Is the North Fitzroy Arms the centre of the Universe? Three events this week

The pub is in good form – if pubs can be in form.


Three events coming up:


Wednesday June 1  –  State of Origin on the TV. Fires burning. Cold beer. Perc explaining rugby league to his adoring fans.



Friday June 3 – Odd Friday Lunch with Les Twentyman 

From the pub’s invitation:

Les Twentyman AO is one of Australia’s best known Social Campaigners and Youth workers focused in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne.
A very interesting, passionate, outspoken and sometimes controversial speaker he will be introduced by Doug Ackerly, ex Radio 3XY journalist, who assisted in his early rise to public awareness back in 1989.  Les is now a first point of call for journalists on a range of community issues including, youth, homelessness, drugs, gangs and prison reform. He has stood for Parliament three times as an independent, has been awarded Victorian of the Year and has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. Today Les works in his own Les Twentyman Foundation where the Governor General has accepted the role of its ‘Patron in Chief’ – His excellency General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC. Les is also a very prominent and enthusiastic Western Bulldogs supporter, and was a good footballer himself as a youngster. Percy may ask him about his footy record, and his speed around the ground. 12.30 for 1.05pm


Saturday June 4 – Bill Ellis and the Queensland boys at the pub for Geelong v GWS and then dinner. All welcome.


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The next Footy Almanac lunch is June 17.

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 (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 three. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Pubs can absolutely be in good form JTH!

    Doug Ackerley has penned one of the most interesting biographies on John Coleman going around. But that might be another topic for another lunch.

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