Joe Wilson arrives

Congratulations to Olivia and Ned Wilson on the safe arrival of Joe Wilson whose first proclamation to the world was a small cry followed by the assertion that the result of the Geelong-North game depended on the Blicavs-Goldstein contest. Small effigies of Joe are now available.

I suspect he is the first youngster to be named after the celebrated North Fitzroy Arms barfly, Wang Rovers utility, taken at 51 in the 1989 draft by the Brisbane Bears, Joe Wilson.


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


  1. Congrats Olivia and Ned. Has Clarko been around to lock Joe up under the Father – Son rule? Maybe the Grandfather – Grandson rule?

  2. Great stuff Ned. Watching a birth is exhausting isn’t it?

  3. Welcome, Joe.

  4. Congrats Ned and family. Very exciting for you all

  5. Thanks all – It is indeed exhausting Dips.

  6. Andrew Starkie says

    Congrats to all. I worked with the said named Wang utility, Joe Wilson. Great bloke. I’m sure your JW will turn out the same.

  7. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Congrats all now c’mon , Joe get a move on time to write a story for the Knackery

  8. Luke Reynolds says

    Congratulations Ned and Olivia!

  9. And the Hawks membership continues to grow. Trust all is good with Mum and bub and congrats to all. Cheers

  10. Peter Fuller says

    Congrats and best wishes to you and Olivia, Ned. Good luck to you as you embark on the adventure and challenge of parenthood. Since my vantage point is of a grand-parent, I’m sure that your folks will be delighted as well.
    As for condemning him to the fashion crime of brown and gold, I would suggest that Josh Kennedy’s exile to Sydney means that Joe’s supporting (and playing) destiny shouldn’t be assumed.

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