Geoff Walsh has held top positions at the Roo’s, the Blues and the Pies in his 36-year reign at the AFL. Eddie McGuire himself has even dubbed him “one of the all-time great administrators and football people”. We talk club culture, club reviews, org structures and, of course, winning flags.

Timestamps

05:05 How did you get into football?
07:09 Every successful AFL seems to have a teaching background.
12:32 What would be the biggest challenge on your first day?
16:09 How are you feeling accomplished about the role?
18:36 What is the difference between a good club and a not-so-good club?
20:15 What are you looking to fix?
25:45 Culture of the club
26:10 How would you change the organization?
30:06 How much negative impact does 1 bad egg have?
32:00 Good leader makes a difference.
36:16 What is the biggest thing involved in AFL?
38:57 What makes you want to come back to the game?
42:50 How did they bring you back into it?
45:12 How did you inject yourself into a new environment?
48:50 Do you have your review cap on at all?
50:00 Is there any experience that stands out to you?
52:36 What advice would you give out?
54:11 How involved do you feel when you win a flag?

Guest Intro

Today’s guest has held top positions at the Roo’s, the Blues and the Pies in his 36-year reign at the AFL. Eddie McGuire himself has even dubbed him “one of the all-time great administrators and football people”.

His decorated career off the field began at Fitzroy in 1985, followed by a decade-long stint as National Recruiting Manager at Carlton, and no less than 26 years at North Melbourne and Collingwood in roles as the CEO and General Manager.

In an unprecedented comeback following his 2020 retirement, our next guest has recently returned to North Melbourne to fast-track the Roos’ rebuild.

And very recently being appointed Director of Football at the mighty saints……

Give it up for a veteran footy official who’s seen four premierships, 10 grand final appearances and a total of 25 finals series; Geoff “Walshy” Walsh.

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