Almanac Memories: Drinking with Billy Serong Part 2

Bill Serong, who died a month ago, drank at the North Fitzroy Arms. John Harms had a few beers with him over the years.

Almanac Footy Tributes: Ron Barassi – A top bloke: an interview with Xavier Tanner

1977 North Melbourne FC premiership player Xavier Tanner remembers his coach of ten years, the late great Ron Barassi, in an interview with Citrus Bob Utber.

Almanac Footy: Bad Law.

North Melbourne was robbed of victory on Saturday when a mandatory punishment was applied due to an interchange infringement. As a criminal-defence solicitor, Andrew Fraser believes the punishment did not fit the crime, and it’s time for a rule change. He presents his case.

Round 11 – St Kilda v North Melbourne: A day in the life!

Allan Grants heads to Docklands for a garden-variety day at the footy, which ends up having its special moments.

Almanac Footy: First Game

Taking his boys, Angus and Jim, to their first North Melbourne game, Matt Watson also reflects on the time his dad took him to his first match.

Almanac Footy History: Remembering the early days of Geoff Southby and Keith Greig

David Clerehan was at primary school when Geoff Southby and Keith Greig made their debuts. He remembers those early days, as he reminds us that both celebrate birthdays this week.

Round 21 – Richmond v North Melbourne: In praise of the humble matchday report

John Green remembers the glory days of the matchday report with this example of the genre.

Almanac Footy: Frank Gumbleton – Ganmain to Glory

Matt Watson recounts the remarkable story of Frank Gumbleton, the kid from Ganmain who went on to become a North Melbourne premiership player.

Switching football loyalties: Transitioning from the Fitzroy Lions to the North Melbourne Kangaroos, 1997

Following Fitzroy’s demise at the end of 1996, Philip Mendes switched allegiances. Here he gives a round-by-round account of his first season supporting the Kangaroos.

Round 13 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: Zooming

Like everyone at the moment, Andrew Fithall caught up with some old uni mates via Zoom to watch his Pies play North. And like all good uni mates, his only have nicknames.

Remembering Mighty Mick Martyn

Matt Watson presents an in-depth account of former Roo, Mick Martyn’s mighty footy career, a career expanding over 16 seasons and 300 AFL games.

A Tale of Two Freos: A long week in Fremantle football one week at a time by Les Everett

Freo’s AFLW side headed to Princes Park for their Preliminary Final against Carlton while the men;s side started their season at home. Les Everett reports.

Round 17 Double Bill – GWS Giants v Richmond in Sydney & North Melbourne v Sydney at Docklands: Two Jacks, Two Young Giants and a couple of Beanstalks

Mark O’Sullivan ‘due more to accident than outstanding planning’, saw both Sydney based AFL teams play their Round 17 games in the one weekend and he couldn’t have asked for two more exciting victories to get along to. Check out his dual match report.

Cracking weekend of footy and sport coming up

Almanackers, we’re in for some cracking games of footy, and all things sport this weekend!

The Gang of Five

George Smith looks at the years (a couple of decades) when a total of five clubs won the VFL flag.

Have a Little Faith

Although a difficult year for North supporter Marnie, she’s still feeling alright. Her tip to surviving? Belief. Belief in her club and the future it’s promised. A true believer!

Round 18 – Essendon v North Melbourne: The Unlikely Round 18 Victory

For North fan Marnie Cohen, it is (mostly) all about the long list of young Roo debutants.

Almanac Tassie Lunch: In Hobart on July 28 (sponsored by Intuit Technologies)

Join us (us being the Almanac crew, the Uni of Tassie crew, the Intuit crew, the Blundstone crew and the North Melbourne FC crew and other lunchers) for lunch in Hobart on Friday (July 28) before the North-Dees match. Details in this post.

Let’s talk about Ben Brown

Over the weekend, Marnie realised she has become immune to feelings of resentment and anger towards North Melbourne when losing close games. As Marnie sees it, Ben Brown is the future of the club and she explains why.

Almanac Lunch: Ben Robbins (July 21)

Looking forward to lunch with Ben Robbins at the North Fitzroy Arms on July 21. All welcome.