Vale Jenny Hawkins

We are thinking of the Hawkins family at this very sad time, following the death of Jenny last Saturday.

What Centres of List Management Excellence tell me about those who convene them, football discourse, and why I feel sympathy for Mick Malthouse: a response to The People’s Elbow.

The People’s Elbow has John Harms thinking about how football is run, and how it is reported. In considering things he can see how Mick Malthouse might become an island.

Wool Team: Talking footy and wool with the Coodabeens

John Harms recently joined The Coodabeens Champions to talk about the Almanac’s on-going search to name the Greatest-Ever Wool footy team

Fitzroy FC: Round 1 v Old Brighton at Brunswick St this Saturday (and lunch)

G’day Folks This Saturday (April 11) the mighty Roys play their first game for the 2015 in the Ammos Premier B section. v Old Brighton at Brunswick Street Oval It’s always a great afternoon at the historic venue. There is a lunch from 11.30am (for midday) before the footy starts at 2pm. If you would [Read more]

AFLPA Interviews: David Parkin

David Parkin talks to John Harms about sport, education and his footy life.

Announcing a partnership between the Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy branch of the Bendigo Bank and The Footy Almanac

We are thrilled to announce a special partnership between the Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy branch of the Bendigo Bank and the Almanac. This will also involve the Fitzroy Football Club for whom the Almanac will be writing match reports. See how it all works.

Australia’s Finest Lunch (Enjoy this lunch and help the Almanac)

This is one of Australia’s finest lunches. You will remember this afternoon to the end of your days.

This lunch is available to individuals or groups. It is $500 per person. More than half the fee will go to the Almanac’s crowdfunding campaign. To sign on email John Harms:

Stawell Gift: W.K. Trewick (Brisbane)

How Ken Trewick won the 1950 Stawell Gift.

The Almanackers: N is for Nadel

N is for Nadel, radical, Almanacker and Pie man. Among others.

Opening lines of Loose Men Everywhere

People always say I have a deep prejudice against Hawthorn – even a deep hatred. That always makes me laugh. I have the deepest respect for the mighty Hawks, so much so that they are the very first club to be mentioned in Loose Men Everywhere (soon to be re-published). You can order your copy through our crowdfunding campaign.

The Almanackers: M is for Mosig

Our M writers are prolific. See who they are and enjoy some of their words.

Harmes and Harms: a story of golf, industrial relations, bacon and egg burgers and VFL premierships

John Harms remembers how an E Harmes and an E-less Harms spent the 1979 Grand Final. [Memorable – Ed]

Play On returns

John Harms’s omnibus Play On – made up of Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter and Loose Men Everywhere – has been out of print for nearly a decade. Recent (unlikely) events have motivated him to right that situation, so that Play On will soon be available again. Here’s the story. And how you can buy the book and support the Almanac at the same time – it’s available through our Pozible crowdfunding campaign.

Kick-to-kick (from Loose Men Everywhere)

Recently Paul Daffey pointed Age readers in the direction of the kick-to-kick passage in Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, suggesting kick-to-kick had rarely been written about. He’s right, although it seems the Almanac is home to a number of writers (like Vin Maskell) who have. Here’s a snippet from Loose Men Everywhere by John Harms published in 2002. [E. Regnans alerted Almanac readers to the Flanagan excerpt when it was first published – Ed).

Big bats and the evolution of cricket

John Harms receives a gentlemanly sledge from an old hand. And when did Gideon Haigh hit his first six? [This is actually a piece about modern cricket bats – Ed]

Overheard at the Grace Darling: Primary criteria for the Assumption College Team of the Century

A bloke in a pub explained the criteria for the Assumption College Team of the Century to John Harms.

Tennis Party

John Harms on tennis.

Wearing Viv in Greece

You will find cricket in unlikely places.

The Last Pulse – by Anson Cameron, launched by John Harms

The Last Pulse is a seriously good novel. Don’t be distracted by the fact it is so enjoyable to read. It is, at the same time, a work of considerable literary merit. It’s Noah meets the Odyssey meets Ned Kelly meets Jesus Christ meets Bob Katter meets A.D. Hope. It was my pleasure to say a few words at the recent launch.

The Roy Boys: a short history

John Harms is called down to his local ground by some students from Salesian College to tell a few stories of the club and its magnificent oval.