A lighter look at Stynes
Wednesday, June 11 2008 @ 01:35 am ACST
Contributed by: Brett Northey
Further to our story that the former Gaelic footballer Jim Stynes might be the Melbourne Football Club's saviour (see Irishman to save AFL's oldest club?), the comedy duo at the Footywrap recorded an "exclusive" interview with big Jim. The boys manage to pack in a tremendous array of stereotypes (and not one Irish county) in their two minute skit.
More from the Footywrap:
Former Brownlow medallist Jim Stynes is set to become the new president of the Melbourne Demons on Thursday night. Stynes played 264 games from 1987-98 for Melbourne and won the 1991 Brownlow Medal. The Footywrap caught up with him in an exclusive interview before the Queens Birthday clash. The beloved Irishman has a huge task ahead of him. Despite a spirited performance against Collingwood on Monday, the Dees have already notched up 10 losses for season 2008 and have debts totalling $4 million.
The Melbourne Football club celebrated it's 150th birthday on the weekend, giving it some claim to being the oldest sporting club in the world. It's 20 years older than Manchester United and 44 years older than the New York Yankees. The legends of the club like Stynes, Robbie Flower and Ron Barassi who gathered for the event said it was a great night. Garry Lyon, who spoke at the function implored them all to throw more support behind their embattled club. Stynes, at least, has answered the call: 'All I can say is we're going to be in for an exciting time because we've got some great people that want to really help... On Thursday night, if all goes well, we'll start to roll out our plan and let the members know what we're about.' The planting of 150 potatoes in honour of the Demons heroes of the past is yet to be confirmed.