132. Ronald Tyson

City/City South, 1910s-1968

> Secretary, City, 1912-32
> NTFA committee member, 1932-62, including Chairman, 1945-52 and Treasurer, 1951-62
> Tasmanian state team selector
> Life member, City, 1924 (aged 32)
> Life member, NTFA, 1926 (aged 34)
> OBE for services to sport, 1954

Born in 1892, Ron Tyson is said to have been “as much a part of the famous (City) club as the red and white Guernsey itself.” His service to the NTFA is equally significant. It is reputed that he became involved in football administration with junior teams aged just 15 years, when he was secretary of Inveresk Seconds. In total, Tyson was directly involved in football administration for 50 years and continued his involvement until he died aged 92 years.

Tyson is renowned for visiting Melbourne in 1927 and recruiting Roy Cazaly to coach City in the period from 1928 to 1930, when they won two NTFA and state premierships. Along with Cazaly, Tyson was also instrumental in the selection of Laurie Nash for his first senior game. He was likewise a key player in the admission of Longford and Scottsdale to the NTFA.

Tyson has had both the City South function room and the main stand at York Park named in his honour. He made an auspicious contribution to the northern Tasmanian community, being a member of 20 community organisations and a life member of nine of these.