Almanac Footy Stories: Apology Accepted

When Fitzroy FC president Joan Eddy appeared on 774 ABC Melbourne, a Bulldogs supporter called in with an unusual apology. Gabrielle Murphy tells the story.

The Pooncarie Letter: Mr Wrap Returns

Mr Wrap returns off the long run to support the traditions of the great game and flay the jellyfish from Jellymont House.

Once a Tiger

Matt Zurbo wishes the Almanac community a happy Christmas. His gift is a transcript of his interview with Ron Branton, which captures the life of a 1950s footballer superbly. Sections of this interview appear in Matt’s book Champions All.

Era, era on the wall: 1949-1959

The VFL in the 1950s are synonymous with the dominance of the Demons under Norm Smith and their epic rivalry with Collingwood. But the 50s are remembered fondly out at Barkly Street and are notable also for the emergence of a kid from the Mornington Peninsula, who would dominate the goal square at Windy Hill…

AFL Round 18 – Review: The 2013 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup

The Contenders are getting away. Take a look at the ladder, they sit in the top three positions. Check percentage, there’s 12 points between third and fourth.

AFL Round 16 – Review: The 2013 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup

The solstice is a few weeks behind us and that ol’ ‘run home to the finals’ is almost upon us. It’s getting interesting around the middle, between the tragedy that is the bottom five and the glorious dreams of the Top Seven.

The 2013 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Five

History was writ anew this round, with the first AFL premiership match played outside of Australia. A few posters were kicked, the first two by opposing captains. Remember that, your grandchildren will be asking you about it.

AFL Round 22: The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup

Greetings Tipsters So how was the penultimate round for you? Good for some, great for others, devastating, embarassing and maybe the first waves of relief that pretty soon you won’t have to be humiliated by the silly buggers out there wearing the same colours as yourself. That’d be the Mosquitoes, wouldn’t it? Early on, the [Read more]

The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Twenty One

Greetings Tipstsers Predictions, projections and prognostications have been propelled into a pointless pile of piffle. Where once we wallowed in a world of near certainty, now we walk warily in a universe wherein anything might happen. For, dear reader, it now does appear that any of the Top Seven could beat any other of the [Read more]

The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Nineteen

Greetings Tipsters If ever you wondered if it really could be lonely at the top, look no further than the vision of Matthew Primus standing alone in the rooms while the Blackouts were playing their most useless day of football in 143 years. Maybe if you’re feeling schadenfreuidan, you might gorge yourself on the shots [Read more]

The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Seventeen

Greetings Tipsters And then there were three. No, there are still four but the 4&20s are looking a bit wobbly. The Buck blames Trav for denaturing the brand but it runs a bit deeper than that. For the shiniest exemplar of the brand, beyond all the T-shirts and stickers and kids in schoolyards, is the [Read more]

The 2012 ’Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Eleven

Greetings Tipsters It starts, it stops, it starts again, stacks on the mill, twenty players within 20 metres of the ball, one falls on the ball, a dozen more fall on him, everyone stands around watching for a while until the umpire whistles and those prone are dragged to their feet one by one and [Read more]

The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Seven

Greetings Tipsters Instinct is important in itself, but more important is knowing when to go with it. Works in all sorts of situations, whether a mate introduces you to his new girlfriend and the sirens blare and emergency lights flash “Noooo, don’t do it!” or your sister introduces you to her new boyfriend and he’s [Read more]

The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Six

Greetings Tipsters I’ve watched the football on teev in many places, from my loungeroom to an open-air bar in Asia, but before Sunday, I’d never watched it in the Commanding Officer’s cabin of a heavily-armed warship. Perky Girl and I were given a tour of the ship by the CO and I was much taken [Read more]

The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Five

Greetings Tipsters That was one bloody long weekend of football. It seems like an age since Perky Girl and I woke up, stumbled to the loungeroom to flick on the big screen and catch Collingwood and Essendon going at it hammer and tongs. It was a cracker of a game, struck me that the 4&20s [Read more]