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.

VAFA Premier B, Round 1 – Old Scotch v Fitzroy: The pain begins

Phil Hill on the Golden Orb spider, old girlfriends and newly-promoted Fitzroy’s Round 1 meeting with Premier B heavyweight Old Scotch. [And a call to get down the Brunswick Street Oval on Saturday – Ed].

VAFA Premier C – Fitzroy v PEGS: We had the close one

Freeway traffic and footy. Phil Hill combines the two in this report.

Fitzroy Junior FC – Trivia Night & ‘Fitzroy Idol’ (July 28)

Fitzroy Junior Football Club are holding a trivia night and ‘Fitzroy Idol’ performance – it’s on this weekend, so get in quick if you want to be involved. Details inside.

VAFA Premier C – Fitzroy v Marcellin: Reasons to be Cheerful

Back from volunteering in Timor Leste, Phil Hill wanders down to Brunswick St to watch Fitzroy defeat Marcellin

Photo Gallery: Camberwell Sharks v Fitzroy Under 10-3

Have a look at some great junior footy action photos by John Harms.

How the Bulldogs went from a club of individuals to a team of Champions.

Dr Cruel puts his spin on how the Bulldogs became a Premiership club.

VAFA Premier B, Round 18 – Fitzroy v Parkdale: The Won’t-But-Should-Have Match

A win to Fitzroy should have been a time to celebrate. Phil Hill and the Lion’s faithful were left flat after the early season losses come home to roost costing the boys a shot at the finals. Disappointed but Phil can’t wait for next year.

The Lousy Bounce – Part 3: Royboys last game.

Heartfelt Fitzroy supporters, this is for you: memories of the Royboys exit from the VFL/AFL.