The Coodabeen Champions love the obscure, quirky and low-profile products of VFL/AFL football. And they love tracking them down and having a chinwag with them on their ever-popular radio show via segments such as Trailblazers, The Other Side of the Deal, A Foot in Both Camps and The Kids Are Alright. Not to mention the Coodabeens taking the one-game wonder brigade a step further to highlight the Two Game Wonders! Half a Chicken and Chips features 50 of the Coodabeen’s best yarns from five decades of footy radio. The tale behind the title is revealed by Peter Johnston, a central figure on the day that Sidey (Garry Sidebottom) missed the Geelong bus to a final at Waverley in 1981. Johnno’s story—and more—tumble out of the pages as a cavalcade of characters share their 15 minutes of fame with the wireless wags. Half a Chicken and Chips is the follow-up to the best-selling 40 Footy Seasons, the Coodabeen’s celebration of 40 years of broadcasting as a truly unique Australian entertainment institution.
The Coodabeen Champions are an Australian comedy team with radio programs broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. They are the authors of Coodabeen Champions: 40 Footy Seasons (2020).
* A collection of fantastic fables from forgotten footy figures. * New release from the Coodabeen Champions following their bestselling 2020 release Coodabeen Champions: 40 Footy Seasons, one of the top selling Sports books in Australia in 2020. * Contains transcripts from the Coodabeen archives and new introductions to 50 of the team’s best yarns with past footy players as featured on the Coodabeen Champions radio show. * Features stories of one and two game wonders, trailblazers, the replaced and the replacements (coaches shown the door mid-season and the deputies who stepped up), best and fairest players and more. * Covers players from the 1950s onwards. * A humorous read and deep dive into footy history for listeners of the show and for footy fans of all ages including VFL, AFL, SANFL and WAFL fans. * The Coodabeen Champions radio show has over 200,000 listeners nationally on ABC radio and podcast listeners.