Garry Lyon



Date of Birth


Media Partners

Radio – 1116SEN:

  • SEN Breakfast
  • AFL Nation

TV – Fox Sports:

  • On The Couch
  • Fox Footy AFL Match Coverage


  • The Age
  • The Herald Sun
  • Specky Magee series

Former Club

Melbourne Football Club

Key Achievements

  • Melbourne FC Captain 1991-1997
  • Melbourne FC Best and Fairest 1990, 1994
  • All Australian 1989-90, 1993-95
  • Night Premiership 1987, 1989
  • Melbourne FC Leading Goal Kicker 1994-95
  • International Rules Coach 2001-2004
  • Game Development Coach 2010


  • AFMA’s Alf Brown Award 2010 and 2019 for most outstanding media performer of the year.


Garry Lyon’s impact and contribution to Australian Football moves in to its fifth decade in 2020. He is one of a select few to have shaped the modern game and been a factor in its evolution via playing, coaching and the media.

Lyon’s media work is currently earmarked by significant roles with the game’s two most passionate and consistent mediums – TV’s Fox Footy and Radio station 1116SEN.

At Fox, Lyon sits on footy’s most important piece of furniture as a panellist On The Couch.  The Monday Night staple combines Lyon’s key strengths – in depth analysis, strong opinions and a sense for the game’s big stories. These capabilities see Lyon play a pivotal role in Fox Footy’s AFL match coverage. Whether it’s from within the stadium or the studio, Lyon gives footy fans a unique insight in to what’s happened and what’s likely to come.

Lyon and good mate, former Essendon great Tim Watson, bring Melbourne its first taste of AFL and the sporting world for the day on SEN Breakfast. Garry and Tim set the agenda for the day and have built up a strong relationship with their loyal listeners. The success of the show has converted into the podcast world with SEN Breakfast consistently rating in the top 5 Podcasts within Australia. His work with SEN extends to providing expert comments on AFL Nation, taking his innate understanding of the game to stations all around Australia.

At either end of the decade, Lyon’s ability and versatility was recognised by his peers, winning the AFMA’s Alf Brown Award in both 2010 and 2019 for the most outstanding media performer of the year.

The football journey started for Lyon in Kyabram in Northern Victoria. His father Peter had played with Hawthorn in the 1963 Grand Final, but Garry was tied to Melbourne under the then zoning rules. His 14-year career as a Demon was honoured with selection in the Club’s Team of The Century and induction in to its Hall of Fame. A dual Best and Fairest and three-time All Australian, Lyon’s began to forge a path in the media from early in his playing days, leading to a 23-year association with the Nine Network and being a key part of iconic program The Footy Show for many years.

His undoubted love of the game shone through in a successful four-year stint as Coach of Australia’s International Rules team between 2001-2004. An emotional series win on Irish soil in the wake of the Bali Bombings in 2002 was followed by a drought-breaking series victory in Australia the following year.

Writing is also part of Lyon’s repertoire, having worked extensively as an AFL columnist for Melbourne’s two major daily newspapers The Age and Herald Sun, as well as co-authoring the successful children’s book series Specky Magee.

A polished host with a passion for people, sport and men’s health, Lyon is a sought after keynote speaker and MC.

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