Australian Football 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 2022, this figure has grown to more than 300, including 32 "Legends".[1]

Australian Football Hall of Fame
Australian Football Hall of Fame logo.svg
Established1996
TypeProfessional sports hall of fame
PresidentRichard Goyder (chairman)
Websitewww.afl.com.au/news/event-news/hall-of-fame

While those involved in the game from its inception in 1858 are theoretically eligible, as of 2022, very few outside the elite leagues (the Victorian/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL), the West Australian Football League (WAFL), the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), the Challenge Cup of 1870–1876, the South Australian Interclub competition of 1870–1876, and the Victorian Football Association (VFA) of 1877–1896) have been inducted.

SelectionEdit

Selection criteriaEdit

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 five years before they become eligible for induction (extended from three years in 2015),[2] while coaches, umpires, administrators and media representatives are eligible immediately upon retirement.

The committee considers candidates from all 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, with key changes including:[3]

  • The maximum number of inductees in any single year reduced from eight to six, to increase the emphasis and honour for those inducted. This change was reversed in 2018.[4]
  • 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. This requirement was removed completely in 2018.[4]
  • 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. In 2018, the requirement for people in the media or administration categories to have retired was removed.[4]
  • 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 committeeEdit

The selection committee, as of 2021, comprises the chairman of the AFL Commission Richard Goyder, Paul Marsh (CEO of AFL Players Association), broadcasters (Michelangelo Rucci, Karen Lyon, Bruce McAvaney and Tania Armstrong), and former players (Ross Glendinning, Graham Cornes, Michael O'Loughlin and David Parkin) as well as Mark Genge (statistics/history consultant) and Patrick Keane (secretary).

Previous selectors have included Mike Fitzpatrick, Kevin Bartlett, Brendon Gale, historian Col Hutchinson, and broadcasters Harry Gordon, Geoff Christian, Caroline Wilson, Tim Lane, Mike Sheahan, Patrick Smith, Dennis Cometti and Jim Main.

Australian Football Hall of Fame selectors
Induction Selectors
1996[5] South Australia: Max Basheer.

Victoria: Kevin Bartlett, John Kennedy, Lou Richards, Percy Beames, Peter Allen, Mark Patterson, Mike Sheehan, Harry Gordon, Caroline Wilson, Joan Kirner, Tom Reynolds.

Western Australia: Geoff Christian.

2009[6] Mike Fitzpatrick, Brian Atkinson, Kevin Bartlett, Brendon Gale, Tim Lane, Jim Main, David Parkin, Tom Reynolds, Mike Sheahan, Patrick Smith, Leigh Whicker, Caroline Wilson.
2013[7] Mike Fitzpatrick, Dennis Cometti, Bruce McAvaney, Michelangelo Rucci, Stephen Phillips, David Parkin, Matt Finnis.
2014[8] South Australia: Bruce McAvaney, Michelangelo Rucci.

Victoria: Mike Fitzpatrick, Matt Finnis, Jim Main (1), David Parkin, Stephen Phillips, Col Hutchinson, Patrick Clifton.

Western Australia: Dennis Cometti.

2021[9] South Australia: Graham Cornes, Bruce McAvaney, Michael O'Loughlin, Patrick Keane, Mark Genge.

Victoria: Karen Lyon, David Parkin, Paul Marsh.

Western Australia: Richard Goyder, Tania Armstrong, Ross Glendinning.

LegendsEdit

The Legends category is reserved for those who are deemed to have had a significant impact on the game of Australian rules football. Most "Legends" enshrined to date represent former players who played the majority or the whole of their career in the VFL/AFL, with three players in Barrie Robran, Jack Oatey (SANFL) and Merv McIntosh (WAFL) being selected for careers in their local state leagues. 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:[10]

  • 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 percent 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
1996, Legends
Inductee Year elevated Games Goals Premierships Highlights
Player Coach
Darrel Baldock
 
Darrel Baldock representing Tasmanian underage side in Brisbane
2006 123 games 237 goals 5 premierships 4 premierships

Representative honours:

League honours:

Club honours:

Coaching record:

Ron Barassi 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. 1996 208 Games 427 Goals Representative Honours:
  • Victoria (12 games)
  • Western Australia (6 games)

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 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 1996 98 Games 537 Goals 2 premierships 2 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club honours:

Coaching Record:

Gordon Coventry 1998 306 Games 1,299 Goals 5 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club honours:

Jack Dyer 1996 312 Games 433 Goals 2 premierships 1 premierships

Representative Honours:

Club honours:

Coaching Record:

Russell Ebert 2022 417 Games 309 Goals 3 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club honours:

Coaching Record:

Graham Farmer 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 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:

John Kennedy Sr. 2020 164 Games 29 Goals 3 premierships

Representative Honours:

  • Victoria player (4 games)
  • Victoria coach (1 game)

Club honours:

  • Hawthorn captain (1955–59)
  • Victoria captain (1957)
  • Hawthorn Best & Fairest (1950, 1951, 1952, 1954)

Coaching Record:

  • Hawthorn 1957, 1960–1963, 1967–1976 (181–116–2)
  • North Melbourne 1985–1989 (55–44–3)
Tony Lockett 2015 281 Games 1,360 Goals

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club honours:

Leigh Matthews 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 2005 261 Games 18 Goals 2 premierships 8 premierships
  • VFL (8)

Club honours:

Coaching Record:

Merv McIntosh 2021 217 Games 79 Goals 1 premiership

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club honours:

  • 7× Perth Best & Fairest (1946–1950, 1952, 1954)
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)
Jack Oatey 2021 186 Games 237 Goals 4 premierships 10 premierships
  • SANFL (10)
    • Norwood
      1. 1945
      2. 1948
      3. 1950
    • Sturt
      1. 1966
      2. 1967
      3. 1968
      4. 1969
      5. 1970
      6. 1974
      7. 1976

Representative Honours:

Club honours:

  • Norwood captain (1945–52)
  • Norwood Best & Fairest (1940, 1941, 1942, 1945)

Coaching Record:

  • Norwood 1945–56 (147–81–1)
  • West Adelaide 1957–60 (52–26–0)
  • Sturt 1962-82 (314–152–4)
  • Only person to coach over 500 wins in all senior Australian rules football (521 wins)
Bob Pratt 1996 158 Games 681 Goals 1 premiership

League Honours:

Club honours:

Dick Reynolds 1996 320 Games 442 Goals 4 premierships 4 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club honours:

Coaching Record:

Barrie Robran 2001 201 Games 196 Goals 2 premierships

Representative Honours:

League Honours:

Club honours:

Coaching Record:

Kevin Sheedy 2018 251 Games 91 Goals 3 premierships 4 premierships
  • VFL/AFL (4)

Representative Honours:

  • Australia coach (4 games)
  • All-Australian coach (1984, 1985, 1993, 2000)
  • Victoria player (8 games)
  • Victoria coach (4 games)

Club honours:

Coaching Record:

  • Essendon 1981–2007 (386–242–7)
  • Greater Western Sydney 2012–2013 (3–41–0)
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 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 218 Games 80 Goals 2 premierships

Representative honours:

  • All-Australian (1966)
  • Victoria (?)

League honours:

Club honours:

Coaching record:

Ted Whitten 1996 321 Games 360 Goals 1 premiership

Representative Honours:

Club honours:

Coaching Record:

  • Footscray 1957–1966, 1969– 1971 (91–137–0)

Player inducteesEdit

Player Club State Playing Career Games Played (Goals) Year Inducted
Gary Ablett Sr. Hawthorn Victoria 1982 6 (10) 2005
Geelong 1984–1997 242 (1021)
John Abley Port Adelaide South Australia 1950–1961 212 (1) 2020
Jason Akermanis Brisbane Bears Queensland 1995–1996 38 (44) 2015
Brisbane Lions 1997–2006 210 (263)
Western Bulldogs Victoria 2007–2010 77 (114)
Glenn Archer North Melbourne Victoria 1992–2007 311 (148) 2012
Graham Arthur Hawthorn Victoria 1955–1968 232 (201) 1996
Allen Aylett North Melbourne Victoria 1952–1964 220 (311) 1996
Gary Ayres Hawthorn Victoria 1978–1993 269 (70) 1999
Paul Bagshaw Sturt South Australia 1964–1980 360 (258) 2016
Darrel Baldock St Kilda Victoria 1962–1968 119 (237) 1996, Legend
East Devonport Tasmania 1955–1958 71
La Trobe 1959–1961, 1969–1973 158
New Norfolk 1974 4
Ron Barassi Melbourne Victoria 1953–1964 204 (295) 1996, Legend
Carlton 1965–1969 50 (35)
Trevor Barker St Kilda Victoria 1975–1989 230 (134) 2019
Kevin Bartlett Richmond Victoria 1965–1983 403 (778) 1996, Legend
Percy Beames Melbourne Victoria 1931–1944 213 (323) 1996
Peter Bedford Port Melbourne Victoria 1965–1967, 1978–1979 69 1999
South Melbourne 1968–1976 178 (325)
Carlton 1977–1978 8 (4)
Vic Belcher South Melbourne Victoria 1907–1915, 1917–1920 226 (62) 1996
Peter Bell South Fremantle Western Australia 1994–1995, 2009 49 (58) 2015
Fremantle 1995, 2001–2008 163 (130)
North Melbourne Victoria 1996–2000 123 (120)
Percy Bentley Richmond Victoria 1925–1940 263 (275) 1996
Mark Bickley South Adelaide South Australia 1989–1990 53 (43) 2009
Adelaide 1991–2003 272 (77)
Simon Black East Fremantle Western Australia 1997 2 (0) 2020
Brisbane Lions Queensland 1998–2013 322 (171)
Malcolm Blight Woodville South Australia 1968–1973, 1983–1985 152 (342) 1996, Legend
North Melbourne Victoria 1974–1982 178 (444)
Francis Bourke Richmond Victoria 1967–1981 300 (71) 1996
Craig Bradley Port Adelaide South Australia 1981–1985 98 (97) 2006
Carlton Victoria 1986–2002 375 (247)
Dermott Brereton Hawthorn Victoria 1982–1992 189 (427) 1999
Sydney New South Wales 1994 7 (7)
Collingwood Victoria 1995 15 (30)
Gavin Brown Collingwood Victoria 1987–2000 254 (195) 2008
Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions Queensland 2000–2014 256 (594) 2020
Nathan Buckley Port Adelaide South Australia 1991–1992 37 (44) 2011
Brisbane Bears Queensland 1993 20 (21)
Collingwood Victoria 1994–2007 260 (263)
Haydn Bunton Sr Fitzroy Victoria 1931–1937, 1942 119 (207) 1996, Legend
Subiaco Western Australia 1938–1941 72 (190)
Port Adelaide South Australia 1945 17 (30)
Nathan Burke St. Kilda Victoria 1987–2003 323 (123) 2021
Peter Burns Ballarat Imperial Victoria 1885 2 (5) 1996
South Melbourne 1885–1891 126 (100)
Geelong 1892–1902 177 (34)
Barry Cable Perth Western Australia 1962–1969, 1971–1973 225 (325) 1996, Legend
North Melbourne Victoria 1970, 1974–1977 115 (133)
East Perth Western Australia 1978–1979 43 (50)
Peter Carey Glenelg South Australia 1971–1988 448 (521) 2009
Wayne Carey North Melbourne Victoria 1989–2001 244 (671) 2010
Adelaide South Australia 2003–2004 28 (56)
Terry Cashion New Town Tasmania 1939–1941 2022
South Melbourne Victoria 1942 5 (5)
Clarence Tasmania 1946–1947
Longford 1948–1951
Sandy Bay 1952–1954
Roy Cazaly St Kilda Victoria 1911–1920 99 (39) 1996, Legend
South Melbourne 1921–24, 1926–27 99 (128)
City Tasmania 1928–1930 51 (62)
Preston Victoria 1931 19 (26)
North Hobart Tasmania 1932–1933 26 (35)
Glenorchy (New Town) Tasmania 1934–1936 47 (41)
Camberwell Victoria 1941 2 (1)
Albert Chadwick Melbourne Victoria 1920–1928 141 (45) 1996
Hawthorn 1929 17 (8)
John Coleman Essendon Victoria 1949–1954 98 (537) 1996, Legend
Gordon Coventry Collingwood Victoria 1920–1937 306 (1299)
David Christy Ballarat Victoria 1885–1888 44 (18) 1996
Melbourne 1891–1896 88 (67)
Fremantle (1882) Western Australia 1896–1897 11 (1)
Imperials 1897 6 (0)
East Fremantle 1898–1912 196 (191)
Jack Clarke (Vic) Essendon Victoria 1951–1967 263 (180) 1996
Jack Clarke (WA) East Fremantle Western Australia 1952–1962 206 (6) 1999
Ron Clegg South Melbourne Victoria 1945–1960 231 (156) 1996
Horrie Clover Carlton Victoria 1920–1931 147 (396) 1996
Albert Collier Collingwood Victoria 1925–1930, 1933–1939 205 (54) 1996
Fitzroy 1941–1942 12 (12)
Harry Collier Collingwood Victoria 1926–1940 253 (299) 1996
Graham Cornes Glenelg South Australia 1967–1982 317 (339) 2012
South Adelaide 1983–1984 47 (42)
North Melbourne Victoria 1979 5 (10)
George Coulthard Carlton Victoria 1876–1882 87 (57) 1996
Syd Coventry Collingwood Victoria 1922–1934 227 (62) 1996
Dean Cox East Perth Western Australia 1999–2003 26 (9) 2020
West Coast 2001–2014 290 (169)
Shane Crawford Hawthorn Victoria 1993–2008 305 (224) 2012
Vic Cumberland Melbourne Victoria 1898–1901 50 (15) 1996
St Kilda 1903–1904, 1907–1908, 1912–1915, 1920 126 (72)
Sturt South Australia 1909–1911 37 (33)
Peter Daicos Collingwood Victoria 1979–1993 250 (549) 1999
John Daly Norwood South Australia 1887–1898 119 (12) 1996
West Adelaide 1899–1904 56 (9)
Terry Daniher South Melbourne Victoria 1976–1977 19 (22) 1998
Essendon 1978–1992 294 (447)
Rick Davies Sturt South Australia 1970–1980, 1982–1984 317 (635) 2013
South Adelaide 1985–1986 33 (146)
Hawthorn Victoria 1981 20 (37)
Barry Davis Essendon Victoria 1961–1972 218 (65) 1997
North Melbourne 1973–1975 71 (54)
Bob Davis Geelong Victoria 1948–1958 189 (141) 1996
Jim Deane South Adelaide South Australia 1945–1953, 1955–1957 157 (95) 2019
Richmond Victoria 1954–1955 33 (17)
Bill Dempsey West Perth Western Australia 1960–1976 343 (89) 2022
Gary Dempsey Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1967–1978 207 (105) 1996
North Melbourne 1979–1984 122 (39)
David Dench North Melbourne Victoria 1969–1984 275 (29) 2000
Robert DiPierdomenico Hawthorn Victoria 1975–1991 240 (130) 2007
Carl Ditterich St Kilda Victoria 1963–1972, 1976–1978 203 (156) 2004
Melbourne 1973–1975, 1979–1980 82 (43)
Brian Dixon Melbourne Victoria 1954–1968 2010
George Doig East Fremantle Western Australia 1933–1941, 1945 2002
Bruce Doull Carlton Victoria 1969–1986 1996
Jason Dunstall Coorparoo Queensland 1984 2002
Hawthorn Victoria 1985–1998
Jack Dyer Richmond Victoria 1931–1949 1996, Legend
Russell Ebert Port Adelaide South Australia 1968–1978, 1980–1985 1996, Legend
North Melbourne Victoria 1979
Wels Eicke St Kilda Victoria 1909–1924, 1926 1996
North Melbourne 1925–1926
Graham 'Polly' Farmer East Perth Western Australia 1953–1961 1996, Legend
Geelong Victoria 1962–1967
West Perth Western Australia 1968–1971
Ken Farmer North Adelaide South Australia 1929–1941 1998
Len Fitzgerald Collingwood Victoria 1945–1950 1996
Sturt South Australia 1951–1955, 1959–1962
Tom Fitzmaurice Essendon Victoria 1918–1924 1996
Geelong 1925–1928
North Melbourne 1932–1935
Mike Fitzpatrick Subiaco Western Australia 1970–1974 2022
Carlton Victoria 1975–1983
Fred Flanagan Geelong Victoria 1946–1955 1998
Robert Flower Melbourne Victoria 1973–1987 1996
Les Foote North Melbourne Victoria 1941–1951 1996
St Kilda 1954–1955
Des Fothergill Collingwood Victoria 1937–1947 2000
Ken Fraser Essendon Victoria 1958–1968 2001
Ross Glendinning East Perth Western Australia 1974–1977 2000
West Coast 1987–1988
North Melbourne Victoria 1977–1986
Bill Goggin Geelong Victoria 1958–1971 2000
Simon Goodwin Adelaide South Australia 1997–2010 2017
Horrie Gorringe Cananore Tasmania 1914–1930 2011
Chris Grant Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1990–2007 2012
Carji Greeves Geelong Victoria 1923–1933 1996
Keith Greig North Melbourne Victoria 1971–1985 1996
John Halbert Sturt South Australia 1955–1968 2017
Barry Hall St Kilda Victoria 1996–2001 2017
Sydney New South Wales 2002–2009
Western Bulldogs Victoria 2010–2011
Ken Hands Carlton Victoria 1945–1957 2009
Bob Hank West Torrens South Australia 1945–1958 1999
Brad Hardie South Fremantle Western Australia 1979–1984, 1993 2019
Footscray Victoria 1985–1986
Brisbane Bears Queensland 1987–1991
Collingwood Victoria 1992
Ben Hart North Adelaide South Australia 1990–1991 2016
Adelaide 1992–2006
Royce Hart Richmond Victoria 1967–1977 1996, Legend
Glenelg South Australia 1969
Brent Harvey North Melbourne Victoria 1996–2016 2022
Robert Harvey St Kilda Victoria 1988–2008 2012
Doug Hawkins Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1978–1994 2004
Fitzroy 1995
Lenny Hayes St Kilda Victoria 1999–2014 2020
Lindsay Head West Torrens South Australia 1952–1970 1996
Stan Heal West Perth Western Australia 1939–1953 2010
Melbourne Victoria 1941
Gerard Healy Melbourne Victoria 1979–1985 2000
Sydney New South Wales 1986–1990
Ern Henfry Perth Western Australia 1937–1941, 1945, 1953–1954 2014
Carlton Victoria 1944, 1947–1952
Reg Hickey Geelong Victoria 1926–1940 1996
James Hird Essendon Victoria 1992–2007 2011
Garry Hocking Geelong Victoria 1987–2001 2008
Allan Hopkins Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1925–1934 1996
Verdun Howell City South Tasmania 1953–1957 2016
St Kilda Victoria 1958–1968
Peter Hudson Hawthorn Victoria 1967–1974 1996, Legend
New Norfolk Tasmania 1963–1966
Glenorchy Tasmania 1975–1976, 1978–1979, 1981
Ken Hunter Claremont Western Australia 1975–1980 2019
Carlton Victoria 1980–1989
Bill Hutchison Essendon Victoria 1942–1957 1996, Legend
Glen Jakovich South Fremantle Western Australia 1989–1991 2008
West Coast 1991–2004
Darren Jarman North Adelaide South Australia 1985–1990 2007
Adelaide 1996–2001
Hawthorn Victoria 1991–1995
Alex Jesaulenko Carlton Victoria 1967–1979 1996, Legend
St Kilda 1980–1981
Bob Johnson Melbourne Victoria 1954–1961 2012
Oakleigh 1970–1973
East Fremantle Western Australia 1962–1966
Subiaco 1967
Brad Johnson Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1994–2010 2014
Frank Johnson South Melbourne Victoria 1960–1964 2007
Port Melbourne 1950–1957
Wayne Johnston Carlton Victoria 1979–1990 2018
Chris Judd West Coast Western Australia 2002–2007 2021
Carlton Victoria 2008–2015
Paul Kelly Sydney New South Wales 1990–2002 2007
Dean Kemp West Coast Western Australia 1990–2001 2007
Subiaco 1989–1991
Neil Kerley West Adelaide South Australia 1952, 1955–1963 1997
South Adelaide 1964–1966
Glenelg 1967–1969
Stephen Kernahan Glenelg South Australia 1981–1985 2001
Carlton Victoria 1986–1997
Peter Knights Hawthorn Victoria 1969–1985 1996
Anthony Koutoufides Carlton Victoria 1992–2007 2014
Phonse Kyne Collingwood Victoria 1934–1944, 1946–1950 1996
Allan La Fontaine Melbourne Victoria 1934–1942, 1945 1996
Chris Langford Hawthorn Victoria 1983–1997 2009
Nigel Lappin Brisbane Bears Queensland 1994–1996 2016
Brisbane Lions 1997–2008
Dick Lee Collingwood Victoria 1906–1922 1996
Johnny Lewis North Melbourne Victoria 1925–1935 1996
Melbourne 1936–1938
Matthew Lloyd Essendon Victoria 1995–2009 2013
Tony Lockett St Kilda Victoria 1983–1994 2006, Legend
Sydney New South Wales 1995–1999, 2002
Michael Long West Torrens South Australia 1987–1988 2007
Essendon Victoria 1989–2001
Tom MacKenzie West Torrens South Australia 1900–1904, 1909–1914 1996
North Adelaide 1905–1908
Simon Madden Essendon Victoria 1974–1992 1996
Hassa Mann Melbourne Victoria 1959–1968 2013
South Fremantle Western Australia 1969–1971
Steve Marsh South Fremantle Western Australia 1945–1956 2006
East Fremantle 1957–1958, 1960
Denis Marshall Claremont Western Australia 1958–1963, 1969–1972 2004
Geelong Victoria 1964–1968
Peter Matera South Fremantle Western Australia 1987–1989 2006
West Coast 1990–2002
Herbie Matthews South Melbourne Victoria 1932–1945 2003
Leigh Matthews Hawthorn Victoria 1969–1985 1996, Legend
Rod McGregor Carlton Victoria 1905–1912, 1914–1920 1996
Jock McHale Collingwood Victoria 1903–1920 1996, Legend
Merv McIntosh Perth Western Australia 1939–1941, 1946–1955 1996
Andrew McLeod Port Adelaide South Australia 1994 2014
Adelaide 1995–2010
Guy McKenna Claremont Western Australia 1985–1987 2009
West Coast 1988–2000
Peter McKenna Collingwood Victoria 1965–1975 1999
Carlton 1977
Dave McNamara St Kilda Victoria 1905–1923 1996
Stephen Michael South Fremantle Western Australia 1975–1985 1999
Dan Minogue Collingwood Victoria 1911–1916 1996
Richmond 1920–1925
Hawthorn 1926
Bill Mohr St Kilda Victoria 1929–1941 1996
George Moloney Geelong Victoria 1931–1935 1996
Claremont Western Australia 1927–1930, 1936–1945
Kelvin Moore Hawthorn Victoria 1970–1984 2005
Peter Moore Collingwood Victoria 1974–1982 2005
Melbourne 1983–1987
Dan Moriarty South Adelaide South Australia 1919–1925 1996
Jack Moriarty Essendon Victoria 1922 2004
Fitzroy 1924–1933
Bill Morris Richmond Victoria 1942–1951 2009
Graham Moss Essendon Victoria 1973–1976 1996
Claremont Western Australia 1969–1972, 1977–1985
Geof Motley Port Adelaide South Australia 1953–1966 2002
Jack Mueller Melbourne Victoria 1934–1950 1996
John Murphy Fitzroy Victoria 1967–1977 2006
South Melbourne 1978–1979
North Melbourne 1979–1980
Kevin Murray Fitzroy Victoria 1955–1964, 1967–1974 1996, Legend
East Perth Western Australia 1965–1966
Ian Nankervis Geelong Victoria 1967–1983 2005
Laurie Nash South Melbourne Victoria 1933–1937, 1945 1996
Camberwell 1938–1941
City Tasmania 1930–1932
Bernie Naylor South Fremantle Western Australia 1941–1954 2018
David Neitz Melbourne Victoria 1993–2008 2018
John Newman Geelong Victoria 1964–1980 2002
John Nicholls Carlton Victoria 1957–1974 1996, Legend
Michael O'Loughlin Sydney New South Wales 1995–2009 2015
Arthur Olliver Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1935–1950 2003
Charlie Pannam Collingwood Victoria 1894–1907 1996
Richmond 1908
Matthew Pavlich Woodville-West Torrens South Australia 1999 2022
Fremantle Western Australia 2000–2016
Brian Peake East Fremantle Western Australia 1972–1981, 1985–1990 2013
Perth 1990
Geelong Victoria 1981–1984
Greg Phillips Port Adelaide South Australia 1976–1982, 1987–1993 2020
Collingwood Victoria 1983–1986
John Platten Central District South Australia 1981–1985, 1998 2003
Hawthorn Victoria 1986–1997
Bob Pratt South Melbourne Victoria 1930–1939, 1946 1996, Legend
Bernie Quinlan Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1969–1977 1996
Fitzroy 1978–1986
Bob Quinn Port Adelaide South Australia 1933–1940, 1945–1947 1996
John Rantall South Melbourne Victoria 1963–1972, 1976–1979 1996
North Melbourne 1973–1975
Fitzroy 1980
Jack 'Dinny' Reedman Hotham (SAFA) South Australia 1887–1888 1996
South Adelaide 1889–1898
North Adelaide 1899–1907, 1909
Jack Regan Collingwood Victoria 1930–1941, 1943, 1946 1996
Dick Reynolds Essendon Victoria 1933–1951 1996, Legend
Mark Ricciuto West Adelaide South Australia 1992–1993 2011
Adelaide 1993–2007
Lou Richards Collingwood Victoria 1941–1955 1996
Matthew Richardson Richmond Victoria 1993–2009 2014
Wayne Richardson Collingwood Victoria 1966–1978 2003
Maurice Rioli South Fremantle Western Australia 1975–1981, 1988–1990 2016
Richmond Victoria 1982–1987
Neil Roberts St Kilda Victoria 1952–1962 2015
Austin Robertson Jr. Subiaco Western Australia 1962–1965, 1967–1974 2015
South Melbourne Victoria 1966
Barrie Robran North Adelaide South Australia 1967–1980 1996, Legend
Paul Roos Fitzroy Victoria 1982–1994 2005
Sydney New South Wales 1995–1998
Bob Rose Collingwood Victoria 1946–1955 1996
Barry Round Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1968–1975 2001
Sydney New South Wales 1976–1985
Allan Ruthven Fitzroy Victoria 1940–1954 1998
Paul Salmon Essendon Victoria 1983–1995, 2000 2016
Hawthorn 1996–2000
Matthew Scarlett Geelong Victoria 1998–2012 2018
Wayne Schimmelbusch North Melbourne Victoria 1973–1987 1997
John Schultz Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1958–1968 1996
Don Scott Hawthorn Victoria 1967–1981 2001
Walter Scott Norwood South Australia 1920–1932 1996
Tony Shaw Collingwood Victoria 1978–1994 2010
Jack Sheedy East Fremantle Western Australia 1942–1944, 1946–1955 2001
East Perth 1956–1962
South Melbourne Victoria 1944
Kevin Sheedy Richmond Victoria 1967–1979 2008, Legend
Stephen Silvagni Carlton Victoria 1985–2001 2005
Bob Skilton South Melbourne Victoria 1956–1968, 1970–1971 1996, Legend
Wilfred Smallhorn Fitzroy Victoria 1930–1940 2006
Bernie Smith West Adelaide South Australia 1945–1947 1996
Geelong Victoria 1948–1958
Norm Smith Melbourne Victoria 1935–1948 1996, Legend
Fitzroy 1949–1950
Ross Smith St Kilda Victoria 1961–1972, 1975 2010
Subiaco Western Australia 1973–1974
Ray Sorrell East Fremantle Western Australia 1956–1963, 1967–1968 2016
South Fremantle 1964–1965
Geoff Southby Carlton Victoria 1971–1984 2000
Stuart Spencer Melbourne Victoria 1950–1956 2005
Clarence Tasmania 1957–1967
Anthony Stevens North Melbourne Victoria 1989–2004 2017
Ian Stewart St Kilda Victoria 1963–1970 1996, Legend
Richmond 1971–1975
Hobart Tasmania 1962
Jim Stynes Melbourne Victoria 1987–1998 2003
Charlie Sutton Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1942–1956 1996
Mark Tandy South Melbourne Victoria 1911–1926 1996
Michael Taylor Norwood South Australia 1972–1980, 1985–1987 2022
Collingwood Victoria 1981–1984
Noel Teasdale North Melbourne Victoria 1956–1967 2008
Len Thompson Collingwood Victoria 1965–1978 1998
South Melbourne 1979
Fitzroy 1980
Vic Thorp Richmond Victoria 1910–1925 1996
Albert Thurgood Essendon Victoria 1892–1902, 1906 1996
Jack Titus Richmond Victoria 1926–1943 1996
George Todd Geelong Victoria 1922–1934 1996
Ron Todd Collingwood Victoria 1935–1939 2017
Williamstown 1940–1941, 1945–1949
Warren Tredrea Port Adelaide South Australia 1996–2010 2014
William Truscott East Fremantle Western Australia 1913–1924 1996
Michael Tuck Hawthorn Victoria 1972–1991 1996
Des Tuddenham Collingwood Victoria 1962–1971, 1976–1977 2008
Essendon 1972–1975 2008
Ted Tyson West Perth Western Australia 1930–1941, 1945 2022
Harry Vallence Carlton Victoria 1926–1938 1996
Michael Voss Brisbane Bears Queensland 1992–1996 2011
Brisbane Lions 1997–2006
Doug Wade Geelong Victoria 1961–1972 1996
North Melbourne 1973–1975
Bill Walker Swan Districts Western Australia 1961–1976 1996
Terry Wallace Hawthorn Victoria 1978–1986 2018
Richmond 1987
Footscray 1988–1991
Robert Walls Carlton Victoria 1967–1978 2006
Fitzroy 1978–1980
Gavin Wanganeen Port Adelaide South Australia 1990, 1997–2006 2010
Essendon Victoria 1991–1996
Norman Ware Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1932–1946 2001
Ivor Warne-Smith Melbourne Victoria 1919, 1925–1932 1996
Latrobe Tasmania 1920–1924
Colin Watson St Kilda Victoria 1920, 1922–1925, 1933–1935 1996
Tim Watson Essendon Victoria 1977–1991, 1993–1994 2000
Murray Weideman West Adelaide South Australia 1968–1969 2007
Collingwood Victoria 1953–1963
Dale Weightman Richmond Victoria 1978–1993 2001
Scott West Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1993–2008 2013
Mel Whinnen West Perth Western Australia 1960–1977 2018
Ted Whitten Western Bulldogs (Footscray) Victoria 1951–1970 1996, Legend
Robert Wiley Perth Western Australia 1974–78, 1984–88 179 (415) 2021
Richmond Victoria 1979–1983 95 (127)
West Coast Western Australia 1987 18 (24)
Greg Williams Geelong Victoria 1984–1985 2001
Carlton 1986–1991
Sydney New South Wales 1992–1997
Garry Wilson Fitzroy Victoria 1971–1984 1999
Nicky Winmar South Fremantle Western Australia 1983–1986 2022
St. Kilda Victoria 1987–1998
Western Bulldogs 1999
Jack Worrall Fitzroy Victoria 1884–1893 1996
Roy Wright Richmond Victoria 1946–1959 1996
Henry Young Geelong Victoria 1893–1910 1996

Women inducteesEdit

Player Club State Playing Career Games Played (Goals) Year Inducted
Debbie Lee East Brunswick Scorpions (VWFL)
St Albans Spurs (VWFL)
Victoria 1991-2014 304 (?) 2021

Coach inducteesEdit

Coach Clubs coached Record (W–L–D) Premierships coached Year inducted
Haydn Bunton Jr Norwood 101 (52–48–1) 5 1996
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 10 2002
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 4 1996
Collingwood 138 (89–47–2)
Geelong 66 (31–35–0)
Sydney 70 (43–27–0)
Frank Hughes Richmond 120 (87–31–2) 1932 5 1996
Melbourne 254 (157–95–2) 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948
Allan Jeans St Kilda 332 (193–138–1) 1966 4 1996
Hawthorn 221 (159–61–1) 1983, 1986, 1989
Richmond 22 (5–17–0)
John Kennedy Sr Hawthorn 299 (181–116–2) 1961, 1971, 1976 3 1996, Legend
North Melbourne 113 (55–55–3)
Johnny Leonard South Melbourne 19 (13–6–0) 5 1996
West Perth 66 (43–22–1) 1934, 1935
Claremont 109 (65–43–1) 1938, 1939, 1940
Mick Malthouse Footscray 135 (67-66-2) 3 2019
West Coast 243(156–85–2) 1992, 1994
Collingwood 286 (163–121–2) 2010
Carlton 54 (20–33–1)
Phillip Matson Subiaco 1913–1914 1913 8 2004
East Perth 1918–1924, 1926–1928 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927
Jack Oatey Norwood 229 (147–81–1) 1945, 1948, 1950 10 1996
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 4 2002
Carlton 355 (219–134–2) 1981, 1982, 1995
Fitzroy 69 (30–39–0)
Jack Sheedy East Fremantle 39 (23–16–0) 2 2001
East Perth 223 (149–72–3) 1956, 1959
Kevin Sheedy Essendon 634 (386–242–6) 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000 4 2008, Legend
GWS Giants 44 (3–41–0)
John Todd Swan Districts 417 (217–200–0) 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990 6 2003
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 9 1996
West Adelaide 109 (42–67–0)
South Adelaide 18 (3–15–0)

UmpiresEdit

MediaEdit

AdministratorsEdit

PioneersEdit

Induction ceremonyEdit

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.[12]

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual annual induction event was not held, and instead the new inductees and legend elevation were announced over four nights in a series of television shows.[13]

Induction locationsEdit

CriticismEdit

 
Until 2021, Barrie Robran was the only Legend inductee in the Australian Football Hall of Fame who did not play club football in Victoria during his career, a point often used to criticise the institution.

The Hall of Fame has been criticised by football writers and historians for being heavily biased towards figures from Victoria.[14]

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.[15]

Criticism has also been slated at the under-representation of pioneers and other early stars of the game, as Adam Cardosi wrote in 2014:[16]

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.

In 2018, the same criticism was levelled by ABC sport reporter James Coventry, who mentioned that over 60% of Legends inducted were either playing or coaching in 1969.[17]

I would never suggest Kevin Sheedy is not a worthy Legend, he absolutely is, but you have to think something's gone seriously wrong with past selection for the #HallofFame to now be in a position where 17 of its 28 Legends were active in 1969.

Declined inductionsEdit

In 2021, Garry McIntosh and Adam Goodes both declined their nominations to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Goodes declined due to the lack of support and remedial action taken by the AFL in response to the racial abuse he had endured in his final years playing in the AFL, [18][19] while McIntosh stated that "he did not play the game for personal honours".[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Higgins, Ben (28 October 2015). "Longer HOF wait for retired greats". PerthNow. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  3. ^ "AFL Hall of Fame criteria changes".
  4. ^ a b c Riley, Beveridge (16 November 2018). "Hall of Fame changes pave way for females to be inducted". afl.com.au. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  5. ^ Coventry, James (2018). Footballistics. Sydney: ABC Books. p. 277. ISBN 9780733338441.
  6. ^ AFL Record Round 9. AFL Record. 2009. p. 30.
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame hits the nation's capital". AFL NSW / ACT. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  8. ^ "About the AFL Hall of Fame". afl.com.au. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  9. ^ "The AFL Administration". afl.com.au. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  10. ^ "AFL legend status even more exclusive".
  11. ^ Rucci, Michaelangelo (4 June 2015). "AFL Hall of Fame 2015: Bob Hammond enters the AFL Hall of Fame on back of off-field service". News Corporation. Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Reference at www.adelaidenow.com.au".
  13. ^ Twomey, Callum (25 May 2020). "Four-night extravaganza: Hall of Fame locked in". afl.com.au. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Vics play favourites as Peake on bench".The West Australian. Published 11 June 2011. Written by Mark Duffield. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  15. ^ "AFL Hall of Fame – See Victoria". Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. – FullPointsFooty. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  16. ^ Cardosi, Adam (12 March 2014). ""Neglected heroes: The sad case of the Australian Football Hall of Fame""., Australian Football. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  17. ^ Coventry, James (29 May 2018). "JCoventry/status". Twitter. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Adam Goodes declines Hall of Fame honour". www.abc.net.au. 8 June 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  19. ^ "'Our game did not do enough': AFL confirms Adam Goodes' Hall of Fame rejection". Fox Sports. 8 June 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Debbie Lee becomes first woman to join Australian Football Hall of Fame, Chris Judd and Nathan Burke also inducted". ABC News. 24 August 2021.
  • Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X.

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