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Half a Chicken and Chips

50 Footy Yarns

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.


  • 19/08 - RSN’s Breakfast Club with Daniel Harford and Adam White
  • 14/08 - WP Zoom launch -
  • 14/08 – ABC Victoria interview for West & South regional VIC
  • 12/08 – Fox Footy’s AFL 360 -
  • 12/08 – Greg Champion on 3AW breakfast with Ross Stevenson gave the book a plug
  • 10/08 – Geelong Advertiser Ian Cover & Peter Johnson article
  • 03/08 – 3AW Breakfast
  • 01/08 – The Herald Sun, Jon Anderson
  • Andy filmed Ian & Billy Baxter opening a box of books in the boot which was shared on SM
  • Coodabeens Champions Sat show – will continue to promote
  • Triple M in Melbourne – Marty Sheargold
  • 5AA Adelaide – Graham Cornes
  • Sergio on the Titus O’Reilly podcast – Steve Marshall
  • Triple MMM Adelaide - Roo and Ditts
  • ABC Perth - Drive with Geoff Hutchison
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