Happy Birthday Gideon Haigh

GCJDH Certain Admissions night

Gideon C.J.D. Haigh, patron of the Almanac, turns 50 today.

We have a Lucksmith’s birthday wish for him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQBCeaCO7GM

Happy Birthday GCJD. Take guard again, scratch your mark in the Merri, and turn this fine knock into a century.

JTH and the Almanac crew

PS Leave your greeting and let Gideon know which of his squillions of books and articles you have most loved.

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. Well done Gideon reading Haigh on cricket and listening to ABC radio are essential to an australian summer

    Gideon writes well on other subjects too such as his book on the car industry



  2. G’day and happy birthday GCJD Haigh.
    You will probably never know where your influence ends.

    But you can know that I first became happily entangled in your writing many years ago (The Age days). Your ideas, exploration of ideas and unorthodox presentation of those ideas are all to the advantage of all of us.
    As for books – I recently enjoyed “Certain Admissions” – for both the detective and literary aspects.
    And passed a couple of copies as Christmas presents just now.

    I admit to thinking of your writing and the exploration of ideas fairly often.
    May you enjoy this day very much.

  3. Neil Anderson says

    Happy birthday Gideon from a die-hard Bulldog supporter and former point fieldsman with the Burwood Congregational Church in the 1960’s.
    I am guessing you approved of the Long Bombs To Snake tile of the new magazine after John reminded us that you used to sign off your letters with L.B.T.S. As one of the Almanackers that suggested the title, it was a case of two great minds and one very average one coming up with the idea.
    Looking forward to seeing you and John on Offsiders next year and hoping, probably in vain, that John talks more about Dogs than Cats.

  4. Luke Reynolds says

    Happy birthday Gideon, the finest cricket writer on the planet.
    So much fantastic writing over the years, “On Warne”, was such an engrossing read, read it from cover to cover the day I got it, “The Vincibles” related so much to my own club but number 1 for me is “Mystery Spinner” a complete, fascinating tale of one of the most interesting cricketers who has ever lived.
    Double up this great knock.

  5. Gideon Haigh says

    Thanks Darky. Average half century, a few chances, lots of plays and misses. But you’ve still got to make them…..

  6. “Memoirs of a Mug Punter” was terrific!!!

    seriously, “Letter to my daughter”, in the December issue of the Australian Women’s weekly, is wonderful.
    My Mum teared up – and I understand why. Beautiful.

    Well played.

  7. bob.speechley says

    I began playing cricket at Under 16 level and finished in the Over 60s. I have many heros from my life in the game although Nugget probably is the one who stands alone as a true contributor to the BIG picture. Alongside my admiration for his bravado on and off the ground I have seriously embraced and enjoyed your books about the game and those who play it. I particularly like “The Big Ship”, “Mystery Spinner” and “On Warne”. I marvel at your versatility as an author and your capacity to adapt to multifarious scenarios .

    May you have an enjoyable Birthday and many, many more.

  8. Hope the celebrations were a good one Gideon! Nice of the Nathan Lyon and co to give you Wednesday to celebrate..

  9. Sorry to miss you today. But sending birthday wishes from the Downs where the weather is fine and warm, but not hot, and there’s a lot of heaps of grass cuttings to pick up.

  10. John Butler says

    Congratulations Mr Haigh.

    From one stodgy opening batsman to another, take it a single at a time, and concentrate on what’s best left alone.

  11. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    I tapped into a Twitter conversation last evening re Gideon’s oeuvre; the half a dozen or so participants weren’t aware of his milestone. This flushed out a wave of affection and deep respect which, in all cases, had started with The Cricket War.

    Well played sir.

  12. Gideon Haigh says

    Thanks Swish. A guy at Cricket Australia told me I was a ‘disgrace to cricket’ when The Cricket War was published, forging the basis of an excellent working relationship.

  13. Indeed, happy birthday for yesterday. Currently reading Mystery Spinner and enjoying every word. Gave the brother in law that I like Uncertain Corridors for Xmas. Have every intention of nicking off him at the earliest opportunity.

  14. My favourite passage comes from On Warne. It’s where you describe SK’s pause at the top of his mark as being the best pause in sport. It’s an insight that reminds me of Don De Lillo or Richard Ford.

    And for your birthday to now always fall during the Boxing Day Test! Well played Gideon.

  15. A belated Happy Birthday to Gideon. ‘On Warne’ is my pick. What comes across for me is 1) his love of the leg spin art form 2) his sense of humour (some very funny passages re Symonds, Steve Waugh’s numbers of books, John Buchanon team meeting exchanges, etc.). Have also enjoyed Gideon immensely on SEN, Offsiders and the Cuts and Glances blog. Comes up with some brilliant aphorisms – forgive me if I’ve got this wrong, but I’ve always remembered the line: ‘Everybody wants to go to heaven… but no one wants to die’.

  16. Urgent request put p2p re donnie trump. The world needs Gideon haighs take on trumpsterism

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