Almanac Footy History: The Crapp Chronicles Part 6 – Ivo Crapp v Dick Condon

Tim Ghys presents The Crapp Chronicles Part 6 which looks at the story behind the conflict between Ivo Crapp and Dick Condon.

Almanac (Radio and TV) History: “Don’t burn down the studio” – The Coodabeen Champions and Channel 7’s 1986 Football Marathon

Memories! In this nicely researched piece, Richard Prentice takes us back to the first (and only) Coodabeens takeover of the pre-VFL Grand Final ‘Football Marathon’ in 1986. [first published in 2020]

1981 Revisited – Round 20: ‘Once in a Lifetime’, The Neale Daniher Edition

As a moment in history, this was the pinnacle of Neale Daniher’s career as a footballer; the marvel of Fight MND was a young, talented defender ahead of his time. Sam Steele continues his look back on 1981, with particular focus on the Dons’ clash with the old enemy, Carlton.

Big Bob Pascoe – Hard and rugged

Matt Watson sat down with the outstanding ruck Bob Pascoe, a big man with big character, who played over 200 games across the SANFL, VFL and Tasmania’s NWFU.

Football History: 1919 VFL Grand Final

Anticipating an October pandemic Grand Final this year, Glen! takes us back to the year 1919, when Richmond and Collingwood played the decider in the year of Spanish Flu.

Almanac Footy History: Fitzroy wins the 1898 flag

The Almanac has been featuring quite a bit of Fitzroy FC history in recent times. John Harms continues the trend with this piece about Fitzroy’s 1898 premiership season. It also coincides with Anzac Day as one of Fitzroy’s footballers, Stan Reid, whose story is told in the piece, was killed during the Boer War. [Make yourself a cuppa for this one – Ed]

An empty cauldron: playing in a crowd-free ‘G

The looming locked-out game between Richmond and Carlton has Peter Fuller thinking back to when he did the same as Dustin Martin and Patrick Cripps look set to do – but in his case for Box Hill fourths.

The strange case of Archie Whitfield

The ‘one game only’ club contains a plethora of interesting stories. Archie Whitfield is one such case, as related here by Gigs in an excerpt from his forthcoming book with Mick Rees.

‘Enigmatic Carey, a star of the Depression era…’ by KB Hill

Bert Carey was a mercurial sportsman from up Wangaratta way in the Depression era, performing extraordinary feats on the footy and cricket fields. KB Hill tells the tale.

Footscray/Western Bulldogs Past Players from the VFL/AFL

The Footscray/Western Bulldogs Past Players held their 2019 AGM recently. Paul O’Connor sent this photo.

Graham Miller – Playing the man

Scanlen’s footy cards get a good run with a lot of Almanackers as they tap into a cherished age of footy bursting with characters – photographer Graham Miller has taken things to another level with his series “Playing the man.”

VFA/VFL – The Burgers v The Boroughs: Red and blue deja vu

Mic Rees sees a moving tribute to legendary Coburg stalwart Ian Liversidge before watching his Port Melbourne side taken on the locals. His visit to Coburg City Oval takes him back to one of the VFA’s memorable grand finals- when Port came back from oblivion to snatch victory against Coburg in1980. [Super evocation of past and present – JTH]

VFL Round 1: Williamstown v Port Melbourne – Rekindling old rivalries in the sunset

It’s been a few years since Glen! has seen Port Melbourne in the VFA/VFL; he made a return to watch on as Williamstown played picturesque host to a contest between two doyens of the Victorian game in Round 1.

Almanac Footy History: Round 1, 1919

A remarkable time, Round 1, 100 years ago, Glen reviews the VFL games from that season’s opening games.

VFL Round 20 – Williamstown v Port Melbourne: What’s the weather doing? 

Jack Banister gives us a peek at both weather and match in this starkly visual piece.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood life – Round 20: The Year of the Pie

Despair not, Magpies! Cam Hooke still believes this could be The Year of the Magpie.

Round 19 GWS v St Kilda : Yet another footy odyssey with too many losses in a row but great people shine some light and warmth.

Yvette Wroby has a weekend of footy losses and at least some diversions. A weekend in Creswick was a good relief from football. There’s always next week.

A Forgotten Isle – The State of Football in a ‘Football State’

Jack Banister spoke to some key players in Tasmanian footy on the current situation and the future for the code.

A star from the VFA’s halcyon days by KB Hill

This week’s KB Hill features Rod Cobain, who played in the VFL & VFA before heading up to Yarrawonga

Oldest Surviving Footballers – Keith Rae

We kick off our Oldest Surviving Footballers series with a profile on Keith Rae. The former Carlton and Richmond player turns 101 at the end of July. Get involved by sharing any insights or tales you have about Keith.