‘Injury cruelled Tiger’s stint in the big-time…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill remembers Ian Hayden who passed away recently. Hayden, a Wangaratta product, had a promising career with Richmond cut short by injury.

Balcony Banter: Drawing Level

Dave Campbell, a Physics and Environmental Science teacher from Geelong, was at the ‘G’ for the Round 1 clash between Richmond and Carlton. He reported his experiences for Balcony Banter, the MCC Members blog.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: a lack of match fitness

Channelling Qantas supremo, Alan Joyce, our Carlton correspondent Peter Fuller found himself lacking ‘match fitness’ when he attended the Round 1 clash between Richmond and Carlton.

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 10 – Richmond v Essendon: An Excellent Dreamtime Evening

Watching from home, Rod Oaten sees Richmond easily account for his Bombers in the Dreamtime match. He also takes the time to check on the federal election, and is far more pleased with the poll results.

Gary Ablett Snr: From the other side

Tiger fan Ian Lewis harks back to the day in 1989 when he and his fellow Richmond supporters barracked against their own player as Gary Ablett Snr threatened to kick 20 goals against the hapless Richmond.


With the appointment of Toby Nankervis as Richmond co-captain, the Footy Almanac reprises Old Dog’s wonderful tribute. The Old Dog knows a thing or two about ruck work. He also knows a few things about Toby Nankervis, who he coached as a youngster. He was very proud on Friday night.

Round 15 – Richmond v St. Kilda: Saints find their mojo against tired Tigers

Braham Dabscheck woke up on Friday feeling confident about a St Kilda upset win over the Tigers. But what he got even blew his lofty expectations away in a stunning MCG victory for the Saints.

Round 12 – Essendon v Richmond: Inside information

John Green ruminates on what constitutes a good modern football side, before wondering just how costly the loss of former assistant coaches may be when Essendon close in on his Tigers in the annual Dreamtime clash.

Geelong’s Record Run – Round 18, 1952: Geelong v Richmond – Cats make it ten in a row

Geelong wrap up top spot for the 1952 finals series, whilst elsewhere John Coleman closes on another ton. Peter Clark’s Geelong’s Record Run continues.

Book Launch: ‘The Trials of Jack Broadstock’ by Michael Sexton (May 25)

Michael Sexton’s biography of Jack Broadstock will be launched on May 25 in Adelaide. Details about the event and the book are included in this post.

Balcony Banter Bonanza: No matching the MCG!

The sheer pleasure of being back at the footy at the MCG has dominated recent posts on the MCC Members blog ‘Balcony Banter’. Teenage GWS fan Nicholas Quinlan and Demons historian Lynda Carroll add their thoughts after their recent experiences.

Round 5 – St Kilda v Richmond: Extremely disappointing and devastating loss

It was a tough time for Yoshi, who saw his Saints get crushed by Richmond on Thursday night footy. Bemoaning his side’s inadequacies, Yoshi calls for a tougher response against Port Adelaide next week.

Balcony Banter Round 2: Hawthorn v Richmond

Tiger fans Dave Campbell and Joe De Petro have both written about the Richmond Round 2 win over Hawthorn in this week’s Balcony Banter offerings.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Seven minutes told the tale

For all Carlton’s efforts on the night, it’s seven minutes that leave John Butler worried.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Playing possum

It’s the season for new beginnings: for the league, the reigning premiers and for Paddy Grindlay. Freshly ensconced in his Melbourne digs, it’s clear that home is where you make it, but can always be familiar and welcoming.

Almanac Footy and Music: McLennan and Riewoldt: Stars or Role Players?

Michael Nichols explores the interplay of footy and music through the lens of Richmond’s role player Jack Riewoldt and The Go-Betweens’ composer/performer Grant McLennan.

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: Two Little Tigers

When Edward P. Olsen’s young children chose to barrack for the Tigers back in 2016 he was expecting they would have some tough lessons awaiting them. It hasn’t worked out as anticipated.

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: Disappointed but not shattered

Copying a text sent to friends and family post-match, Marcus Holt sums up how all Cats fans are feeling after a brave loss to Richmond in last night’s Grand Final.

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: Dreamtime for Queensland Tiger fans at the Gabba

Enjoy the first of many Queensland-based Tigers supporters re-telling an infamous night. Finally getting to attend a Grand Final up north gave opportunities for photos and normal celebrations that the prevailing Richmond Football Club deserved.