Rowdy Adam






One of Rowdy’s best days: the 2016 Grand Final. Taken by Rob O’Neil just entering time-on in the final quarter.



It is with immense sadness that I bring you the shocking news that Rod ‘Rowdy’ Adam died two weeks ago after a heart attack. A wonderful character, Rowdy was known to so many people. No matter what he did, or where he went, or how he was involved, he built friendships. A stayer by nature, he loved the Footy Almanac community, of which he, as a Group 1 luncher, was an integral part. And we loved him. Our hearts go out to his wife Libby, Tim and Julie Adam, his broader family and his friends.


We will all have opportunity to pay tribute to Rowdy in the coming days, on these pages, and in the get together at the Wyclif Cricket Club, of which he was a life member, this coming Friday, March 31. Rowdy’s private funeral will be streamed to the clubrooms that afternoon and will be followed by a wake that celebrates Rowdy’s life. (Western Bulldogs attire encouraged.)


The following note comes from Julie and Tim Adam, Rod’s brother. I encourage you to let Julie and Tim know whether you will be attending:


We will be holding a service for Rowdy on Friday 31st March at 2pm Melbourne time. 

We have limited space at the funeral home so respectfully ask that you do not attend at this location. 

We would love to have you join the event via live stream. There are two options for this: view the live stream in private or join with others at Wyclif Cricket Club to watch. 

Following the service, we invite everyone to join together to celebrate Rod’s life at Wyclif Cricket Club (Kids welcome too). 

Light refreshments will be provided and of course the bar will be open! 

We also encourage a hint of Western Bulldogs red, white and blue in your attire. 

Please also no flowers, but should you wish to make a donation Rod would have been incredibly grateful of your support for his beloved Cricket Club

To assist us with indicative numbers at the Club please can you rsvp as soon as possible, selecting  an option below: 


Attend at Wyclif Cricket Club for service and celebration 

Attend Wyclif Cricket Club for service only 

Attend Wyclif Cricket Club for celebration only 


Please RSVP to   [email protected]           or by sms to Julie: 0409 201192


Wyclif Cricket Club: 

Highfield Park, 840 Riversdale Rd, Camberwell VIC 31241.7 km


Link to Livestream:



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. Peter Flynn says

    I’ll be having some good beers in Amsterdam this Friday with thoughts of Rowdy and in tribute to Rowdy..
    A great fellow.
    Really enjoyed his company and saddened by his passing.
    Best wishes and deepest sympathies to all.
    Especially thinking of Tim and Rowdy’s wife at this time.

  2. Colin Ritchie says

    At my first Footy Almanac function, before I knew anyone, Rowdy made me feel very welcome and part of the Almanacker family, a family which he clearly loved. Thank you Rowdy. Future functions will not be the same without Rowdy. RIP.

  3. I played cricket with Rowdy at Wyclif for 25 years. A really wonderful man. When he got going, he could hit a ball a fair way. Had great drive in regards ti the club being a community asset. He was very accomodating, a friend to so many, would always go out of his way to make people feel welcome. Love and condolences to the wonderful Libby. As he would sign off his sms’ to me, Go Dogs, Go Dees.

  4. So sorry to learn of Rowdy’s unexpected death.
    I remember apprehensively writing about some aspect of AFL “industry” shenanigans and there being an NFA lunch a day or two later.
    Rowdy sidles up to me in the bar, stands side on to me and folds his arms. As if we stand not in the pub, but in the outer – watching the field – sharing the same view. We both stand there for a bit in silence – side by side – in the middle of a crowded room. He slowly turns to me, nods, and says with a crooked smile: “ahhh, yep.” And he plants a big mit on my shoulder. Perfect.

    Thoughts with Tim and Rowdy’s family and friends. RIP Rowdy.

  5. Very sad. I’ll do my best to get to the service and the celebration.

    Rowdy was a stalwart. I like stalwarts.

  6. CITRUS BOB says

    This is why The Footy Almanac community is so important. I personally did not know Rowdy (the tyranny of distance0 but after reading the obituaries by The Knacker Komrades I believe I did know him. You only have to read the thoughts of the above to realise how important any community is and The Knackers have it in spades, hearts, diamonds, and importantly “clubs”.
    The photo captures it all with the caption “one of Rowdy’s great days”
    Well said gentlemen, well said.
    Condolences to Rowdy’s family and friends

  7. Meeting Rowdy happened for me in much the same way as Col and E.r. In a night that was filled with a pantheon of Almanac personalities (and I use that word with the most possible respect and kindness) Rowdy was there from go to whoa and made me feel very welcome.

    I always enjoyed seeing him at various events and I’ll miss his presence greatly.

    Condolences to all his loved ones.

  8. Absolutely loved Rowdy’s company and banter at Almanac lunches, and was fortunate enough to catch up with him for a few beers at the Leeds Test in 2019.
    He was always sure to ask after my wife (like Rowdy, a Dogs supporter).
    I cannot believe he his gone, and will miss him enormously.

    RIP Rowdy.

    Condolences to Libby, Tim and the family, and his many friends.

  9. One of the nicest blokes it’s been my privilege to meet at many Almanac functions. Always ready with a handshake and welcoming smile. Loved a friendly chat about a wide range of sports and knew what he was talking about. Can’t believe he’s gone.

    Deepest condolences to the family.

    Vale Rowdy.

  10. Luke Reynolds says

    So saddened to read this. I reckon Rowdy was at nearly every Almanac lunch or function that I’ve attended over the past 10 or 11 years, had many a beer and many a great conversation with him. Thoughts are with his wife, Tim and the entire Adam family, as well as with everyone at the Wyclif Cricket Club. Will be hugely missed in the Almanac community.

    Vale Rowdy.

  11. This is very, very sad news. Too young.

    Shared many an ale, laugh, argument and did I say ale with Rowdy. My heart goes out to his family and friends, and I raise a glass to him.

  12. So sorry to hear the news. I always liked Rod. Had many great drinks together and kind of got lost in general discussions, rather than footy ones.

    A massive loss.

  13. Terrible news.
    Not bloody Rowdy.
    Will be sorely missed around these parts.

  14. Peter Fuller says

    It’s obvious than many other contributors to these eulogies knew Rowdy better than me, but my fleeting impressions of a good man are confirmed by everyone’s thoughts. Perhaps the most appropriate words are those of Jack Gibson, equal parts eloquent and gramatically incorrect – played strong, done fine.

  15. John Harms says

    Hi Everyone

    Yesterday’s celebration of Rowdy’s life will remain with me forever. The speeches were superb – his sister Jill, his lifelong friend Geoff, his wife Libby, and Tim who introduced the final song. Great story-telling. The stories of Rowdy at Carey!

    A special mention of Julie Adam, wife of Tim, who conducted the ceremony with grace and composure in such trying circumstances.

    I spoke to people who hadn’t seen Rowdy for years who just had to be at the funeral. All acknowledged his complexities.

    He was a real character.

    Vale Rowdy.

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