Almanac Life: Footy Almanac Vernacular

Is there such a thing as Footy Almanac vernacular, that is, a particularly Footy Almanac way of talking and writing, especially in relation to how Almanackers respond to posts on the website? KD discusses this question.

Almanac (Football) Humour: The Artist from Port Adelaide

Footballers’ nicknames aren’t as interesting and colourful as they used to be, KD laments. In a creative mood, he invents a new one for a Port Adelaide player, as an example of the way ahead.

Seasons in the Sun (Part Eighteen) : Discipline, Patience and Nurofen – In That Order

It’s the Benevolent Leader’s birthday as the Lower Plenty Thirds clash with Eltham in the hopes of securing a finals spot. Preparations for a time honoured tradition – Old Man Cafè – begin, and does the ‘Vets bus’ give the opposition some unwanted ammunition?

Seasons in the Sun (Part Fourteen): Percentage on a postage stamp?

Runs flow at a little ground in the suburbs as The Leader calls for percentage and the Lower Plenty Thirds reach the Bradman score.

Seasons in the Sun (Part Ten): How to entrench a nickname

Callum O’Connor and the Lower Plenty Thirds are facing Montmorency in the last game before Christmas. The line-up has changed but the day still brings a Clayton’s toss, a former club mate and all the chat of the local playing field.

Seasons in the Sun (Part 7): That Pompeii feeling

Callum O’Connor and the Lower Plenty Thirds are defending 9/247. Would it be enough? Is cricket a batsman’s or a bowler’s game? What happens if the Lalor Stars read Callum’s match report midweek? Would Vesuvius erupt?

Seasons in the Sun (Part 5): Late scratchings and run outs

Late scratchings, a heavy track and a testing head wind don’t deter the Lower Plenty Thirds. Callum O’Connor says that if you can’t bowl them out, you can always run them out. (Should we pass this on to Boof? – Ed.)

Seasons in the Sun (Part 4): Slogging, slagging and sledging

Calllum O’Connor continues the season of the Lower Plenty 3rd XI with a bit of niggle helping the team get home for a win on the weekend.

Seasons in the Sun (Part 3): The Charms of Cricket

Callum O’Connor’s series on the charms and travails of local cricket continues. (Worth reading for the nicknames and vernacular alone. Dry, laconic Australian humour is alive and well – Ed.)

The Boys of Summer are Back

It was the first day of a new cricket season for Callum O’Connor. Plenty of time for inventing new player nicknames and contemplating whether sibling rivalry trumps team success.


Some people at my work came up with a clever nickname for me recently ‘Grassy’. As in grassy knoll (Noel). There have been some good ones over the years. Loved Afghanistan (the forgotten war) for Mark Waugh and Audi when he made 4 duckss in a row. What are some other good ones you have [Read more]


Crazyhorse is still the best nickname I’ve ever heard on a footy field. The Galloping Gasometer was a close second. What was it about North Melbourne in the 70s? They were the Kangeroos, and had a gun ruck-rover called Tiger. Richmond had Disco, The Ghost, The General, Whoosha, Hungry, The Flea, who was damn tough. [Read more]

Local Footy: Colourful nicknames make footy world go round

By Daryl Pitman “Go Pies!,” shout Collingwood fans. “Up the Crows,” some even more misguided individuals have been heard to utter. But what about the more original nicknames that have evolved in local football? If you haven’t heard of the Cavemen, the Redeyes, the Yabbies or the Gorillas, then read on . . . One [Read more]