Also I knew many press people like Les Murray and Mike Hil from SBS and loads,too many to mention who wrote for papers One (David Lewis from the SMH) ended up living in the flat under my folks house. There are many stories to tell from the 8 years did this. I certainly regret stopping as I was on the verge of really getting somewhere when I walked away...but that's another story.
My time was a little earlier than yours. I knew mostly coaches well,like Frank Arok and Eddie Thompson or Raul Blanco and Les Scheinflug. I knew some players too,like John Kosmina,Frank Farina, and David Mitchell who I was quite friendly with when he played for Millwall.
Tried to reply yesterday but apparently I wrote too much so I'll abbreviate it today.
In the 80s and 90s I was heavily involved with the old NSL. In my time I have been a radio reporter (esp 2WS and 2GB),a radio commentator ,a TV commentator (SBS) and even an administrator (asst mgr of NSL). I am happy to elaborate and it does sound more than it was but it did last for abiout 7-8 years in total.
Just read your last message regarding scouting and recommending players from Oz.This made me wonder about whether you are involved in Oz Football,or Soccer as the Aussies call it. I am originally from Sydney and was heavily involved at one time.