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List of VFL/AFL commissioners and club presidents

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This is a listing of all the commissioners and club presidents of the VFL/AFL.

An independent VFL Commission was formed in 1985, being renamed the AFL Commission in 1990 in line with the competition.

In 1993, the AFL Commission assumed power from the clubs, and the AFL Board of Directors was dissolved. Later that year, the AFL Commission assumed control of Australian rules football when it absorbed the ANFC.

A separate role of AFL Chairman was subsequently created (see below).

VFL President (1897-1985), VFL/AFL Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (since 1985)Edit

Name Term in office Club
Alex McCracken 1897–1915 Essendon [1]
Oliver Maurice Williams 1915–1917 [2] Melbourne [3]
Chas Brownlow 1917–1919 [4] Geelong
Walter Baldwin Spencer 1919–1926 Carlton
William C. McClelland 1926–1955 Melbourne [5]
Sir Kenneth Luke 1956–1971 [6] Carlton
Sir Maurice Nathan 1971–1977 Carlton
Allen Aylett 1977–1983 North Melbourne
Jack Hamilton 1983–1986 Collingwood [7]
Ross Oakley 1986–1996 St. Kilda [8]
Wayne Jackson 1996–2003 [9] Independent
Andrew Demetriou 2003–2014
Gillon McLachlan 2014–present

AFL Chairman (since 1993)Edit

Name Term in office
John Kennedy, Sr. 1993–1997
Ron Evans AM 1997–2007
Mike Fitzpatrick 2007–2017
Richard Goyder 2017–present

Club PresidentsEdit

AdelaideEdit

Brisbane Bears/LionsEdit

  • Paul Cronin (1987-1990)[11]
  • Noel Gordon (1990–1999)
  • Alan Piper (1999–2000)
  • Graeme Downie (2000–2006)
  • Tony Kelly (2006–2010)
  • Angus Johnson (2010–2013)
  • Bob Sharpless (2013–2017)
  • Andrew Wellington (2017–present)

CarltonEdit

CollingwoodEdit

EssendonEdit

FitzroyEdit

  • John McMahon (1884-1887)[14]
  • Robert Best (1887-1910)
  • Don Chandler (1910-1930)
  • Bill Hannah (1930-1932)
  • Alec Sloan (1932-1933)
  • Ossie Porter (1933-1936)
  • Bill Raymond (1936-1938)
  • Harold McLennan (1938-1947)
  • George Hook (1947-1951)
  • Les Phelan (1951-1964)
  • Ern Joseph (1964-1975)
  • Frank Bibby (1975-1980)
  • Keith Wiegard (1980-1984)
  • Bruce White (1984-1985)
  • Leon Wiegard (1985-1991)
  • Dyson Hore-Lacy (1991–1996)

FremantleEdit

GeelongEdit

  • P. Dwyer (1878) [15]
  • James Wilson Sr (1878-1883)
  • J. Hopkins (1884-1885)
  • F. Orchard (1886)
  • J. Wilson (1887-1888)
  • J. Sommers (1889)
  • G. W. Steedman (1890)
  • JH Grey (1891–1899)
  • J McMullen (1900–1902)
  • HB Hodges (1903–1909)
  • AH Bowman (1910–1920)
  • Brig. Gen. R Smith (1921–1922)
  • Cr WL Carr (1922)
  • Dr JE Piper (1923–1926)
  • Cr JA Thear (1927–1929)
  • M Jacobs (1930–1938)
  • TB Hawkes (1939)
  • BNM Collins (1940–1945)
  • Jack Jennings (1946–1970)
  • Vern Johnstone (1971–1973)
  • Neil Trezise (1974–1975)
  • MO Graham (1976–1979)
  • JN McHolt (1980–1982)
  • Dr KLC Threlfall (1983–1987)
  • W Bannon (1987–1988)
  • Ron Hovey OAM (1988–1998)
  • Frank Costa (1998–2010)
  • Colin Carter (2011–present)

Gold CoastEdit

Greater Western SydneyEdit

HawthornEdit

MelbourneEdit

North Melbourne/KangaroosEdit

Port AdelaideEdit

RichmondEdit

St KildaEdit

South Melbourne/SydneyEdit

  • A. Brown (1881) [21]
  • Henry Dodds (1881-1891)
  • A. G. Major (1895, 1898)
  • Dr Thomson (1896)
  • John Sloss (1897)
  • Thomas Craine (1899-1903)
  • Henry Hawkins Skinner (1904-1911)
  • George A. Emslie (1912-1917)
  • Joseph Francis Hannon (1919)
  • Robert Melville Cuthbertson (1920-1928)
  • Jack Rohan (1929-1932)
  • Archie Crofts (1933-1937)
  • J. D. M. Dickson (1938-1941)
  • Lionel Newton (1942-1945)
  • J. P. Cullen (1946-1959)
  • W. R. Tait (1960-1963)
  • R. C. Warner (1963)
  • C. V. Ridgway (1964-1967)
  • Brian Bourke (1967-1972)
  • S. Keane (1972-1973)
  • K. G. Hooker (1974-1975)
  • Craig Kimberley (1976-1977, 1986-1988)
  • G. Camakaris (1977-1978)
  • Graeme John (1978–1981)
  • Jack Marks (1981–1985)
  • Dr. Geoffrey Edelsten (1985–1986)
  • Peter Weinert (1988–1993)
  • Richard Colless (1993–2013)
  • Andrew Pridham (2013 – present)

Footscray/Western BulldogsEdit

  • David Mitchell (1886-1893) [22]
  • James Tucker (1893-1894)
  • James Cuming (1894-1911)
  • Frank Shillabeer (1911-1912)
  • Arch Crow (1912-1921)
  • George Sayer (1922, 1926)
  • James Stephens (1923)
  • George Farnsworth (1924)
  • L. Caldecott (1925)
  • Kevin McCarthy (1926-1938)
  • Bert Jamieson (1938-1941)
  • Con Curtain (1941-1946)
  • Otto Grobbecker (1946-1949, 1953-1955)
  • Con Weickhardt (1949-1952)
  • Bernie Barry (1955-1960)
  • Harry Dolphin (1960-1962)
  • Jim Miller (1962-1966)
  • Jack Collins (1966-1973)
  • Dick Collinson (1973-1978)
  • Charlie Sutton (1979-1981)
  • G. Gray (1981-1981)
  • Tony Capes (1982-1988)
  • Barry Beattie (1988-1989)
  • Nick Columb (1989–1989)
  • Peter Gordon (1989–1996, 2012–present)
  • David Smorgon (1996–2012)

West CoastEdit

ReferencesEdit