Almanac (Horseracing) History: The greatest sporting contest ever

Great sporting contests have long centred on Queensland. This is an amazing story of a crazy horse race over 150 years ago in the Ipswich district.

A rags to riches story: Dromana re-writes NPNFL football history in 2018/19

Dromana are a current fairytale story in the NPNFL, having won a Division 2 and then a Division 1 flag in consecutive years. But the club wasn’t always so successful, as Roger Spaull recounts in a look back to the dreaded 1997 season where football records were smashed in all of the worst ways.

Almanac Life: One of those Melbourne lockdown Saturdays

A day in lockdown quickly evolved into an emotional reflection on Jan Courtin’s parents. Whilst typing out some letters from years gone by, Jan discovered her family history, making the day worthwhile.

Lest we forget the other pandemic

The First World War, the Spanish Flu pandemic, and their terrible effects on life at the time are reflected upon by Harold Peacock in this timely piece leading up to Anzac Day. Check out details of a live stream of an Anzac Day commemoration.

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 Rugby League – How metal detecting can find sporting greats

Harold Peacock has unearthed some rare finds thanks to metal detecting, offering a glimpse into the past. An artifact from a Queensland all-time great of League was among the findings.

First Friday in February

Yvette Wroby spent a hot afternoon listening to a wonderful oral history project ‘First Friday in February’, a work of art and history by Kirby Fenwick, and the women she interviewed about that first ever game of AFLW. Do yourself a favour…Almanackers Yvette and Kate O’Halloran and many others share the night.

Royal Horse Bazaar’s thoroughbred pedigree

With the incredible Melbourne Cup all the buzz, Harold Peacock brings up the equine roots of Brisbane’s economy.

Footy Spirits and ‘Palmhenge’

Harold Peacock brings out the history in the “everyday”. Visit his blog for more insights like this one.

Footy’s prolific Pom: 2.8 million words and counting

Peter Temple has alerted us to this Back Page Lead yarn on Lincolnshire historian John Devaney who has written extensively about Aussie Rules. Temple was so impressed (refer to the comments at the end of the story) he has offered $300 to start a fund to fly the historian to Australia.

AFL Round 9 – Fremantle v Melbourne: Consigned to history

Former Fitzroy captain and inaugural West Coast coach, Ron Alexander, gives Les Everett an insight into the game plan of Fremantle coach Ross Lyon. It’s not new, says Alexander, but it’s certainly effective.

AFL Finals Week 2: Why the underdogs can win

After tipping Fremantle to defend Geelong and Sydney to defeat Adelaide last week (alright, I also tipped Collingwood), I firmly believe that both underdogs can win this week’s semi-finals. Such is the nature of finals football and in a testament to the competition’s evenness this year, both of the favourites (Collingwood and Adelaide) could be [Read more]

You can’t choose your family…or your Footy Club! (Updated)

Note:I know, I have already published this piece. However I have since come across some interesting and relevant information thanks to Richmond historian and son of a Tiger legend, Rhett Bartlett. The inserted text is in red should you wish to read just that, and the two pictures that follow are also new. Thanks for entertaining my [Read more]

Football Forensics launch new sporting chapter

   by Robert Allen A new football group on the Queensland scene is keen to recruit new members with an interest in the history of Australian Rules Football. The Queensland Australian Football Forensics will be officially launched at the Pineapple Hotel on 30 March. The Forensics’ story began several years ago after a chance meeting [Read more]

General footy writing: May 17, 1859 and the codification of footy

by John Harms   The date, May 17, is of great significance to the Australian nation. Especially footy-lovers.   Not that too many of us know about it.   On May 17, 1859, at the Parade Hotel, on Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, four men from the committee of the fledgling Melbourne Football Club (and maybe [Read more]

Old East Fremantle Would Have Been A Contender

  by Rod Gillett and Dave Warner   When Paddy Ryder was awarded the Anzac Medal for his game for Essendon in this year’s match against Collingwood it occurred to me that here was yet another top-class player produced by the East Fremantle Football Club. I thought there was a story in it. I contacted [Read more]