Half time

Oh to be a fly on the wall in Round 1 – Matt Zurbo takes us into the “fictional” inner sanctum of a club in the time of coronavirus.

Nick

Old Dog has been tidying up his laptop. He found this piece about Nick Kyrgios, written during the Australian Open.

Season 38

Saddling up for footy season 38, Old Dog has road trips on the mind, along with a few other matters.

Zamora – Soccer and life in Venezuela

Life in Venezuela can be very tough for the ordinary citizen. It’s sport, especially soccer that people turn to for relief as Matt Zurbo explains.

Almanac Flashback – The Melbourne Cup: Matt Zurbo

In an Almanac Flashback from 2014, Matt Zurbo reflects on the traditions of racing, from about as far away from the glamour of Flemington as you can get.

Almanac Flashback – A Story-Teller’s Story Can Be A Beautiful Thing

Here is a fabulous Footy Almanac Flashback from Matt Zurbo about his good mate Bruce Pascoe. Ripper read!

Grand Final – Richmond v GWS: Damage

Old Dog’s Grand Final thoughts have been a must-read on the Almanac site for years. And this one on Richmond’s thrashing of GWS is no different. He describes and analyses and thinks about what it all means from a shed in south-east Tassie. [Thanks Old Dog – JTH]

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v West Coast: Blind-sided

When Damien came to Tassie to interview Old Dog for The New York Times, he was given a pair of boots and a training jumper so he could have a kick. Old Dog and Damo (as he became) stayed in contact with each other and got together via the phone to watch Geelong play the Eagles. Old Dog conveys Damo’s observations while making a few of his own.

Colts

A terrific piece by Matt Zurbo on the inception of the Dodges Ferry Colts (in Tassie), a side that has given the senior club a youthful boost.

Ken Fraser, Lazar, Bourke, Winmar and Ricky

Old Dog was recently the special guest at an Almanac lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms where we launched his book Heart & Soul. He brought some guests whom he’s met along the way. It was a memorable day, as he explains.

Almanac Lunch Report – Matt Zurbo’s ‘Heart & Soul’

E Regnans had never met Matt Zurbo until he went to the Almanac Lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel to hear him talk about ‘Heart & Soul’ and introduce some of the well-known footballers he interviewed for the book. [Sounds like a cracking lunch – Ed]

Almanac Flashback: Off Season Odyssey – Part 37: Blighty!

With Matt Zurbo lunching at the North Fitzroy Arms this Friday, let’s revisit his 2012 road trip, where he caught up with none other than Malcolm Blight.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch: Matt Zurbo and his new book Heart & Soul (today)

Come and celebrate with one of the Almanac’s favourite sons, Matt Zurbo, as his new book ‘Heart and Soul: Footy Stories by those who played the Game’ is launched on Friday 19th July. Join us for lunch at the The North Fitzroy Arms Hotel,  296 Rae St, North Fitzroy for a day of ripping yarns and tales.

Matt Zurbo and his efforts profiled in the New York Times

Matt Zurbo and his project are profiled in the New York Times! “He’s Writing 365 Children’s Books in 365 Days, While Holding Down a Day Job – Matt Zurbo’s challenge, named after his daughter, Cielo, is an unconventional labor of love.”

Almanac Writers – Matt Zurbo: Some mighty fine writing!

Matt Zurbo has published many excellent stories on the Footy Almanac site over many years, so, do yourself a favour and check some of them out.

Round 12 – Collingwood v Melbourne: One on one, Gawn v Grundy

Matt Zurbo turned on the TV on Queen’s Birthday to watch the battle within a battle. He gave the points to Max Gawn despite Brodie Grundy’s Collingwood winning the encounter.

Almanac Footy Books (and Lunches): An extract from Matt Zurbo’s ‘Heart & Soul’ – Ken Hunter

Matt Zurbo spent many years chatting to footballers and produced a fine collection of the interviews. A new edition of the book Heart & Soul has been published by Geoff Slattery. This post includes an extract from the book – an interview with Ken Hunter. The book will be celebrated (launched?) at The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms on July 19. All welcome.

Almanac Anniversaries: A Quick Thank You from Matt Zurbo

Matt Zurbo looks at the clock and realises he’s been writing for the Almanac for ten years. He’s a do-er. But he stops for a minute to think about why. [Thanks Matt. It’s yours as much as anyone’s. – JTH]

Thirty Metres

Matt Zurbo’s back doing what he does best; writing from the heart, stories about footy and footy clubs, mates, good times, life and living, and being the best you can, all written in his own laconic style.

Round 3 – Melbourne v Essendon: Friday night home

Matt Zurbo has a TV! [Hard to believe – Ed] He watches Essendon and Melbourne – these are his observations. [All the best today too Old Dog as you start your own umpteenth season – Ed]