Melbourne Seminar (with Magnet Galleries and Manning Clark House): After Turnbull – Whither the ABC?

Magnet Galleries and Manning Clark House host this Melbourne seminar (Wed 21 Nov) where Fatima Measham, Gideon Haigh and Jeff Sparrow discuss all things ABC. Very timely. John Harms is the MC. All welcome.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunches – Nov 23: Greg Miles

All welcome at lunch to hear from legendary race caller Greg Miles as he talks about his life in racing. Copies of his book available.

Almanac 2018 Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch Selections: Another losing year.

Unfortunately we missed out again. Close with the trifecta. Miles off with the first 4.

Almanac Golf: We can win this

The first golf team – P. Flynn, Medium Dazza Smith, Jake Norton (of the Wandering Eye) and JTH – to represent The Footy Almanac ventured to Barwon Heads. Here’s what happened. [First published 2012]

Par (in AFL Footy)

West Coast Dave used an interesting expression in one of his pieces for The Eagles Almanac. He suggested one of the teams was ‘about par’. See what he means here.

Almanac Art: Introducing Darren ‘DJ’ Williams

These days DJ Williams has taken the leap of faith to try his hand at being a full time artist and writer. He has a special interest in footy history. Here’s some of his recent work.

Looking for someone who did the Nullarbor road trip to get to the Grand Final

  Hi Eagles’ supporters   If you know anyone who did the Perth-Melbourne drive for the Grand Final, or you did it yourself, please let me know.   j.t.h@footyalmanac.com.au   Would love to hear their story.   JTH

The Glorious Nineteenth (at Murtoa)

September 19 is the anniversary of the first start of John Harms’s first ever horse, the great mare Courting Pleasure, known as Dog on Fire, or just The Dog. She started at Murtoa in the Wimmera region of Victoria. Coincidentally, this Saturday the Murtoa Cup will be run at Murtoa. [JTH will host the marquee at the 2018 Murtoa Cup this Saturday – Ed]

A Sportswriter’s Companion: Annie the Wonder Dog

Peter Argent is an institution of South Australian sport. Recently he lost his faithful companion.

When Travis saved the world

John Harms has always loved Travis Varcoe. This piece was published in 2011.

An Olympic Park Memory

John Harms remembers Little Athletics and Olympic Park in Melbourne.

Small steps, big steps: the story of O Tecnico and his boys

This is the story of a team of young players and their coach. By John Harms.

Almanac Odd Friday Lunch: With Garry Wilson (August 3)

Champion Fitzroy rover Garry Wilson joins us for lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms on Aug 3. All welcome.

The Reclink Community Cup: Melbourne (June 24) and beyond

Did anyone make it to the Reclink Community Cup in Melbourne this year? We’d love to hear of your experience – even in a comment at the end of this post. And dates for other Community Cup events around Australia are included in this post.

Revisiting a cricket rant from Feb, 2011 – has anything changed?

This piece, about the state of cricket and the approach of Cricket Australia, which critiques the hyper-commercialisation of the game, was published in February, 2011.

It’s interesting to read now, given the escalation of T20 cricket, and also what has transpired in recent months, and the public’s response. It would be interesting to read John Harms’s view of cricket now, and also of the AFL (given his concluding comments way back then).

Almanac Cricket – ODI: England v Australia at Trent Bridge

If you like crazy numbers it’s worth checking out this scorecard from last night’s ODI between England and Australia. [I didn’t even know it was on – JTH]

Streets of our Town: All hail the Community Cup!

With the Reclink Community Cup (Melbourne) on this Sunday at Victoria Park, we revisit John Harms’s report on the Community Cup of 2017.

Rugby league: Never the twain shall meet

An Origin memory from 2012.

What would Mark Twain have thought?

Where to, Geelong? Other thoughts?

John Harms is keeping an eye on the footy (of course) but is having trouble making sense of the season. Thoughts?

VAFA – Fitzroy v Ajax: ANZAC Day at Brunswick Street Oval, then, and now.

John Harms spent ANZAC Day at the Brunswick Street Oval helping with Auskick, having lunch (and speaking at lunch) and then watching an exciting match between the Roys and the visiting Ajax side.