The Black and White Song and Dance

In light of Fathers’ Day this weekend, we’ve reprised this wonderful writing from Damian Balassone, who takes us on a beautiful familial journey of joining the Collingwood faithful via Abruzzo, Dights Falls and Victoria Park with thanks to his late father, Donato.

Remembrance of things past – sort of: 1966 and all that!

Braham Dabscheck was 17 in 1966 , his Matriculation year. He has always been a passionate Saints fan and remembers their premiership year, and his. Braham mentions here that he started to write about sport, and study it. [Braham has been a world leader in the field of professional players’ unions across codes and countries. It was a privilege and pleasure to work with him on the VFL Players’ Association HIstory – and to continue to publish him here on the Almanac site – JTH]

AFLW Round 1 – Collingwood v West Coast: Eagles flying higher than ever before

Cathi Johnston felt a sense of mild confusion when she put on her Eagles gear in the middle of summer – it didn’t last long as the sense of occasion and camaraderie with fellow West Coast fans took over for their first game in the big league, hosted by a strong and experienced Collingwood (who took the chocolates).

AFLW Round 1 – Collingwood v West Coast: Waking the ghosts of Collingwood Flat

Victoria Park on the Collingwood Flat is a place of Collingwood memory. David Wilson felt that the ghosts were awoken in AFLW Round 1.

Of Dufflecoats And Dreams

A debut reminiscence from Cakewalk 90. Memories of the Rush Stand, Scanlen’s footy cards and Victoria Park etiquette.

The long road travelled….as a Victorian-based West Coast Eagles tragic

Cathi Johnston has been a Melbourne-based West Coast Eagles fan for over twenty years but that hasn’t stopped her from seeing her seeing her boys in blue and gold regularly in both Melbourne and other non-WA venues. A trip to Alice Springs is in the offing soon. Here’s her journey over the years.

Almanac Music: Interview with Jack Poulson from Vic Park

Luke Reynolds caught up with Vic Park frontman Jack Poulson to talk about the new single “I Could Really Use Your Love” and all things Collingwood.

A walk through History on the Collingwood Footy Tour

The fates finally coalesced for Luke Reynolds as he and his family spent an engrossing couple of hours walking the Collingwood Footy Tour, seven months after a gifted opportunity and 176 years in the making.

Mud

Read this. By Barry Dickins.

Round 11 – Collingwood v Fremantle: Hurstbridge hordes and mature aged debutants

With Auskick and VFL as entree, Luke Reynolds took his youngsters to watch an in-form Magpies as they accounted for Fremantle.

Round 6 – Collingwood v Richmond: Just like the good old days

When the Pies and Tiges are on, games don’t get much bigger or passionate. Cheryl Critchley was on hand to witness a revival (of sorts) of the memorable clashes of the 1970-80s

Reclink Community Cup Melbourne – This Sunday

The Reclink Community Cup kicks off in Melbourne this Sunday. Get along for an awesome day of footy and music.

Reclink Community Cup 2017

The Reclink Community Cup is back for another year! Get behind this awesome cause, watch a fun game of footy and listen to awesome tunes. What are your favourite Reclink Community Cup memories?

My Indigenous Round – Love and Pain and the Whole Damned Thing

During the AFL Indigenous Round, Peter Baulderstone gained an even better understanding of indigenous culture by having two in depth conversations with indigenous people. [Powerful, must read – Ed]

Almanac Memoir: Seeing Lou Richards as a young fella

Jim Johnson tells the story of the efforts to which his family went to see Collingwood and Lou Richards at Vic Park in the late `40s.

Footy IQ: How well do you know Melbourne’s footy ovals?

Mike Hugo has put the challenge out to see if you can identify Melbourne’s Football Ovals.

50 Years On – The Final Round 1966

Saints scramble home in the last game of the season to cement their place the 1966 finals.

Missed opportunity with disjointed AFL-VFL fixtures

Jeff Dowsing sees an opening for the AFL, for the VFL, for clubs, for players and for fans. Bring on the change.

Round 19 – Collingwood v West Coast: Footy and music in Carringbush

Footy and a great gig. What more can you ask for! Luke Reynolds has a memorable day out with his younger sister.

Round 19 – Collingwood v West Coast: More Darce, less farce

Jeff Dowsing catches a star-studded Almanac cast at Victoria Park, before watching the “freakish” D Moore in both full flight and full story-of-2016 at the MCG.