The Almanackers: G is for Gedling



Dennis Gedling is prolific.  Based in the west, he has a wide range of tastes but usually writes on soccer and footy.

His series (which ran to 100,000+ words), where he wrote about a different World Cup highlight every day for 100 days in the lead up to Rio, was remarkable.

A Geelong fan – he has just become head honcho at the Perth Cats – he also writes on footy.

Occasionally he makes the trip Over East to enjoy a game or two, and a night on the town.

He is as reliable as Harry Taylor.


We have a stack of Gs, many of whom have contributed just once or twice. But some of the more regular writers include:

Susie Giese, who was studying when she first wrote for us before getting a job at the Camperdown Chronicle, and now has a role at the AFL.

Andrew Gigs Gigacz, the most creative stats man north of the Yarra, was an assistant editor at the Almanac before being pinched by where he does pretty much everything.

James Gilchrist has been a regular contributor over the years although a tribe of kids – some his own, others his students – have slowed him down in recent times. He wrote Tortured Tales of a Collingwood Tragic (which is worth a read – and available by contacting us).

Rod Rocket Gillett has worked in higher education in the Middle East and Vietnam and is now back in Australia. He knows more about the Riverina than anyone else on the planet. He knows more people than anyone else on the planet.

John Green is a primary school teacher who writes about his mighty Tiges. He also did a series on Preston North End when he travelled to Lancashire last summer.

Ross Green works at the Royal Childrens in Melbourne. He’s a happy Hawk.

Paddy Grindlay writes like a dream even though he is all of 13. He’s one to watch! He’s also a Tige.

Robin Grow is a prominent footy historian who has contributed to the body of understanding if footy in numerous histories. Check his stuff out – it is very informative.

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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. IF I’m not mistaken Rocket Rod Gillett was at one time prez./chairman AFL NSW.
    That is to say he’s held an official position within the footy world a stratosphere or 3 above any of us — JTH, Baulderstone, Racing Crio, Gigs.
    The whole lot actually.
    The rest of we Knackers are just keyboard warriors whereas Rocket has been involved in the nitty gritty footy world right down where REAL decisions are made.
    Like getting the GWS Gnomes as Patrick Smith likes to call them actually into the AFL as a member club!!
    Mind you, when he was stationed in Abu Dhabi he was known as Sheikh Rocket. His Saigon stint [sorry, Ho Chi Minh City stint] resulted in the classic moniker of Rocket Nguyen.

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