- Thursday, 24 April 2014
“It’s Just a Magic Club” - That’s how Subiaco is seen through the eyes of Lions trainer Mick ‘Magic’ Bailey.
Bailey played a pivotal role in the Lion’s thrilling come from behind win over East Perth on Good Friday.
Normally a beacon of positivity around the change rooms, Bailey’s trademark cheeky grin has been missing during the first five rounds of the season.
The 59 year old was left with three torn ligaments in his shoulder when he slipped on a wet surface at the Belmont shopping centre on the 23rd of January.
“Some one had spilt something on the floor and I went down, it was really painful and I knew I’d hurt myself straight away.” Bailey said.
Bailey then suffered insult to injury when he was forced to cancel the operation to mend the ligaments because of a bone infection which left him hospitalized.
“I spent my 59th birthday in the hospital which was pretty upsetting but the best thing about it all was the support I got from the boys, it was really magic.” Bailey said.
“Rumba, Nic Hay and Matty Cullen, they all came in to visit me while I was there for two weeks and I got so many text messages from all the boys and support staff which was magic.” He said.
After 12 days in hospital Bailey was sent home and ordered not to drive for two weeks during which he received regular medical checks from hospital staff.
Good Friday marked Bailey’s return to the club he calls home.
“At three quarter time we were behind and I was getting the bottles ready, doing my thing, and I didn’t realize that Scoey had pulled the boys aside before the start of the last quarter and mentioned my name.“ Bailey said.
“I actually mentioned him to the players before the game as well, he hadn’t seen us play yet this year because he’d been in hospital, so I just said we needed to show him the sort of football he’d been missing.” Said coach Jarrad Schofield
Subiaco piled on 6 goals in the final term and held East Perth to a solitary behind to run out 24-point winners to remain undefeated.
“On the way into the rooms the boys were saying ‘yeah we did it for you Magic’ which made me feel amazing and then when we got into the rooms Scoey grabbed me into the circle and Bristow threw water all over me which felt pretty good." Bailey said.
“He’s well respected in the group because he’s so loyal and passionate, win lose or draw… it’s the stuff he does behind the scenes he’s got so much love for the boys and the club.” Schofield said
Bailey has been on the support staff team for 26 years and in that time has rubbed shoulders with some of the club’s biggest names and sipped beer from 5 premiership cups.
“I do it for the friendships really, it’s such a magic place, everyone treats you so well so it’s great to give back to the boys… you know club legends like Laurie Keene and Rod Willett. Alby Hawkins (former Head Trainer) has done a lot for me, he’s been a bit like a father to me.” Bailey said.