Almanac Book Review – ‘The Death of Fitzroy Football Club’: Mixed Feelings

Melbourne writer and academic Philip Mendes loves the Fitzroy Football Club. This is his review of Russell Holmesby’s book ‘The Death of the Fitzroy Football Club’.

So close to the Holy Grail: A personal reflection on Fitzroy Football Club’s 1983 season

Philip Mendes was in his second year at uni in 1983, the year Fitzroy made a genuine play for the flag. Here he recounts the season, game by game, quoting the analysis of the experts of the day, and giving his own commentary. [Fantastic memories – JTH]

Almanac Footy Teams – Political Football

Who’d you vote for? Andrew Gaylard has come with a footy team of leaders who have been either Prime Minister or President of their country.

Almanac Odd Friday Lunch: With Garry Wilson (August 3)

Champion Fitzroy rover Garry Wilson joins us for lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms on Aug 3. All welcome.

September Specialists

Phil Dimitriadis has selected his team of finals champions. Over to you for your thoughts.

Era, era on the wall; 1977-1986

Jeff Dowsing continues with his fantastic look at bygone football eras. Many think the 70s and 80s where the greatest in footy. Actually they nearly killed but ultimately saved football. A must read for students of the game.

Revising the Doom and Gloom Historiography: Fitzroy Football Club’s last golden era 1978-1986

Despite the doom and gloom impression history may have given you, in the early 80s Fitzroy were a “glamour team” of the VFL. Philip Mendes is keen to counter the negativity and prove that Fitzroy were up there with the best.