Dark Blue, Maroon & White

Old Dog shares a video clip he’s seen of the boys from old Fitzroy, playing at Glenferrie in 1958. It has many characters of the club, colour and movement of the time, fading “What if?” questions and a jumper better than any other in the world. [Magic stuff – Ed.]

Almanac Obituary: Vale Bill Stephen – Legend of the Fitzroy FC

David Leydon pays a fitting tribute to Fitzroy FC legend Bill Stephen, and much-loved man of football, who passed away on Monday.

Almanac Footy History: 65 years ago Kevin Murray plays his first game for the Fitzroy FC

Fitzroy great, Kevin Murray is paid a fitting tribute by David Leydon to celebrate the 65th anniversary of his first game of VFL football.

Almanac Footy History: Fitzroy’s Fabulous Century

Longtime friend of the Almanac Fitzroy Pete (Carter) has written a book: Fitzroy’s Fabulous Century. Here he explains the origins of his love of Fitzroy, as well as something about the book which is now available. [Do yourself a favour- JTH]

Almanac (Family and Footy) History: At the end of the day, everyone just wants to come home.

Every week when Fitzroy plays the season proper – home and away, in the heat of battle or on the training track – a man mountain clad in club gear can be seen cheering them on. That man’s name is David Leydon and his family, like no other, represents the face of Fitzroy old and new. Beautifully written by Gabby Murphy, this is their story.

A Phoenix from the Ashes: A Review of The Merge

William Westerman previews “The Merge”, a film detailing the the story and history behind the merger of the Fitzroy FC and the Brisbane Bears in 1996.

Almanac Teams: A Cavalcade of Kevins

Phil Dimitriadis continues his rich vein of teamic form with a team of Kevins.

A Team of Champions without a Premiership

Phil Dimitriadis has come up with another clever composite team, this time it’s his team of premiership-less players. Who can you add to this?

Seeing Ken Farmer

On Friday evening before the Crows-Swans match a statue of Ken Farmer was unveiled at the northern end of the Adelaide Oval. He is cast in perfect form – roosting the ball through for another goal. It was a dominant pose familiar to football lovers during the Depression. Michael Sexton wonderfully recalls the Bradmanesque career of South Australian goal kicking great, Ken Farmer. [Brilliant story of a son wanting to see his father – JTH] *** 27/9/17 A link to the footage is now available ***

Footy exhibition is a winner

Bernard Whimpress pays a visit to a pair of footy exhibitions: In a League of its Own – Celebrating 140 Years of SANFL and Straight Through the Middle – Football in South Australia. He finds that both are really worth a look.

Round 11 – North Melbourne v Richmond: Dusty don’t argues North

In this interesting observation, Rees Quilford likens Dusty Martin to the Roys Team of the Century skipper Kevin Murray.

Almanac People: Grace of a Champion

A chance meeting on the tram with 1960 Brownlow Medalist, John Schultz, allows Jason Christou to discover a humble and generous side of the former champion.

Solving the Case of the Roys Ring-In Premiership Trophy

Mystery solved! The case of the Fitzroy Premiership that wasn’t! Read all about it!

The Illustrated Men

Glen presents a team of inked players, has he left anyone out?

Era, era on the wall; 1960-1966

The VFL in the 1960’s saw football still as a tough yet sometimes brutal sport, as players were happy to play the game for the joy of it. This period also saw the introduction of television, football replays and shows such as Football Inquest, World of Sport and League Teams. It was also the period that saw Ron Barassi leave the Dees for the Blues and the sacking of Norm Smith.

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.

Mosquito fleet helps Bombers soar

The “refugee” from Jersey rang me up earlier in the week to see if I was free to go and see the Dons take on Brisbane. Not a lot was on for me, so the answer was a quick yes.  Now I don’t have a lot of love for the Emptyhead Stadium behind Spencer Street  [Read more]