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Encyclopedia > Grant Thomas (footballer)
Grant Thomas
Personal Info
Birth February 14, 1958,
Recruited from Frankston YCW
Playing Career¹
Debut 1978, St Kilda vs. , at
Team(s) St Kilda (1978-83)

72 games, 21 goals North Melbourne (1984) February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Frankston is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League. ... The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League. ... The North Melbourne Football Club, trading as the Kangaroos, and informally known as the Shinboners or the Kangaroos Football Club plays Australian rules football in the Australian Football League. ...


7 games, 1 goal


Fitzroy (1985) The Fitzroy Football Club, latterly known as the Lions, was formed in 1883 and was a foundation member club of the Victorian Football League on its inception in 1897. ...


4 games, 0 goals

Coaching Career¹
Team(s) St. Kilda (R16 2001-2006)

123 games: 63W-59L-1D

¹ Statistics to end of 2006 season
Career Highlights

Grant Thomas (born February 14, 1958) is a former Australian rules football player and coach. He most recently held the position of coach of the St Kilda Football Club from 2001-2006. February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Big Men Fly - high marking is a key skill and spectator attribute of Aussie Rules Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the most important skill in Aussie Rules Footy Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy...

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Playing career

Thomas began his career at the St Kilda Football Club in the VFL, debuting in 1978. He took a long time to break into the side as a regular senior player, but settled in as a centre half-back. He played 72 games for the Saints between 1978 and 1983 before briefly moving to North Melbourne in 1984, and finishing his career at Fitzroy in 1985. The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League. ... VFL/AFL is the term used to refer to the competition established in 1897, which was originally known as the Victorian Football League. ... In the sport of Australian rules football, each of the eighteen players in a team are assigned to a particular named position on the field of play. ... The North Melbourne Football Club, trading as the Kangaroos, and informally known as the Shinboners or the Kangaroos Football Club plays Australian rules football in the Australian Football League. ... The Fitzroy Football Club, latterly known as the Lions, was formed in 1883 and was a foundation member club of the Victorian Football League on its inception in 1897. ...


Following his retirement from the VFL at the end of 1985, in 1986 he moved to become the playing coach of Warrnambool in the Hampden Football League. He won four premierships with the club in just 5 seasons until 1990. Warrnambool is a regional city of 29,500 people on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia, located in the municipality City of Warrnambool. ...


Post-playing career

After his retirement from playing, Thomas coached Old Xaverians in the VAFA in 1992, and was the chairman of selectors at the North Melbourne Football Club in 1993 under Denis Pagan. The Old Xaverians Football Club was established in 1923 by alumni of Jesuit school Xavier College in Melbourne, Australia. ... The Victorian Amateur Football Association is an Australian rules football league in Victoria, Australia consisting purely of amateur players. ... The North Melbourne Football Club, known as the Kangaroos, and informally known as the Shinboners, is an Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League. ... Denis Pagan (born 24 September 1947) is an Australian rules football coach and former player. ...


In 1994 he was an assistant coach at St Kilda under Stan Alves, before moving on to pursue various business ventures. Stan Alves is an Australian Rules Football player and coach. ...


Coaching St Kilda

With this experience from the business world, Thomas took a new philosophy to the St Kilda Football Club when he was appointed caretaker coach of the club in 2001 after the controversial mid-season sacking of Malcolm Blight. Thomas was then appointed as full-time coach prior to the 2002 season. Malcolm Blight AM (born 16 February 1950), is a former Australian rules football player who had a Hall of Fame career with the North Melbourne Football Club. ...


Thomas had a focus on man-management in his coaching style, as well as conducting practices towards the running of the club that are common in the business world. This new style of coaching has characterised by Thomas occasional use of jargon, such as "processes" and "outcomes" - although they are now terms almost universally used by all coaches.


Thomas coached St Kilda to consecutive preliminary finals in 2004 and 2005, plus a Wizard Cup Premiership in 2004. The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League. ... The McIntyre Final Eight System was devised by Ken McIntyre in addition to the McIntyre Four, Five and Six systems. ... The Wizard Home Loans Cup (commonly just Wizard Cup) is the pre-season/night series competition of the Australian Football League. ...


While he initially came under fire for refusing to use the 'flood', Thomas slowly started to integrate the defensive coaching into his match-day approach, with improved results. Despite the criticism, Thomas maintained an impressive win-loss record against some of league's most highly rated coaches, including Malthouse, Pagan, Eade, Matthews, Wallace and Craig. Flooding is a tactic used in the sport of Australian rules football. ... Michael Mick Malthouse (born 17 September 1953) is a legendary Australian rules footballer and coach. ... Denis Pagan (born 24 September 1947) is an Australian rules football coach and former player. ... Rodney Rocket Eade (born April 4, 1958) is a former Australian rules footballer and coach. ... Leigh R. Matthews (born March 1, 1952) is widely regarded as one of the greatest Australian Rules footballers of all time, playing for Hawthorn in the VFL from 1969 to 1985. ... Terry Wallace (born December 13, 1958) was an Australian rules centre position player who started at Hawthorn, played briefly at Richmond and finally at Footscray (Western Bulldogs). ... Dr. Neil P. Craig (born c. ...


Thomas once said in an interview about the St Kilda Football Club: "This club is what I'm about." [1]


Sacking

After many injuries during the 2006 season, St Kilda finished 6th after the home and away season but were beaten in the elimination final by Melbourne. Injuries to Fraser Gehrig, Robert Harvey, Justin Koschitzke, Raphael Clarke and Xavier Clarke during the game, as well as the underdone Aaron Hamill & Max Hudghton lead to the Saints exit from the finals after leading for most of the match but being unable to run the game out. They finished the season in 8th position, which was not considered good enough by president Rod Butterss. Fraser Gehrig (born March 3, 1976) a player for the St Kilda Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League. ... Robert Harvey (born August 21, 1971) is an Australian football player. ... Justin Gregory Koschitzke (born 20 September 1982) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. ... Raphael Clarke (born September 24, 1985) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. ... Xavier Clarke (born September 28, 1983) is an Australian rules football player with the AFLs St Kilda Football Club. ... Aaron Sammy Hamill (born August 20, 1977) is an Australian rules footballer. ... Max Kenneth Hudghton (born September 2, 1976) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. ... Rodney Rod Butterss (born 19??) is an Australian businessman. ...


On September 12th, 2006 the St. Kilda Football Club announced that Thomas had left the club as a 'mutual' agreement, however Thomas maintained that the club had asked him to leave, and while he had accepted, it was not completely mutual. [2] The decision was a shock to the footballing world considering Thomas was only the second coach to lead the Saints to 3 consecutive finals series. It is not known how he was sacked, but many factors include the controversial match against Fremantle in Round 5, 2006 in which the Saints were stripped of two points following a hearing the following Wednesday, which ultimately cost them a top-four spot and the double chance, the long-term injuries to Justin Koschitzke, Aaron Hamill and Fergus Watts and starting the season with two interstate trips in four weeks. The St. ... The AFL siren controversy of 2006 (dubbed Sirengate) was the controversy surrounding the conclusion and result of an Australian rules football match played on 30 April 2006 during Round 5 of the Australian Football Leagues 2006 season. ... Justin Gregory Koschitzke (born 20 September 1982) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. ... Aaron Sammy Hamill (born August 20, 1977) is an Australian rules footballer. ... Fergus Watts (born September 21, 1985) is an Australian rules football player with the AFLs St Kilda Football Club. ...


Thomas has shown no interest in ever coaching another AFL club and will have little to do with AFL football for quite sometime.


Trivia

  • Thomas has eight children.
Preceded by
Malcolm Blight
St Kilda Football Club coach
2001-2006
Succeeded by
Ross Lyon

Malcolm Blight AM (born 16 February 1950), is a former Australian rules football player who had a Hall of Fame career with the North Melbourne Football Club. ... The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League. ... Ross Lyon (born November 8, 1966) is a former Australian rules footballer. ...

External links

  • Coach profile at Saints.com.au
  • The Age Story (2006)

 
 

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