Almanac (Local) Footy – AFL Sydney Grand Final: The pain is real, but the pride lasts forever

The fabric of a footy club is special. Michael Shillito reflects upon not only the pain that yanks at that fabric in a heartbreaking Grand Final loss as favourites, but also the strength of community and growth that weaves it together.

Almanac Bush Footy: Footy at Lake Cargelligo – Part 2

This piece from David Ogilvy was first published in 2010 about a little footy club in the northern Riverina.

South Australia v Queensland and NSW 1980 – Double Dare Ya

The SANFL seemed to play representative games against everyone bar the VFL in 1980. This double header from Adelaide Cup Day has Swish Schwerdt asking whether Qld or NSW footy was better off for the run.

Off Season Odyssey – Part 24: Addictions

    Jesse’s Aboriginal. Light, like his Mum, who he grew up with down south, in the bush where I’m from. He’s gone to work with his Dad, who is full-blood, on the Central NSW Coast. It’s been ages and is great to see him. He’s nineteen now, but, due to his height, still looks [Read more]

Australian Football Clubs in NSW

I hope this will appeal to the footy aficionados and enthusiasts that are part of the Footy Almanac community. The book is called Australian Football Clubs in NSW and it looks in detail at some of the great players to have been recruited from NSW football clubs to the VFL/AFL.   The Inside Football review [Read more]

Football Clubs in New South Wales

By Miles Wilks The most important aim with this book is to give some positive press to footy clubs in New South Wales. Few people (I would think) would realise that as many as 400 players have been recruited from NSW to the VFL/AFL. It was surprising for me anyway when I was researching the VFL/AFL archives and [Read more]


In the 1949 interstate match between NSW and Victoria at the SCG nineteen year old East Sydney ruckman Jack Dean went up against veteran Victorian captain Jack Dyer at the opening bounce. “He sat me on my arse!” Jack told me over a few beers. We were at Harry McAsey’s pub in Alexandra after a [Read more]

Footy in NSW 1883

The following article was published in the Maitland Mercury, and Hunter River General Advertiser Thursday 19 July 1883. It is astonishingly long and speaks to the idea that footy was getting a strong foothold in NSW. There seemed to develop an intense and passionate culture that only a few short years later was no more [Read more]