Clubs

Playing with Pride

Such are the little moments that project one into or away from footy. The game can offer a place for an athlete, a player with skills and abilities and professionalism. Or, it can move to the sidelines of one’s life. These are footy transitions: the small moments that shape one’s trajectory towards or away from…

In the Name of Richmond

Ah, the Richmond Football Club. It is a club with a tremendous supporter base and a tremendous myth. A great Club of the late 1960s, 70s with a last hurrah long ago in 1980. And since that time, the Victorian Football League has become the Australian Football League and the footy landscape has changed dramatically….

I Heart Footy

I never expected to live and work in Australia. Coming to Australia is a rare opportunity since it is quite expensive for most Indonesians. Many Indonesians never get the opportunity to go overseas. I also was not born in a wealthy family. In fact, if I wanted to play badminton with my dad, we always…

A New Game

My name is Ery. I am a 24 years and come from Purwakarta – a small city in West Java, Indonesia. I’m a little bit chubby and I’m crazy about sport. Lately, I’ve been crazy about footy. But before I get to that, here is a little bit about growing up playing sport in Indonesia…

Grand Final Day

And so this is Grand Final Day. It is not the last Saturday of September, but the first Wednesday of September. The day begins at 7:30 at Vic Park and the bus departs and heads to the Holden Centre of the other Collingwood Football Club. Nathan comes in and gives some words. He is all…

Home Ground

The Collingwood Knights play in the Reclink Football League on Wednesdays during winter, their homeground being Victoria Park. The club is run by a policeman,  Chris McGeachan, aka Geeks, Shane Williams of Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), Mannon Johnston of Headspace and Pete Burns, a sports-oriented social worker. The Club is inclusive and welcomes…

Footballing Transitions

An Interview with Kenny Dougall, left-back of Sparta Rotterdam It wasn’t the game I expected it to be. I left home with the expectation of witnessing a 90minute-long celebration of Sparta’s successful season in the Jupiler League, which had seen them become Champions and earn automatic promotion to the Eredivisie. I saw their last game…

Always Sparta Rotterdam

The fan shop was had just opened. The lights on the towers had not yet been turned on. On the way from Marconiplein RET trains top, a teenager had accelerated down the footpath on his bicycle doing a wheelie. Someone else had parked their (non-motorised) scooter on the footpath as they waited for their Chinese-Indonesische…

Going to Belgrade

A friend of mine, who is an FC Augsburg-Fan searched in our Facebook-Football-Group (some kind of a private groundhopping group to plan trips with friends of mine and also for football information), for people,who want to join him for the Europe league away game in Belgrade against Фудбалски клуб Партизан (Cyrillic spelling of Partizan Belgrade)….

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