The Footy Almanac 2015 – what’s inside?


Cover art: Naomi Le Get Cover design: John Kingsmill

The Footy Almanac 2015 is a book of highly original  (and unique) footy stories. It’s a game-by-game account of the AFL season by over 150 writers – and is very much the voice of the fan.

It contains stories by fans from every club. Hawks will love it.

Forewords include:

Tex Perkins beaut reflection on football.
Alicia Sometimes magnificent tribute to Cyril Rioli.
John Baker’s delightful reflection on his Dad and his Richmond-supporting heritage.
Bridget Schwerdt: Confessions of an MCG pie-girl.
John Harms’s season review.

As well as:

All the match reports from the one-eyed writers.
The match details.
Appendices which give you the statistical details.

Order now.

The Footy Almanac 2015                                                           $35

The Three-peat 2013, 2014, 2015                                             $80

The Hawthorn Era 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015                           $99

Includes postage.

Just EFT  (BSB 633-000 A/C 154103428) then send a note to [email protected]

or pay using PayPal



  1. JoshCoales2002 says

    Awesome cover!! Should’ve been Fyfey in my humble opinion… Oh well, next year pav and Nat with the premiership cup. I can and will dream.

  2. Congratulations all.
    And eternal thanks to JTH.

    Naomi has produced a CRACKER of an image there.

    “It was a year of powerful contrasts…” – JTH
    Again, perfect.

    Well played.
    So much effort.
    So much personal meaning and communal story.
    Very well played, all.

  3. I wish you Victorians would all shut up. Its like the old days when the new Beatles single would take 2 months to be pressed and released in Australia. Or 6 months for the new series of Dynasty and Charlies Angels to get here with those impossible (in all senses of the word) women with impossible hair and impossible legs and impossible personalities (must stop reading Mulcaster’s posts).
    You are all prick teasers. Or just pricks.
    When will the 2015 Almanac make it across the Nullabor? Harms says the courier leaves on his pushbike this afternoon. Should be here in time for the NAB Cup.
    At least I can get Alicia Florrick – and Gillian Anderson in The Fall – on Netflix to sate my yearning for impossible women.

  4. “Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”
    ? A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

    “If you come at four in the afternoon, I’ll begin to be happy by three.”
    ? Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

    “..that sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself”
    ? Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

    By these measures, PB, you’ll soon be the happiest in Australia.

  5. Brilliant cover. Great effort JT Harms. Monumental. And R. Bath. Looking forward to flicking through the pages.

  6. I was so overwhelmed last night I forgot to thank John Harms for putting all this together. On behalf of us all. The passion that became a dream that morphed into a vision that was birthed into a reality is all because of this one man. The blackboard upon which we express ourselves is there because of John’s tieless and too often thanklessly given efforts. We’re all that much richer for them. The Monthly Lunches, the Website, The Almanac itself, the book launches, the travel, the time away from family (And no, the Handicapper didn’t submit that line John – Ed) the running around making sure it all works. We’re all the richer because of it and so is our culture. John Harms, we salute you. You’ve a national treasure. Well, you will be when you get old enough. You’re just a Favourite Son and a Hero of The Oppressed at this stage.

    A while back I was asked, by a someone travelling from France to marry and settle in Australia, what Australians were like. I hadn’t really thought about expressing it in that context before. I knew what they were like. They were like me. And everyone I grew up with. After we’d chatted on a bit why Melbourne was the intellectual and cultural capital of The Fatal Shore and the only place in which she should live I said we were a people that didn’t take themselves too seriously. That didn’t mean we didn’t take ourselves seriously; we just didn’t take ourselves too seriously. And we were highly suspicious of people who did. And that just about sums up The Footy Almanac. A serious publication on the national religion of sport that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Thanks again John for helping us all be part of The Dream.

  7. Chris bracher says

    Amen to that!

  8. Pastor Harms (Jnr) produces a New Testament every year. More prolific than Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul (and the rest of the Beatles – what colour jumpers did they play in again?)
    God bless him. And all who sail in his leaky boat on shaky seas.

  9. Well said Mr The Wrap

  10. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    Bravo, bravo, bravo!

  11. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Well done to all the Knackers. Last night was a revelation. Where else do you get to meet Jesus and his twin brother but at the launch of the Footy Almanac?

  12. I absolutely love the cover. Might be the best cover yet! It seems you can judge a book. To think i missed the unveiling of such a cover and launch. Noooo.

    Well done to John and Rob and the whole damn team. Brilliant work guys. And a great big thank you to Naomi Le Get, the artist. I checked out her stuff called The Art of the Game and there’s a lot of other wonderful art with sport as the main theme. You’ll love it.

  13. Heard on the 109 as it glided through Kew Junction on its way to the Leafy East – John Harms is to Football Writing what Brian Nankervis is to Rock Music.

  14. Wrap – that wrap could be the greatest wrap. Well said.

  15. What a striking cover! Great piece of work Naomi. Disappointed to miss the launch this season, just back from 5 days in Lorne. TFA launches are great events, just love chewing the fat with like-minded people. Congrats to all on another superb publication!

  16. Can’t wait for the Canberra launch which will hopefully coincide with Stevie J busting the banner for the Sons of the other West. Gnats supporters will shrill with delight while Cats fans ask why the hell he still isn’t running around in the hoops
    Great effor all round

  17. Just a query- can you still purchase Almanac’s for writer’s prices?

  18. Sure Sean. As many as you like!

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