AFL Premiership Captain and Coach, there is little Mark Thompson hasn’t done on the footy field. Now he works in the media, an area of footy he never had too much love for, and shows his unique take on the game and life.
With the release of his book, Bomber, he is able to take the readers through his journey, and eventually deep insider the doping scandal that his ripped he beloved Essendon Football Club apart.
He played 202 games for Essendon from 1983 to 1996 under legendary coach Kevin Sheedy and was He captain for four seasons. Thompson played in three premierships in 1984, 1985 and 1993 alongside some characters and champions in an era where footy was a game, not a brand.
After a stint as an assistant coach at Essendon and then at North Melbourne under Denis Pagan, Thompson sold his electrical business and became the senior coach of the Geelong Football Club, where he seized the opportunity to combine his own ideas about footy and management with what he’d learnt from Sheedy and Pagan.
After surviving a major review of his football department in 2006, Thompson coached the greatest team of all to the club’s drought-breaking premiership in 2007, then took them to another flag in 2009.
In November 2010 he left Geelong, burnt out but leaving the legacy of a winning culture. He returned to Essendon as senior assistant coach to James Hird in 2011, and was then appointed senior coach for the 2014 season when Hird was suspended. He left Essendon at the end of 2014 and is now a panellist on Fox Footy.
Mark travels from Melbourne.