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I care too much about the teams I support to actually watch them play. It's easy to watch with no investment but if Carlton, Sydney Thunder or Arizona Cardinals are on it's too stressful...! Fond of sporting history - there's a lot of that already so I struggle to keep up with new history every year.

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Kind of want to see the Collingwood centenary match here. Excellent way to celebrate 100 years by taking part in the club’s favourite activity of losing to Carlton.

Or that time they so generously chose to lose in Round 4, 2008 so as to stop Carlton having a record losing streak.

I feel like Allan McAlister’s comments in 1993 will be very high up on this list too.

Thankfully Aaron Fiora turned out to be, well, Aaron Fiora, otherwise that McKee trade would have looked even worse.

The 15 most irritating Collingwood moments of all time: Part 1

The Blues need a ruckman –> Scott Lycett
The Swans need a ruckman –> Jarrod Witts

GWS need a fullback –> Robbie Tarrant
Hawthorn need a fullback –> Daniel Talia
St Kilda need a fullback –> Michael Hurley

I mean… what’s the reasoning for why the teams need the positions? Why is Tarrant suited for GWS and not Talia?

This certainly is a list of names.

The one player each AFL club should poach

Febey was literally the 26th man in the squad, I had to cut him after looking at Keith Forbes again.

Sam Fisher was worth a look and could easily have taken Ken Fletcher’s spot, but the family connection was too fun to ignore.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter F

The attacking potency of the F team is incredible, unfortunately I had to cut Fanning for balance. The early end of his career was a factor in Freake taking the last emergency spot. Could very easily have put him in though.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter F

I really liked Scotland even when he was at the Pies so seeing him come to Carlton was such a bonus. One of the few trades in 2003 we actually got right.

Daisy had a bunch of injury issues and it was really only last year that he was coming back to form. Pity really. Would have enjoyed circa 2010 Daisy immensely.

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

U literally didn’t have enough players to fill a squad. I, Q, Y and Z all would have had much weaker teams than even here so I’ve grouped those letters together.

V does have enough on its own for a team of reasonable quality. Recent players alone include Voss x 2, Bernie Vince, Travis Varcoe, Jack Viney and, um, Ty Vickery.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

Oh yeah, I knew (ish) what I was getting into and then promptly wrote 3000 words on the A team…! Can’t back out now though.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

I just looked back at the intro to the A article and Ebert was mentioned as an example of someone who would unfortunately miss out so I knew this was coming at least…

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

Phil missed out based on the positions needed to be filled. A wing/HF flanker wouldn’t be suited to a back pocket. I’m trying to go with actual teams and not just a list of the best. I tossed up for a long while between him, Edmond and Evans, but the latter two did have some accolades against their name.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

Absolutely, and were I confident enough in my knowledge of VFA, SANFL and WAFL history he would be a moral. Even limiting it to VFL/AFL is challenging enough, otherwise the likes of Stephen Michael, Ken Farmer and Frosty Miller would be in the mix.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

That’s the first time I’ve seem Dench nominated instead of SOS for FB of the Century – most of what I’ve seen was Collingwood saying it should be Jack Regan (who makes the R team for sure).

There have been plenty of stories about Doull and the headband – I’ve read that Cameron Clayton once took it off and chucked it into the crowd and Doull just grabbed a new one out of his sock. One of the few time he went troppo was apparently when he was tackled around the neck. The fact that these moments are so memorable speak to how calm he usually was, I guess.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter D

…Two very obvious Ds. I could try to justify that but no, somehow Leon slipped through my research. I’d put him in over Allan Davis. Gee that would be a scary forward line at Dunstall’s feet.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter D

Can we get AFLX back? Please?

AFL legitimately announces 'Australian Dice Football League'

Genuinely thought this was satire the whole way through.

AFL legitimately announces 'Australian Dice Football League'

Appreciate the feedback, and I understand the gripes around Cousins in particular. I probably docked him a little too much for his late career issues – I could have swapped with Crawford and lost nothing.

Re: Coventry and captaincy, Cotchin is a 2x flag captain and wouldn’t be too out of place with the C besides his name. It’s hard enough coming up with a squad of 25, let alone positioning them all.

Andy Collins was mentioned as a possible BP – Curcio and Comben were both in their respective Teams of the Century and our was hard to overlook that. As for Fabulous Phil, it’s hard for me to make judgment as everything I’ve read leads me to think that mere statistics don’t cover him and I’ve never seen any film of him besides headbutting the umpire…

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter C

Tiger was right up there, but it’s damn hard to fit 60 people into a squad of 25.

Half the fun of this exercise for me is learning more about the champions of yesteryear. Putting the teams together and imagining how well each squad would play has been really enjoyable.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter C

Archie Jackson is who you are looking for in 1930 – Stanley was an English captain from the 1900s.

Fun read though, the description of Clive Lloyd is fantastic. Had no idea about the McGrath stat, that’s ridiculous.

The ten greatest Test innings ever played

Yeah, Breen kicked the point and played in 300 games, but there’s very good (Breen) and then there’s great (Blight, Bartel). He was certainly under consideration.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter B

Buckley was on the shortlist but I couldn’t have him over the likes of Bunton and Bartlett, as much as I would like to. Buzz wasn’t around for long enough unfortunately.

Bootsma lol

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter B

Based on position – as Derm was more of a CHF given Dunstall was FF Beasley had the advantage in making it onto the ground. CHF was stacked for the Bs.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter B

I missed the finish of the Baldock segment, now below:

Darrel Baldock (St Kilda 1962-68)
119 games, 237 goals
A legend in the Australian Football Hall of Fame, Baldock is possibly the most revered name at St Kilda. With fantastic football nous and ball-handling skills, Baldock inspired the Saints to their first grand final in 52 years in 1965 before climbing the pinnacle for the first (and so far only) time in 1966. Early in the game Baldock had injured his thigh but he was able to stay on the field and inspire the Saints to their only (to date) premiership. One of the greatest players to come from Tasmania and St Kilda’s CHF of the Century.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter B

Good get, he was under consideration but just missed. Another who had claims for a spot was Graham Arthur, Hawthorn’s first premiership captain. Easily could have had him on the bench at least.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter A

Throwing picks around will really confuse the issue when it comes to judging these trades. Was hard enough even following this lot.

I remember Carlton trying their damndest to squeeze the pick which Richmond ended up using on Dan Rioli in the Yarran trade. What could have been…

The 2015 trade period revisited: The Suns trade themselves out of two superstars

Michael Tuck played in 7 flags for Hawthorn from 1976-91.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter A

Half of the fun of doing this is looking into the past and seeing who compares to now. There’s a personal favourite I couldn’t quite fit into the N team from very early on in the league history.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter A