Guineas Day @ The Footy Almanac

Fred 'Chocka' Bloch.

Fred ‘Chocka’ Bloch. See Rulebook’s tribute to the Adelaide Uni FC legend below.


Enjoy an evening of conversation and dinner with Gideon Haigh. Wednesday, Oct 14, 7pm. Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke St, Melbourne. $40 for two courses. Gideon will talk about T-shirts, cricket and his new book Certain Admissions. All welcome. Book now.

The traditional Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch is on Monday, Nov 2, 12.30 for 1pm. Come along to hear colourful racing identities and help us pick the Cup trifecta. (We nailed it last year). Book now.

Grand Final

West Coast 8.13.61 lost to Hawthorn 16.11.107


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Swish Schwerdt on the Coodabeens

The Ultimate (Australian) Wool Team

The Almanac is in the process of selecting an All-Australian team of footballers who have had a close association with the wool industry. To date we have put together regional squads from which we have selected four teams:

The Victorian Wool Team
The South Australian Wool Team
The Western Australian Wool Team
The Riverina Wool Team

Also, have a look at our Old Woollen Footy Jumpers series.

Footy Almanac 2016 Membership is now open. CLICK HERE

Caulfield Guineas Preview – My Goodness, My Guineas

Sal has a look at the Caulfield Guineas program.

2015 Grand Final – West Coast v Hawthorn: Riffin’, ruminating and, hell yeah, raisin’ the roof, rejoicing

Trucker Slim identifies the important moments (like The Intercept) of the Grand Final, in the hope he can settle on the moment when he knew his Hawks had won. [It seems he is in the middle of a religious experience – Ed]

Grand Final Entertainment

John Harms elaborates on his suggestion (on ABCTV’s Offsiders) to include Paul Kelly and Mick Thomas in the Grand Final pre-match – every year. [Who else would you include? Ed]

The Coodabeen Champions – Kicking Against The Wind on Grand Final Day

After 35 years on radio The Coodabeens Champions are as much a part of the fabric of footy in Melbourne as pies, beer and sauce. Though their national profile might have diminished with the passing of their weekend shows, Champs, Covey, Richo, Billy and Torch have fans right around the country. A serial contributor to the Coodabeens – Swish Schwerdt – made the trek to light tower number two at the MCG for the time honoured Grand Final O/B.

A Tribute to Fred ‘Chocka’ Bloch

Fred ‘Chocka’ Bloch (OAM) is an Adelaide University Football Club institution. In fact, some would argue that he IS the Adelaide University Footy Club. Rulebook Ashwood pays tribute to a man who’s had a considerable influence in his life.

This is a dead-set Almanac Classic. Well-played Rulebook – Ed]

It’s Steve Baker’s last day as web-editor

Sorry to say folks, but Stone Cold Steve Baker is leaving the Almanac web-editor’s role – he needs to spend more time with his Bakewood family.

Almanac Soccer – Brendan Rodgers: So Close, Yet So Far

Dr Cruel has watched the going’s-on at Liverpool with great interest since Brendan Rodgers arrived at Anfield. After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for the 2013/14 EPL title and some less than successful transfer calls, John W Henry and the boffins at Fenway Sports Group have decided that Rodgers is not the man to manage the Reds. As always, the good Doctor explains why he had to go. [Nicely balanced… for a Gooners fan! – Ed]

2015 AFL Grand Final – No ticket, no worries – part two

In the second part of his Grand Final ticket odyssey, Matt Watson heads from Brisbane to Melbourne for work, but without a ticket to the game. When all seems lost, however, Matt becomes involved in a ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ style race to Melbourne’s outer west in search of the gold. [SPOILER ALERT: Matt’s available to help with your Lotto and Quaddie numbers for Caulfield this weekend. – Ed]

The Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch gets the final weekend of the 2015 AFL Season off to a great start!

The very creative Jennifer Muirden was in the best at last Friday’s Grand Final lunch. She was in such good spirits she was moved to the pen, and her inspiration was rather grand. [Very kind words from you Jen. Thanks. – JTH]

How the AFL Can Get Back Our Newly Rugby-Leagued Continent

One funny kick and Rugby League finds itself at the top of the Australian sports entertainment industry. The AFL needs to act. Patrick O’Brien has the answer. It all starts with Gillon buying his daughter a Chisel CD….

Terrible news

We are thinking of Josh and Terry Barnstable on this saddest of days.

Almanac Racing – Caulfield’s best day

Are you ready to commit? This is always a ripper meeting. If you want to ride the Spring Carnival, watching/punting on Caulfield Guineas Day is essential. We’re looking for information, speculation…anything to fit the occasion! All contributions welcome.

Crio’s Q?- great sporting finishes this year (and beyond)

The NRLGF or the USPGA?…great sporting finishes this year (and beyond). These two stand out as events I watched seemingly dispassionately until finding myself leaping off the couch, screaming at the TV. Any other noms?

Footy Almanac Melbourne launch speech (remember this?)

Remember this? Anson Cameron may have shot the Cisco Kid last Friday but he knocked everyone over with this classic speech to launch The Footy Almanac in 2009 (A Geelong year).

From the Almanac Archives – Is Brian Lake an Alien?

Brian Lake yesterday announced his retirement from AFL footy. To mark the occasion, we looked back through our archives and found this beauty from Westcoast Dave (David Bruce). It might be a bit painful for Doggies fans to enjoy reading, but if you’ve ever watched the way Brian Lake played his footy, then you’ll agree David nails the way he got to contests you didn’t think he could, or take the marks that you didn’t think he would and why there’ll be a few key forwards relieved that he won’t be standing them in 2016.

Almanac Rugby League: Footballing gods smile on Ipswich

Sunday’s NRL Grand Final is already being coined the greatest in the code’s history. While the focus was on the feats of Jonathon Thurston and the success of the North Queensland Cowboys, Harold Peacock also found plenty to celebrate in the Ipswich Jets’ NRL State Championship win in the curtain raiser.

2015 Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch: Match Report

The story of The Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch held at the Royal Melbourne Hotel in Bourke St last Friday. Cast your Brownlow votes.

Dinner with Gideon Haigh – all welcome

An evening of conversation with Gideon Haigh. Hear how he selects his T-shirts for TV appearances, how he finally won a grand final at he Yarras, and what Certain Admissions is all about. All welcome on Oct 14. [Looking forward to the chat Gideon – JTH]

Round 10 – North Melbourne v West Coast: Blustery at Blundstone

Primary schooler Alex Richards recalls his day at windy Blundstone Arena in Hobart where North hung on against the Eagles.

Grand Final – West Coast v Hawthorn: Preparation is the key to success

For the superstitious among us, Grand Final week is a time to watch those superstitions carefully. Bradley Thomas had never been to a Grand Final. Was now the time to go?