‘When did you fall in love with footy?’ – Alastair Clarkson’s speech at the Peter Crimmins Medal presentation

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Tony Wilson is a Melbourne-based author and an old mate of The Almanac. He has a fascination with speech-making and curates a website, Speakola, which is dedicated to that art. Tony has collated a wonderful, wide-ranging repository ‘for all speeches, great and small’. Speakola also provides a platform for you to submit a speech of your own, one you heard at a wedding, a function, etc which you think should be shared more widely. This is a site well worth your time to meander through its offerings.


From Tony’s collection, The Almanac is happy to provide a link to Alastair Clarkson’s speech ‘When did you fall in love with footy?’ which he gave at the presentation of the Peter Crimmins Medal in October. Apparently Clarko was allocated 5 minutes to speak – he took 26! But when you read/listen to it, you’ll find that it is 26 minutes well spent.


Find Clarko’s speech by clicking here.





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  1. I never fell in love with football. I was raised with it, and it’s as if it’s always been there as a part of me, and always will be. Until the Extended VFL finally fuck it up.

  2. Wonderful speech. Made me think I fell in love with footy as an introduction to the adult world with all its colour and characters; long before I fell in love with it as a game.

  3. Superb speech.

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