|Sydney Swans Chairman Richard Colless with number one ticket holders Philippa Power (2012) and Paul McMahon (2013)|
Long-time Sydney Swans supporter and member Paul McMahon never imagined he would receive one of the club’s highest honours.
McMahon, who by his own admission is not one for the limelight, was stunned when he was announced as the club’s number one ticket holder for the 2013 season at the Club Champion event in October, 2012.
“Firstly it was an overwhelming experience,” McMahon said.
“I felt totally paralysed on the night to be honest, because I’m not big on standing up in front of large groups of people, but in the end it was fantastic.
“I did end up feeling pretty comfortable, but still stunned.
“I said on the night, and it sounds a bit silly, but it’s the highlight of my footy career.”
What made the occasion even more special for McMahon was that his children Jack and Tessa were in attendance on the night.
“They were just as excited as me and I know the evening has left an indelible impression on them which will last for the rest of their lives,” McMahon said.
“They have had no choice in being brainwashed since birth in loving the Swans, so I am confident they will carry on being involved in this great journey for many years to come.”
McMahon has also featured on a number of Swans’ committees, and last year played a small role in the establishment of the Sydney Blood Brothers group.
He is also an active member of John Longmire’s ‘Red and Whites’ and was also a members of Roosy’s ‘Red and Whites’ and is a friend of the Swans Foundation.
Contributions aside, McMahon said what he loved most was watching the Club develop over the past three decades.
“I went to the first Sydney Swans game in 1982 against Melbourne,” McMahon said.
“I was (at the Club) when they had those 26 losses in a row and at the time we only won one game out of 40 or something like that, so I used to come to the ground and have a grandstand to myself.
“The journey has been fantastic and I haven’t missed many games really, and I don’t think I’ve missed a game for many years in Sydney and I also get to quite a few interstate games.”
McMahon said his best memory of his time at the Club was in the late 80’s when the Swans won three games in a row and scored nearly 200 points each match with Warwick Capper taking amazing screamers in every game.
He said the other great moment was when Sydney progressed into the 1996 Grand Final for the first time in over 50 years following a win over Essendon.
“Tony Lockett kicked a point after the siren and in my crazy state I went out and bought his jumper at a charity auction,” he said.
“I’ve got that hanging on my wall, so that night was truly fantastic.
“Lockett’s 1300th goal was also a highlight for me.”
The long-time supporter said he was thrilled to now hold such an important role as the Swans’ number one ticket holder.
McMahon replaces Philippa Power, who held the title as the club’s number one ticket holder for the 2012 season.
|Sydney Swans number one ticket holders|
|Peter Weinert||until 2008|
|Mal and Louise Binnie||2009|
|Trevor and Ailsa Bidstrup||2010|
|John and Loretta Cloney||2011|