Greeting: a short note to Josh Barnstable in this time of sadness

Josh Barnstable is a great friend of The Footy Almanac. He has been with us from very early on and has been a wonderful contributor as a writer and a commenter. We have watched him develop as a young man and as a writer, and we have always warmed to his enthusiasm, and enjoyed his words. He is making his way at school – this is his final year – and as a football reporter and broadcaster.

In what is the saddest tragedy, Josh’s older sister Hayley passed away two weeks ago in what is thought to have been a delayed complication following surgery.

Hayley and Josh were very close.

Josh, we are thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time.

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and 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 on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three kids - Theo13, Anna11, Evie10. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition is to lunch for Australia.


  1. very sad news.
    my thoughts are with you and your family josh.

  2. Josh, my thoughts are with you and your family. Take care.

  3. Dips O'Donnell says

    Josh – All the best. I hope this sadness brings your family even closer. Some things just don’t make sense.

  4. The Almanac is a community Josh. Call on it.

  5. Jake "Cobba" Stevens says

    Sad news :( All here for you buddy!

  6. Josh so sorry for the loss of Hayley My thoughts are with you and your family

  7. Peter Schumacher says

    Bereavement is always sad but much more so when one dies who is so young. All I can say is that though I have never met you I have come to appreciate your contributions to this forum. and so of course my thoughts go with you as a fellow traveler through life.

    Peter S

  8. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    Josh, my deepest thoughts with you and your family on the death of your sister Hayley. There are few words for such raw grief, but hopefully the thoughts of the Almanac community can simply accompany you on your way.

  9. Josh

    Very deepest sympathies.

    Like all in the Almanac community, we share the highs together but also feel the lows as a community.

    I wish you and your family all the support you need in this difficult time


  10. Very sad to hear the news Josh. Thinking of you.

  11. Life can be cruel and tough at times. Thoughts are with you and all the family.

  12. Thank you everyone. Much appreciated, from every part of the Barnstable family.

  13. Andrew Starkie says

    Josh, deepest sympathy to you and family. Will offer a prayer for you.

    Andrew Starkie

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