Team Of The Century Captain Paddy Walsh Dies Aged 89

Prahran Football Club's Team Of The Century centreman and captain Paddy Walsh died on Saturday night April 26 after a long illness.

Walsh, 89, was a member of the 1951 premiership team and widely acknowledged as the premier midfielder in the VFA in the 1940s and 50s.

Triple Brownlow Medallist Bob Skilton is reported to have described Walsh as the best player he saw not to play VFL.

Walsh was appointed captain-coach in 1953, a role he filled again in 1954 before leaving the club to coach Minyip in the Wimmera League in 1955.

Recruited from Murrumbeena, Walsh played 158 games from 1946-54 and returned for one final game in 1960 to qualify for life membership.

Walsh represented the VFA in the 1947 ANFC carnival inm Hobart against all states.

 A funeral mass will be held at 1.30 pm Friday at St Jude's Catholic Church, 49 George St, Scoresby.