

What was it like for a South Australian spectator to experience Victorian footy for the first time in 1950? L.T.A. Good with a proto-Footy Almanac report

Almanac Footy Memoir: A Bomber Life

Keith Richards remembers childhood days barracking for the Bombers.

Odd Friday Lunch with Des ‘Tuddy’ Tuddenham

Join us this Friday for lunch with Collingwood legend Des ‘Tuddy’ Tuddenham.

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…”

Round 21-Essendon v Gold Coast Suns : Relief for Bomber fans.

Call it karma, or call it whatever you like, but the good vibes were coming Col’s way when he heard the news regarding Zach and Jake for Sunday’s game against the Gold Coast Suns.

Round 19 – Adelaide v Essendon: We all know the result before the game

Rulebook wraps up the Crows’ big win over the Bombers, starting with a raffle book, of course

Round 18 – Essendon v Brisbane: Reflection and inaccuracy; Brunswick St and Docklands

Rod Oaten enjoys history and company at Brunswick St Oval, before choosing to listen via ABC radio to his Essendon; in a winnable game against the AFL’s Lions.

The 2016 Disco Gamma Cup – Round Fifteen

Earl O’Neill farewells the final bye round of the season and some other notable events from last weekend. Who says politics and sport don’t mix?

Round 12 – Essendon v Hawthorn: It was a dark and stormy night … but mainly for Essendon

Did Snoopy ever finish that novel? Well, the Hawks certainly finished off the Bombers on a dark and stormy night

Round 8 – Essendon v North Melbourne: Winners, not grinners

Part of me wonders why Bombers supporters bother turning up this year, given expectations for their side are so low. Or why nearly 60,000 of them have paid for memberships, funding the institution that let them and their playing list down so badly. Another part of me gets it. We’re a tribal town and few [Read more]

Round 5 – Collingwood v Essendon: Anzac Day 2016

Mark O’Connell for the Floreat Pica Society was up early for the Dawn Service. “And 12 hours and 10 minutes after my alarm went off the game starts and there are only two words on everybody’s lips – BIG COX.”

Round 4 – Essendon v Geelong: Provisional entertainment

Upon using it for the first time, Mark Browning discovered that his MCC membership wasn’t the only provisional thing that day