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 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

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:

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

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)
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
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
Collingwood 138 (89–47–2)
Geelong 66 (31–35–0)
Sydney 70 (43–27–0)
Frank Hughes Richmond 120 (87–31–2) 1932
Melbourne 254 (157–95–2) 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948
Allan Jeans St Kilda 332 (193–138–1) 1966
Hawthorn 221 (159–61–1) 1983, 1986, 1989
Richmond 22 (5–17–0)
John Kennedy Sr Hawthorn 299 (181–116–2) 1961, 1971, 1976
North Melbourne 113 (55–55–3)
Johnny Leonard South Melbourne 19 (13–6–0)
West Perth 66 (43–22–1) 1934, 1935
Claremont 109 (65–43–1) 1938, 1939, 1940
Phillip Matson Subiaco 1913–1914 1913
East Perth 1918–1924, 1926–1928 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927
Jack Oatey Norwood 229 (147–81–1) 1945, 1948, 1950
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
Carlton 355 (219–134–2) 1981, 1982, 1995
Fitzroy 69 (30–39–0)
Jack Sheedy East Fremantle 39 (23–16–0)
East Perth 223 (149–72–3) 1956, 1959
Kevin Sheedy Essendon 634 (386–242–6) 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000
GWS Giants 44 (3–41–0)
John Todd Swan Districts 417 (217–200–0) 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990
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
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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]