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: 1968 Victoria v SA – Never in it

South Australia had reason for hope leading into their 1968 clash with Victoria. Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt relives what happened next in his inimitable style.

Almanac Life: Sporting Heroes 1954

1954 was certainly a great year for Australian sport as Allan Grant remembers some of his sporting heroes from that year.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: Ted’s legacy

What price a Ted Whitten footy card from the Scanlens collection? Bill Wootton thinks back to his treasure trove and how they parted ways.

Almanac Footy Stories: Apology Accepted

When Fitzroy FC president Joan Eddy appeared on 774 ABC Melbourne, a Bulldogs supporter called in with an unusual apology. Gabrielle Murphy tells the story.

Almanac History: Moratorium

The Moratorium March, Royalty at the footy, the VFL’s first ever Sunday match, and VFL Park’s first game; 1970 was certainly a happening year for many things political- and footy-wise. This insightful piece from Glen! was posted a couple of years ago and this past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Moratorium March. [Well worth remembering – Ed.]

Round 1 1962 – Footscray v Hawthorn: An angry lady, Teddy Whitten and my first game!

Some fond childhood memories of angry supporters, Teddy Whitten, his dad, as Col Ritchie remembers his first ever VFL game, Round 1 1962, the Bulldogs and the Hawks.

David ‘Malt’ Wildy: Sobers, Richards, Wildy

League footballer, state cricketer, record breaking commentator, newspaper columnist, fireman – there’s not much David Wildy hasn’t done according to Rulebook.

“Best Kick I Ever Saw…….” by KB Hill

What would the week be without a KB Hill tale of a local sporting identity from up Wangaratta way? Today his focus is on Ray Thompson, the man with ‘hands the size of meat plates’ who knocked back offers from no less than five Melbourne clubs. Classic KB!

Wally Miller: the doyen of administrators

Rulebook’s tribute to Norwood legend Wally Miller celebrating his AFL Life Membership.

The Old Footy Record: What do you know about this match?

This must have been some match! These images of an old footy record have prompted many questions about this game. If you can provide further information about the match to The Footy Almanac it will be greatly appreciated.

Almanac (Thinking) Footy: The Greatest Footballer of All Time

Matt Zurbo and Elena and Cielo are in Venezuela. Matt is thinking about life and footy. This piece considers the concept of ‘the greatest’ and finishes wih a cracking photo.

The Pooncarie Letter: Mr Wrap Returns

Mr Wrap returns off the long run to support the traditions of the great game and flay the jellyfish from Jellymont House.

Almanac Teams: The Greatest Number 3s

Phil Dimitriadis returns to proper footy teams. What do you think of his team of 3s?

Memoir: A Life Following the Dogs

Les Currie has spent his life supporting his beloved Bulldogs. Motivated by a spirit of rejoicing, he tells his story. [Great stuff Les – JTH]

Great players…Great nicknames

Peter Clark remembers some of the great nicknames of footballers past but wonders why nicknames for current footballers are not as forthcoming. Who can you add to the list?

How the Bulldogs went from a club of individuals to a team of Champions.

Dr Cruel puts his spin on how the Bulldogs became a Premiership club.

Ted Whitten and the Cult of Personality

Neil Anderson remembers everything that made up the man “remembered as Mr Football because that’s how big a personality he was”.

Round 23 – Fremantle v Western Bulldogs: Code Purple

It’s all happening for Neil Anderson! Bulldogs, Code Purple, junk food, gallstones and the hospital emergency ward are just another night of footy for Neil.

Era, era on the wall; 1987-1999

Jeff Dowsing continues his series on the eras of VFL/AFL footy with a look a 1987-99.