I was blown away by the in-depth answers to my Q last week so I expect answers for ALL clubs !!
Behind the scenes at every club are people who work tirelessly for the club cause. From CEO to coaches & assistants, club doc & physio, players, trainers, sponsors, groundsmen, banner makers, some are high profile others not.
Which 2 or 3 people from your club have made the biggest individual contribution to your club in the AFL era AND WHY ???
Hard to go past Brian Cook at Geelong. We were a basket-case financially and a non-believer on the field. He and his board were the architects of the ‘Good to Great’ program, which looked at everything in the club … absolutely everything to the colour of the change rooms type detail.
Clubs can have the greatest players and coaches but if the feel isn’t right, there will never be flags. We proved that in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Next of course is Bomber. He’s not unsung at all, but his quiet, thoughtful demeanour, his absolute focus on process, his refusal to get into emotional outbursts when he has had every right to on occasions sets an example that is hard to ignore. Contrast that to say a Malcolm Blight or a Gary Ayres. (Or Chocco or Malthouse) He has some fantastic assistants including Sanderson – who is the obvious choice for Port.
Then the leadership group of players who suspended both Johnson and Stokes so quickly and harshly but then took personal responsibility for getting them back up again.
It comes down to the colour of the change room and everything up!