Ken Judge

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Ken Judge
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-01-15) 15 January 1958 (age 57)
Debut Round 1, 1983, Hawthorn
v. Fitzroy, at Junction Oval
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1975-1982, 1987
East Fremantle (WAFL)
Brisbane Bears
120 (273)
072 (158)
017 0(18)[1]
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
West Coast Eagles
89 (37-50-2)
44 (12-31-1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1988 season.
Career highlights

Ken Judge (born 15 January 1958) is a former Australian rules footballer and coach.

Playing career[edit]

He was recruited from East Fremantle Football Club to Hawthorn and made an immediate impact in his VFL debut in 1983, being part of a premiership side in his first season and winning the Hawks' Best First Year Player award. Judge also played in the Grand Final sides of 1984 and 1985 but after struggling for selection with the Hawks in 1986, he moved to the Brisbane Bears, where he played without making much impact in 1987 and 1988.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Judge was the coach for Hawthorn from 1996–1999,[1] finishing 8th and therefore reaching the finals in his first year. However, in the following years Hawthorn struggled and finished 15th and 13th before just missing out of the finals in 1999, finishing 9th. Judge then resigned as Hawthorn coach to return to Western Australia as coach of the West Coast Eagles for the 2000 and 2001 AFL seasons.[1] He was unsuccessful during his time there, with West Coast finished 13th and 14th before he was sacked and replaced by John Worsfold.


  1. ^ a b c d Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 377. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
Preceded by
Peter Knights
Hawthorn Football Club coach
Succeeded by
Peter Schwab
Preceded by
Mick Malthouse
West Coast Eagles coach
Succeeded by
John Worsfold