Essendon players will wear back armbands against Port Adelaide this week as a mark of respect for former club chairman Graeme McMahon, who died on Tuesday.
McMahon, who had pancreatic cancer, led the club in bold, passionate and forthright style for seven years, overseeing its success in winning the 2000 premiership and moving to the newly-built Docklands stadium in the same year.
The Bombers paid tribute to McMahon's leadership in promoting racial vilification reforms, promoting roles for women, seeking specialist coaches and establishing the club as one of the most profitable off-field.
"As a club we are extremely saddened by the passing of Graeme, an Essendon man through and through,” said current chairman Paul Little.
“The Essendon family extends its deepest condolences to Graeme’s wife Glenys, their sons Brett and Brad and the entire McMahon family.
“Graeme was a fantastic husband, father and businessman and he left a tremendous legacy as chairman of the Essendon Football Club.
“Graeme was a person of integrity and his energetic approach enabled the club to become a powerhouse both on and off the field.”
Emma Quayle joined The Age as a cadet journalist in 1999 and has been covering football since 2001. She has won awards from the Australian Football Media Association and AFL Players Association for her feature writing, and specialised for many years in covering junior football and the AFL draft. Emma's two books - The Draft and Nine Lives (the story of former Essendon wingman Adam Ramanauskas' battle with cancer) - were published in 2008 and 2010.
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