Almanac Footy: A bloomin’ grouse footy clinic with Tulip

Lazy Dave Clerehan on the time he met the one and only ‘Tulip’ – Robbie Flower.

Round 18 – Melbourne v Brisbane: Keystone Cops

Old Dog battled a laptop streaming like an old Keystone Cops movie to watch the Dees take on the Lions while playing Dad at the same time. It turned out to be quite a night!

Almanac (Footy Merchandise) Life: Gullible with a capital G!

Ged McMahon recently bought his lad a new, if not ‘the latest’, Bombers hoodie. It led him to recall his own childhood gullibility and a clever deception perpetrated on him by his family.

AFL Round 15 – Western Bulldogs v Melbourne: Bontempelli’s Dream

To honour Marcus Bontempelli reaching the 200 games milestone this week, we reprise Neil Anderson’s July 2014 match report of the Western Bulldogs v Melbourne Demons clash in Round 15. It was the first time Neil saw ‘The Bont’ play live.

Vale Philip Charlwood

Frank Taylor shares his fond memories of Philip Charwood, a fine man of character, a man who loved his Dees and was fantastic to be around.

One-on-one’s not dead

Old Dog was reminded of his childhood spent witnessing great gladiatorial contests between players like Jess and Glendinning when Langdon and Sidebottom faced up on Friday night.

Round 18 – Melbourne v Port Adelaide: Dees Flick off Power’s Finals Light

After an improbable run from 0-5 to be in contention for September action, Nick Kossatch’s Port Adelaide look to have run out of power after the Dees took the points in the NT.

Balcony Banter: The ‘Audit-orium’

MCC member Clare Cannon took in the last weekend’s Geelong v Melbourne game and provided this report for the MCC Members blog ‘Balcony Banter’.

Balcony Banter: Thursday Special

Lynda Carroll gave her evaluation of the recent Melbourne v Brisbane clash for ‘Balcony Banter’, the blog for MCC Members. The number 64 loomed large.

FEARLESS 2021 – Grand Final: The Big Dance goes national for the second year running

A final Fearless wrap up of the AFL Grand Final for 2021 between the two best sides of the season.

David Bridie prepares for the Grand Final with a chat and a rendition of ‘It’s a Grand Old Flag’

David Bridie is a lifelong Dees’ fan. He has lived a Dees’ life. In case you missed the Footy Almanac’s Grand Final lunch on Zoom on Saturday, check out John Harms’s interview with him, including a couple of great renditions of the Melbourne theme song on a unique instrument.

Grand Final – Move over Knight, here’s the Zalac poster

Old Dog shares the work of his artist mate Zelko Zalac, a Dees premiership poster designed in a style reminiscent of the late, great WEG.

Melbourne: A City Surviving, a Team Arriving.

Beaut piece from Melbourne dad and footy lover Andrew Else with a look into family life in Grand Final week with its Lockdown, its riots, its earthquake and the arrival of a great footy team. [Love it -JTH]

Almanac (Demon) Life: Success is a Journey not a Destination

Geoff Woolcock has lived a Demon life which he chronicles in this timeline.

2021 AFL Grand Final Preview: An overtime thriller in prospect?

Nick Kossatch gets in first with his preview of the 2021 AFL Grand Final. He thinks it will be a close, hard-fought thriller!

Grand Final – My Return to the Almanac for a One-Off Grand Final Ramble

Some of the projected golden years of Daniel Saunders’ young life have been marred by the pandemic we all know and hate. He’s incredibly thankful for the wonderful season of top shelf footy that has kept him sane; he proffers his view on the looming last game of the year.

Round 19 – Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: Aaron Naughton terrifies me

During a cracking match between two contenders, quite a few footballers caught Old Dog’s eye. Some of them scare him. He explains why.

Balcony Banter: Ghosts of the Game

Lynda Carroll visited the MCG and was moved by the eerie feeling of emptiness despite the presence of other fans. First published by Balcony Banter.

Round 12 – Melbourne v Brisbane: Set up running

Old Dog thaws some bourbons and watches the footy. [More vintage Old Dog – with insight after insight. Ed]

Balcony Banter: What a lovely view

Through her work, Lynda Carroll knows all the ins and outs of the MCG. She’s also a keen Demons fan and recently shared her thoughts about Melbourne’s current ‘view from the top’ on the MCC Members blog ‘Balcony Banter’.