The Almanackers: C is for Clark

C is for Clark

It was the centenary of Manning Clark’s birthday (3.3.1915) last week. Manning loved footy. Hestrated life as a Geelong fan, but life at the INiversity of Melbourne, where he studied history, drew him to Pronces Park and he became a Blue. This has happened to quite a few unsuspecting minds. Good banter, good cheer and cold beer will do that to you. I can imagine the push on the terrace.

But our profiled Clark, Jackson, is not a relative of Manning.

The Almanac stable is blessed with Cs.

Sean Curtain always wanted to be a sports writer – and now he is. His editorials generate a lot of response.

Cheryl Critchley is a very experienced journalist and author  who cries into her keyboard over Richmond.

Keiran Croker is an engineer whose Swans have given him much joy in recent times, which he shares among fellow Bloods.

Stephen Cooke drops a few Cats words in when his Dairy News Australia duties permit.

Ciannon Cazaly really is a relly of that great footballer ‘Up There’. She must nearly be finished he PhD in Australian history. Ciannon also writes about the Dees.

Resident senior wit K. Carroll who earned his crust as a Latin teacher for many years while playing cricket wherever he could (and is now the Almanac proof reader) pens a few words from time to time (but spends more time telling stories over a glass of red).

Doggies fan Carl Coleman has been writing from Denmark where he is part of a band (what’s the band called again, Carl?).

Paul Campbell is a Hawk.

John Campbell is a Rabbitohs fan who writes from the mountains of northern New South.

Terry Chapman takes his kids to the footy and draws on year’s of involvement in the game.

Sue Currie (who, by coincidence, has season Magpie seats alongside Damian Balassone) is a former nurse whose book A Mouth Full of Flies was released to acclaim two years ago. Daughter Louise Currie has told the tale of her own trekking disaster on our site.

Peter Cresswell is a deadest Kiwi who fell in love with footy while in London many years ago.

He’s not to be confused with Adelaide Uni Black Peter ‘Railway’ Crossing who writes from Canberra.

Brad Carr has taken his family to Washington DC because he likes snow and he doesn’t see an immediate future for the Eagles.

Corker Corcoran is our Buckinghamshire correspondent.

Rosemary Clerehan will never give up on her Dees.

And there are others. (Apologies to those I have not mentioned)

But I am going to give a special mention to Jackson Clark who really flies the flag for the Northern Territory. Jackson posts regular summaries of the NTFL season, as well as stories of his own involvement in the game as a player at St Mary’s and as a junior coach. Last year Jackson moved to Bendigo to play in the VFL side, which has subsequently been wound up. Jackson is not far off graduating as a teacher.

Jackson Clark

Jackson Clark with one of his junior footballers at St Mary’s, NT.


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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. I have this knack of leaving out Dan Crane who is anything but anonymous. A teacher in Adelaide, he is a huge Cats fan. Sorry Dan.

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