Vale Jim Mann
It is with great sadness and regret that we advise of the passing of Jim Mann.
Jim as you know was a Legend of our Club in every sense of the word. He was inducted into our inaugural Hall of Fame two years ago and immediately elevated to Legend Status.
His contribution to the Footscray Cricket Club has been monumental.
Our sympathies go out to Nancy, Barry and Jeff.
What a wonderful friend and Bulldog cricket person.
Please read the below tribute from Ken Stone.
Jim Mann tribute by Ken Stone
The connection between Jim Mann and Footscray Cricket Club began when Jim was about 20 years old in 1948/1949. He applied for a clearance to the Dogs from South Melbourne as it was closer to home and his chances of playing 1st X1 were better.
Fast forward to 1958/59 – Jim was 30 by this stage, and had played 60 games
This was the start of Jim’s admin career with FCC during Keith Burnham’s’ presidency.
I met Jim Mann when he was Dowling Shield coach and I was 14 years old in the Dowling Squad.
This story is typical of the help Jim has given many people connected with Footscray.
My parents shifted to Lismore in Western Plains during the Dowling Shield carnival
I approached Jim and said I couldn’t play because of the move to the bush – Jim’s response was “no worries lad, I’ll find somewhere for you to stay and I’ll drive you (100kms) after each week of the carnival.”
At 18 I came back to the city and wanted to play for FCC – all because of Jim’s kindness. I’m sure a lot of people could get up and tell a similar Jim Mann story.
1st premiership under the great Lindsay James. Jim was President
Jim had contributed for 32 years for his first flag. He was contributing for another 33 for his next flag in 2014/2015.
Jim gave outstanding service as both player and administrator.
He is now a member of the FCC Hall of Fame, and elected to Legend status, which is the highest honour that can be bestowed on someone from the club.
• Began as a player in 1948/49
• Cap number 21
• Played 120 games, won 1st x 1 batting average, captain first X1
• First X1 century – 122
• Secretary 1959-1965) – 7 years
• President 1977-1985) – 8 years
• Life member 1961
• Committee/executive of FCC for a phenomenal 67 years
• Dowling shield coach (17 years)
• Recipient of “Australian Sports Medal” in 2000
Jim made an incredible and outstanding contribution to the club over many years as a player and an administrator. He has helped so many people along the way.
Add to that, he was 17 years on Cricket Victoria Board, 9 years as their Treasurer, and 3 years on the Cricket Australia Board
The club will always be indebted to Jim Mann, and we are thankful that he chose to join the Dogs in those years.