Terry Wallace

Terry Wallace (born 13 December 1958) is a former professional Australian rules football player and coach.

Terry Wallace
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Personal information
Full name Terry Wallace
Nickname(s) Plough
Date of birth (1958-12-13) 13 December 1958 (age 63)
Place of birth Victoria
Original team(s) Camberwell (VFA)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1978–1986 Hawthorn 174 0(96)
1987 Richmond 011 00(7)
1988–1991 Footscray 069 0(20)
Total 254 (123)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1996–2002 Western Bulldogs 148 0(79–67–2)
2005–2009 Richmond 099 0(37–60–2)
Total 247 (116–127–4)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1991.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

As a player, his career spanned three VFL/AFL clubs; most notably Hawthorn where he played in three premierships. After one season with Richmond, he then played with Footscray Football Club where he earned two Best and Fairest awards. He also achieved one All-Australian selection when representing the VFA at the 1988 National Carnival.

As coach, he took the Western Bulldogs from 15th in 1996 to 3rd when he featured in the documentary Year of the Dogs a position in which the club held in 1997 and 1998 during which he was named coach of the All-Australian team. Wallace's coaching style is considered to be innovative and he is credited with having started the modern practice of sides warming up on the field before a match. However Wallace's coaching career at Richmond between 2005 and 2009 was not so successful, and he stepped down from coaching in June 2009.

His son, Brent Wallace, is currently a field umpire in the AFL.

Playing careerEdit

HawthornEdit

Wallace was a centreman for Hawthorn Football Club from 1978 until 1986, where he played a total number of 174 games for the club and kicked a total of 96 goals. Recruited from VFA club Camberwell, he was a member of Hawthorn's 1978 premiership side in what was his debut season. Nicknamed 'Plough' for his knack of crashing through packs, Wallace was Hawthorn's best and fairest winner in 1981 and 1983, the latter in another premiership year. He played in one further premiership side at Hawthorn in 1986. Often polling well in the Brownlow Medal counts, Wallace finished equal third in 1982 and equal sixth in 1983.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

RichmondEdit

After a contractual dispute with Hawthorn at the end of 1986, Wallace received a clearance to move to the Richmond Football Club but struggled in his only season with the club in 1987, where he played a total number of 11 games for the club and kicked a total of 7 goals. Wallace eventually ended the year prematurely with a back injury.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

FootscrayEdit

He finished his playing career with four seasons at Footscray from 1988 until 1991 for a total of 69 games and kicked 20 goals, which yielded back to back Charles Sutton Medals in 1988 and 1989.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

Coaching careerEdit

Western BulldogsEdit

In the middle of the 1996 AFL season, he took over as the Western Bulldogs senior coach, following the sacking of incumbent senior coach Alan Joyce. At the end of the 1996 season, they finished 15th.[19] In the 1997 season, Wallace quickly rebuilt the side, finishing third at the end of the season.[20] In the first qualifying final they defeated Sydney but then lost in the preliminary final to Adelaide.[21] In 1998, the Bulldogs under Wallace finished second at the end of the season. In the qualifying finals, they defeated the West Coast Eagles but lost in the preliminary final to Adelaide for the second year in a row.[22][23][24]

In the 1999 AFL season, Wallace led the Bulldogs to fourth at the end of the season but in the qualifying finals they lost to West Coast then in the semi finals they lost to the Brisbane Lions. In the 2000 AFL season the Bulldogs under Wallace finished seventh but in the elimination finals they were knocked out by the Brisbane Lions. During this season the Bulldogs were the only team to defeat Essendon in a match that became known as the "Super-Flood" as Wallace employed "flooding" tactics against the Essendon forwards.[25][26] In the 2001 AFL season, the Bulldogs under Wallace struggled and finished tenth and then the Bulldogs under Wallace kept struggling in the 2002 season, sitting at thirteenth on the ladder with eight wins, one draw and twelve losses after Round 21, 2002. Wallace resigned as Bulldogs senior coach at the end of the 2002 season with one match left to go.[27] Assistant coach Peter Rohde then replaced Wallace in a caretaker senior coaching role to coach the last game for the 2002 season in Round 22, 2002 against Collingwood, which the Bulldogs won and after this Rohde was eventually employed full-time senior coach.[28]

Wallace was linked to the Sydney Swans job in mid-2002 when Rodney Eade was sacked following a narrow round 12 loss to Geelong.[29] It was rumoured that there was a verbal agreement that the Swans would appoint him as their senior coach for the 2003 season.[30] But Wallace was not given the Swans job and it went to then-caretaker senior coach Paul Roos, despite Wallace resigning as senior coach of the Bulldogs with one match remaining in the 2002 season.[31]

RichmondEdit

In August 2004, he was appointed the senior coach of Richmond for five seasons from 2005, replacing Danny Frawley.[32]

His first year at Richmond was unsuccessful, as the club under Wallace finished twelfth at the end of the 2005 season despite spending most of the first half of the season in the top eight, mostly in the top four. In the 2006 season, Richmond under Wallace with three straight crushing defeats at the start of the season placed them at the bottom of the ladder, but they recovered to win five out of the next seven games, including a win against the Adelaide Crows, who were on top of the AFL ladder at the time; but they did not make the finals, just missing out and finishing ninth at the end of the 2006 season.[33]

The 2007 season proved to be Wallace's worst at any club.[34] The Tigers lost the first five games of the season by less than 25 points and maintained leads in many of those games going into the final quarter. However, in Round 6, 2007, the Tigers were soundly defeated by the eventual premiers, Geelong, at the Telstra Dome by a record margin of 157 points. This subsequently led to the board and management formally apologizing to supporters at Wallace's "Tuesdays with Terry" press conference.[35] Richmond under Wallace won only three games to finish sixteenth in last position on the ladder for the wooden spoon position at the end of the 2007 season.[36]

The 2008 season was a vital year for Wallace in relation to his future at the club.[37] Brett Deledio said that the club had to make the top eight at all costs in order to repay the faith shown by supporters.[38] The season was a big improvement with Richmond starting off with a win over Carlton in Round 1. But the team did not make the finals with Richmond under Wallace finishing ninth at the end of the 2008 season with eleven wins, ten losses and one draw.[39]

Mounting speculation and reports of a rift with Richmond president Gary March were reported at the conclusion of the home and away season, mainly due to conflicting assessments of the sides performance between coach and president. These issues were denied by the club and coach.[40] The appointment of Kevin Sheedy to a marketing role at Richmond following Sheedy's departure as Essendon Football club senior coach also resulted in more pressure on Wallace to deliver the Tigers a much overdue finals appearance in 2009.[41][42]

At the start of the 2009 season, Wallace was still under pressure after Richmond's 83-point loss against Carlton in Round 1 and further losses to Geelong, the Western Bulldogs and cellar-dwellers Melbourne. Despite controversial media reports describing Wallace as a 'dead man walking',[43] he told a packed media conference after the Round 4, 2009 loss to Melbourne that he would not be resigning and would coach out the 2009 season at Richmond, the final year of his five-year contract.[44] A subsequent Richmond Football Club board meeting gave Wallace a reprieve until mid-season before deciding his fate.[45] However later in the 2009 season, Richmond under Wallace kept struggling and sat fifteenth (second-last) position on the ladder after Round 10, 2009 with two wins and eight losses.[46] Wallace then announced that he would resign as Richmond Football Club senior coach on 1 June 2009, but would coach one more game. Public scrutiny aimed towards Wallace is a main factor contributing to his resignation.[47]

Wallace's last game as senior coach of the Richmond Tigers in Round 11, 2009, resulted in a loss against the Western Bulldogs, with the final score Richmond 14.5 (89) and Western Bulldogs 24.13 (157). Assistant coach Jade Rawlings then replaced Wallace and served as caretaker senior coach for the remainder of the 2009 season.[48]

Media careerEdit

During the period from 2003 until 2004, when Wallace was not coaching, he became a prominent media personality with roles on Fox Footy channel, and as a columnist in Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun, which he still maintains. After his coaching career ended, Wallace returned to his media career and Wallace has also worked for Fox Footy, Channel 9, Seven Network, Sky News Australia, 3AW and for the past period for SEN.[49]

StatisticsEdit

Playing statisticsEdit

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Legend
  G  
Goals
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Kicks
  D  
Disposals 
  T  
Tackles
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Behinds 
  H  
Handballs 
  M  
Marks
Season Team No. Games Totals Averages (per game)
G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
1978 Hawthorn 16 25 7 8 323 128 451 52 0.3 0.3 12.9 5.1 18.0 2.1
1979 Hawthorn 16 21 7 7 299 113 412 41 0.3 0.3 14.2 5.4 19.6 2.0
1980 Hawthorn 16 3 3 3 45 24 69 6 1.0 1.0 15.0 8.0 23.0 2.0
1981 Hawthorn 16 22 10 17 425 135 560 54 0.5 0.8 19.3 6.1 25.5 2.5
1982 Hawthorn 16 22 23 22 488 147 635 89 1.0 1.0 22.2 6.7 28.9 4.0
1983 Hawthorn 16 25 19 19 599 166 765 81 0.8 0.8 24.0 6.6 30.6 3.2
1984 Hawthorn 16 12 4 11 185 83 268 23 0.3 0.9 15.4 6.9 22.3 1.9
1985 Hawthorn 16 23 16 15 483 186 669 71 0.7 0.7 21.0 8.1 29.1 3.1
1986 Hawthorn 16 21 7 10 374 239 613 67 0.3 0.5 17.8 11.4 29.2 3.2
1987 Richmond 16 11 7 8 171 99 270 30 19 0.6 0.7 15.5 9.0 24.5 2.7 1.7
1988 Footscray 16 21 8 5 329 185 514 52 22 0.4 0.2 15.7 8.8 24.5 2.5 1.0
1989 Footscray 16 22 3 5 379 235 614 84 28 0.1 0.2 17.2 10.7 27.9 3.8 1.3
1990 Footscray 16 22 8 11 326 289 615 89 20 0.4 0.5 14.8 13.1 28.0 4.0 0.9
1991 Footscray 16 4 1 0 40 45 85 18 9 0.3 0.0 10.0 11.3 21.3 4.5 2.3
Career 254 123 141 4466 2074 6540 757 98 0.5 0.6 17.6 8.2 25.7 3.0 1.2

Coaching statisticsEdit

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Legend
 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage  LP  Ladder position  LT  League teams
Season Team Games W L D W % LP LT
1996 Footscray 10 3 7 0 30.0% 15 16
1997 Western Bulldogs 24 15 9 0 62.5% 3 16
1998 Western Bulldogs 24 16 8 0 66.7% 2 16
1999 Western Bulldogs 24 15 8 1 64.6% 4 16
2000 Western Bulldogs 23 12 11 0 52.2% 7 16
2001 Western Bulldogs 22 10 12 0 45.5% 10 16
2002 Western Bulldogs 21 8 12 1 40.5% 12 16
2005 Richmond 22 10 12 0 45.5% 12 16
2006 Richmond 22 11 11 0 50.0% 9 16
2007 Richmond 22 3 18 1 15.9% 16 16
2008 Richmond 22 11 10 1 52.3% 9 16
2009 Richmond 11 2 9 0 18.2% 15 16
Career totals 247 116 127 4 47.8%

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