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Those jumpers were a sight to cause sore eyes

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WE ARE the navy Blues, the song goes. But what happens when navy turns to light blue or white to purple? CHRIS de KRETSER reports on a painful experience watching the football: PLAYING for the jumper has been a fundamental tenet infused into every league footb... More »

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Des Tuddenham on the Magpie mistakes – then and now

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SO WHAT’S WRONG with Collingwood – this time? Chief writer RON REED goes to lunch with one of the famous club’s greatest legends, DES TUDDENHAM, and discovers the answer is … just about everything: DES TUDDENHAM was never known for pulling his punches, physica... More »

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Confessions of an unfaithful footy fan

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CHIEF WRITER RON REED has celebrated a lot of premierships in his time as a footy fan – so why was it nagging on his conscience when he rocked up to the MCG to have a drink in the family bar? PREPARING to watch Melbourne and Carlton do battle at the MCG on Sun... More »

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Victoria is no longer the state of victory

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Just how well have the Victorian clubs fared since the national competition was launched? GEOFFREY HARRIS takes a look and it’s not a pretty picture: Australian Football’s national competition has been a huge winner on so many fronts, but at a high price to fa... More »

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Brutal workouts rebuilt the Blues

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DAN EDDY takes us inside the locker rooms of the great Carlton sides which featured names like Jezza, Percy and The Flying Doormat: They were a ratbag bunch of blokes, who partied hard. Oh, and did you hear? They could play a bit, too. What those Carlton teams... More »

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Sheedy takes on the world

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CHRIS de KRETSER joined a crowd of more than 600 to celebrate Kevin Sheedy’s 50 years of football and to hear the master coach’s magic formula for conquering the world: As Essendon Football Club continues a never-ending task to shed its drug-tainted image, it ... More »

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GP hits head-on with footy again

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GEOFFREY HARRIS reveals that sports fans in Melbourne will have to make the choice in March between the footy and the Grand Prix: Melbourne’s Formula One grand prix is set to clash with the opening round of the AFL season again next year. Footy and F1 ran up a... More »

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Fit and frank is Fabulous Phil

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RON REED catches up with Fabulous Phil Carman, the football genius who could have been anything…but for a lot of crazy things: IT’S amazing how long it takes for some stories to be told, no matter how good they are. I can vouch for that. When I was asked by a ... More »

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Waiting, waiting for Tiger Time

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Richmond fans are a breed apart and TRULY deserve to see finals action this year, writes CHERYL CRITCHLEY:  Following Richmond over the past 37 years has had its advantages. I will think of them one day. But for now, consider a few facts. When Richmond won its... More »