Piesse, Ken – Favourite Footy Yarns


From laughs and larrikins to bush legends and bad boys


From laughs and larrikins to bush legends and bad boys. Hardback, 320 pages. Due August. Foreword by Robert Harvey

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  1. Ken Piesse

    In his foreword to the book, two-time Brownlow Medallist Robert Harvey says: ‘I’d like to thank Ken Piesse for the opportunity to contribute to his latest book. People say I had stamina but so has Ken. Maybe that’s why he’s known as ‘The Master’. He loves footy and cricket. He tells me this is the 72nd book he has written or edited. More than 20 are on football. That’s an amazing record. My Mum kept newspaper cuttings in scrapbooks over the years and Ken’s stories figure prominently throughout, from my introduction to the club via recruiting officer John Beveridge right through to my 300th League game on preliminary final day, 2004. Ken is passionate, expert, loyal and caring and at the top of the tree among the best and most knowledgeable sportswriters. We were cricket teammates at Frankston and for years have been near neighbors at Mt Eliza. Years ago he got me out first ball at Port Melbourne, but my old man got runs against him that day, so I always say we’re square.
    ‘I like the mix of his favourite stories and punchlines and love Paul Harvey’s cartoons – particularly the one of ‘Plugger’ (Tony Lockett) picking up Mark Graham and squeezing him like a sponge. I was always glad Plugger was on our side. When he went off to Sydney it was like dancing with your sister.
    ‘It’s my pleasure to endorse Favourite Footy Yarns and wish Ken every success with it. He deserves it.’

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