Book Extract – Merger: The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996

Another extract from William Westerman’s book, ‘Merger: the Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996’. Was this day the worst of a very grim season?

Geelong’s Record Run – Round 16, 1952: Cats race away from Gorillas

With finals a month away, Geelong faced a red hot Fitzroy team at Kardinia Park. Peter Clark’s series on Geelong’s amazing unbeaten run through 1952-53 continues.

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.

Almanac Books: ‘Merger’ book launch

William Westerman’s book, ‘Merger’, will be launched at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel on June 2nd. Details here.

Round 4 – Western Bulldogs v Brisbane: The Real Meaning of FitzRoy and the Princely Bulldogs of Ballarat

Shane Reid had all things royal and regal on his mind when he penned this report of the Doggies-Lions joust in Ballarat.

Almanac Football History: Fitzroy’s last finals series, the fabulous 1986 season

Following on from his recent look back at 1984, Phillip Mendes revists what was to be the final VFL/AFL finals series for the Roys; 1986. From the smashing of the ’85 premiers to the retirement of Superboot, it was a momentous year.

Almanac Footy History: The Crapp Chronicles Part 5: Crapp and the Telegram!

Crapp’s Chronicles continue with a brave young lad and a potential passing of the umpiring flame to our protagonist in 1899.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn

A poem about the legendary Fitzroy champ, Wilfred ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn, by Stephen Whiteside.

Finals Week 3 – Brisbane v Geelong: Small mercies

After a year of superb Brisbane coverage, Shane Reid used last night’s preliminary final loss to reflect on better games and premiership moments.

Round 18 – Brisbane v Carlton: Remembering tales of yore and beating the Blues

After counselling his pupils on the magic of Quinlan and the old Lions, high-school teacher Shane Reid watched his modern-age Brisbane temporarily rise to top spot following a strong win over the Blues.

Dark Blue, Maroon & White

Old Dog shares a video clip he’s seen of the boys from old Fitzroy, playing at Glenferrie in 1958. It has many characters of the club, colour and movement of the time, fading “What if?” questions and a jumper better than any other in the world. [Magic stuff – Ed.]

1981 Revisited – Finals Week 2: ‘Hold on Tight’

Sam Steele’s recounting of the 1981 VFL season reaches semi-final week. Carlton take on Geelong for a place in the Grand Final, whilst Collingwood and Fitzroy fight for survival.

1981 Revisited – Finals Week 1: ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’

It’s finals time in Stainless’ look back at the 1981 season. In the first week, there are multiple upsets that disrupt the course of the finals series.

Almanac Family History: Tina Ongarello Reminisces

Tina Ongarello remembers wonderful days of family and footy. [First published in 2011]

From the foot of the table to the Final Five: Fitzroy’s exhilarating 1981 season

Philip Mendes presents a meticulously researched look at the meteoric rise of Fitzroy in the 1981 VFL season. A great companion piece to Sam Steele’s week by week coverage of this season.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Fitzroy’s Fabulous Century: the 100 Greatest Victories 1897-1996.’

Royboy Adam Muyt (author of the acclaimed ‘Maroon and Blue’) reviews Fitzroy Pete’s recently released book ‘Fitzroy’s Fabulous Century’. [Gives it a big tick too – Ed]

Round 3 – Brisbane v West Coast: Winning when we “should”, the ultimate challenge – just ask Ivan Drago…

Shane Reid has intimidating memories of the Eagles always trumping his Lions. In a round three match-up the home side were expected to win, he rode Brisbane home in a tight encounter.

Almanac Footy History: 1900 VFL Grand Final – Melbourne v Fitzroy

DJ Williams delves back in time to re-tell the story of the 1900 VFL season, and specifically the upset triumph of Melbourne against a red-hot Fitzroy. [Includes one of DJ’s historical images of the famous Alex Sloane of the Roys and Melbourne’s Richard Wardill. Ed]

Almanac Lunches – A Queenslander in Melbourne

A road trip south saw Noosaville’s Ian Hauser in Melbourne recently. He managed to take in two Almanac lunches at the North Fitzroy Arms. How much of a good thing can this man take? The simple answer is – heaps!

The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch – Aug 23: With special guest Robert Shaw

Our guest at the next Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch on 23rd August will be Robert Shaw, former AFL coach at Essendon, Fitzroy and Adelaide Crows. One of the better thinkers in the current footy scene, Robert is sure to share both his experiences in and insights into the game. Bookings essential.