Almanac Books: The Fateful Season – Remembering the Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996

William Westerman explains his motives for writing his book about the Fitzroy FC: ‘Merger: The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996’. Details for purchasing the book are provided.

VAFA – Fitzroy v Ajax: ANZAC Day at Brunswick Street Oval, then, and now.

John Harms spent ANZAC Day 2012 at the Brunswick Street Oval helping with Auskick, having lunch and then watching an exciting match between the Roys and the visiting Ajax side. [Reprised]

Almanac Footy Life: Brad Boyd – Time to sing the praises of an unsung Fitzroy hero

Gabrielle Murphy is a big fan of Brad Boyd, who is sometimes forgotten. She states the case for greater recognition and acknowledgement of the deeds and leadership displayed by Brad Boyd, Fitzroy FC’s captain, during their final two tumultuous years in the AFL.

Almanac Footy History – Wilfred Smallhorn: The Remarkable Chicken

Adam Muyt recounts the wonderful story of Fitzroy FC legend, Wilfred ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn.

1981 Revisited – Round 7: ‘I Love a Rainy Night’

Round 7 1981, Sam Steele’s weekly review of the season continues. Highlights included, Fitzroy’s memorable win, yellow footballs allowed for use in adverse conditions, and the State Government approving two Sunday games at the MCG.

Almanac Footy History: 65 years ago Kevin Murray plays his first game for the Fitzroy FC

Fitzroy great, Kevin Murray is paid a fitting tribute by David Leydon to celebrate the 65th anniversary of his first game of VFL football.

Rising from the cellar: Fitzroy’s outstanding 1979 season

A teenage Philip Mendes watched his beloved Lions break a 19 year-old finals drought in 1979. He recounts every game of that breakthrough season. [Sit back and enjoy – Ed].

A Phoenix from the Ashes: A Review of The Merge

William Westerman previews “The Merge”, a film detailing the the story and history behind the merger of the Fitzroy FC and the Brisbane Bears in 1996.

Fitzroy Football Club – All-star line up for literary lunch: (NOW SOLD OUT)

The Fitzroy Football Club is an old friend of the Almanac. They will be hosting an upcoming literary lunch to be held at the Brunswick Street Oval Community Rooms on July 27th. Sounds like a beauty and features Almanac fave George Megalogenis. You’d better get in fast! Bookings close Monday 22nd July.

VAFA Premier B Round 10 – Fitzroy v Monash Blues: Rattle and Hum

The winter solstice sees David Wilson along to Brunswick Street Oval to watch Fitzroy play footy. It is a journey of past and present; of people and place.

Almanac (Footy) Memoir: Angela Savage on Friday Review

Angela Savage offers a heartfelt remembrance of the Boys from old Fitzroy and her departed Grandfather. (Courtesy of Brian Nankervis).

Round 3 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: The View from the Royal Derby

Phil Hill now bases himself at The Royal Derby pub to watch the Brisbane Lions play. With like minded supporters, he was impressed by what he saw against the Power.

VAFA Premier B, Round 2 – Fitzroy Football Club: Lunch, Flags and Game

Fitzroy Football Club unfurl two premiership flags this Saturday at the Brunswick Oval. Join them for lunch, celebrate the flags then watch the Roy Boys take on Uni Blacks for the first time in their modern history.

Almanac (Fitzroy) Footy: The Five Stages of Grief

Teacher and Deakin Uni creative writing student Shane Reid makes his Almanac debut with this wonderful piece about following his beloved Fitzroy FC and the sense of the loss he’s had to face since the mighty Roys were ‘euthanised’. It includes some creative and entertaining revisionism. [Mighty fine writing – JTH]

VAFA Premier C Grand Final – Fitzroy v Old Geelong: A windy day at Trevor Barker Oval

History was made on the weekend as Fitzroy claimed its first senior flag since Fitzroy and the Fitzroy Reds merged in 2008. Rod Oaten was there to watch the game unfold and celebrate with the Roys.

Not Taking Sides Against the Family: Fitzroy and the Lions through the generations

With his first son born just last week, William is faced with the prospect of assigning him a football team to support. Clearly in this age where personal choices about identity are so important, he feels he must tread lightly as he relates from his personal experiences.

Fitzroy are still going strong

Mandy’s dad lives in a dementia wing of a nursing home that he calls a “memory support wing”. In his head, Fitzroy is still running around smashing all in their wake, with all their superstars still safely in the fold, living out their proud history, makes his daughter very happy. She recalls fondly some of those memories of her dad and the footy, when the Roys were still going strong!

Solving the Case of the Roys Ring-In Premiership Trophy

Mystery solved! The case of the Fitzroy Premiership that wasn’t! Read all about it!

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.

Almanac People: The 30th Anniversary of “Superboot” Bernie Quinlan’s last season

Philip Mendes reminds us about Bernie Quinlans’ last VFL season in 1986, 30 years ago.