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Coaching News - Senior Lions 2021 coaching roster

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Starting with the Big-in-Everything goalie coach, and hailing from the UK, Paul Harvey was a semi-pro (what is that anyway?!) with Melton Town, and later Grantham.

He was tutored by none other than Ex Irish keeping coach Seamus McDonagh, who inspired Paul to go on and attain his Level 1 keeping Licence.

Before The Den, Paul was spitting into his mits at Box Hill and Kingston City.

His other interests include professional web design and Farmers Markets promotion. Yes, really!


Jimmy McBride, Deputy to Costi Puscasu

Jimmy’s playing CV is as decorated as you’d find in the NPL. Starting at Dundee Utd at sweet 16, he went onto Kilmarnock before finishing his Scottish career with Queen of the South in the mid 80s.

Arriving as a guest player for APIA (NSL) in ’85, he decided Australia would be his home for his young family and emigrated here in 1987. Stints with Morwell (Falcons), Fawkner, Richmond and finishing at Ringwood was a testimony at the best Victorian teams of the day.

He then assisted Dean Henessey at Richmond, before joining us here at The Den as U18s maestro. He got the call to help club legend Jimmy Williams. Today he faces his biggest challenge, helping with Daniel Costi Puşcaşu with the Seniors as they start our club’s first full [hopefully] season in the NPL.

Jimmy is the much needed eye candy on the Seniors coaching panel.


George Campbell, U21s

Possibly the most decorated coach on our roster, The Pele of the North was so dubbed back at Aberdeen because of his unique skill on the ball. George is one of only three Aberdeen players to have made their debut at 16, and came to play for South Melbourne Hellas in 1978 for a then record breaking fee £20,000 (AU$50,000, at just 21!

He has his chiselled looks up on South Melbourne's Hall of Fame at Bob Jane Stadium, and played 104 games for the perennial powerhouse. After almost 300 league appearances, George hung up the leathers and started coaching, having stints at Essendon Royals, Nortcote and latterly Dandy Thunder.

We are glad to have his services at The Den and are expecting a stellar return from his extensive CV.


Nigel Reed, U19s, and Director of Football

Our Man for All Seasons Nigel Reed, Lions' Director of Football is once again the U19s Gaffer. Holder of a B Licence, Nige is also on the Committee and is found most evenings at the club because of his declared love for our parmas and coffee.

Welcome back Mr Reed

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