John Cahill

John Cahill (born 27 April 1940) is a former Australian rules football player and coach. During his illustrious career he played football for the Port Adelaide Football Club, then coached Port Adelaide, West Adelaide, South Adelaide in the SANFL and Collingwood Magpies in the VFL.

The Port Adelaide Football Club honoured Cahill by naming the award for the club's best and fairest player the John Cahill Medal.

Playing years

Cahill played 267 matches for the Port Adelaide Football Club and 29 state matches for South Australia from 1958 to 1973. He captained Port Adelaide from 1967 to 1973 and skippered South Australia for three consecutive years.

Coaching years

After hanging up his boots, Cahill turned his football talents to the coaching arena. Starting with Port Adelaide, he would ultimately lead the club to 10 premierships in the SANFL.

Cahill spent two seasons at the Collingwood Football Club in the VFL, where he led them to third position. He also had a brief stint at West Adelaide in the SANFL, but it was Port Adelaide where his heart lied and in 1997 he become their inaugural AFL coach.

After two successful seasons in the AFL, Cahill left the club, and it seemed, football forever. However in 2005, he was appointed coach of the Port Adelaide Magpies for one season to revitalise the struggling club. He took them to their first finals series in three seasons and they finished a respectable third. At the end of the season he announced that he was retiring from coaching.

However, in 2008, he signed a 2-year coaching deal with the South Adelaide Football Club in an attempt to pull them out of their current slump. He resigned eight matches into the season, apparently citing "outside influences". [ [http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23770878-21546,00.html AdelaideNow... John Cahill quits South Adelaide ] ]

Family

His son is Darren Cahill (born 1965), former professional tennis player from Australia and tennis coach.His brother is Darrell Cahill who also played for the Port Adelaide Magpies, playing 265 games.His daughter married Scott Hodges who played for the Port Adelaide Magpies, Adelaide Crows and port power. They have since divorced.

ee also

* 1977 SANFL Grand Final
* 1990 SANFL Grand Final
* 1992 SANFL Grand Final
* 1994 SANFL Grand Final
* 1995 SANFL Grand Final

External links

* [http://www.portmagpies.com.au/ Official Website of the Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club]
* [http://www.portadelaidefc.com.au/ Official Website of the Port Adelaide Football Club]
* [http://www.thepowerfromport.com.au/ The Power From Port - Unofficial Port Adelaide Power and Magpies Football Clubs Website]

References

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