Almanac Footy: Coorparoo FC’s finest 1984-1986

As a 20 year old in the army at Oakey, Ian Wilson played footy for the Coorparoo FC. He fondly remembers his time at the club and living in Queensland. Ian names his ten best players from the club during his time there.

Richo and a word of “encouragement” – a story to lift the spirits in troubling times

Richard of the Arctic has a humorous memory to share of that eternally tragic yet heroic figure – Matthew Richardson – being confronted by a fan over his goalkicking ability.

Almanac Footy History – Extract from More of the Kangaroo: 1985 – The Sharks and Tigers play one of the great QAFL Grand Finals

From Murray Bird and Greg Parker’s forthcoming book, “More of the Kangaroo: 150 Years of Australian Football in Queensland 1866 – 2016” is an extract about one of the great QAFL Grand Finals.

Jack Cavanagh – The Gentleman of Gold Coast Football

With the recent passing of Jack Cavanagh, footy in Queensland has lost a legendary figure. Murray Bird shares part of his story, including a famous grand final.

Wests Juniors Australian Football Club (WJAFC) 90th Anniversary Keynote

Turning 50, Geoff Woolcock has pulled some thoughts together about the significance of local community and junior footy while reflecting upon his long and distinguished footy career.

Can we now stop the whingeing?

Murray Bird responds to an observable Vic-centric state of footy affairs, offering comment on all the states and their competitions, and the running of the AFL (which he points out is the AUSTRALIA FL). Where does all the whingeing come from? [This should generate some interesting discussion – Ed]

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.

Playing for the Brisbane Lions reserves

Playing for the Brisbane Lions reserves may not mean much for some, but at the time it meant the world to me and I could barely contain my excitement in the lead up to the match. At the time I was 16 years old and training with the NT Thunder, hoping to get selected in [Read more]