SANFL stalwart John Lyons will close the curtain on his outstanding 31-year administrative career with the organisation on Friday.
Starting his journey with the SANFL as its Financial Controller on May 21, 1985, Lyons – currently the Chief Operating Officer – quickly found out he was also the Stadium Manager at Football Park.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Lyons revealed he wasn’t initially informed about the Stadium Manager element to his role during the interview process.
But that didn’t stop the passionate North Adelaide fan and former field umpire from achieving success through a variety of roles spanning more than three decades.
There wasn’t much the man affectionately known as ‘’Jocko’’ didn’t see during his time at West Lakes, with his first three years providing him with plenty to ponder on Grand Final day given the involvement of his beloved Roosters.
Adelaide’s inaugural AFL season in 1991 proved to be extremely challenging for Lyons as Crowmania swept across the city while SANFL clubs Glenelg and Woodville-West Torrens also adopted West Lakes as their home venue that year.
And if the football events at Turner Drive weren’t challenging enough, the significance of staging major events and concerts proved memorable.
The extreme heat at Dire Straits’ performance in 1986 put the fluid facilities at Football Park to the test while the chance to meet soccer great Pele was also a major highlight for Lyons.
Highly-respected externally and much-loved internally at SANFL, Lyons will be fittingly farewelled at the Adelaide Oval on his last day – December 9.