The Greatest Season That Was started as a debate among a couple of mates. Adam Collins, Shannon Gill and Dan Brettig had maintained over numerous conversations that 1993 was the greatest AFL season of all time.
In 2018, Jay Mueller found himself in South Africa with Adam and Dan. He overheard a conversation about the book they hoped to write. 'Why don't you make it a podcast?' he asked them.
After meeting with Adam in London and Shannon in Melbourne, The Greatest Season That Was started to take shape. Each episode explores each team and its place in that incredible season.
The Greatest Season That Was: 1993, documents the contention that in 1993, footy was never better. 1993 was an outlier season for many reasons: a ridiculously even season of record scoring that was impossible to predict, in turn delivering a host of seminal moments that echo through to the modern era. All this happened with the backdrop of a league that had gone through disastrous teething issues. But 1993 vindicated the vision that led to the national competition. After spluttering on the runway for years, the AFL truly took off and never looked back. With the success of 93, Adam, Shannon and Dan turned their formidable research skills to cricket.
The second season, The Greatest Season That Was: 99 Cricket World Cup, asks the question, was 1999 The Greatest Cricket World Cup there was? Perhaps. Or if not the greatest, what about the quirkiest? The most interesting?
The third season returned to footy. The Greatest Season That Was: Fitzroy is a special series on the AFL merger that was and then wasn't. It is a deep dive into what happened three days after the 1989 AFL Grand Final. The news broke that Fitzroy and Footscray were to become the Fitzroy Bulldogs, seemingly overnight and without warning.
Season four tells another in-depth cricket story: Australia A. Twenty-five years ago for one strange summer there were two Australian cricket teams. Australia A brought a new generation of players to the spotlight, captured the imagination of young fans and turned the crowds on the underdog. In the process it turned fans against its Australian cricket team and caused controversy and unrest that was never imagined by its creators. In this season, we explore that strange summer, speak to it heroes, villains and lesser lights and explore it's legacies.
In 2020 we released a special episode on the greatest AFL grand final ever played - The Greatest Season That Was Presents the 89 Grand Final, fought between the Hawthorn and Geelong.
We also launched a new series - The US Revolution. This series features Mason, Shannon Gill and American broadcaster Ed Wyatt in an exploration of Australian Rules Football's US connections. The eight-part series includes interviews with Paul Roos, Jason Holmes and former ESPN broadcaster Bob Ley.
To date, The Greatest Season That Was:
* Reached #1 in the Sports category on the Australian Apple Podcasts Charts
* Reached #24 overall on the Australian Apple Podcasts Charts
* Surpassed 457,000 downloads
* Attracts 7,086 individual subscribers.