Almanac Rugby League: Farewell Benji Marshall

The Footy Almanac pays tribute to NRL and NZ rugby league great Benji Marshall who has announced his retirement.

Almanac Rugby League: It’s all there in black and white

Looking back over his collection of ‘Big League’ programmes, John Campbell finds one dated September 30th 1986 (Vol 67, No. 31) – Grand Final day. Another recounts South Sydney’s worst defeat ever – Round 16, 2006. He loves them all!

Almanac Rugby League – Uncle Max: the coaches’ coach

Glen Humphries from the ‘Illawarra Mercury’ shares the story of his Uncle Max, a man who coached various teams for over four decades but never at the very top level. He was too smart to do that!

Almanac Rugby League – NSW Country Rugby League……Then and Now

Michael Croke from central western NSW is a teacher and former broadcaster with a long memory of country football. He recounts the good old days in Dubbo in the 60s and 70s.

Almanac Rugby League – An old rivalry resumes: Roosters v Rabbitohs

Roosters v Rabbitohs – the rivalry goes back a century and more. They’re back again tonight and we’ve got them captured by John Campbell’s artwork!

Almanac Rugby League – The 1965 Grand Final: St George Dragons v South Sydney Rabbitohs

John Campbell remembers the day his Dad took him and his little brother Lonno to the 1965 Sydney rugby league Grand Final. Caught up in the massive crowd, John and Lonno didn’t see much that day but their experiences, real and imagined, left a huge impression.

Almanac Rugby League – Bruce Hatcher, Ross Oakley and Arthur Moynihan

Rugby League non-aficionado Roger Lowrey is full of pith as he buys into the expansion/merge/move debate going on within the NRL. He offers some astute advice based on AFL experiences.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 1, 2013: Souths vs Easts – SBW vs non-SBW

I’m not sure I like the Thursday night game, especially to kick off the season, but after a summer of mediocre cricket I’m not complaining