Australian Football Hall of Fame

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Australian Football Hall of Fame
Australian Football Hall of Fame logo.png
Established 1996
Type Professional sports hall of fame
President Richard Goyder (chairman)
Website www.afl.com.au/news/event-news/hall-of-fame

The Australian Football Hall of Fame was established in 1996, the Centenary year of the Australian Football League, to help recognise the contributions made to the sport of Australian rules football by players, umpires, media personalities, coaches and administrators. It was initially established with 136 inductees. As of 2014, this figure has grown to 257, including 27 "Legends".[1]

While those involved in the game from its inception in 1859 are theoretically eligible, very few outside the major leagues – the Australian Football League (VFL/AFL), the Victorian Football League (VFA/VFL), the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) – have been recognised to date.

Selection[edit]

Selection criteria[edit]

A committee considers candidates on the basis of their ability, integrity, sportsmanship and character. While the number of games played, coached or umpired, or years of service in the case of administrators and media representatives, is a consideration, it alone does not determine eligibility. Players must be retired from the game for at least three years before they become eligible for induction, while coaches, umpires, administrators and media representatives are eligible immediately upon retirement. The committee considers candidates from all the states and territories of Australia and from all Australian Football competitions within Australia.

The following excerpt from the official Hall of Fame website highlights the main criteria used by the committee in selecting inductees to the Hall of Fame:

  • The Committee shall consider a candidate's outstanding service and overall contribution to the game of Australian Football in determining a candidate's eligibility for induction into the Hall of Fame.
  • Without limiting clause 5.1, the Committee may consider a candidate's individual record, ability, integrity, sportsmanship and character.
  • The number of football games played, coached or umpired or the years of service provided shall only be a consideration and shall not be determinative in assessing a candidate's eligibility.
  • A player, coach, umpire, administrator or media representative involved at any level of Australian Football may be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame.
  • Candidates shall be adjudged on the basis of their overall contribution to Australian Football, as opposed to one specific aspect.

In 2010, several amendments were made to the selection criteria: The key criteria changes include:[2]

  • The maximum number of inductees in any single year reduced from eight to six, to increase the emphasis and honour for those inducted.
  • The requirement to induct a minimum of three recently retired players (retired within 10 years of each induction ceremony) reduced to a minimum of two, to ensure older players deserving of induction are represented in proportion.
  • The requirement to have one inductee from the grouping of categories umpire/administrator/media every year changed to a minimum of one from this category every two years.
  • The Hall of Fame selection committee to be independent from the AFL Commission. The wording in the charter has been changed so that the selection committee recommends to the commission for “endorsement” rather than for “approval”.
  • Selectors would be appointed for an initial term of three years, with two further opportunities to be appointed for subsequent three year terms (total of nine years).
  • At least 25 per cent of the selection committee to reside outside of Victoria.

Selection committee[edit]

Hall of Fame

Selection Committee[1]

Chair Secretary Historian Selector Selector Selector Selector Selector Selector Selector
Mike Fitzpatrick Patrick Clifton Col Hutchinson Dennis Cometti Matt Finnis Jim Main Bruce McAvaney David Parkin Stephen Phillips Michaelangelo Rucci

Legends[edit]

The Legends category is reserved for those who are deemed to have had a significant impact on the game of Australian rules football. All "Legends" enshrined to date represent former players of the VFL/AFL, with the exception of Barrie Robran who played the whole of his career in the SANFL. Being named as a "Legend" of the Australian Football Hall of Fame is the highest honour which can be bestowed onto an Australian footballer.

In 2010, several amendments to the Legends category were made to ensure the exclusivity and prestige of the Hall of Fame. Among them were:[3]

  • The Legends category remains exclusively for recognition of the most significant playing and coaching records
  • The number of Legends that can be part of the Hall of Fame remains at a maximum of 10 per cent of the total inductees
  • Criteria for elevating an inductee to Legend status requires that only ‘playing and coaching’ records be taken into account and not a candidate’s overall contribution to the game outside of playing and coaching
Legends
Inductee Year elevated Games Goals Premierships Highlights
Player Coach
Darrel Baldock 2006 119 games 237 goals 1 premiership

Representative honours:

Club honours:

Coaching record:

Ron Barassi
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1996 253 games 330 goals 6 premierships
  • VFL (6)
4 premierships

Representative Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Kevin Bartlett
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2000 403 Games 778 Goals 5 premierships
  • VFL (6)

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Malcolm Blight 2017 342 Games 803 Goals 2 premierships 2 premierships Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Haydn Bunton Sr.
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1996 208 Games 427 Goals Representative Honours:
  • Victoria (12 games)
  • Western Australia (6 games)

League Honours:

Club Honours:

  • Fitzroy captain (1932, 1936–1937)
  • Subiaco captain (1938–1939, 1941)
  • 2× Fitzroy Best & Fairest (1934, 1935)
  • 3× Subiaco Best & Fairest (1938, 1939, 1941)
  • Fitzroy leading goal-kicker (1936, 1937)
  • 4× Subiaco leading goal-kicker (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941)

Coaching Record:

Barry Cable 2012 382 Games 508 Goals 6 premierships 1 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours

Club Honours

Coaching Record:

Roy Cazaly
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1996 198 Games 167 Goals

Representative Honours:

Club Honours:

  • St Kilda captain (1920)
  • St Kilda Best & Fairest (1918)
  • South Melbourne Best & Fairest (1923)
  • South Melbourne leading goal-kicker (1921, 1922)

Coaching Record:

John Coleman
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1996 98 Games 537 Goals 2 premierships 2 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Gordon Coventry
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1998 306 Games 1,299 Goals 5 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Jack Dyer
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1996 312 Games 433 Goals 2 premierships 1 premierships

Representative Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Graham Farmer
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1996 356 Games 227 Goals 6 premierships 2 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Royce Hart 2013 188 Games 369 Goals 4 premierships

Representative Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Peter Hudson 1999 288 games 1,721 Goals 2 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Bill Hutchison
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1996 290 Games 496 Goals 4 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

  • Essendon captain (1951–1957)
  • 7× Essendon Best & Fairest (1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956)
  • Essendon leading goal-kicker (1948)
Alex Jesaulenko 2008 279 Games 444 Goals 4 premierships
  • VFL (4)
1 premierships

Representative Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Tony Lockett 2015 281 Games 1,360 Goals

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Leigh Matthews
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1996 332 Games 915 Goals 4 premierships 4 premierships

Representative Honours:

  • All-Australian player (1972)
  • 4× All-Australian coach (1998, 2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Australia (1972)
  • Victoria (14 games)

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Jock McHale
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2005 261 Games 18 Goals 2 premierships 8 premierships
  • VFL (8)

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Kevin Murray 2010 377 Games 71 Goals Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

  • Fitzroy 1963–1964 (?-?-?)
  • East Perth 1965–1966 (0–34–0)
John Nicholls 1996 328 Games 307 Goals 3 premierships 1 premierships

Representative Honours:

  • 2× All-Australian (1966, 1969)
  • Australia (1968)
  • Victoria (31 games)

Club Honours:

  • Carlton captain (1963, 1968–1974)
  • 5× Carlton Best & Fairest (1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967);

Coaching Record:

  • Carlton 1972–1975 (63–31–3)
  • Glenelg 1977–1978 (30–20–0)
Bob Pratt
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1996 158 Games 681 Goals 1 premiership

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Dick Reynolds
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1996 320 Games 442 Goals 4 premierships 4 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Barrie Robran
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2001 201 Games 196 Goals 2 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

Kevin Sheedy
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2018 251 Games 91 Goals 3 premierships 4 premierships
  • VFL/AFL (4)

Representative Honours:

  • Australia coach (4 games)
  • 4x All-Australian coach (1984, 1985, 1993, 2000)
  • Victoria player (8 games)
  • Victoria coach (4 games)

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

  • Essendon 1981–2007 (386–242–7)
  • Greater Western Sydney 2012–2013 (3–41–0)
Bob Skilton 1996 237 Games 412 Goals

Representative Honours:

  • Victoria (25 games)

League Honours:

Club Honours:

  • South Melbourne captain (1961–1969, 1970–1971)
  • 9× South Melbourne Best & Fairest (1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968)
  • 3× South Melbourne leading goal-kicker 1959, 1962, 1963

Coaching Record:

  • South Melbourne 1965–1966 (16–19–0)
  • Melbourne 1974–1976 (28–60–0)
Norm Smith
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2007 227 Games 527 Goals 4 premierships 6 premierships
  • VFL (6)

Representative Honours:

  • Victoria (2 games)

League Honours:

  • VFL Leading goal-kicker (1941)

Club Honours:

  • Melbourne captain (1945–1947)
  • Melbourne Best & Fairest (1938)
  • 4× Melbourne Leading goal-kicker (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941)

Coaching Record:

  • Fitzroy 1949–1951 (30–23–2),
  • Melbourne 1952–1967 (198–107–5)
  • South Melbourne 1969–72 (26–61–0)
Ian Stewart 1997 205 Games 80 Goals 2 premierships

Representative honours:

  • All-Australian (1966)
  • Victoria (?)

League honours:

Club honours:

Coaching record:

Ted Whitten
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1996 321 Games 360 Goals 1 premiership

Representative Honours:

Club Honours:

Coaching Record:

  • Footscray 1957–1966, 1969– 1971 (91–137–0)

Player inductees[edit]

Player Club State Playing Career Year Inducted
Gary Ablett Sr. Hawthorn Victoria 1982 2005
Geelong 1984–1997
Jason Akermanis Brisbane Bears Queensland 1995–1996 2015
Brisbane Lions 1997–2006
Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 2007–2010
Glenn Archer North Melbourne Victoria 1992–2007 2012
Graham Arthur Hawthorn Victoria 1955–1968 1996
Allen Aylett North Melbourne Victoria 1952–1964 1996
Gary Ayres Hawthorn Victoria 1978–1993 1999
Paul Bagshaw Sturt South Australia 1964–1980 2016
Darrel Baldock St Kilda Victoria 1962–1968 Legend
Ron Barassi Melbourne Victoria 1953–1964 Legend
Carlton 1965–1969
Kevin Bartlett Richmond Victoria 1965–1983 Legend
Percy Beames Melbourne Victoria 1931–1944 1996
Peter Bedford Port Melbourne Victoria 1965–1967, 1978–1979 1999
South Melbourne 1968–1976
Carlton 1977–1978
Vic Belcher South Melbourne Victoria 1907–1915, 1917–1920 1996
Peter Bell South Fremantle Western Australia 1994 2015
Fremantle 1995, 2001–2008
North Melbourne Victoria 1996–2000
Percy Bentley Richmond Victoria 1925–1940 1996
Mark Bickley South Adelaide South Australia 1989–1990 2009
Adelaide 1991–2003
Malcolm Blight Woodville South Australia 1968–1973, 1983–1985 Legend
North Melbourne Victoria 1974–1982
Francis Bourke Richmond Victoria 1967–1981 1996
Craig Bradley Port Adelaide South Australia 1981–1985 2006
Carlton Victoria 1986–2002
Dermott Brereton Hawthorn Victoria 1982–1992 1999
Sydney New South Wales 1994
Collingwood Victoria 1995
Gavin Brown Collingwood Victoria 1987–2000 2008
Nathan Buckley Port Adelaide South Australia 1991–1992 2011
Brisbane Bears Queensland 1993
Collingwood Victoria 1994–2007
Haydn Bunton Sr Fitzroy Victoria 1931–1937, 1942 Legend
Subiaco Western Australia 1938–1941
Port Adelaide South Australia 1945
Peter Burns Ballarat Imperial Victoria 1885 1996
South Melbourne 1885–1891
Geelong 1892–1902
Barry Cable Perth Western Australia 1962–1969, 1971–1973 Legend
North Melbourne Victoria 1970, 1974–1977
East Perth Western Australia 1978–1979
Peter Carey Glenelg South Australia 1971–1988 2009
Wayne Carey North Melbourne Victoria 1989–2001 2010
Adelaide South Australia 2003–2004
Roy Cazaly St Kilda Victoria 1911–1920 Legend
South Melbourne 1921–24, 1926–27
Albert Chadwick Melbourne Victoria 1920–1928 1996
Hawthorn 1929
John Coleman Essendon Victoria 1949–1954 Legend
Gordon Coventry Collingwood Victoria 1920–1937
David Christy Ballarat Victoria 1885–1888 1996
Melbourne 1891–1896
Fremantle (1882) Western Australia 1896–1897
Imperials 1897
East Fremantle 1898–1912
Jack Clarke (1933) Essendon Victoria 1951–1967 1996
Jack Clarke (1931) East Fremantle Western Australia 1952–1962 1999
Ron Clegg South Melbourne Victoria 1945–1960 1996
Horrie Clover Carlton Victoria 1920–1931 1996
Albert Collier Collingwood Victoria 1925–1930, 1933–1939 1996
Fitzroy 1941–1942
Harry Collier Collingwood Victoria 1926–1940 1996
Graham Cornes Glenelg South Australia 1967–1982 2012
South Adelaide 1983–1984
North Melbourne Victoria 1979
George Coulthard Carlton Victoria 1876–1882 1996
Syd Coventry Collingwood Victoria 1922–1934 1996
Shane Crawford Hawthorn South Australia 1993–2008 2012
Vic Cumberland Melbourne Victoria 1898–1901 1996
St Kilda 1903–1904, 1907–1908, 1912–1915, 1920
Sturt South Australia 1909–1911
Peter Daicos Collingwood Victoria 1979–1993 1999
John Daly Norwood South Australia 1887–1898 1996
West Adelaide 1899–1904
Terry Daniher South Melbourne Victoria 1976–1977 1998
Essendon 1978–1992
Rick Davies Sturt South Australia 1970–1980, 1982–1984 2013
South Adelaide 1985–1986
Hawthorn Victoria 1981
Barry Davis Essendon Victoria 1961–1972 1997
North Melbourne 1973–1975
Bob Davis Geelong Victoria 1948–1958 1996
Gary Dempsey Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1967–1978 1996
North Melbourne 1979–1984
David Dench North Melbourne Victoria 1969–1984 2000
Robert DiPierdomenico Hawthorn Victoria 1975–1991 2007
Carl Ditterich St Kilda Victoria 1963–1972, 1976–1978 2004
Melbourne 1973–1975, 1979–1980
Brian Dixon Melbourne Victoria 1954–1968 2010
George Doig East Fremantle Western Australia 1933–1941, 1945 2002
Bruce Doull Carlton Victoria 1969–1986 1996
Jason Dunstall Coorparoo Queensland 1984 2002
Hawthorn Victoria 1985–1998
Jack Dyer Richmond Victoria 1931–1949 Legend
Russell Ebert Port Adelaide South Australia 1968–1978, 1980–1985 1996
North Melbourne Victoria 1979
Wels Eicke St Kilda Victoria 1909–1924, 1926 1996
North Melbourne 1925–1926
Graham Farmer East Perth Western Australia 1953–1961 Legend
Geelong Victoria 1962–1967
West Perth Western Australia 1968–1971
Ken Farmer North Adelaide South Australia 1929–1941 1998
Len Fitzgerald Collingwood Victoria 1945–1950 1996
Sturt South Australia 1951–1955, 1959–1962
Tom Fitzmaurice Essendon Victoria 1918–1924 1996
Geelong 1925–1928
North Melbourne 1932–1935
Fred Flanagan Geelong Victoria 1946–1955 1998
Robert Flower Melbourne Victoria 1973–1987 1996
Les Foote North Melbourne Victoria 1941–1951 1996
St Kilda 1954–1955
Des Fothergill Collingwood Victoria 1937–1947 2000
Ken Fraser Essendon Victoria 1958–1968 2001
Ross Glendinning East Perth Western Australia 1974–1977 2000
West Coast 1987–1988
North Melbourne Victoria 1977–1986
Bill Goggin Geelong Victoria 1958–1971 2000
Simon Goodwin Adelaide South Australia 1997–2010 2017
Horrie Gorringe Cananore Tasmania 1914–1930 2011
Chris Grant Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1990–2007 2012
Edward Greeves Jr. Geelong Victoria 1923–1933 1996
Keith Greig North Melbourne Victoria 1971–1985 1996
John Halbert Sturt South Australia 1955–1968 2017
Barry Hall St Kilda Victoria 1996–2001 2017
Western Bulldogs (Footscray) 2002–2009
Sydney New South Wales 2010–2011
Ken Hands Carlton Victoria 1945–1957 2009
Bob Hank West Torrens Victoria 1945–1958 1999
Ben Hart North Adelaide South Australia 1990–1991 2016
Adelaide 1992–2006
Royce Hart Richmond Victoria 1967–1977 Legend
Glenelg South Australia 1969
Robert Harvey St Kilda Victoria 1988–2008 2012
Doug Hawkins Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1978–1994 2004
Fitzroy 1995
Lindsay Head West Torrens South Australia 1952–1970 1996
Stan Heal West Perth Western Australia 1939–1953 2010
Melbourne Victoria 1941
Gerard Healy Melbourne Victoria 1979–1985 2000
Sydney New South Wales 1986–1990
Ern Henfry Perth Western Australia 1937–1941, 1945, 1953–1954 2014
Carlton Victoria 1944, 1947–1952
Reg Hickey Geelong Victoria 1926–1940 1996
James Hird Essendon Victoria 1992–2007 2011
Garry Hocking Geelong Victoria 1987–2001 2008
Allan Hopkins Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1925–1934 1996
Verdun Howell City South Tasmania 1953–1957 2016
St Kilda Victoria 1958–1968
Peter Hudson Hawthorn Victoria 1967–1974 Legend
Bill Hutchison Essendon Victoria 1942–1957
Glen Jakovich South Fremantle Western Australia 1989–1991 2008
West Coast 1991–2004
Darren Jarman North Adelaide South Australia 1985–1990 2007
Adelaide 1996–2001
Hawthorn Victoria 1991–1995
Alex Jesaulenko Carlton Victoria 1967–1979 Legend
St Kilda 1980–1981
Bob Johnson Melbourne Victoria 1954–1961 2012
Oakleigh 1970–1973
East Fremantle Western Australia 1962–1966
Subiaco 1967
Brad Johnson Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1994–2010 2014
Frank Johnson South Melbourne Victoria 1960–1964 2007
Port Melbourne 1950–1957
Wayne Johnston Carlton Victoria 1979–1990 2018
Paul Kelly Sydney New South Wales 1990–2002 2007
Dean Kemp West Coast Western Australia 1990–2001 2007
Subiaco 1989–1991
Neil Kerley West Adelaide South Australia 1952, 1955–1963 1997
South Adelaide 1964–1966
Glenelg 1967–1969
Stephen Kernahan Glenelg South Australia 1981–1985 2001
Carlton Victoria 1986–1997
Peter Knights Hawthorn Victoria 1969–1985 1996
Anthony Koutoufides Carlton Victoria 1992–2007 2014
Phonse Kyne Collingwood Victoria 1934–1944, 1946–1950 1996
Allan La Fontaine Melbourne Victoria 1934–1942, 1945 1996
Chris Langford Hawthorn Victoria 1983–1997 2009
Nigel Lappin Brisbane Bears Queensland 1994–1996 2016
Brisbane Lions 1997–2008
Dick Lee Collingwood Victoria 1906–1922 1996
Johnny Lewis North Melbourne Victoria 1925–1935 1996
Melbourne 1936–1938
Matthew Lloyd Essendon Victoria 1995–2009 2013
Tony Lockett St Kilda Victoria 1983–1994 Legend
Sydney New South Wales 1995–1999, 2002
Michael Long West Torrens South Australia 1987–1988 2007
Essendon Victoria 1989–2001
Tom MacKenzie West Torrens South Australia 1900–1904, 1909–1914 1996
North Adelaide 1905–1908
Simon Madden Essendon Victoria 1974–1992 1996
Hassa Mann Melbourne Victoria 1959–1968 2013
South Fremantle Western Australia 1969–1971
Steve Marsh South Fremantle Western Australia 1945–1956 2006
East Fremantle 1957–1958, 1960
Denis Marshall Claremont Western Australia 1958–1963, 1969–1972 2004
Geelong Victoria 1964–1968
Peter Matera West Coast Western Australia 1990–2002 2006
Herbie Matthews South Melbourne Victoria 1932–1945 2003
Leigh Matthews Hawthorn Victoria 1969–1985 Legend
Rod McGregor Carlton Victoria 1905–1912, 1914–1920 1996
Jock McHale Collingwood Victoria 1903–1920 Legend
Merv McIntosh Perth Western Australia 1939–1941, 1946–1955 1996
Andrew McLeod Port Adelaide South Australia 1994 2014
Adelaide 1995–2010
Guy McKenna Claremont Western Australia 1985–1987 2009
West Coast 1988–2000
Peter McKenna Collingwood Victoria 1965–1975 1999
Carlton 1977
Dave McNamara St Kilda Victoria 1905–1923 1996
Stephen Michael South Fremantle Western Australia 1975–1985 1999
Dan Minogue Collingwood Victoria 1911–1916 1996
Richmond 1920–1925
Hawthorn 1926
Bill Mohr St Kilda Victoria 1929–1941 1996
George Moloney Geelong Victoria 1931–1935 1996
Claremont Western Australia 1927–1930, 1936–1945
Kelvin Moore Hawthorn Victoria 1970–1984 2005
Peter Moore Collingwood Victoria 1974–1982 2005
Melbourne 1983–1987
Dan Moriarty South Adelaide South Australia 1919–1925 1996
Jack Moriarty Essendon Victoria 1922 2004
Fitzroy 1924–1933
Bill Morris Richmond Victoria 1942–1951 2009
Graham Moss Essendon Victoria 1973–1976 1996
Claremont Western Australia 1969–1972, 1977–1985
Geof Motley Port Adelaide South Australia 1953–1956 2002
Jack Mueller Melbourne Victoria 1934–1950 1996
John Murphy Fitzroy Victoria 1967–1977 2006
South Melbourne 1978–1979
North Melbourne 1979–1980
Kevin Murray Fitzroy Victoria 1955–1964, 1967–1974 Legend
East Perth Western Australia 1965–1966
Ian Nankervis Geelong Victoria 1967–1983 2005
Laurie Nash South Melbourne Victoria 1933–1937, 1945 1996
Bernie Naylor South Fremantle Western Australia 1941–1954 2018
David Neitz Melbourne Victoria 1993–2008 2018
John Newman Geelong Victoria 1964–1980 2002
John Nicholls Carlton Victoria 1957–1974 Legend
Michael O'Loughlin Sydney New South Wales 1995–2009 2015
Arthur Olliver Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1935–1950 2003
Charlie Pannam Collingwood Victoria 1894–1907 1996
Richmond 1908
Brian Peake East Fremantle Western Australia 1972–1981, 1985–1990 2013
Perth 1990
Geelong Victoria 1981–1984
John Platten Central District South Australia 1981–1985, 1998 2003
Hawthorn Victoria 1986–1998
Bob Pratt South Melbourne Victoria 1930–1939, 1946 Legend
Bernie Quinlan Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1969–1977 1996
Fitzroy 1978–1986
Bob Quinn Port Adelaide South Australia 1933–1940, 1945–1947 1996
John Rantall South Melbourne Victoria 1963–1972, 1976–1979 1996
North Melbourne 1973–1975
Fitzroy 1980
Jack 'Dinny' Reedman South Adelaide South Australia 1889–1898 1996
Hotham (SAFA) 1887–1888
North Adelaide 1899–1907, 1909
Jack Regan Collingwood Victoria 1930–1941, 1943, 1946 1996
Dick Reynolds Essendon Victoria 1933–1951 Legend
Mark Ricciuto West Adelaide South Australia 1992–1993 2011
Adelaide 1993–2007
Lou Richards Collingwood Victoria 1941–1955 1996
Matthew Richardson Richmond Victoria 1993–2009 2014
Wayne Richardson Collingwood Victoria 1966–1978 2003
Maurice Rioli South Fremantle Western Australia 1975–1981, 1988–1990 2016
Richmond Victoria 1982–1987
Neil Roberts St Kilda Victoria 1952–1962 2015
Austin Robertson Jr. Subiaco Western Australia 1962–1965, 1967–1974 2015
South Melbourne Victoria 1966
Barrie Robran North Adelaide South Australia 1967–1980 Legend
Paul Roos Fitzroy Victoria 1982–1994 2005
Sydney New South Wales 1995–1998
Bob Rose Collingwood Victoria 1946–1955 1996
Barry Round Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1968–1975 2001
Sydney New South Wales 1976–1985
Allan Ruthven Fitzroy Victoria 1940–1954 1998
Paul Salmon Essendon Victoria 1983–1995, 2000 2016
Hawthorn 1996–2000
Matthew Scarlett Geelong Victoria 1998–2012 2018
Wayne Schimmelbusch North Melbourne Victoria 1973–1987 1997
John Schultz Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1958–1968 1996
Don Scott Hawthorn Victoria 1967–1981 2001
Walter Scott Norwood South Australia 1920–1932 1996
Tony Shaw Collingwood Victoria 1978–1994 2010
Jack Sheedy East Fremantle Western Australia 1942–1944, 1946–1955 2001
East Perth 1956–1962
South Melbourne Victoria 1944
Kevin Sheedy Richmond Victoria 1967–1979 Legend
Stephen Silvagni Carlton Victoria 1985–2001 2005
Bob Skilton South Melbourne Victoria 1956–1968, 1970–1971 Legend
Wilfred Smallhorn Fitzroy Victoria 1930–1940 2006
Bernie Smith West Adelaide South Australia 1945–1947 1996
Geelong Victoria 1948–1958
Norm Smith Melbourne Victoria 1935–1948 Legend
Fitzroy 1949–1950
Ross Smith St Kilda Victoria 1961–1972, 1975 2010
Subiaco Western Australia 1973–1974
Ray Sorrell East Fremantle Western Australia 1956–1963, 1967–1968 2016
South Fremantle 1964–1965
Geoff Southby Carlton Victoria 1971–1984 2000
Stuart Spencer Melbourne Victoria 1950–1956 2005
Clarence Tasmania 1957–1967
Anthony Stevens North Melbourne Victoria 1989–2004 2017
Ian Stewart St Kilda Victoria 1963–1970 Legend
Richmond 1971–1975
Jim Stynes Melbourne Victoria 1987–1998 2003
Charlie Sutton Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1942–1956 1996
Mark Tandy South Melbourne Victoria 1911–1926 1996
Noel Teasdale North Melbourne Victoria 1956–1967 2008
Len Thompson Collingwood Victoria 1965–1978 1998
South Melbourne 1979
Fitzroy 1980
Vic Thorp Richmond Victoria 1910–1925 1996
Albert Thurgood Essendon Victoria 1892–1902, 1906 1996
Jack Titus Richmond Victoria 1926–1943 1996
George Todd Geelong Victoria 1922–1934 1996
Ron Todd Collingwood Victoria 1935–1939 2017
Williamstown 1940–1941, 1945–1949
Warren Tredrea Port Adelaide South Australia 1996–2010 2014
William Truscott East Fremantle Western Australia 1913–1924 1996
Michael Tuck Hawthorn Victoria 1972–1991 1996
Des Tuddenham Collingwood Victoria 1962–1971, 1976–1977 2008
Essendon 1972–1975 2008
Harry Vallence Carlton Victoria 1926–1938 1996
Michael Voss Brisbane Bears Queensland 1992–1996 2011
Brisbane Lions 1997–2006
Doug Wade Geelong Victoria 1961–1972 1996
North Melbourne 1973–1975
Bill Walker Swan Districts Western Australia 1961–1976 1996
Terry Wallace Hawthorn Victoria 1978–1986 2018
Richmond 1987
Footscray 1988–1991
Robert Walls Carlton Victoria 1967–1978 2006
Fitzroy 1978–1980
Gavin Wanganeen Port Adelaide South Australia 1990, 1997–2006 2010
Essendon Victoria 1991–1996
Norman Ware Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1932–1946 2001
Ivor Warne-Smith Melbourne Victoria 1919, 1925–1932 1996
Colin Watson St Kilda Victoria 1920, 1922–1925, 1933–1935 1996
Tim Watson Essendon Victoria 1977–1991, 1993–1994 2000
Murray Weideman West Adelaide South Australia 1968–1969 2007
Collingwood Victoria 1953–1963
Dale Weightman Richmond Victoria 1978–1993 2001
Scott West Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1993–2008 2013
Mel Whinnen West Perth Western Australia 1960–1977 2018
Ted Whitten Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1951–1970 Legend
Greg Williams Geelong Victoria 1984–1985 2001
Carlton 1986–1991
Sydney New South Wales 1992–1997
Garry Wilson Fitzroy Victoria 1971–1984 1999
Jack Worrall Fitzroy Victoria 1884–1893 1996
Roy Wright Richmond Victoria 1946–1959 1996
Henry Young Geelong Victoria 1893–1910 1996

Coach inductees[edit]

People inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame on their coaching records (alphabetical order).

Coach Clubs coached Record (W-L-D) Premierships Coached
Haydn Bunton Jr Norwood 101 (52–48–1) 5
Launceston 16 (6–10–0)
Swan Districts 92 (55–35–2) 1961, 1962, 1963
Subiaco 314 (168–145–1) 1986, 1988
South Adelaide 179 (84–93–2)
Sturt 42 (9–33–0)
John Cahill Port Adelaide 465 (330–129–6) 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995 10
Collingwood 47 (27–20–0)
West Adelaide 69 (34–35–0)
South Adelaide 20 (5–14–1)
Tom Hafey Richmond 248 (173–73–2) 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974 4
Collingwood 138 (89–47–2)
Geelong 66 (31–35–0)
Sydney 70 (43–27–0)
Frank Hughes Richmond 120 (87–31–2) 1932 5
Melbourne 254 (157–95–2) 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948
Allan Jeans St Kilda 332 (193–138–1) 1966 4
Hawthorn 221 (159–61–1) 1983, 1986, 1989
Richmond 22 (5–17–0)
John Kennedy Sr Hawthorn 299 (181–116–2) 1961, 1971, 1976 3
North Melbourne 113 (55–55–3)
Johnny Leonard South Melbourne 19 (13–6–0) 5
West Perth 66 (43–22–1) 1934, 1935
Claremont 109 (65–43–1) 1938, 1939, 1940
Phillip Matson Subiaco 1913–1914 1913 8
East Perth 1918–1924, 1926–1928 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927
Jack Oatey Norwood 229 (147–81–1) 1945, 1948, 1950 10
West Adelaide 78 (52–26–0)
Sturt 470 (314–152–4) 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1976
David Parkin Hawthorn 94 (57–37–0) 1978 4
Carlton 355 (219–134–2) 1981, 1982, 1995
Fitzroy 69 (30–39–0)
Jack Sheedy East Fremantle 39 (23–16–0) 2
East Perth 223 (149–72–3) 1956, 1959
Kevin Sheedy Essendon 634 (386–242–6) 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000 4
GWS Giants 44 (3–41–0)
John Todd Swan Districts 417 (217–200–0) 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990 6
East Fremantle 87 (45–41–1) 1974
South Fremantle 172 (83–88–1) 1997
West Coast 45 (20–25–0)
Fos Williams Port Adelaide 447 (333–112–2) 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965 9
West Adelaide 109 (42–67–0)
South Adelaide 18 (3–15–0)

Umpires[edit]

Media[edit]

Administrators[edit]

Pioneers[edit]

Induction ceremony[edit]

Every year there is a special Hall of Fame dinner to announce and welcome the new inductees to the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame inductions started in Melbourne in 1996 to celebrate the VFL-AFL centenary season. Ceremonies have only been held outside of Victoria twice, once at Canberra in 2013 and once at Adelaide in 2017.[5]

Induction locations[edit]

Criticism[edit]

The Hall of Fame has been criticised by football writers and historians for being heavily biased towards figures from Victoria.[6] The initial selection committee was made up of 11 Victorians, one South Australian and one Western Australian, with the current selection committee being made up of six Victorians, two Western Australians and one South Australian. Of the 136 inaugural inductees into the Hall of Fame, 116 played substantial parts of their careers in Victoria, with eleven of the thirteen "Legends" from Victoria.[7]

Criticism has also been slated at the under-representation of pioneers and other early stars of the game. Adam Cardosi wrote in 2014:[8]

If we take the HOF at face value, footy legends only started to appear in number from the 1930s, and reached a high point in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Thus, according to the HOF’s reckoning, the first sixty five years of the game is worth one legend, while the next sixty five years is worth 24 legends.

In 2018 the same criticism was levelled by ABC sport reporter James Coventry who criticised that over 60% of Legends inducted were either playing or coaching in 1969.[9]

I would never suggest Kevin Sheedy is not a worthy Legend, he absolutely is, but you have to think something’s gone seriously wrong with past selection for the #HallofFame to now be in a position where 17 of its 28 Legends were active in 1969.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X. 

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