Once a Tiger – an interview with Ron Branton

Vale Ron Branton.

We reprise Matt Zurbo’s interview with him from 2016. It captures the life of a 1950s footballer superbly. Sections of this interview appear in Matt’s book ‘Champions All’.

Almanac Footy History: The John Pitura trade

Dan Hoban recently caught up with John Pitura and asked him about the South Melbourne trade. In profiling the talented utility, Dan has written this account of the saga.

Almanac Life: A lesson from (Brother) Robo

John Nugent recently told the story of meeting (and selling newspapers to) John Coleman. He follows up with a piece about a childhood influence.

Almanac Footy: Dimma, Thanks For The Memories

Richmond fan Dr Cruel (aka Vaughan Menlove) offers his thanks to Damien Hardwick for the enjoyment and the three flags.

Round 8 – Richmond v West Coast: On selling the family farm

John Green braves the cold to see which of these sides can break their losing streak. He was, of course, hoping for his Tigers.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: The Running of the Bulls

John Green is ready for the first match of the 2023 AFL season. He never tires of the lead-up, especially on the day. He compares barracking for a footy team to the running of the bulls in Spain.

Finals Week 1 – Brisbane v Richmond: Lessons from Ford Park

Tigers fan John Green laments what could have been while taking solace from some junior footy finals.

Almanac Family History: Tina Ongarello Reminisces

The Footy Almanac community passes on its deepest sympathies to Tina Ongarello and the extended Ongarello family on the passing of Tony. Tina wrote about her family and footy some years ago.

Tina Ongarello remembers wonderful days of family and footy. [First published in 2011]

Round 13 – Richmond v Port Adelaide: We fight you in San Jose

Port had to travel to Melbourne (San Jose?) for their clash with ladder-rivals Richmond. They didn’t take a ruckman, and a few things didn’t go their way, and the Tiges did enough to get a key four points. John Green was there.

Round 11 – Sydney v Richmond: Return to Sin City

John Green and his wife head to Sydney for a weekend of footy and taking in the sights. It’s a tight (and controversial) game.

Round 8 – Richmond v Collingwood: Glass Half Full (Floreat Pica Society)

Guy Fazzino can see the bright side in the Pies loss to an improving Richmond.

Round 6 – Richmond v Melbourne: The Uninvited Escapee

The ANZAC eve match always start with a moving ceremony. Tigers supporter John Green was there for the showdown between Richmond and Melbourne.

Round 2 – Richmond v GWS: Life in the Box

Matt Harvey had a wonderful day at the ‘G in a corporate box watching the Tigers defeat the Giants.

Round 2 – Richmond v GWS: The charge of the Height Brigade

The Tiges were under some pressure going into Round 2 and John Green had his concerns. Although missing players the Richmond talls did the job.

Round 1 – Carlton v Richmond: Fifty years on, the Blues do it again.

Carlton’s tremendous win in their season opener reminded Bluebagger Matt Harvey of games half a century ago. This delightful memoir (which includes mentions of characters then, and now) is a quiet acknowledgement of life and footy.

Round 1 – Carlton v Richmond: Deja Vu

Collingwood supporter Jackson Mansell attended the Carlton v Richmond Round 1 match and felt a sense of deja vu as he explains.

Round 1 – Carlton v Richmond: An MCG Minute

The Carlton faithful supported long and hard against the Tigers in their Round 1 clash at the MCG, but their support for one player, Sam Docherty, was something special as Shane Thomas writes.

Almanac Footy: David Palm – friendship and footy

Malcolm Ashwood profiles the extensive footy career of David Palm, former Norwood FC, West Perth FC, and Richmond FC player.

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.

Geelong’s Record Run – Round 5, 1953: Richmond v Geelong – Goninon punts 11 in the wet

Missing their two dominant rovers, the Cats bludgeoned Richmond in Round Five of the 1953 season, with spearhead George Goninon booting double figures. Peter Clark details the victory in the newest entry to his series.