The MCC Committee, management and staff are deeply saddened to learn of the passing today of Melbourne Football Club immediate past president and MCC member, Jim Stynes OAM, aged 45.
MCC president Paul Sheahan said Stynes will be remembered for his on-field achievements as a VFL/AFL footballer, as well as his youth work with Reach Foundation.
Stynes was also a driving force behind re-establishment of a close relationship between the MFC and MCC which, in 2009, led to the football club returning as an MCC Sporting Section after almost 30 years’ absence.
“Jim Stynes made an extraordinary contribution to Australian sport and the community,” said MCC president Paul Sheahan. “It has been a privilege to know Jim and work closely with him. The courage he displayed during his battle with cancer has touched everyone. He truly is an inspiration.
“We extend our sympathies to Sam, Matisse, Tiernan and the Stynes family, along with Melbourne Football Club and Reach Foundation.”
The unique story of Jim’s experience in coming to Australia to play football with Melbourne Football Club is well known throughout the community. A Brownlow Medal and a record number of consecutive games crowned his career.
As such, he was recognised by the MCC in 2006 when it named a prime function room in the MCG’s northern stand redevelopment in his honour.
The Jim Stynes Room in the Olympic Stand will be a permanent reminder for visitors to the MCG of a truly remarkable individual.
Find out more about the Jim Stynes Tribute Hour on April 22