Almanac Teams: The (not quite so) Famous Fives (1980- )

Back onto the more obscure names this week, Rodney Boyd’s team for the bearers of Number 5 has some excellent footballers who’ve done interesting things.

Almanac Teams: Mambo Number 5s (1980- )

The best players to wear the Number 5 jumper since 1980? Rodney Boyd makes his selection and invites your contributions.

Almanac Teams: More Fours (1980- )

Rodney Boyd follows up his best ever team of players who wore Number 4 with a slightly more obscure selection to play in the same number.

The bottom of the record

This is a tribute to all the players who have played a senior VFL/AFL game wearing a guernsey number of 50 and above.  The players whose names appear just above the omnipresent Mr “Rushed” at the foot of the player list in the Record, and who have used (in some cases temporarily) a locker that [Read more]

Higher than 58: A Brownlow medalist

Replacement jumper number 85 – Harry Taylor Dependable Geelong key defender Harry Taylor, who has worn the number 7 guernsey with distinction since his debut in round 2, 2008, wore a very unusual number 85 replacement jumper in Geelong’s big win over Melbourne at the MCG in round 19, 2008.  Taylor was under heavy fire [Read more]

No. 55: Austin McCrabb and Mark Neeld

With no players since 1980 having represented the Cats in Number 54, we skip to two Geelong favourites who wore the Number 55. Number 55 – Austin McCrabb and Mark Neeld Colac farmer Austin McCrabb was a cult figure with Geelong supporters who stepped out in the number 55 jumper for the final two home [Read more]

No 53: Red heads, hyphens and grand finals

  In the fourth of this 10-part series, another Geelong champion has been revealed as the custodian of the Number 53, as has a West Coast premiership player and one of the game’s greatest hyphens. Number 53 – Ron Watt and Barry Stoneham Ron Watt was another local recruit in this list, from Geelong West, [Read more]

Number 52: A dual premiership number

In the third of this 10-part series, we look at former AFL players to have donned the number 52. We again invite readers to recall players from other clubs who sported the number 52 at senior level, whether that number was allocated to the relevant player at the time or was a replacement guernsey. Number [Read more]