Round 13 – Brisbane v St Kilda: ‘O Captain! My Captain…’ a barbaric yawp from the virtual classroom to the coaches’ box

Year 12 English (Lit) teacher Shane Reid finds a message for his students in goal-kicking, while recognising that the likes of Leigh Matthews and Chris Fagan are fine teachers (and psychologists).

1981 Revisited – Round 15: ‘The Tide is High’

With the rain turning Victorian grounds into troughs, Round 15 of the 1981 VFL season became a battle of attrition. But off the field, Stainless describes the political feud that was surrounding South Melbourne’s potential relocation to Sydney.

1981 Revisited – Round 12: ‘Under pressure’

Stainless is back with Round 11 of the 1981 season. It marked the end of Francis Bourke’s fabulous career after 300 games but ‘St Francis’ was upstaged on the day by the irrepressible Kevin Bartlett who chipped in with 6 goals.

Almanac Footy History: 50 Years On – Hawthorn’s Nadir, May 1970

It’s a question that has bugged Warwick Nolan for 50 years! What on earth happened to Hawthorn in that 12 months between May 1970 and May 1971?

Almanac Footy History – On The Bench (Seat)

Would you buy a new or pre-loved vehicle from one of these blokes?

Vale “Name A Game”

Adam laments today marks the end of an era for the footy nostalgists and he is not happy. Sports Delivered have officially decided to put an end to their “Name A Game” service, one that has provided home and away, finals and State of Origin matches on VHS and later DVD format since the early 1990’s.

South Australia v Victoria 1973: Nevermore

Swish relives his first state game via this 1973 Footy Budget, the one where Jezza kicked 10. He’s still going, unlike much of its commercial contents.

The return of the goal-kicking midfielder

Could Dusty or Danger emulate the greatest player of the last century, Leigh Matthews, as goal-kicking midfielders beyond compare? Harvs97 puts forward a case, with analysis of similarly prolific players past and present.

Almanac Teams: The Greatest Number 3s

Phil Dimitriadis returns to proper footy teams. What do you think of his team of 3s?

September Specialists

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

The Pies’ most memorable games against the Eagles

Steve Fahey continues his occasional series of the Pies’ most memorable games against opposition clubs. This time it’s not all wins as some famous games ended in other results.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Hard to watch

Collingwood had a forgettable game against Port Adelaide and now look ahead to Hawthorn; the team that just top ladder leaders Adelaide. Cam Hooke is optimistic for a win to hold onto finals hopes.

Archie Goes the Early Crow and Calls the AFL Finals Series in April – Surely He Can’t Get So Badly Wrong As He Did in Season `16!

Archie has bitten the proverbial bullet and with the risk of being shot down by his fellow Almanackers, has predicted his AFL 2017 Premiership and Brownlow medal winners after only two rounds. [NB The link is now working properly – sorry for the break in transmission. Ed]

Almanac Books: Champions All extract – Ian Paton The Club Soldier

Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt from the Chapter: The Club Soldier, Ian Paton, Hawthorn.

The Crumbers

Inspired by Eddie Betts starring in his 250th game last weekend, Damian Balassone reflects on footy’s great crumbers.

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?

Lethal Leigh’s reform: How twelve ancient Uni of Hobart footballers have influenced the direction of the AFL

A resolution from a North Fitzroy Arms lunch may have altered the direction of Australian football. [Never under-estimate the touring Tasmanians – JTH]

The Comeback Kids

Anthony Mundine’s possible Rugby League comeback got Brin Paulsen thinking about some other candidates.

Footy Almanac rejection – a writing career in crisis

da mcdonnell senses a stitch-up in the removal of his work from the Almanac website.

Era, era on the wall; 2000-2010

Ahh the noughties. The game as we knew changed significantly as footy got as roof over its’ head and the era where totally professional football created some unwanted distractions for those easily led astray. Dynasties were created while other clubs went far and wide looking for salvation. Clubs or Regimes? Corporates or Fans? Jeff Dowsing gives us his review of footy in a new millennium in what has been a fantastic series.