Almanac Footy – The 1954 Grand Final: Melbourne v Footscray

In preparation for Saturday’s season decider, let’s go back to the last time this year’s Grand Finalists clashed for the flag – 1954 – and revisit how that match unfolded.

Almanac History – Ned Kelly the Fugitive: Three Newspaper Articles from 1880

This Friday’s column from KD is an historical piece highlighting three highly interesting 1880 newspaper reports connected to the Kelly Gang’s activities – especially Ned’s – after the Stringybark Creek murders of October 1878. One report concerns Ned and Joe Byrne being seen together in women’s clothing!

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 13 Review

Cam Hooke is back sounding as chuffed as ever – his optimistic predictions all came true as his Pies romped to a startling Queens Birthday win over Melbourne.

Round 13 – Melbourne v Collingwood: A heart-breaking/ warming finale

In an emotional edition of the annual Big Freeze on Queens Birthday, Sean Mortell breaks down the final chapter of Nathan Buckley’s coaching career at Collingwood.

Book Extract: The Last Hurrah by Adam Woolcock

This is an extract from Adam Woolcock’s book ‘The Last Hurrah”. It relives the thrilling last minutes of the 1964 VFL Grand Final, including Neil Crompton’s famous goal.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 12 Review, Round 13 Preview

Cam Hooke casts his elated eye over Collingwood’s heart-stopping win over Adelaide before turning optimistically towards a crunch Queens’ Birthday clash with the Dees.

Almanac Books: The Last Hurrah by Adam Woolcock

Dees fans, a new book on Melbourne’s last premiership, and its tumultuous aftermath, is coming out. Author Adam Woolcock (of Demonwiki.org fame) looks at the period that gave birth to ‘the curse of Norm Smith’.

Balcony Banter: What a lovely view

The view from the top was rather delightful for Melbourne fan Lynda Carroll.

Balcony Banter: History in the making

Demon fan Lynda Carroll is aware she is watching history week by week.

The Unsung – Round 8: Isaac Cumming and Trent Rivers

Deakin Uni student Chris Mangos’ eighth weekly column ‘The Unsung’, featuring young, up-and-coming footy stars Isaac Cumming and Trent River.

Almanac Footy: The Muse – what would happen if it was really a Grand Old Flag?

With the hopes of Demons supporters justifiably growing, Hayden Kelly shares his personal recollections of some other recent drought-breaking premierships. He also offers a distinctly Gordon St. perspective on what the celebration of a Melbourne flag might look like.

Balcony Banter Bonanza: No matching the MCG!

The sheer pleasure of being back at the footy at the MCG has dominated recent posts on the MCC Members blog ‘Balcony Banter’. Teenage GWS fan Nicholas Quinlan and Demons historian Lynda Carroll add their thoughts after their recent experiences.

Almanac (Footy) Book: A copy of Peter Lalor’s ‘Ron Barassi’

Dan Hoban stumbled upon Peter Lalor’s book on Ron Barassi. From there, Dan’s affection for the VFL/ AFL legend only grew.

The Day I Met Dick

In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s amazing who you might bump into. Warren Tapner picked out someone significant – to say the least!

Almanac Soccer: The Dockerty Cup – outside of Melbourne?

Almanac historian Roy Hay takes us back to 1931 to recount the only time the Dockerty Cup was held outside of Melbourne.

Round 15 – Sydney v Melbourne: Well, doesn’t that break your heart. No, mate, not my heart!

It was an unusual time for footy, but Jan Courtin quickly chose to follow her Swans as they upset the Demons. Off the back of some strange commentary, she rode the ups and downs of the young Sydney team.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 22 – Melbourne v Carlton: The Kreuzer Cup

It was a different type of game when Carlton and Melbourne met in the final round of 2007. Both struggled, and Christian Mooney soon noticed the Blues weren’t too disappointed with the loss, for now they had Matthew Kreuzer at pick one.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 21 – Fremantle v Melbourne: Giving a season a chance

The Dockers had to win to save a spiralling 2007 campaign, and Les Everett cast his eyes out west to see if Fremantle could respond against Melbourne.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 12 review, Round 13 preview

It was a dark night for the Pies, but Cam Hooke is always hopeful. Check out his review of the horror game and his preview of the upcoming do-or-die clash against the Roos.

Round 12 – Melbourne v Collingwood: Years of black and white, all with a pen in hand

After a wedding and a wonderful honeymoon, Danielle Hakim is back writing about her beloved Pies. Her first piece tries to find the positives buried amidst a disappointing loss to Melbourne.