Originally set to be the President of a merged Melbourne Hawks side in 1996, Stockdale's appointment was vetoed by Premier Jeff Kennett who would not allow his State Treasurer the time away from his job to take up the role.
Stockdale was instead co-opted onto the Melbourne board in 1997 and served as a director until May 2001 when he resigned as part of a peace deal upon the appointment of Gabriel Szondy to replace Joseph Gutnick.
His relationship with Gutnick was fractured, and Gutnick's demise was hastened when The Footy Show revealed that a group of directors (said to include Stockdale) were pushing to replace the mining magnate with Ron Walker. Gutnick called a spill of all positions and was defeated.
"Demons welcome Treasurer onboard" - The Age 08/06/1997
"Demons' pledge goes up in smoke" - The Age 03/06/2001
"Stockdale doubts he can work with Chief Executive" - heraldsun.com.au 19/09/2013