Chris Langford

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Chris Langford
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-01-02) 2 January 1963 (age 56)
Original team(s) Melbourne Grammar
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1983–1997 Hawthorn 303 (33)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1997.
Career highlights



Sources: AFL Tables,

Chris Langford (born 2 January 1963) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who has been an AFL Commissioner since 1999.


Langford is best known for his 303-game career for the Hawthorn Football Club between 1983 and 1997.

Langford played his early games for Hawthorn on the wing or as the second ruckman. He had a good leap which compensated for his lack of height. It was after the retirement of Peter Knights and David O'Halloran he switched to full back . It was that position in which he won his first All-Australian selection in 1987.

A defender, Langford won four premierships with Hawthorn, in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991. He captained the club in the 1994 season and earned a second All-Australian selection.

He holds a place on the interchange bench in Hawthorn's official 'Team of the Century'.

Late in his career, Langford moved to Sydney where he worked as an accountant, commuting to Melbourne to training and play with his club. In 2012, he moved back to Melbourne.

Merger game[edit]

Langford's antics at the end of the merger game against Melbourne in 1996 inspired many Hawthorn members to vote against the merger proposal. Langford (Hawthorn's full back) took off his Hawthorn jumper and proudly held it above his head while leaving the field. Langford was only one of the then playing list to display his disapproval of the plan.


After his career, he moved into game administration and was appointed to the AFL Commission in 1999.


Chris' son Will was recruited to Hawthorn in the 2011 Rookie draft, and was upgraded to the Hawthorn senior list in June 2013. Will played in the 2014 premiership with the Hawks, with the Langfords becoming the second father/son premiership players at the club after Peter and Paul Hudson in 1971 and 1991 respectively. His son Lachlan was selected in the 2014 rookie draft.

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