Saturday@The Footy Almanac

Stephen Alomes looks into footy's rainbow future.

Stephen Alomes looks into footy’s rainbow future.


OLD FOOTY JUMPERS SERIES: Send us a photo and story of your old woollen footy jumper.

Forthcoming Events (for your diary – details in the Calendar of Events)

Sep 22 – The Almanac Brownlow Darts Tournament (please nominate NOW);

Sep 26 – Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch (a few tickets remain) DETAILS HERE

Nov 3 – Almanac Melbourne Cup Lunch with Greg Carpenter

AFL Finals Week 2 Reports 

Geelong v North Melbourne

Fremantle v Port Adelaide

Footy Almanac – Popular Pieces

Dear Sando: a letter from the Crows’ Board (nice satire from D. Brown)

Patrick O’Brien’s review of the Sainters’ season

Mathilde de Hauteclocque on her September so far

Port to win the flag from fifth

Best footballers to have an association with the wool industry

The Almanac Podcast: Listen to EPISODE 18

Become a  2014 Footy Almanac Member

Dear Sando: a letter from the Crows’ board

Dave Brown unearths a letter, written three years ago, from the Board of the Adelaide Football Club to newly-appointed coach Brenton Sanderson.

The people of Melbourne respond to Justice Middleton’s ruling

Justice Middleton, now being sought as a BBC dramatist for his ability to give clashing signposts in his narrative, has ruled against James Hird and Essendon.

Here is how Melbourne responded. How did you respond, wherever you may be?

AFL Season Review – Sainters: What’s the frequency, Lenny?

Patrick O’Brien brings a revolution to Shoreham Beach and considers the Saints season; a season which makes him think of floods, rainbows, Lenny Hayes, the petulant strops of Supreme Beings, Cormac McCarthy and Will Self, Zac Dawson and our own Saint Yvette. [Classic Almanac stuff - JTH]

2014 Finals Diary: when time steps out of its regular gait

Each year Swans’ fan Mathilde de Hauteclocque tries to feel the joy of finals, the renewal of September, the luck bestowed on her by supporters of teams not so lucky. [Exquisite - JTH]

Preliminary Final Preview – It’s People’s Round

Our Foreteller of fates, Sal Ciardulli, tips a Silent Achiever on the weekend (Kangaroos omen?) and Happy Trails for the Hawkers on their way to another Grand Final.

The 2014 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup: Finally, Four

There’s plenty of ways to turn punters away and off, and the AFL has the knack of discovering them. Earl O’Neill (with a great line about 1977) on his Preliminary Finals plan.

1975 NFL Championship Final – A Dim Recollection

Swish Schwerdt cannot remember attending the 1975 NFL Championship Final at Football Park between South Australia and Victoria. But he has the evidence to prove he was there.

Sydney v North Melbourne – akin to what cliché for the Roos?

In looking at North Melbourne’s chances against Sydney, Kangaroos fan Matt Watson draws inspiration from boxer Buster Douglas, singer Kenny Rogers and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, among others.

Almanac Podcast – Episode 18: Crunchy Granola

Darren ‘Smokie’ Dawson joins Matty Q,  The People’s Elbow and Stone Cold as this week’s guest on the couch for the view from Arden Street as the ‘Norfmentum’ continues to roll deep into September. With his beloved CY’s winning the division one VAFA flag over the weekend, we also get some first hand experience on [Read more]

Tasmanian State League: only the Grand Final remains

E.Regnans our man about (many a) town was in Hobart last week and updates us on an exciting and unpredictable finals series in the Tasmanian State League. How are Wynyard going in the North West, Phanto?

The Finals: Perfect Prelims – A Walk Down Memory Lane

The 2014 Preliminary Finals are drawing ever-closer. And to get us all in the mood, Steve Baker recalls some of the classic Prelims: Stynes going over the mark in ’87, Fraser Brown’s tackle in ’99, Plugger’s after the siren gem in ’96 and the death of the ‘Kennett Curse’.

The Violence in our Hearts

Sam Steele reflects on violence in sport and asks if it truly appals us or excites us? Your thoughts welcomed.

Crio: Are you Racing Ready?

Crio reports that the Spring Carnival attractions are already in full view – the drunk dressed as a nun; the mascaraed socialite tottering tipsily on high heels – oh, and lots of good horses. The big races at Caulfield are timed as an intro to the Prelim Final at the MCG. Tips please.

Old (woollen) footy jumpers – Stephen Alomes, Rainbow warrior

Football chronicler Stephen Alomes recalls a rare high mark and his old TUFC jumper.

Finals Week 2 – Thoughts from Fearless

Harvey, Selwood. Common sense. Ross Lyon, Mitch Clark. Staggering. Paul ‘Fearless’ Thomson pens some thoughts.

The Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch and Tip the Top 8 Count

Details for the Grand Final Eve lunch are out. (Please NOTE THE VENUE)

Being Ruled By The Rules

Liam Quin offers more common sense about AFL umpiring and rules adjudication, than will be heard in a year of Rules Committee deliberations or a month of talkback radio.

AFL Semi Final – Geelong v North Melbourne: Let’s not forget who won

Andrew Starkie gives us a ‘Roos eye view of their Semi Final triumph

WAFL: Lions leap into the GF – Sharks kick themselves out of it

Les Everett records a strange WAFL Preliminary Final where the wounded Subiaco Lions staggered home against a woefully inaccurate East Fremantle Sharks. The Lions line up against the East Perth Royals (Eagles?) in the Grand Final.

A team of Buckleys

Long time Collingwood supporter Dave Nadel asks whether Nathan Buckley’s expectation of single-minded commitment on and off the field from all his players is becoming counter-productive.