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Melbourne mourns Jim Stynes

Online and across the airwaves, condolences are flowing for AFL identity Jim Stynes.

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1966: Born James Peter Stynes, April 23, in Dublin to Brian and Teresa. He has five siblings, Sharon, Brian, Terri-Ann, David and Dearbhla.

1975: Plays Gaelic football with Ballyboden St Endas (under-11s)

1979: Attending De La Salle secondary school, he plays rugby, gaelic football and competes with the Pearces running club

With friend and former teammate Garry Lyon, February 2011.

With friend and former teammate Garry Lyon, February 2011. Photo: Getty Images

1984:  Played in Dublin’s victorious All-Ireland Minor Football Championship. Recruited by Melbourne football club on its search in Ireland for players "taller than 1983".

1985: Runner-up in the Melbourne under-19s.

1986: Plays senior football with Prahran in the VFA.

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Jim Stynes: a proud career

Jim Stynes came from Ireland as an untried teenager and went on to break the AFL's consecutive games record, win the Brownlow Medal in 1991 and become Melbourne president. Photo: Robert Banks

1987: VFL senior debut for Melbourne in round three, wearing no.37. Goes on to play 13 matches, including the preliminary final, where Stynes makes a mistake which brings Hawthorn's Gary Buckenara close enough to kick the winning goal. Begins his famous 244-games consecutive streak in round 18. He will not miss another match until 1998.

1988: Plays every game, now wearing his trademark no.11, as Melbourne makes the grand final, only to lose by a then-record margin of 96 points to Hawthorn. Picked to play for Victoria. Averages 16 possessions per game and boots 26 goals. Completes a bachelor of education degree.

1990: Named deputy vice-captain of Melbourne. Finishes third in the Demons best and fairest.

1991: Named Melbourne's vice-captain. Wins the Brownlow Medal with 25 votes the Melbourne best and fairest award, and most other major football awards on offer, averaging an incredible 25 possessions per match, unprecedented figures for a ruckman. Named All-Australian for the first time.

1992: Plays with brother Brian in the latter's two AFL matches.

1993: Named All-Australian for the second time, defying a rib injury expected to sideline him for six weeks to continue his consecutive games streak.

1994: Again defies injury, this time a medial ligament strain of the knee, to record another successful season. Starts up the organisation which would become the not for profit Reach Foundation, assisting with providing motivation and structure to the lives of young people, with film director Paul Currie.

1995: Wins the Melbourne best and fairest award for the second time. Releases his book Whatever It Takes.

1996: Breaks the consecutive games record of Richmond's Jack Titus when he plays his 203rd game in a row in round nine. Wins the Melbourne best and fairest award for the third time.

1997: Wins the Melbourne best and fairest award for the fourth time, and the third time in a row. Works with the Premier's Youth Suicide Task Force.

1998: The consecutive games streak comes to an end at 244 in round four, when Stynes breaks his hand. He announces his retirement at the end of the season after adding another matches for a total of 264, then the second-highest tally in Melbourne's history. The Jim Stynes Medal is named for Australia's best player in the International Rules series against Ireland.

1999: Appointed AFL and religious vilification officer. Stynes is honoured with a lap of honour before Melbourne's round one match. Named assistant coach for the Australian International Rules team.

2000: Stynes becomes an assistant coach at Melbourne. He is named in Melbourne’s Team of the Century and is awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Medal by Rotary International.

2001: Named Victorian of the year. Ruck/assistant coach under Neale Daniher at Melbourne.

2002: Final season as assistant coach at Melbourne. Continues role with the Australian International Rules team.

2003: Jim is inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. Once again he is named Victorian of the Year.

2004: Named Entrepreneur of the Year.

2005: Works on the Federal Minister for Education’s NYCT Advisory Group.

2006: Stynes is inducted into Melbourne’s Hall of Fame. He co-writes his second children’s self-help book - Finding Heroes. Stynes completes his final of eight seasons as assistant coach of the Australian International Rules series.

2007: Stynes receives the Medal of the Order of Australia by the Queen for his work with youth and contribution to Australian Football.

2008: Takes over as Melbourne President in June, with the club $5million in debt, spearheading the Debt Demolition campaign, raising $2 million at one function in August.

2009: Oversees Melbourne's commitment to training base in the City of Casey; renewed relationship with the MCC. Announces that he has cancer and will be undergoing treatment.

2010: Melbourne moves into new facilities at AAMI Park. It is revealed that Jim's condition has worsened, and he has tumours removed from his brain. The club's debt is officially wiped out. Named Melburnian of the Year.

2011: After a disappointing season, presides over the departure of coach Dean Bailey despite being ill. Appoints former teammate and friend Garry Lyon as temporary football director. Discusses his cancer treatment and launches a health muesli 'Jimbo'. Reveals that he had thought he was "done and dusted', but holds hope for a new treatment.

2012: Holidays with his family in South America in January. Resigns as Melbourne President on February 1 to concentrate on his family and his treatment. Attends a club function on March 14, receiving a club blazer from football legend Ron Barassi. Dies March 20, surrounded by family. The Premier announces that there will be a state funeral to honour his contribution to football and society.

Jim Stynes

Date of birth: April 23, 1966

Place of birth: Dublin  

AFL playing career with Melbourne

Senior debut: 1987

Games: 264 from 1987-98 (including an AFL record 244 in succession)

Goals: 130

Playing honours:

1991 Brownlow medallist; Four-time Melbourne best and fairest winner in 1991 and 1995-97 (equalling club record); 10 State of Origin games for Victoria; Represented Australia and Ireland in International Rules; Elected to AFL Hall of Fame in 2003  

AFL post-playing career with Melbourne

Club chairman from mid-2008 to early 2012  

Other honours:

Victorian of the Year in 2003

Victorian nominee for Australian of the Year in 2011

Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007

Co-founder of the Reach Foundation youth charity

 

 

 

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