Almanac (Footy Fan) Life: They are into us – The Newbies

Tony Newport has know both good times and bad as a lifelong South Melbourne/Sydney Swans supporter. He has a message for ‘newbie’ Swans followers who are doing it tough after years of success.

1966 and all that: Round 16 – St. Kilda v South Melbourne

The Saints have a big win in the wet, but suffer an injury to a star in the process. Peter Clark’s coverage of the 1966 season reaches Round 16.

Fred Goldsmith in Retrospect

Fred Goldsmith is the only specialist full-back to ever win the Brownlow Medal. Richard Davis offers this retrospective profile.

‘Asho’s still ploughing out the runs……’ by KB Hill

Wayne Ashton was a run-scoring machine even as a young bloke and, over the years, amassed both runs and premierships in country Victoria. KB Hill tells the tale.

Martin Flanagan’s speech to the Grassroots Sports Club in Hobart, Spring 2019.

Martin Flanagan is one the country’s leading writers on Australian football. This is a timely speech about footy in Tassie which Martin gave in Hobart last weekend for the Grassroots Sports Club to raise money to buy sports equipment for disadvantaged kids.

Round 17 – Sydney v Carlton: Oh Dear!!

Sydney’s defeat by Carlton finds Jan Courtin not at the SCG, but in the philosophical principality of St Kilda East. [Congratulations on the Lake Oval move – Ed].

Almanac Art: South Melbourne v Carlton and the 1909 VFL Season

DJ Williams tells the historic tale of the 1909 season, accompanied by his own original artwork.

AFLW Round 3 – GWS v Fremantle: Sharp plays key role in 43-all draw

After the first AFLW draw, Jack Banister reflects on the similarities between the GWS-Freo game, and the first VFL/AFL men’s draw in 1897.

AFLW Round 3 – GWS v Fremantle: Sharp plays key role in 43-all draw

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Dear Editor: Can we have some footy talk, please?

Jan Courtin wants a little more footy talk on the site and to get it started she’s sent in the Sporting Globe front page from 1933. Classic. Read the stats! ‘Passes to comrade’

A club is bigger than the team.

In this retrospective piece, David Parker reflects on his journey and his Footy Club.

Era, era on the wall, which was the greatest of them all?

Wondering how to get your footy fix until next April? In the first of a nine-part series, Jeff Dowsing has scoured the history books looking at Footy ‘then’ to understand footy ‘now’. While this series has a distinctly VFL focus, the question remains: has much really changed in footy?

Old (Woollen) Footy Jumpers: The Many Jumpers of Keiran

Swans supporter Keiran Croker takes us through the woollen footy jumpers he has worn, from the Melbourne Demons jumper his Mum bought him (easier to keep clean than a mainly white South Melbourne jumper) to a recently purchased old style South Melbourne version. That may contain red wine stains.

Football enigmas

Steve Hodder looks at the artwork of the 1970’s South Melbourne players created by Chris Rees.

The Story of Peter Reville – The Champion of the Brown Coal Mine

The story of former Brown Coal Mine and South Melbourne premiership player Peter Reville, who was suspended for 20 weeks after snapping in the 1934 Grand Final.

AFL Round 9 – Collingwood v Sydney: A long way from Victoria Park

Swans fan Keiran Croker wanders past Victoria Park – remembering the time he saw South Melbourne break a 20-year drought at the ground – on his way to the MCG. No matter the time or place, the sweet feeling of beating the Pies remains.

AFL Round 6 – Sydney v Brisbane: Footy and family – life is good

David Williams loves the similarities between his trip to the SCG with his young daughter and his grandfather and mother’s trip to the Brunswick Street Oval to watch their beloved Roy Boys.

A tribute to South Melbourne champion Bruce Sloss

Richard Davis pays tribute to Bruce Sloss, the South Melbourne champion who almost won the 1914 Grand Final off his own boot, but who was tragically one of 60,000 Australian soldiers killed during the first World War.

AFL Grand Final: A strange love story

Bruz has fallen in love with the Swans but can’t quite put his finger on why.

Side by side, back to back

On Friday night the Magpies and Swans engage in the most important game they’ve played against eachother for 76 years.  This is the Collingwood’s 50 Most Sensational Games story of the 1936 Grand Final. 1936 Grand final MCG, Saturday 5 October CROWD: 74,091 UMPIRE: Blackburn Collingwood            3.6.24   7.16.58   8.19.67   11.23.89 South Melbourne    3.4.22     5.7.37   8.12.60   10.18.78 BEST COLLINGWOOD – Pannam, Whelan, Carmody, Kyne, [Read more]