Rising from the cellar: Fitzroy’s outstanding 1979 season

A teenage Philip Mendes watched his beloved Lions break a 19 year-old finals drought in 1979. He recounts every game of that breakthrough season. [Sit back and enjoy – Ed].

Almanac Footy History: Fitzroy’s Fabulous Century

Longtime friend of the Almanac Fitzroy Pete (Carter) has written a book: Fitzroy’s Fabulous Century. Here he explains the origins of his love of Fitzroy, as well as something about the book which is now available. [Do yourself a favour- JTH]

Footy on the Radio!

Peter Clark talks up the radio broadcasters of the footy, past and present. What a cavalcade of callers, all masters of the microphone! Join in the discussion with your nominations for preferred presenters.

Moon Landing – A Football(in)g Space

Glen! takes us to the moon and back as he contemplates 50 years since the first Moon landing. For old times’ sake, he also reminds us of what was happening in the VFL that week. (Ah, memories… – Ed.!)

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Traditions

Joe De Petro relives the 1972 VFL Grand Final and the rivalry established between Richmond and Carlton, while watching the Round 1 match between the Tigers and the Blues at the MCG.

1971 – Vic v SA (MCG): A New Record

The Victorian public’s interest in state football was at an all-time high in June 1971, as both sides were filled with names that resonate to this day. Swish has annotated that game’s Football Record and has obtained some memories from one of the SA participants.

Robert Walls in the 1987 Grand Final – A Coaching Master Class

Miles Wilks recently re-watched all four 1987 matchups between Carlton and Hawthorn, resulting in these sharp observations about the tactical nous of Robert Walls.

Tiger Spirit Animal was alive and kicking at the meritorious Mecca

The Tiger tales keep on coming. Here, Saints fan Jennifer Muirden explains why she was so happy to see Richmond win the flag.

AFL 1997 – Twenty Years On: Richmond Tigers (13th)

Relive Richmond’s golden year of 1997.

AFL 1997 – Twenty Years On: Introduction and The Coaches

Can 1997 really be two decades ago? Apparently so, as Swish introduces this pictorial series covering the coaches and players from the 1997 AFL season.

Almanac Books: Champions All Extract – Ken Hunter on depression

Old Dog’s book, Champions All is finally out. 700 pages of punchy stories from 171 legends of the game over 8 decades of AFL/VFL footy. The honesty in it is often overwhelming. History often looks very different from the inside. Today, Ken Hunter on Depression.

Almanac VFL Round 13 – Coburg v Footscray: Melbourne by foot, Part 1

Stranger in a strange land, Dave Brown’s Melbourne travelogue kicks off with an Odd Friday Lunch and a trip to the VFL

Time and Space – James Coventry

James Coventry is an ABC sports commentator based in Adelaide. Robert Walls’ time at Fitzroy is the subject of this extract from his book Time and Space, which is a history of strategy, tactics and coaching innovation in Australian football.

Roy Boy Legends – 1970 – 1996

Philp Mendes tugs at the heartstrings of old Roy Boys fans with his greatest Fitzroy Team from 1970 – 1996.

[Note: Chruistmas news is the Fitzroy Football Club in the Ammos is to be celebrated with a weekly Almanac column next year. If you’d like to be a contributor please contact [email protected])]

Driven up the Walls

It can’t be far away now, perhaps only a matter of a week or two. I wander what the banner line to the article might be? “Ablett and Suns a Good Fit” Or “Suns Shine on Gazza.” Or “Walls has Surgery to Remove Stale Egg from Face”   Earlier this year (April 1st in fact), [Read more]