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Almanac My Footy

& Talking with Swish about Very Important Matters I meet Swish on the corner of Spring and Collins St. I am wearing my Richmond baseball cap as a means for him to recognise me. I have no idea what he looks like. A couple of years ago Swish corrected a mistake I had made regarding my…

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…

Amnesia, Absence and the A-League

Sporting landscapes are constantly shifting. Teams come and go or are merged and sent elsewhere; stadiums are dismantled and constructed; leagues are closed down and started up; new formats of traditional games are introduced; women’s leagues are given attention and arrive on television screens. The 2000s in Australia – just in football terms – has…

Pengakuan Seorang Groundhopper

Saya pernah memimpikan menjadi seorang Fillipo Inzaghi, mencetak gol, lalu merayakannya dengan begitu emosional sambil berlari dan berteriak ke pojok lapangan , dan ribuan orang yang memenuhi setiap sudut stadion pun ikut berteriak karena saya. Sayangnya waktu begitu cepat berlalu, usia saya kini 24 tahun dan bukannya saya sudah tergabung di klub Ac Milan atau…

What Fans Do

Being a football fan is serious business. Ultra fan groups are highly competitive within their own group and with other supporters of other clubs. Some fans will kill for their club; ultra fans recognise that taking on a loyalty to a club and fan group puts them at risk, meaning that they need to hide…

Love Thy Arsenal

*Tim Flicker, a long-distance Gooner, hangs out with some other long-distance Gooners, where his credentials for being a real Arsenal fan are tested. Even when watching football is boring; singing, chanting, hanging out with friends makes up for the lack of action. The Arsenal Indonesia Supporters (AIS) Club was formed in 2004 and has since…

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