It is with deep regret that the Club mourns the passing of Past Player, Coach and Selector, Tony Mann.

Tony was recruited to the Club in the late 60’s from Lyndoch Football Club. He played from 1967 through to 1970 at senior level, playing 1 League game in 1968.

Following his playing days, Tony was to become a great mentor to many young footballers in his various roles as a Coach and Selector.

He coached at Under Age level for 5 years, achieving a Premiership at Under 17 level in 1979 and back to back Premierships at Under 19 level in 1981 and 1982.

Tony’s involvement as a coach and selector was as follows:-

  1979 – 1980         Under 17s Coach – Premiers 1979
  1981 – 1982         Under 19s Coach – Premiers both years
  1983         Reserves Coach
  1984         Under 19s Coach
  1985         League Selector & Match Committee Member
            (Senior Coach Kevin Neale)
  1986         Chairman of Selectors & Match Committee Member
            (Senior Coach Kevin Neale)
  1991 – 1998         League Selector & Match Committee
            (Senior Coach Alan Stewart 1991 – 1995)
            (Senior Coach Steve Wright 1996 – 1997)
            (Senior Coach Peter Jonas 1998)

Tony had a passion for the Central District Football Club, and in particular, a passion to assist young footballers achieve their goals.

Tony had a great ability to judge young footballers, and had a keen interest in their development both on and off the football field.

In later years, he enjoyed nothing more than watching the Dogs each week with a group of mates.

The Club passes our sincere condolences to Tony’s wife Barbara and the family.

Many young footballers have appreciated the involvement of Tony Mann and will be deeply saddened with his passing.


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