53. Keith Welsh

Media Inductee

Journalist, The Mercury/Editor/Writer, 1947-1980

> Joined The Mercury as a sports journalist, 1947
> Sport/football journalist for The Mercury where he became the chief football writer under the pen name ‘Drop-Kick’, 1947-70
> TFL Merit Award, 1964
> Chairman of the Umpires Appointment Board (TFLUA), 1971-78

Born in 1906, Keith Welsh hailed from NSW but made his name in sports journalism in Tasmania. ‘Drop kick’ as he was known, led The Mercury into the post-war era of growth and prominence that was TFL and Tasmanian football. Welsh was highly regarded by players, coaches, fans and the media fraternity itself. An annual award for journalism is named in his honour.