Comparing the VFL and the AFL: 1978 v 2021

There haven’t been many footballs kicked with passion in 2021, but Philip Mendes has jumped the gun to ponder what the season ahead will look like compared to the nature of the game in 1978 when he was just 13 years old.

Almanac Footy History: 1900 VFL Grand Final – Melbourne v Fitzroy

DJ Williams delves back in time to re-tell the story of the 1900 VFL season, and specifically the upset triumph of Melbourne against a red-hot Fitzroy. [Includes one of DJ’s historical images of the famous Alex Sloane of the Roys and Melbourne’s Richard Wardill. Ed]

Almanac Footy History: No Umpires in this Game. The Victorian Football League during two World Wars

They might be retirees but Brice Coe and Bruce Kennedy have become keen historians over the last decade and have written and published a number of books on the Geelong Football Club and now this one on the VFL during World War I and World War II. [I have a review copy for any one who is interested – [email protected]

Era, era on the wall: the 9-part series

Here we’ve linked all nine of Jeff Dowsing’s terrific “Era, era” pieces in one post. This is a great spot to dip into VFL/AFL history.

VFL/AFL all time highest aggregates

Tony Corke provides us with a list of the highest-aggregate scores in VFL/AFL history. It includes the incredible 1972 VFL Grand Final. [Does this list trigger any memories? Were you there?]