Almanac Footy History – The Crapp Chronicles: Henry ‘Ivo’ Crapp

This is the first installment of ‘The Crapp Chronicles’ where writer and podcaster Tim Ghys uncovers the life and times of legendary footy umpire Henry ‘Ivo’ Crapp.

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.]

Football History: 1919 VFL Grand Final

Anticipating an October pandemic Grand Final this year, Glen! takes us back to the year 1919, when Richmond and Collingwood played the decider in the year of Spanish Flu.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 7 – Kangaroos v Essendon: Trailblazer Bachar promises lots in a Bomber loss

Peter Hanlon soaked up the atmosphere of the old Telstra Dome as he watched an inaccurate Essendon go down to the Roos. But all was not to be lost, as the Bombers unveiled a new exciting player.

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.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 6 – Essendon v Hawthorn: The Buddy show slams the hapless Bombers

Vin Maskell went to the MCG for some Saturday arvo footy. With the game teetering each way, it was Lance Franklin who put on a heroic performance to push his Hawks to victory.

A memory of Swansea Swans/Bulldogs: Gone, but not forgotten

Every country footy club is someone’s footy club. The recently out of commission Swansea is Allan Barden’s. A story at once unique yet wholy familiar from the East Coast of Tasmania. [Exceptional – Ed.]

Back in time: footy coverage at the Almanac in 2020

The Footy Almanac is going back in time. As a community of writers and readers who love history and memoir, this is right up our alley. Check out this alternative to a real-time season.

Almanac Art and Footy History: Richmond v Footscray, Punt Road, 1904

DJ Williams has painted a scene from the Richmond v Footscray clash at Punt Road in 1904. The piece is augmented with his words about the early rivalry of Richmond and Footscray and also gives an account of a very exciting match.

Almanac Footy History: The Zedders, ES&A and the emergence of Albert Park FC

Grade 11 student Anna Pavlou follows on from her first piece about workplace footy in Melbourne with a look at a team which emerged from the footy teams of two banks, the ANZ Zedders and ES&A which these days has become Albert Park FC. Anna was encouraged to undertake this primary and secondary research and complete this substantial history by Almanac supporter Peter Stirk.

Almanac Art: Introducing Darren ‘DJ’ Williams

These days DJ Williams has taken the leap of faith to try his hand at being a full time artist and writer. He has a special interest in footy history. Here’s some of his recent work.

One Hundred Years Ago: Round 4, 20th May, 1911

If you were in any doubt, violence in football is nothing new. As an example, we revisit the 1911 VFL season, and a controversial incident that ended up in the law courts.

Oldest surviving footballers (and can you help?)

Thanks to some wonderful work from AFL statistician Col Hutchinson and several others, we’d like to present a list of the oldest surviving footballers and invite you to get involved by sharing any insights or tales you have about them.

Oldest surviving footballers – Full list

A companion piece for the oldest surviving footballers, this is the list of all the players provided for the Almanac, including some who may or may not be still with us. Get in touch if you have any knowledge about them or others we might have missed.

The Dickensian festive season footy fan (Part 3): The ghost of footy future

This is the final chapter of Jarrod Landells’ tale of the three clubs that shaped his relationship with the AFL

The contents page from The Doggies Almanac

This is the contents page taken directly from The Doggies Almanac – which is out now. [John Harms is adding info about pieces in the comments – Ed]

Footscray’s Fightback in 1989

This piece was first published in 2011. Remarkably it was written by Domenic Favata when he was in Grade 9. It’s topical again, given the Doggies premiership. The Fight Back of 1989 is also the topic of a piece by Melbourne barrister Rob Heath in The Doggies Almanac 2016 which is available now.

Footy’s first free kick: How and why we got a game of our own

[FREE access to journal article now linked – Ed]. Historian and writer Roy Hay has a piece in the current issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport. Here he introduces the longer article: “The game (footy) is deeply ingrained in local consciousness and has been since the mid-nineteenth century. Have you ever wondered how it all began and why?”

The Barmah Redgummers

Thanks to Elizabeth Stockwell’s comment, we have dug out this photo sent to us by Reverend Shinboner. There are also some interesting comments from others, including relatives who have recognised family mmbers in the photo.

Second Port of call: The Power’s best 22 from another club

Mike Hugo sits down at the selection table for Port Adelaide. How has he done?