Welcoming Ned Wilson


I would like to introduce the Almanac’s new general manager, Ned Wilson.

Ned has followed The Footy Almanac quietly for a long time but stepped out from the shadows around finals time last year when, brimful of Hawthorn ambition, he confessed to me he wanted to pursue further his interest in sport and the arts. (He realised we had a foot in both camps. Flattery got him everywhere).

A handy amateur footballer, albeit one with crook eyesight that results in an absence of depth perception, Ned played for many years with Uni Blacks while studying, and then while he worked as a physiotherapist. He has also completed an MBA.

Ned has perfect Almanac credentials. Most of us have some defining myth, half made-up and extrapolated to the power of n, but Ned’s has a bone of truth to it: he was conceived on the bed his father received for winning Hawthorn’s 1966 B and F.

His other Almanac credential is that he was moved on from the Oakleigh Chargers after trying to discuss the need to have time off to study for his exams.

After a few months of meeting together from time to time, and chatting via email, I got the impression that Ned really understands what the Almanac is trying to do, and I thought that he was a pretty good match.

I was being patient, weighing up the various approaches we could take this year. Then, in a recent conversation Ned told me he had been skipper of the firsts at Camberwell Grammar. After attending the toss one day, by the time he got back to the huddle, he’d forgotten which way they were kicking.

That was the clincher for me. I knew he’d fit into the Almanac perfectly.

Welcome Ned.

[Ned can be contacted via email:  [email protected]]


About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and footyalmanac.com.au. 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. Grant Fraser says

    Bro’ o’ To’?

  2. Welcome to the Almanac community Ned. Cheers

  3. Indeed I am Bro o’ To.

  4. Andrew Fithall says

    Welcome Ned. Was Allan Joyce coach of the Oakleigh Chargers?

  5. Welcome Ned. Managing the Footy Almanac is like herding cats. But that’s a good thing.

  6. matt watson says

    Welcome Ned,
    Anything that happens from now on is our fault…

  7. Managing the Footy Almanac IS herding Cats. The 2013 prelim final suggests you may finally have the knack of it.
    Welcome aboard.

  8. As an ex-Camberwell Grammarian myself, I think there is a lot to be said for folk who can emerge from such a po-faced institution with their sense of the absurd intact. That story about the toss is wonderful. Welcome Ned.

    Stainless (class of 1981)

  9. Garry Irwin says

    Welcome Ned. I am like you – observe from the sidelines and read the yearly articles in the book.

    Go the Mighty Blues

  10. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Welcome to The Knackery Ned !

  11. Welcome Ned.

    That old W C Fields comment about never working with
    children, animals or Knackers springs immediately to mind.

  12. G’day Ned.
    Long may you enjoy the life & the fruits of your decision there. Hats off.
    Go pies.

  13. Luke Reynolds says

    Welcome Ned! All the best in the role. And like E.regnans, Go pies!

  14. Phil Dimitriadis says

    Welcome Ned. All the best. I’m with you Smokie.

  15. Peter Schumacher says

    Welcome to the alternative sports world Mr Wilson. I’d have been more impressed had it been made known that you were a Lions barracker.

  16. Yvette Wroby says

    Welcome Ned, it will be lovely to be introduced to you at the Almanac season launch. All the best for dealing with the best bunch of nut cases I have ever met!

    fellow nutcase and Sainter.

  17. Come on down, Ned!

  18. Stuart H says

    Welcome Ned. Go Swans.

  19. mickey randall says

    Howdy Ned. Look forward to meeting you (along with everyone else).

  20. I’m stunned that the new GM is a) not a Geelong fanatic, and b) follows Hawthorn!

    I fear his appointment will embolden other Hawks fans out there.

    (Welcome aboard, Ned, and all the best in the role.)

  21. Welcome Ned. You’re just what the Almanac needs – someone who can hose down those Hawk supporters who might get a bit ahead of themselves from time to time. Cookie tried to keep the lid on us Geelong fans, but to be honest we made it a bit of a struggle for him.

    See you at the Season Launch.

    Cheers, Burkie

  22. ned_wilson says

    Thanks for all the welcome messages! Loving the role so far.

    Unfortunately I can’t make the launch due to a family wedding in Brisbane, but will be at all the others.

    Go Hawks!


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