Almanac Footy History: Fitzroy premiers again in 1899

In the second of his Grand Finals series, John Harms tells the story of the Maroons premiership amid the push for Federation in 1899.

Almanac Footy History: Fitzroy wins the 1898 flag

The Almanac has been featuring quite a bit of Fitzroy FC history in recent times. John Harms continues the trend with this piece about Fitzroy’s 1898 premiership season. It also coincides with Anzac Day as one of Fitzroy’s footballers, Stan Reid, whose story is told in the piece, was killed during the Boer War. [Make yourself a cuppa for this one – Ed]

“Backlift!” an ode to the Prince who strode onto Junction Oval for the best of causes

Some of the old VFL grounds played host to spirited contests with plenty of goodwill in the stands this weekend, but only the Junction Oval featured cricket and pleasingly for those who loved watching his peerless strokes, the Prince of Port of Spain himself, Brian Lara.

Cricket is now firmly on the agenda

Jan Courtin’s sporting allegiances can be complicated, but a sunny day at the Junction Oval, watching Aaron Finch blast the ball into the crowd, produced many delights. Even with the change of seasons, Jan can still spot a Swans connection.

Round 9 – Hawthorn v Sydney: Yes Bloods – what a win! And a trip down memory lane.

Jan Courtin returned to Melbourne to watch her Swans against Richmond and Hawthorn, a journey that included a win and a loss and a trip down memory lane.

Saints for Life. The Junction.

Allan Grant with a superb look back at the life and times of the Saints at the Junction. Great footy history.

Round 23 – West Coast Eagles v St Kilda : Saints safari descends into desolation in the wild wild west but the Best and Fairest has been determined.

Far more than a match report; Jen Muirden’s travel diaries take you through the UAE and culminate at the 2015 Trevor Barker Medal presentation at Crown. Highly recommended!

Remembering Hafey’s Heroes

Collingwood under Tom Hafey produced some of the most memorable footy – and players – in the club’s illustrious history. While the ultimate prize eluded Hafey’s Heroes, Jeff Dowsing revisits his childhood and recalls some fond memories of the late 70s when’T-shirt Tommy’ was at the helm of his beloved Woodsmen.

VAFA – Fitzroy v Caulfield Old Grammarians: Coming Home

Lifelong RoyBoy Jamie Simmons makes the trip from Brisbane to Brunswick Street Oval to see the local team take on Old Caulfield Grammarians. Back in the city of his youth, he is reminded of times past.

Land of the Long (Red) White (and Black) Cloud.

Tom Greenaway labels St Kilda as “Bizarro-Hawthorn”. The George Costanza of the AFL. With the 1971 Grand Final between Hawthorn and St Kilda as the sliding doors moment, Tom urges St Kilda to put the time into making the New Zealand experiment work.

VAFA – Premier B: Fitzroy returns to the Junction

Phil Hill was there when Fitzroy returned to Junction Oval.

AFL Round 21 – Sydney v St.Kilda: First loves and old loves

Mic Conway switched allegiance from St.Kilda to Sydney as a young man in an act of self-preservation. You always have a soft spot for your first love though, even after 40 years.

Deep inside the Junction Oval scoreboard

When was the Junction Oval scoreboard built? What is its official name? Who rolls the numbers from inside the scoreboard? How many pulleys and panels are part of the scoreboard? Who is Julia and how old is she? What is the future of the Junction Oval scoreboard?   You’ll find the answers to these questions [Read more]