The Tigers are good for football: discuss.

JTH has spent a life-time in footy (like many of us).

He once despised the Tigers for all the pain they inflicted on him as a child. He now believes they are good for football. He explains why.

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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. Well said JTH

  2. Cheryl Critchley says

    Nice piece John and apologies for the 1960s. I agree with you that there are some Richmond fans who are overly negative and give he rest of us a bad name, but the overwhelming majority of Tiger Army types are humble and ever hopeful despite the pain we’ve endured for almost 35 years. I’ll be on that road this Saturday with my two daughters, Jess having jumped off the Gold Coast express back onto the Tiger Train. If it wasn’t for those wins I reckon we’d lost her. Thank goodness my team turned it around and gave us all something to cheer about. Go Tigers!!!

  3. The Tiges are indeed good for footy.
    The AFL knows that “growing the game (brand!) relies on successes for fledgling clubs. Most teams have plenty of support with plenty of success – but Richmond buy hope. A whiff of wins brings the “Eat ’em Alive” back to the Punt Road end. With 18 teams, droughts are inevitable. Richmond somehow remain a powerhouse – and, as a bonus, a nostalgic throwback to the 60s.

  4. I knew that one could have a Chris Mew after too many beers and a kebab. I always considered myself lucky to pull a Michael Tuck on a Satdee night at The Cathouse, but I never considered that one could drop a Royce Hart. You learn something everyday!

  5. Steve, just make sure you don’t step in some Chris Judd and find out if was actually a steaming James Hird

    Go Tigers


  6. I haven’t the nickel and dime nor these days the Flinders Lanes to work out all this home made rhyming slang so its all a bit of a Michael Caine in the Tijuana Brass, but I do think the Tigers are good for football, and they are a good show v Port as long as they don’t let it go to their heads, and they get a reasonable run from the Forrest Gumps.

  7. The People's Elbow says

    Josh Hunt is rhyming slang for, well… Josh Hunt

  8. Middle Australia says

    JTH, An excellent piece. What is good for footy is a topic I have been discussing quite regularly of late. Intuitively we know what is good for footy, but defining it is harder.

    Being a Richmond supporter I am biased in agreeing Richmond is good for footy, but they are. Your article sums up why they are and have been over the years.

    By the way I was at the 1969 semi final between Richmond and Geelong. That was good for footy.


  9. Accident.

  10. Love the Carlton team mate looking on.
    “I’ll just catch a few breaths while everyone’s distracted by that big Hunt crushing the onkaparingas of me half-forward-flanker.” Maybe Hunt had just let a Royce rip.
    JTH, I have a feeling Richmond might do something else that’s good for footy this weekend in Adelaide.

  11. The Tigers took Kent Kingsley, giving the cats the ability to create gf winning forward line the very same year. That was exceptional for footy.

  12. Tigers good for footy?
    Not this side of the Nullabor. Ninth hurts more than last. All my secret fantasies of the last few weeks dashed in a Swans siesta.

  13. Appreciate the sentiments. But…

    Can I just say that I’m getting a bit sick and tired of all this “good for football” love for the Tigers. Everyone loves an inept try-hard, and as long as these expressions of adoration keep coming from our opposition, it’s clear that we’re not rated.

    A triple Premiership and general hatred and loathing for Richmond – now that, as far as I am concerned, would be absolutely fantastic for football.

  14. As tiresome tropes go, ‘we love being hated’ isn’t often that convincing either.

    I wonder what a Venn diagram (remember Venn diagrams?) of the WLBH chorus from across the various clubs, and the growing numbers of supporters who are thoroughly pissed off that Geelomg, Hawthorn and Sydney aren’t hated a whole lot more than they are, would look like.

  15. Stainless, I love a bit of Punt Road parochialism. That’s good for footy.

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