Grand Final – Melbourne v Bulldogs: A Grand Final victory

Michael ‘Rats’ Rattenbury shares with us his joy and relief at a Melbourne premiership, and his memories of the grim times before.

Almanac Footy: To bye or not to bye – AFL icons have their say

Darren Ray provides a comprehensive and incredibly well-researched discussion on the finals bye, and the impact that a week off has had on past AFL/VFL finals series. (Well worth a read – Eds).

Almanac Footy: Splendid isolation? How a Demon premiership will be different

Chris Weaver writes on Melbourne, his club, and the club of his father and grandfather. He describes the significance of Saturday, and the emotional challenge of potential isolation-bound Grand Final revelry.

Neil Sachse: 45 years on

Paul O’Connor (from the Western Bulldogs Past Players, and good friend of the Almanac) presents a terrific tribute to Neil Sachse who was seriously injured in a tragic incident 45 years ago. (We republish this piece to pay respects to Neil Sachse, who passed away on Aug 26, 2020. RIP, Neil. – Ed).

Susan Alberti: More than football

Young Anna Pavlou heard Susan Alberti talking about her autobiography at the recent Sports Writers Festival in Melbourne. She was inspired.

Finals Week 1 – Sydney v Essendon: What a win, but: One week at a time!

When avid Swan fan Jan Courtin forced herself from her sick bed on Saturday afternoon, determined, no matter how she was feeling, to get to the SCG, little did she believe that her beloved team would come away with such an emphatic victory.

Almanac Obituary: Farewell to Mr Footscray

Katie Hall remembers Ron Palmer – Mr Footscray.

Let’s talk about Ben Brown

Over the weekend, Marnie realised she has become immune to feelings of resentment and anger towards North Melbourne when losing close games. As Marnie sees it, Ben Brown is the future of the club and she explains why.

Round 14 – Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne: Robbed

Marnie Cohen is seeking assistance with locating three villains dressed in yellow spotted on Saturday night leaving Etihad Stadium with the Kanga’s four points stashed in their bag.

No Change

Aidan, our regular Young Almanacker reporter, shares his interesting concepts for selecting Premiership contenders.

Round 4 – North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: No

Young Aidan Hammond gives his perspective on the Good Friday match between North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.

An interview with Herb Henderson

This is a delightful insight into Footscray 1954 premiership player Herb Henderson from Mike Sexton who caught up with Herb at his home in Millicent (SA) last year.

In the firing line with the ruck rovers

The role of the ruck-rover is defined by the many wonderful exemplars Carolyn Spooner refers to from teams of the’60’s through to the current day.

Girls (and Boys) of Summer

Paddy Grindlay previews this year’s summer of football, with AFL Women’s taking centre stage. [Yes, summer of footy – Ed]

The Doggies Almanac 2016: a Story of the Year of Wonders, The Year of the Dog

Ian Swan receives a mysterious parcel from a friend. It contains The Doggies Almanac. Here’s his own Doggies story (with thanks to Spider Phillips) – and a little more about great days of Hallora-Strzlecki in the Ellinbank District League. [This is what footy’s about – Ed]

Finals Week 3 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: A miracle on grass

We’re up to part five now in the Paddy Suggests series, and we’ll pour on some more Footscray love with David Jacobson’s piece on the Dogs’ successful Preliminary Final.

Round 15 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Youthful Revolution at the Dogs

Another piece in the Paddy Suggests series, Neil Anderson tells the tale of the lesser-known Western Bulldogs victory over Sydney in 2016, all the way back in round 15. It’s an incredible feeling when one realises how far the Dogs have come since that unlikely victory at the SCG, and the trials the then-embattled Sons of the West undertook.

Grand Final Sydney v Western Bulldogs: the final kick in the guts

Craig Dodson is a lone Swan living in the western suburbs of Melbourne, trying his best to swim against a powerful rip current. How much more can he take?

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: A broken heart and tear-stained eyes………

A Grand Final loss leaves an empty feeling, a feeling that Jan Courtin puts into perspective with time and support from strangers. Check out (or take a look at) the 60 year-old document!

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Talking to Chooks

With five minutes to go in the Granny and your side’s down, what do you do? Joe Moore went outside and had a chat with the Chooks!