Setting up your Almanac season: Footy Tipping, Tip the Top 8 and Membership





To join the standard Footy Almanac Tipping Comp CLICK HERE

Send your Tip the Top 8 entry to us via email HERE

If you’d like to become a member, or renew your membership, send me an email [email protected]



Hi Everyone


Confronting times. I hope you and your loved ones are well.


We may be spending a fair amount of time indoors in the coming weeks. I hope we can keep the almanac site active – with stuff to read. New. We’ll dig out some old classics. And we’re going to cover a season as if we are living in that year. Suggestions so far include 1919 (year of Spanish flu), 1920, 1950, 1966, 1970 (proving popular in discussions), 1977, 1981, 1989, 1993, 2000 and 2008. Add you suggestion or support for one of these seasons in the comments below.


Hard to know what’s going to happen to the AFL competition.


However, we are kicking off the season assuming it is going to happen. What alternative is there? Like life really.


So it’s time to get your 2020 season organised with tipping, tipping your Top 8, and becoming an Almanac member.


They’re explained here:


(1) The AFL 2020 standard tipping comp:


– highly prestigious
– cash prizes for the season
– weekly book prizes
– teams event – add your club logo to your profile so we know who you barrack for and hence which team you are on (or if the logo is proving tricky send us an email)
– finishes at the end of the home and away season (after Round 23)
– a tie is decided by the cumulative margin




The comp is called ‘Footy Almanac 2020 Tipping’.
– $10. (EFT to Malarkey Publications, BSB 633000, ACC 154103428)
– Kids (Grade 10 and under) are free if a parent is a paid-up tipper. We don’t want to break the family bank.

Last year’s winner was George Grossek. Jude Giuliano won the kids’ comp. Geelong won the teams’ comp again.


(2) The Time-honoured Footy Almanac Tip the Top 8 Competition


– pick the Top 8 in order (first to eighth) as you think they will finish at the end of the AFL home and away season.
–  cash prize
– winner announced after the famous countdown at the Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch




– entries close at bounce of the ball to start the AFL season
– $10 per entry. EFT  with your name and ‘Top 8’. (EFT to Malarkey Publications, BSB 633000, A/C 154103428)


Here’s how the result is calculated.


Where S = Total (lowest score wins)
xp =  the predicted position of the team
xa = actual position of the team




Last year’s winner was Tony Brain.



(3)  Join the club: become an Almanac member.


It’s explained in more below. But, in a nutshell, it’s the members who make the Almanac what it is: editorially, economically, spiritually. We are very gratefu to our members and supporters. The small annual membership fee of $100 allows us to continue to keep the Almanacchugging along. It’s a huge job and we need to pay our professional editors (Col Ritchie, Jarrod Landells, John Butler, Sean Mortell and Ian Hauser) and shout our volunteers (David Wilson, Smokie Dawson, Luke Reynolds and Dave Brown) an Almanac Lunch every now and then. We need 300 members. To date (March 18) we have 98 paid up members. Thanks to those who have already signed on for  2020.


If you’d like to become a member, send me an email [email protected]


Here’s some more information about membership.


The Almanac is a community of writers and readers who love life – especially sport. We’re actually like a sporting club. Which is why we have memberships.


By becoming an Almanac member for 2020, you will help us to cover our ever-expanding costs, especially when it comes to looking after the website which takes our (paid) editors a lot of time.


There is ONE membership category for this year:




(Contact us if you are a student, a retiree or a battling artiste)


Membership includes:


  • a book – choose from our 2020 book (whatever it is), The Tigers Almanac 2019, The Eagles Almanac 2018, The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018, The Tigers’ Almanac 2017, The Doggies Almanac 2016, any other edition of The Footy Almanac 2007-2015, Footy Town, Play On (by John Harms)
  • a Footy Almanac stubby holder
  • a Footy Almanac bumper sticker
  • priority booking to all events (including Grand Final eve lunch)
  • as a member you will be able to post pieces on free of charge, while non-members pay a fee to be posted.

If you are interested in becoming a member please contact us via [email protected] and we’ll email you about the next step.


Thanks for your ongoing involvement and support,


Become a Patron


We have a number of patrons. They are wonderful supporters who make an annual contribution to help keep the Almanac ticking along. This especially allows us to develop projects. For example:


Peter Stirk makes a contribution towards paying a student who is an emerging writer/historian/journalist a fee to have a stint as an intern on our website. He also pays a number of memberships, especially for those trying to make their way as writers.


Steve Earl makes a personal contribution which goes towards paying for special memberships.


Our volunteer editors are also patrons; they give their time every week. They include David Wilson, Luke Reynolds, Dave Brown, Smokie Dawson and others.


Help us to support a student journalist/writer/historian by creating a scholarship/internship. If you would like to make a contribution as a patron please email John Harms.


Sponsorship and advertising


We also welcome support through sponsorship and  advertising. These give your company/organisation presence on our website, in our printed publications, in our e-newsletter and at our events.


To find out more about becoming a sponsor/advertiser please email John Harms.

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.

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