The Almanackers: D is for Dimitriadis

Phil Dimitriadis photo at Coll v Crows Prelim 2002

Phil, holding court?


I first met Phil Dimitriadis at the North Fitzroy Arms a few years ago.  He struck me as someone who had spent a lot of time thinking, and that included thinking about footy. Indeed, it was obvious we shared, and continue to share, a fascination with the meaning that is found in the game, and the difficulty of finding the words to describe and explain that meaning.

Apart from his academic work – research, writing, teaching – Phil was telling his own stories. His yearning for understanding, and his capacity for honesty, have never wavered. Some of his writing for the Almanac are gathered in an excellent collection Fandemic (which is still available).

Of Greek heritage (oh really!) Phil has contemplated the lot of those who have come to Australia from other cultures, and the place of footy in their lives. He supports Collingwood – it is part of him.

He is also a wonderful  conversationalist.

Check out his Almanac pieces.

And check out the pieces of all our Ds like:

D. Downer, the Sainter, who is drawn to the punt with a scientist’s rationality.

Mark Duffett from Tassie.

Craig ‘Shuffler’ Down who bobs up every now and then with a measured Geelong report.

Simon Dalton, Geelong supporter, and  history man at the Melbourne Gaol

Smokie Dawson, who can be found summer and winter at Fearon in Williamstown cheering on the boys.

Pies man Jeff Dowsing, whose words find their way into various publications including the Age, and whose Almanac pieces always generate a respose.

Tony The Beast de Bolfo, author and journalist and historian at Carlton FC.

Mathilde de Hauteclocque, a real lyricist, who has the gentlest way of conveying complex ideas.

Henry de Cure, student, writer and top-class wheel-chair tennis player.

Cath Durkin who first wrote for us in about Grade 10 and is just about to finish her journalism degree. Cath has an internship at Richmond FC.

Keiran Deck, another who started with us when a student, and is now reading the TV news in Canberra

Steve Duffy, poet and football-lover.

Sam Duncan, the boy from Yarrawonga, who works in PR and communications, and does some footy media.

Former bookshop owner J. Dunne who single-handedly turned the Geelong Cup into an international event.

James Demetrie, mad Catter, and (our) IT specialist who has a packet-a-day KISS habit.

The legendary Barry Dickins who has spent a life-time on the terraces and written about those he’s found there.

Simon Dobb, a Brisbane-based Dees fan.

Craig Dodson, from the Riverina, now writing passionately about the Swans and his other loves from Melbourne.

And Paul Daffey, who helped set al thisl up, and is off working on his own projects these days.


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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. How could I have forgotten Braham Dabscheck, St Kilda fan and (literally) a world authority on player association/unions.

  2. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    After seeing that photo again JTH, maybe I should be under B for Bundy (Al)

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