Malone and Gold for Life
- Wednesday, 07 May 2014
Subiaco premiership player Mick Malone admits he was surprised but honoured to be awarded life membership at the Lions.
The full forward managed 104 WAFL games during a star-studded era in the state’s elite league.
“The Subi footy club was a huge part of my life and a very important part so I’m absolutely thrilled to pieces.” Malone said.
In 1978 Malone was awarded club’s leading goal kicker with 54 goals., but he says the highlight of his career came in 1973.
“Certainly the premiership team was with out doubt the panicle of my time there.
“I think the influence of Ross Smith on the day and in the lead up, he was one of the toughest footballers physically that I’ve ever seen and just the way in which he managed the team.
“I think to play at a club that has so many legends… my first coach was Hayden Bunton.
“I played under David Parkin as well as some of the players who went on the be house hold names in footy like Mike Fitzpatrick, Austin Robertson Peter Featherby.” Malone said
Malone’s talents weren’t just reserved for the footy field, at 27 Malone found himself juggling a WAFL career as well playing international cricket for Australia.
“I toured England in 1977 on the national team for five months, they were long tours back in those days, and I came back the following year and played for Subi in 1978 and at the same time I was playing Kerry packer World Series Cricket so I really had to juggle both. Sports.” Malone said
Lions fans can still spot Malone sitting in the stands at Subiaco games and his support for the club has been invaluable since retiring as a player at the end of 1978.
“You run into a lot of people that remember those days of the WAFL and even though it was only a short period of my life as a player it was a very significant time for me and I’m just over the moon to be put in the same bracket as some of the greats of Subi.” Malone said.