Geof Motley

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Geof Motley
Personal information
Date of birth (1935-01-03) 3 January 1935 (age 80)
Height/Weight 180 cm / 85 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1953-1966 Port Adelaide 258 (156)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
South Australia 28
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
Port Adelaide
North Adelaide
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1966 season.
Career highlights
  • 9x Port Adelaide premiership player (1954-1959, 1962-1963, 1965)
  • 4x Port Adelaide best and fairest (1958, 1959, 1963, 1965)
  • Port Adelaide captain (1959-1966)
  • Played 28 matches for South Australia
  • Magarey Medallist 1964
  • Life Member - Port Adelaide Football Club
  • Life Member - SANFL
  • Port Adelaide Team of the Century (named in 2001)
  • Inducted into the SANFL Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2008

Geof Motley OAM is a former Australian rules footballer and coach who played for South Australian National Football League (SANFL) side Port Adelaide. Motley was born near Alberton Oval, the home ground of the Port Adelaide Football Club, and grew up supporting Port Adelaide. [1]

For eight seasons (1959–1966) Motley captained the then dominating team of the League, including a stint as captain-coach from 1959 to 1961. He was the only man to appear in all nine of the Magpies premiership teams between 1954 and 1965. Motley played a total of 258 games for Port between 1953 and 1966 and also represented South Australia on 28 occasions. [2]

During his career, Motley was never dropped from the league team and was never reported. During his time in league football, not being reported for foul play was a rare thing for a player as at the time having a certain amount of mongrel or thuggery was seen a common thing.[1]

Motley was named Port Adelaide's best and fairest player in 1958, 1959, 1963, and 1965; and won the Magarey Medal in 1964. [3]

Motley was captain-coach of the Magpies 1959 premiership winning side. He later went on to coach North Adelaide in 1967-1969, taking the club to 3rd, 3rd, and 5th.

His son, Peter Motley played for rival SANFL club Sturt and Victorian Football League (VFL) club Carlton, while Motley's second cousin is former Port Adelaide captain Warren Tredrea.

Since retiring, Motley has been bestowed with several honours including life membership of Port Adelaide and the SANFL, and membership of the South Australian Football Hall of Fame and the AFL Hall of Fame. In 2001 Motley was named on a half-back flank in Port Adelaide's 'Greatest Team of All Time'.[1]

Note: "Geof" is the correct spelling of his name.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Phelan, J, "Mots Joins The Greats", 8 May 2008, accessed 7 June 2008
  2. ^ a b "Full Points Footy Biography"
  3. ^ "Profile: Geof Motley", 8 May 2008, accessed 7 June 2008

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