G. Ablett senior

It is Gary Ablett senior’s 50th birthday on Saturday.

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and footyalmanac.com.au. He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Probably an omen for Collingwood, since Gary Senior never won a flag.

  2. Nor has Neon Leon. He struggles a bit in finals.

    Could he miss out and head west without experiencing the ultimate success?

  3. GaryAblett Snr, the best player i ever saw, but the young one is pretty special in his own right.

  4. He hasn’t struggled all that much in the 2011 finals so far. I suspect that he is more likely to head back West if he does particpate in a Premiership winning team on Saturday than if he doesn’t. Mind you, I understood Leon had considered transferring to Freo, now that they have super negative Lyon as coach you might wonder if there is a place for a player as attacking as Leon.

  5. Fifty? Jeez he’s done it hard

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