On 1 July, 2019, Neale Daniher was named as Victorian of the Year. He’s been a great player, coach and personality in the V/AFL community. But there is, of course, so much more to the Daniher story. Since taking on ‘The Beast’ of Motor Neurone Disease in 2013, Neale Daniher’s determination to find a cure for MND has seen Fight … Read More


All involved with the Melbourne Football Club were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Ian Johnson. Ian served on the club’s board from 1994 until 2001, and was the club’s vice-president from 1998 – 2001. Ian was awarded Life Membership of the club in 2007. He was 72 years old. As a Life Member of the club, the team … Read More


Don’t forget that if you are a past player, and have played one game or more at senior VFL/AFL level, you qualify to be part of the AFL Players’ Association Alumni. This gives you access to a wide range of benefits and services. The MFC P&PP&OA works closely with the Alumni, ensuring that our past players are looked after in … Read More


As young men come to an AFL club, and cement their careers, they often become part of the club’s ‘family’, intertwined with its identity and story. So it was for Brad Green, a young Tasmanian who burst onto the scene in 2000, part of the excitement of a wonderful time. He grew into one of the great characters wearing red … Read More

Where Are They Now?

Since hanging up his boots in the AFL at the end of last season, Cameron Pedersen has been keeping himself occupied – to say the least. Still a member of the MFC P&PP&OA committee, Pedersen has left the suburbs with his wife Sarah and three daughters, and has headed to Phillip Island, where every day is full of activity. Not … Read More

Round One, 2019

Round One in the Harrison Room was a huge success for the MFC P&PP&OA, complete with past players and officials, family groups and friends, all set for a great day at the game. It was a fantastic atmosphere, with nearly 150 in the room, and much anticipation for the season ahead. As P&PP&OA Chairman Rod Grinter said in his pre-game … Read More


On Friday, 29 March 2019, a memorial service was held at the MCG (Members Dining Room, 2 pm) to pay tribute to the life of our past player and friend, Ian Thorogood. Glen Bartlett and Jackie Emmerton represented the Melbourne Football Club, while Rod Grinter, John Ahern and Lynda Carroll represented the MFC P&PP&OA. Past teammates of Ian’s were also … Read More


The Melbourne Football Club has many great names; many who are remembered for feats of endurance and commitment. One of those who formed part of the fabric of the 1950s and early 1960s was Ian Thorogood. A Melbourne High School recruit, his solidity and determination saw him labelled from his early days as ‘a halfback flanker of considerable ability.’ On … Read More


IN THE MAIL NOW – YOUR SOCIAL CALENDAR FOR 2019 One for the fridge door – we’re helping you to keep track of what’s going on with Association activities in 2019. Click on Upcoming Events for the most up to date information, and don’t forget: Always book in early, and use the link/booking information contained in direct emails. If you’re … Read More


In just a few weeks, it starts again: the AFL is back in action. You can join us in Round One, when we take on Port Adelaide at the MCG. (See your email for the recent flyer as per below, and don’t forget to book in!)   ROUND ONE – FAMILY & FRIENDS MATCH DAY FUNCTION MELBOURNE VS PORT ADELAIDE … Read More