Max Basheer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Max Basheer AM (born 1927) is a former administrator with the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). He was involved in a number of keys decisions affecting the SANFL in the 1970s – 1990's, ultimately leading to the inclusion of two South Australian sides in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Born in 1927 to Lebanese immigrants,[1] in the early 1950s Basheer was a state amateur rover who was denied a SANFL League football career when North Adelaide refused to clear him to Sturt.

Basheer’s administrative football career began in 1954 when he served as an honorary solicitor to the South Australian Amateur Football League and as a Commissioner to the League’s Tribunal.

In what was probably his most celebrated contribution to the sport, Basheer served as vice president and president of the South Australian National Football League from 1967–2003. This was a period in which, over and above the usual administrative tasks, he oversaw:

The Max Basheer Reserve, which adjoins AAMI Stadium, was named in honour of Basheer’s contribution to the game.

Football highlights[edit]


  • South Australian Amateur League Commissioner 1954–1960
  • SANFL Commissioner 1962–1966
  • SANFL Senior Vice President 1967–1978
  • SANFL Management Committee (Chairman 1978/79) 1969–1979
  • SANFL Commissioner for Country and Junior Football (Chairman 1978 )1971–1978
  • Football Park Finance and Development Committee (Chairman 1978) 1975–1989
  • SANFL President (25 years longest serving President) 1978–2003
  • Foundation SA – Trustee 1988 1992
  • SA Football Commission – Chairman 1990–2003
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame Committee 1996–2002
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Committee 2001 – present


  • Awarded SANFL Life Membership 1972
  • Member of the Order of Australia for services to the game of Australian Football 1988
  • Awarded AFL Life membership 1996
  • Inducted to the SANFL Hall of Fame In 2003
  • Inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame – the first South Australian football administrator so honoured


Max Basheer is also a successful lawyer. A graduate of the University of Adelaide Law School, Basheer was admitted to the Bar in 1951. For almost four decades, from 1954–1992, Basheer was a partner (1954–66) then senior partner (1966–92) with the law firm Povey Waterhouse & Basheer. In 1992, Basheer became a partner with Reilly Basheer Downs & Humphries and is currently working as a consultant with Duncan Basheer Hannon.

As well as his professional legal career, Basheer is the Director of Basheers Strathmore Hotel P/L; Chairman of Directors of the Woodville Hotel P/L; and Chairman of Directors of Samarkand P/L.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Multicultural Life, December 2005 (pdf format)