Richmond Football Club

Writing Richmond Together

Footy fans cheer together, barrack together, shout at the umpire together, and sometimes, cry together. During the third and fourth quarters of the 2017 Grand Final, when it became clear Richmond would be Premiers, many Richmond fans in the crowd – and elsewhere – started to shed tears. These were tears of joy, relief and…

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….

Approach with Caution

Following a football team, seriously and committedly, so often feels like a fruitless endeavour. For years, fans suffer in ignominy as their team under-performs and follows one losing season with another. Coaches get sacked on a presidential whim; promising players leave for better-run clubs; injuries strike down established stars. And then, when the good times,…

Footyscape

*This article was originally published on Kunci’s website, here, in June, 2013. Footy is geographical. Footy relates to space. A space that is personal, local and national. Footy  occupies the space of its consumer. One watches the game enshrouded by a crowd: swamped by the shouting of others, by the collective flow of the mass…

Kate Birrell and Painting the Tiges

I first saw Kate Birrell‘s paintings on The Footy Almanac‘s website. Her painting was of Luke Hodge, in one of his classic postures: his right arm raised for balance, the other guiding the ball perfectly on to his left boot. Birrell has not only contributed to the Footy Almanac anthologies but is also an active…

Origins are Important

(or, Playing Footy and Negotiating Identity) Sport and discrimination: sport, perhaps, is discriminatory. The question is not whether or not ‘discrimination’ takes place in the Australian sporting context, but, how it takes place and what kind of face discrimination shows. I find ‘discrimination’ a somewhat intimidating word; a word that provokes defensive responses. I find…

Drawing The Tiges

I have started a series of drawings specifically for Tiger Tiger Burning Bright – a website founded by Dugald Jellie and Chris Rees. The website focuses on footy stories written from the perspective of Richmond supporters. I contributed to the blog last year in a series of reports on ‘watching from Leiden’. This year, I…

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