Almanac Teams: The Elevens Hour (1980- )

Back into the swing of things this week, Rodney Boyd provides his more interesting Number 11s side of the past forty years; this one contains a slow Brownlow winner and a benched premiership captain.

FEARLESS 2019 – Round 19: The overdue return of the squirrel grip…

FEARLESS calls out pointless jargon, such as the use of ‘metres gained’ statistics and the over-hyped obsession with ‘players as athletes’. How would a ball-getter like ‘Diesel’ Williams fare in the modern draft?

Almanac Football: 1993 Revisited

Stainless takes a fascinating trip down memory lane as he recalls the 1993 AFL season. [With a nod to the Brettig-Collins-Gill podcast – Ed]

Almanac Teams – Most Disliked

Controversy corner here from Phil Dimitriadis; in a deviation from his recent numerical-based sides here is a team of disliked (to some) players.

Almanac Footy Teams: Opening Round Debutants

Phil Dimitriadis picks a side of Round 1 debutants, many of whom you will remember well, while others faded away.

Almanac Teams: A team of great No. 2s

This is becoming quite a tradition at the Almanac. Phil Dimitriadis, spiritual leader of the Teamsters’ Union, has picked another side: a team of those who wore jumper No. 2.

Number Five

Paul Spinks takes us back to 1985 where he watched a Geelong pre-season inter-club game in Anglesea. His South African friend Samantha didn’t know much about the game, but she couldn’t help but be impressed by a certain number 5.

Great players…Great nicknames

Peter Clark remembers some of the great nicknames of footballers past but wonders why nicknames for current footballers are not as forthcoming. Who can you add to the list?

In the Show Ring with the Centremen

Carolyn Spooner doggedly compares some of her favourite pivot players to their canine equivalents.

Almanac Footy History: In search of the best roving pairs

Who are the mightiest mosquitoes ever to have buzzed around the football packs? Some suggestions from Messrs Sexton and Coventry. Thoughts?

A club is bigger than the team.

In this retrospective piece, David Parker reflects on his journey and his Footy Club.

My (absent) left foot

Matt Watson discusses how players in this day and age have lost the art of having a left foot.

Goalkicking- How hard is it?

It’s one of the essential skills of the game so why is accuracy in front of goal seemingly so poor? Tony Robb vents some frustration after watching some very ordinary performances at the sticks in round six.

What will my memory be like in 10 years’ time?

I am one of those amateur football players who has been concussed on numerous occasions. What is my likelihood of ending up with a degenerative brain disease because of what occurred whilst I played football?