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Teams of the Century


Adelaide Balmain Camberwell Carlton Coburg
Collingwood Dandenong Essendon Fitzroy F'scray-WB
Geelong Hawthorn Melbourne North Melb North Shore
Norwood Port Adelaide Port Melbourne Queensland Richmond
St Kilda South Adelaide SM-Sydney Williamstown Woodville-WT
ACT-AFL VFL–AFL Tasmania
Aboriginal Italian Greek    


The following lists a collection of the Teams of the Century announced by clubs in recent years.

In the far-from-complete alphabetical collection there are those that rightfully find their place from the SANFL and the VFA competitions, even North Shore of Sydney football fame who celebrated their centenary in 2003, together newcomers Adelaide who recognised their champions of the first decade in the AFL.

Additional advice for inclusion of other TOTC's is welcome, particularly the Greek Team of the Century which is notably absent of many names. The list we have comes from Wikipedia and Neos Kosmos.

The VFL-AFL Team of the Century was announced on Monday September 2nd 1996 during the Centenary Year celebrations of the VFL-AFL.

Footystats Diary of the time recorded: The Princess Theatre in Melbourne was the scene on Monday September 2nd when the appointed selection panel consisting of – former VFL president ALLEN AYLETT, former chief football writer of The Age and ex-Melbourne player PERCY BEAMES, Geelong coach and player BOB DAVIS, Brownlow Medal winner GERARD HEALY, umpire JACK IRVING, veteran broadcaster BILL JACOBS and chief writer of the AFL Football Record GREG HOBBS announced "The Team of the Century" —

THE VFL-AFL TEAM OF THE CENTURY
B:
Bernie Smith (Gee), Stephen Silvagni (Car), John Nicholls (Car)
HB: Bruce Doull (Car), Ted Whitten (Fsc), Kevin Murray (Fit)
C: Francis Bourke (Rch), Ian Stewart (Rch, StK), Keith Greig (NM)
HF: Alex Jesaulenko (Car, StK), Royce Hart (Rch), Dick Reynolds (Ess)
F: Leigh Matthews (Haw), John Coleman (Ess), Haydn Bunton (Fit)
Ruck: Graham Farmer (Gee), Ron Barassi (Mel, Car)
Rover: Bob Skilton (SM)
Inter: Gary Ablett (Haw, Gee), Jack Dyer (Rch), Greg Williams (Gee, Syd, Car)
Coach: Norm Smith (Mel)
Umpire: Jack Elder.


ACT-AFL
(Legends, 1924-1999)
B: Roy Waterson
(Queanbeyan, Acton)
Bob Bloomfield
(Ainslie)
Roy Williams
(Queanbeyan)
HB: Geoff Harrold
(Ainslie, Queanbeyan,
West Canberra)
Robert Franklin
(Manuka)
Jim Richardson
(Eastlake)
C: Don Ross
(Ainslie)
Peter Phillipou
(Eastlake)
Ross Bowe
(Eastlake)
HF: Roger Duffy (capt-coach)
(Eastlake)
Alex Jesaulenko
(Eastlake)
Reece Logan
(Ainslie)
F: Robert White
(Belconnen)
Kevin Neale
(Ainslie)
Jim Black
(Queanbeyan)
R: Keith Miller
(Eastlake)
Tony Wynd (vc)
(Queanbeyan)
Edney Blackaby
(Manuka)
IC: David Morgan
(ANU, Eastlake)
Ken Williams
(Queanbeyan)
David Grubb
Eastlake)
Mark Armstrong
(Queanbeyan)
Robert Hughes
(Tuggeranong)
Jack Dorman
(Manuka)
John Moody
(RMC)
   


ADELAIDE

(Team of the Decade, 1991-2000)
B:
Ben Hart, Rod Jameson, Mark Bickley (v.c.)
HB: Nigel Smart, Peter Caven, Mark Ricciuto
C: Greg Anderson, Andrew Jarman, Simon Tregenza
HF: Kane Johnson, Matthew Robran, Andrew McLeod
F: Darren Jarman, Tony Modra, Matthew Liptak
Ruck: Shaun Rehn, Chris McDermott (c), Tony McGuinness
Inter: Mark Mickan, Simon Goodwin, David Pittman, Rod Maynard
Coach: Malcolm Blight
Player of the Decade: Mark Ricciuto
Team Man of the Decade: Mark Bickley

BALMAIN
B: Neil Briscoe (c), Greg Hickey, Ashley Thompson
HB: Mark MacKenzie, Troy Luff, Bob McDonald
C: Phil Manassa, Ray Moore (vc), Paul Feltham
HF: Max Hodgson, Barry Breen, Ashley Reade
F: Lee Campbell, Greg Schlein, Fred Hummell
Foll: Adam Coles, Graeme Hare, Frank Gleeson
Inter: Bill Walford, Clinton Cole, Kevin Gleeson, Dick Bednarski
Emerg: Harvey McRae, Andrew May, Frank Carrick, Tom Vannan, Bill Jamieson
Coach: Steve Bird
Assnt. Coach: Darren Holland
Strategic Assnt. Coach: Trevor Hangan


CARLTON

B: Bruce Comben, Stephen Silvagni, Geoff Southby
HB: John James, Bert Deacon, Bruce Doull
C: Gary Crane, Greg Williams, Craig Bradley
HF: Wayne Johnston, Stephen Kernahan, Alex Jesaulenko
F: Ken Hands, Harry Vallence, Rod Ashman
Foll: John Nicholls, Sergio Silvagni, Adrian Gallagher
Inter: Mike Fitzpatrick, Ken Hunter, Trevor Keogh, Robert Walls

CAMBERWELL
B: Colin Judd, Jim Bohan, Ken Ross
HB: Geoff Mason, Harry Jones, Marcus Boyall
C: Reg Horkings, Lloyd Holyoak, Charlie Clamp
HF: Ian Whitten, Laurie Nash, Roy Williams
F: Bill Luff, Garry Hammond, Geoff Simpson
Foll: Frank Stubbs, Godon Duff, RJ 'Nipper' Bradford
Inter: Brendan Budge, Mark Davidson, Peter Oliver, Peter Stevenson, George Stone, Ross Wright
Coach: A 'Horrie' Mason


COBURG
B: Bob Atkinson, Ron Promnitz, Trevor Price
HB: Dave Starbuck, Brad Nimmo (c), Tony Tancredi
C: Alan Mannix, Jim Sullivan, Gary Sheldon
HF: Lance Collins, Bill Byron, Laurie Birt
F: Ken Ingram, Bob Pratt, Brian Allison
Foll: Jim Jenkins, Colin Hobbs, Clarrie Mears
Inter: Ray Jordon, Henry Kerley, Mick Erwin, Jack Condon, Tim Rieniets, Mark Weideman
Coach: Phil Cleary


COLLINGWOOD
B: Harold Rumney, Jack Regan, Syd Coventry (c)
HB: Bill Picken, Albert Collier, Nathan Buckley
C: Thorold Merrett, Marcus Whelan, Darren Millane
HF: Des Fothergill, Murray Weideman, Peter Daicos
F: Phonse Kyne, Gordon Coventry, Harry Collier
Foll: Len Thompson, Des Tuddenham, Bob Rose
Inter: Tony Shaw, Wayne Richardson, Dick Lee, Gavin Brown


DANDENONG
B: Kevin Shinners, Ian Abraham, Allan Osborne
HB: Bill Thompson, Gerald Pennefather, Peter Stedwell
C: Darren Hall, Bryan Waters, Danny Hibbert
HF: Pat Flaherty, Lou Wright, Rodney Evans
F: Allan Morrow (capt-coach), Jim 'Frosty' Miller, Sean Millane
Foll: Eddie Melai, Hugh Mitchell, Denis Knight
Inter: Darren Bourke, Gary 'Spike' Milligan, Brian Shinners,
Terry Reid, Ray Orchard, Graham 'Josh' Kendall
Team announced October 2, 2004
Dandenong won the VFA (First Division) Premiership in 1967, 1971 and 1991.
The Redlegs due to financial difficulties folded in 1994.


ESSENDON
B: Gavin Wanganeen, Fred Baring, Tom Fitzmaurice
HB: Barry Davis, Wally Buttsworth, Harold Lambert
C: Reg Burgess, Jack Clarke, Michael Long
HF: James Hird, Ken Fraser, Terry Daniher
F: Bill Hutchison, John Coleman, Albert Thurgood
Foll: Simon Madden, Tim Watson, Dick Reynolds (c)
Inter: Mark Thompson, Keith Forbes, Frank Maher, William Griffith


FITZROY

B: Bill Stephen, Fred Hughson, Frank Curcio
HB: Kevin Murray (c), Paul Roos, Gary Pert
C: Wilfred Smallhorn, John Murphy, Warwick Irwin
HF: Owen Abrahams, Bernie Quinlan, Garry Wilson
F: Allan Ruthven, Jack Moriarty, Norm Brown
Foll: Alan Gale, Norm Johnstone, Haydn Bunton
Inter: Michael Conlan, Alastair Lynch, Harvey Merrigan, Richard Osborne, Percy Parratt, Percy Trotter

FOOTSCRAY–WESTERN BULLDOGS
B: Charlie Sutton (coach), Herb Henderson, John Schultz
HB: Wally Donald, Ted Whitten Snr, John Jillard
C: Harry Hickey, Allan Hopkins, Doug Hawkins (vc)
HF: Alby Morrison, Kelvin Templeton, Chris Grant
F: Jack Collins, Simon Beasley, George Bissett
Foll: Gary Dempsey, Scott West, Brian Royal
Inter: Jim Gallagher, Arthur Olliver, Brad Johnson, Norm Ware, Tony Liberatore, Scott Wynd

GEELONG
B: Bernie Smith, George Todd, John Newman
HB: Dick Grigg, Reg Hickey (c), Joe Slater
C: Michael Turner, Edward Greeves, Leo Turner
HF: Gary Ablett, Fred Flanagan, Bob Davis
F: Henry Young, Doug Wade, Peter Pianto
Foll: Graham Farmer, Garry Hocking, Bill Goggin
Inter: David Clarke, Paul Couch, Les Hardiman, Alec Eason
Emerg: Cliff Rankin, Tommy Quinn, Ian Nankervis, Jack Collins

HAWTHORN
B: Gary Ayres, Kelvin Moore, Albert Mills
HB: Colin Austen, Chris Mew, Peter Knights
C: Robert DiPierdomenico, Jim Bohan, Brendan Edwards
HF: Graham Arthur, Dermott Brereton, Gary Buckenara
F: Jason Dunstall, Peter Hudson, John Platten
Foll: Don Scott, Michael Tuck, Leigh Matthews
Inter: Chris Langford, Ian Law, Paul Salmon, Roy Simmonds

MELBOURNE
B: John Beckwith, Robert Johnson, Donald Cordner
HB: Noel McMahen, Gary Hardeman, Don Williams
C: Brian Dixon, Allan La Fontaine, Robert Flower (v.c.)
HF: Garry Lyon, Ivor Warne-Smith, Hassa Mann
F: Jack Mueller, Norm Smith (coach), Percy Beames
Foll: Denis Cordner, Ron Barassi (c), Stuart Spencer
Inter: Frank Adams, Albert Chadwick, Wally Lock, Laurie Mithen, Todd Viney

NORTH MELBOURNE
B: Glenn Archer, David Dench, Mick Martyn
HB: John Rantall, Ross Glendinning, Ted Jarrad
C: Keith Greig, Les Foote, Laurie Dwyer
HF: Malcolm Blight, Wayne Carey (c), Wayne Schimmelbusch
F: John Dugdale, Jock Spencer, Allen Aylett
Foll: Noel Teasdale, Anthony Stevens, Barry Cable
Inter: Brent Crosswell, Barry Davis, Sam Kekovich, Peter Steward
Emer: David King, John Blakey, Wayne Schwass, Gary Dempsey.
Coach: Denis Pagan

NORTH SHORE
B: Jimmy London, John Baker, Jason Bush
HB: Don Whitford, Terry Thripp, Mark Brady
C: David Batty, Rob Veale, Graham Hamilton
HF: John Hendrie, John Pitura (capt-coach), Matthew Parker
F: Alan Fitzgerald, Graham McLean, Peter Robertson
Foll: Doug Bouch, Roy Lau, John Hardy
Inter: Chris Dale, Lionel Byrne, Andrew Bomford, Alan McDonald
Emer: Luke Donald, Kevin Curran, Damien Bray.

NORWOOD
B: Michael Taylor, Syd Ackland, Alby Barr
HB: Syd White, Wat Scott. Ron Kneebone
C: Phil Gallagher, Alick Lill, Doug Olds
HF: Alberts Sawley, Neil Button, Garry MacIntosh
F: Neville Roberts, Bruce Schultz, Robert Oatey

Foll: John Marriot, Michael Aish, Jack Oatey
Inter: Keith Thomas, Sam Gallagher, Bill Wedding, John Wynne


PORT ADELAIDE

B: Dick Russell, John Albey, Ted Whelan
HF: Neville Hayes, Greg Phillips, Geof Motley
C: Craig Bradley, Russell Ebert, John Cahill
HF: David Boyd, Leslie Dayman, Harold Oliver
F: Scott Hodges, Tim Evans, Bob Quinn
1st Ruck: Russell Johnston, Alan Reval, Fos Williams (capt-coach)
Inter: Jeff Potter, Harry Phillips, Peter Woite, Lloyd Zucker


PORT MELBOURNE
announced on August 2, 2003
B:
Stan Plumridge, Joe Garbutt, Vic Aanensen
HB: David King, Bob Kelsey, Bob Withers
C: Bill Swan, Peter Bedford, Billy McGee
HF: Rob Freyer, Ted Freyer, Brian Walsh
F: Bob Bonnett, Fred Cook, Tom Lahiff
Foll: Frank Johnson (capt), Graeme Anderson, Bill Findlay
Inter: W (Bill) Bedford, Reg Murray, Carl Bowen, David Holt, Norm Goss Jnr.
Coach: Gary Brice (1980-1981-1982 premierships)

QUEENSLAND

B: Marcus Ashcroft, Dick Verdon, Wayne Stewart
HB: Gavin Crosisca, Don Smith, Zane Taylor
C: Scott McIvor, Doug Pittard, Des Hughes
HF: John Stackpoole, Dick Parton, Barry Clarke
F: Ray Hughson, Jason Dunstall (vc), Owen Backwell
R: Ken Grimley, Michael Voss (c), Jason Akermanis
Inter: Keith Leach, Alex McGill, Noel McGuinness, Mal Michael, Gordon Phelan, Clem Ryan.
Coach: Norm Dare

RICHMOND

B: Kevin Sheedy, Vic Thorp, Michael Green
HB: Basil McCormack, Gordon Strang, Mervyn Keane
C: Francis Bourke, Bill Barrot, Dick Clay
HF: Matthew Richardson, Royce Hart, Roger Dean
F: Bill Morris, Jack Titus, Dale Weightman
Foll: Roy Wright, Jack Dyer (c), Kevin Bartlett
Inter: Matthew Knights, Geoff Raines, Des Rowe, Ian Stewart

ST KILDA
B: Barry Lawrence, Verdun Howell, Kevin Neale
HB: Trevor Barker, Neil Roberts, Daryl Griffiths
C: Nicky Winmar, Ian Stewart, Lance Oswald
HF: Stewart Loewe, Darrel Baldock, Billy Mohr
F: Dave McNamara, Tony Lockett, Nathan Burke
Foll: Carl Ditterich, Robert Harvey, Ross Smith
Inter: Barry Breen, Alan Morrow, Bob Murray, Jim Ross

SOUTH ADELAIDE
B: George Mulcany, Bill Oliver, Jack Reedman (c)
HB: Jack Cockburn, Dan Moriarty, Bob Schmidt
C: Mark Coombe, Jim Deane, Laurie Cahill

HF: Alf "Bulla" Ryan, Don Pryor, Max Murdy
F: Jack Dawes, "Diddy" (Chris) Munro, Mark Naley
Foll: Peter Darley, Jack Tredrea, Frank Tully
Inter: Lindsay Backman, Ray Linke, Len Lapthorne
(Coach to be named in 2004).


SOUTH MELBOURNE–SYDNEY

announced on August 8, 2003
B:
John Rantall, John Heriot, Vic Belcher
HB: Bill Faul, Ron Clegg, Dennis Carroll
C: David Murphy, Greg Williams, Herb Matthews
HF: Tony Morwood, Laurie Nash, Gerard Healy
F: Bob Pratt, Tony Lockett, Paul Kelly (v.c.)
R: Barry Round, Peter Bedford, Bob Skilton (capt.)
Inter: Bill Williams, Stevie Wright, Daryn Cresswell, Fred Goldsmith, Mark Bayes, Harry Clarke, Mark Tandy
Coach: Jack Bissett

TASMANIA
announced on June 25, 2004
B:
Verdun Howell (St K), Tassie Johnson (Melb), Ivor Warne-Smith (Melb)
HB: Barry Lawrence (St K), Laurie Nash (Sth Melb), Brent Crosswell (Carl/NM)
C: Rodney Eade (Haw), Ian Stewart (St K/Rich), Arthur Hodgson (Carl)
HF: Darrel Baldock (capt, St K), Royce Hart (Rich), Daryn Cresswell (Syd)
F: Horrie Gorringe (Cananore, Tas), Peter Hudson (Haw), Alastair Lynch (Fitz/Bris)
Foll: Peter "Percy" Jones (Carl), John Leedham (v-c, Nth Hobart/Nth L'ton), Terry Cashion (New Town/Clarence/Longford/Sandy Bay)
Int: Paul Williams (Coll/Syd), Len Pye (Nth Hobart/Fitz/New Norfolk), Matthew Richardson (Rich), Darrin Pritchard (Haw), Rex Garwood (New Town/Glenorchy), Michael Roach (Rich), Neil Conlan (New Town/Devonport).
Coach: Roy Cazaly. Assistant: Robert Shaw.
Umpire: Scott Jeffery.


WILLIAMSTOWN

B: Eric Beitzel, Max Munday, John Ramsay
HB: Brett McTaggart, Gerry Callahan, Colin Wilcox
C: Jim Caldwell, Max Papley, John Martin
HF: Ray Smith, Ron Todd, Ian Rickman
F: Harry Simpson, Mark Fotheringham, Saade Ghazi
R: Barry Round, Eric Glass, Alby Linton
Inter: Reg Harley, Bob Jones, Len Kent, Kim Kershaw, Tony Pastire, Tom Russell
Coach: Wally Carter

WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS
(Team of the Decade, 1991-2000)
B:
Glen Freeborn (NM-Col); Steven Hall; Peter Schwarz
HB: Andrew Rogers (Ess-Gee); Paul Prymke (Mel); Jamie Tape (Rch)
C: Andrew Payze (Ade); Robert Pyman (NM-Mel); Scott Camporeale (Car)
HF: Shayne Bruer (Gee-PA); Andrew Taylor (Fsc-Bri); Gavin Collville
F: Brett Burton (Ade); Scott Morphett (Gee): Steven Sziller (StK-Rch)
Rucks: David Neiman (drafted by StK but never signed); Wayne Weideman (Ade); Jason Sziller
IC: Paul Bulluss (Rch); Nick Pesch (Ade-Mel); Adam Pearce
Coach: Bruce Winter



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Proposed
SOUTH MELBOURNE–SYDNEY


Sydney on May 2, 2003 released a list of nominees for their South Melbourne-Sydney team of the century.

The team – to be announced at a dinner in Sydney on August 8, 2003 – will comprise 22 players and four emergencies.

The 63 nominees include Brownlow winners Bob Skilton, Gerard Healy, Greg Williams and Paul Kelly, champion forwards Roy Cazaly, Bob Pratt and Tony Lockett, premiership star Herb Matthews and games record-holder John Rantall.

Coach Paul Roos and current-day players Stuart Maxfield, Michael O'Loughlin and Daryn Cresswell were also nominated.

Roos' predecessor Rodney Eade and Vic Belcher, Jack Bissett and Charlie Pannam were nominated as the club's best coach.

Nominees:
Defenders –
David Ackerley, Jack Austin, Mark Bayes, Vic Belcher, Mark Browning, Dennis Carroll, Rod Carter, Jim Cleary, Ron Clegg, Jim Dorgan, Andrew Dunkley, Bill Faul, Fred Goldsmith, John Heriot, Ron Hillis, Arthur Hiskins, Hugh McLaughlin Snr, John Rantall, Ian Roberts, Paul Roos, Joe Scanlan, Jim Taylor, Bernard Toohey.

Midfielders –
Terry Brain, Jim Caldwell, Harry Clarke, Daryn Cresswell, Gerard Healy, Paul Kelly, Herb Matthews, Stuart Maxfield, David McLeish, David Murphy, Rick Quade, Keith Schaefer, Wayne Schwass, Bruce Sloss, Bob Skilton, Mark Tandy, Len Thomas, Billy Williams, Greg Williams, Steve Wright.

Forwards –
Peter Bedford, Gary Brice, Warwick Capper, Roy Cazaly, Bernie Evans, Bill Gunn, Graeme John, Tony Lockett, Barry Mitchell, Len Mortimer, Tony Morwood, Laurie Nash, Michael O'Loughlin, Bob Pratt Snr, Peter Reville, Austin Robertson Snr, Graham Teasdale.

Rucks –
Jack Bissett, Jack Graham, Barry Round.

Coach –
Vic Belcher, Jack Bissett, Rodney Eade, Charlie Pannam.

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Team of the Century selectors
Rick Quade:
Team of the Century Chairman of Selectors. Played 164 games for the Swans between 1970-1980 kicking 111 goals, Best and Fairest winner in 1976, captain 1977-1979 and coach from 1982-1984.
Bill Jacobs:
Former Sports journalist for 3AW and one of the selectors for the AFL Team of the Century. Former Manager of Australian Cricket team and Sports journalist for 3AW.
John Heriot:
Former player and President of the Swans Past Players in Melbourne. Played 153 games between 1958-1968 kicking 39 goals. Selected in the 1961 interstate carnival. Vice-captain to Bob Skilton and runner-up Best and Fairest in 1964.
Dennis Carroll:
Former player and captain of the Swans from 1986-1992. Played 219 games for the Club between 1981-1993 and kicked 117 goals. Was also selected to play representative football for both NSW and Victoria.
Jim Main:
Co-author of "The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers" (with Russell Holmesby).



SOUTH MELBOURNE-SYDNEY
TEAM OF THE CENTURY
NOMINEES
1874-2003

BACKS
ACKERLEY, DAVID — 1979-85, 138 games, 12 goals. Safe and dependable back pocket who won club best and fairest in 1980 and 1982.

AUSTIN, JACK — 1930-38, 140 games, 19 goals. Reliable back pocket who was rated one of the Swans' best in the 1933 grand final win over Richmond.

BAYES, MARK — 1985-98, 246 games, 174 goals. Versatile player who excelled at centre half-back. Played in 1996 grand final and won best and fairest in 1989.

BELCHER, VIC — 1907-20, 226 games, 62 goals. Powerful defender-ruckman who is the only man to have played in two red and white premiership sides (1909 and 1918). Club captain in 1913 and 1920 and captain-coach from 1914-17.

BROWNING, MARK — 1975-87, 251 games, 138 goals. Dashing defender or centreman. Club captain from halfway through 1984 through 1985 and 1983 B&F.

CARROLL, DENNIS — 1981-93, 219 games, 117 goals. Superbly dependable across half-back line. Club captain from 1986-92 and represented both Victoria and NSW.

CARTER, ROD — 1980-90, 217 games, 1 goal. Ultra-tough full-back who hated any opposition goal. Stuck leach-like to opponents and was utterly reliable.

CLEARY, JIM — 1934-48, 222 games, 6 goals. Wonderfully reliable full-back known as "Gentleman Jim". Swan best and fairest in 1941 and '44 and a regular Victorian representative.

CLEGG, RON — 1945-54 and 1956-60, 231 games, 156 games. Champion centre half-back or centre half-forward who won a Brownlow Medal in 1949. Club captain in 1953-54 and 1957 and captain-coach from 1957-60. Best and fairest in 1948-49 and 1951.

DUNKLEY, ANDREW — 1992-2002, 217 games, 11 goals. Super-courageous full-back who was acting captain when Paul Kelly was restricted by injuries from 1999-2001. Wonderfully reliable.

FAUL, BILL — 1932-38, 117 games, 2 goals. Part of the Swans' Foreign Legion of the 1930s, West Australian Faul was runner-up in the 1932 Brownlow Medal count and won club best and fairest that year. A dashing but safe half-back flanker, he coached the Swans from 1960-61.

GOLDSMITH, FRED — 1951-59, 119 games, 107 goals. The first specialist full-back to win a Brownlow Medal (1955), Goldsmith was a magnificent mark and kick. He represented Victoria 10 times. He also could star at full-forward and topped the club goalkicking with 43 goals in 1957.

HERIOT, JOHN — 1958-68, 153 games, 39 goals. The finest full-back of his era, Heriot was a superb mark and a long kick. Served as Bob Skilton's vice-captain and represented Victoria at the 1961 Carnival.

HILLIS, RON — 1929-37, 137 games, 16 goals. A tall, elegant full-back who often had the better of Collingwood goalkicking legend Gordon Coventry. Club best and fairest in 1930 and 1935. Missed the 1933 premiership through injury.

HISKINS, ARTHUR — 1908-15 and 1919-23, 185 games, 56 goals. One of South's early stars, "Poddy" Hiskins was famous for his long-kicking and dashes downfield. He was one of South's best from a half-back flank in the 1909 grand final win over Carlton.

McLAUGHLIN, HUGH Snr — 1929-34, 96 games, 0 goals. A tough, but dashing half-back who played in the Swans' 1933 premiership side and in the losing 1934 grand final side.

RANTALL, JOHN — 1963-72 and 1976-79, 260 games, 8 goals. A superb defender with every skill, Rantall captained the Swans in 1969 when Bob Skilton was sidelined through injury and in his own right in 1972. Still holds the record for the most games (260) with the Swans.

ROBERTS, IAN — 1979-91, 157 games, 33 goals. A superbly-reliable and courageous back pocket specialist who grew up barracking for the Swans. Rarely made a mistake.

ROOS, PAUL — 1995-98, 87 games, 19 goals. Former Fitzroy legend who gave the Swans wonderful service across the half-back line in the twilight of his career. One of the Swans' best in the 1996 grand final loss to North Melbourne. Appointed Swan coach late in 2002.

SCANLAN, JOE — 1923-31, 148 games, 12 goals. A solid and reliable defender, Scanlan captained the club during 1928 and from 1930-31. He represented Victoria six times.

TAYLOR, JIM — 1949-61, 153 games, 35 goals. Tough, dashing defender-ruckman who protected smaller teammates. Swans best and fairest in 1953 and 1957 and a regular Victorian representative.

TOOHEY, BERNARD — 1986-91, 129 games, 76 goals. Tough-as-teak half-back who could pinch-hit up forward. Regular Victorian representative who topped the club goalkicking in 1989 when shifted to full-forward late in the season.

CENTRES
CALDWELL, JIM — 1909-19, 155 games, 34 goals. One of the great centreline players of his era, Caldwell had pace, skill and judgement. He captained South to victory in the 1918 grand final and was a regular Victorian representative.

CLARKE, HARRY — 1926-35, 147 games, 34 goals. A classical centreline player with exceptional skills, Clarke was one of the Swans' best in the 1933 grand final win over Richmond. He won the best and fairest that year and represented Victoria 11 times.

MATTHEWS, HERB Snr —1932-45, 191 games, 17 goals. A truly gifted footballer, Matthews excelled across the centreline and had exceptional pace. One of the Swans' best in the 1933 grand final win and won a Brownlow Medal in 1940. Best and fairest in 1936-37, 1939-40 and 1943. Club captain from 1938-45, including a stint as captain-coach in 1939. Non-playing coach from 1954-57.

MAXFIELD, STUART— 1996-2003, 153 games, 71 goals (to Round 5, 2003). A dashing winger with great pace, skills and a magnificent long left-foot kick, Maxfield was appointed club captain on the retirement of Paul Kelly at the end of the 2002 season.

McLEISH, DAVID — 1969-80, 213 games, 22 goals. Reliable and steady winger who also could play at half-back. Gave the Swans wonderfully durable service.

MURPHY, DAVID — 1984-93, 156 games, 92 goals. Brilliant, free-flowing wing specialist whose kicking to position was pin-point perfect. Represented Victoria and was named All-Australian in 1988.

SCHAEFER, KEITH — 1947-53, 102 games, 22 goals. A graceful and consistent centreman, Schaefer won the club best and fairest in 1952 and was regarded as one of the elite players of his era.

THOMAS, LEN — 1927-38, 187 games, 56 goals. Champion centreman who was blessed with great speed and natural skills. Was named among Swans' best in 1933 grand final win. Club best and fairest in 1931 and 1938.

WILLIAMS, GREG — 1986-91, 107 games, 118 goals. Prolific possession-winning centreman famous for his ball-reading and ability to bring others into the play. Won a Brownlow Medal in 1986 and a regular Victorian representative.


FORWARDS
BEDFORD, PETER — 1968-76, 178 games, 325 goals. Highly-skilled utility with superb ball-winning ability. Won a Brownlow Medal in 1970 and won club best and fairest awards from 1969-71 and in 1973 and 1975. Captain from 1973-76 and leading goalkicker from 1971-73.

BRICE, GARY — 1970-79, 171 games, 101 goals. Tough, reliable half-forward or winger who had the strength to crash through packs.

CAPPER, WARWICK — 1983-87 and 1991, 90 games, 317 goals. High-flying, flamboyant full-forward who topped the club goalkicking each season from 1984-87, with a season's best of 103 goals in 1987.

CAZALY, ROY — 1921-24 and 1926-27, 99 games, 39 goals. A follower who often rested up forward, Cazaly's name was used as a catchcry — "Up There Cazaly" — by Diggers in World War II. Club captain during 1927, inaugural club best and fairest in 1926 and coach from 1937-38. Topped the goalkicking in 1921-22.

EVANS, BERNIE — 1978-85, 148 games, 212. Cheeky rover with great goal sense. Evans won the club's best and fairest in 1984

GUNN, BILL — 1952-59, 104 games, 101 goals. Dangerous and clever half-forward flanker with great goal sense. A regular Victorian representative, he captained the Swans in 1955 and topped the goalkicking in 1956.

JOHN, GRAEME — 1964-69, 77 games, 97 goals. Superbly-talented and courageous centre half-forward who took spectacular marks and brought teammates into play. Non-playing coach from 1973-75 and also served as the club as president.

LOCKETT, TONY — 1995-99 and 2002, 98 games, 462 goals. The most prolific goalkicker in AFL history, with 1360 goals. Lifted the Swans immediately on his move from St Kilda and his post-siren behind against Essendon put the Swans into the 1996 grand final. Topped the club goalkicking each season from 1995-1999, with a best of 121 goals in 1996. He won the John Coleman Medal as a Swan player in that season and again in 1998 (109 goals).

MITCHELL, BARRY — 1984-92, 170 games, 214 goals. Hard-working, dedicated rover-forward whose work around the packs was invaluable. Best and fairest in 1991.

MORTIMER, LEN — 1906-15, 153 games, 289 goals. Known as "Mother", Mortimer was South's first goalkicking hero. He was considered the most accurate shot for goal in his era and played in the 1909 South premiership side. Mortimer topped the club goalkicking in each season from 1906-1912, with a best tally of 50 goals in 1909.

MORWOOD, TONY — 1978-89, 229 games, 397 goals. Marvellously-skilled half-forward whose courage was inspirational. Topped the club's goalkicking with 56 goals in 1979 and with 45 goals in 1982.

NASH, LAURIE — 1933-37 and 1945, 99 games, 246 goals. A truly great player at either centre half-forward or centre half-back, Nash was a star in the 1933 grand final win over Richmond. He won the best and fairest in 1937 and topped the goalkicking with 37 goals that year. Nash also topped the goalkicking in 1945 with 56 goals. He once kicked 18 goals for Victoria in a match against South Australia and coached the Swans in 1953.

O'LOUGHLIN, MICHAEL — 1995-2003, 167 games, 247 goals (to Round 5, 2003). Gifted forward with silky skills and deft goalkicking ability. Swan best and fairest in 1998 and All-Australian in 1997 and 2000. Topped club goalkicking in 2000 (53 goals) and 2001 (35).

PRATT, BOB Snr — 1930-39 and 1946, 158 games, 681 goals. One of the game's great full-forwards, Pratt was a freakish mark and a wonderful ground player. He topped the Swan goalkicking each season from 1932-36 and again in 1939. His best season's tally was 150 goals in 1934, an AFL record shared with Hawthorn's Peter Hudson (1971). Pratt topped the "ton" of goals in consecutive years from 1933-35.

REVILLE, PETER — 1925-34, 156 games, 207 goals. One of the finest forwards of his era, Reville excelled on a half-forward flank with his high marking and long kicking. He was one of South's best in the 1933 flag win over Richmond.

ROBERTSON, AUSTIN Snr — 1927-37, 154 games, 250 goals. Arguably the fastest man to play League football, Robertson was world professional sprint champion and his pace made him a formidable forward to counter. Topped the club's goalkicking from 1929-31.

TEASDALE, GRAHAM — 1975-81, 125 games, 138 goals. A truly magnificent high mark, Teasdale dominated the air during his 1977 Brownlow Medal season. He also won the club best and fairest that season, as well as the goalkicking. He also topped the club goalkicking in 1975 as a full-forward.


RUCKS
JACK BISSETT — 1932-36, 90 games, 9 goals. A big, strong ruckman, Bissett used his weight freely to break open packs for smaller teammates. A Victorian representative, he was South captain-coach from 1933-36, his tenure including the 1933 flag win over Richmond.

GRAHAM, JACK — 1935-49, 227 games, 233 goals. A superb ruckman with great aerial skills and the knack of palming the ball to his rovers. Graham also could play in a key position. He captained the Swans from 1946-58 and was best and fairest in 1945.

BARRY ROUND — 1976-85, 193 games, 157 goals. Started with the Swans as a centre half-forward but developed into a magnificent ruckman. The big-hearted Round won a Brownlow Medal in 1981 and captained the Swans from 1980-84. Club best and fairest in 1979 and 1981.


RUCK-ROVER
CRESSWELL, DARYN — 1992-2003, 227 games, 188 goals (to Round 5, 2003). Hard-working midfielder with unquestioned courage and limitless team commitment. Club best and fairest in 1994 and All-Australian in 1997.

HEALY, GERARD — 1986-90, 81 games, 87 goals. Highly-skilled ruck-rover with great leadership qualities and prolific ball-winning ability. Won Brownlow Medal in 1988 and club best and fairest each season from 1986-88.

QUADE, RICK — 1970-80, 164 games, 111 goals. Wonderfully loyal club servant, he was a tireless ruck-rover who excelled in body contact. He once was credited with 40 possessions in a match against Fitzroy. Best and fairest in 1976, captain from 1977-79 and non-playing coach from 1982-84. Also served the club as chairman of selectors and as a director.

SCHWASS, WAYNE — 1998-2002, 98 games, 57 goals. Gave the club invaluable service after moving from the Roos. A huge-possession winner, Schwass delivered the ball to perfection. He won the club best and fairest in 1999.

SLOSS, BRUCE — 1910-14, 81 games, 44 goals. One of the greatest players of his era, Sloss was named Champion of the Colony in 1912. A follower (ruck-rover) with great skills, he was best on the ground in South's 1914 grand final loss to Carlton and this solo performance was rated as one of unparalleled excellence.


ROVER
BRAIN, TERRY — 1928-37, 141 games, 198 goals. One of South's finest players in its golden era, Brain was an important member of the 1933 premiership side. A brilliant rover with great goalkicking skills, he was best and fairest in 1934

KELLY, PAUL — 1990-2002, 234 games, 200 goals. Known as "Captain Courageous", Kelly led by example. A truly inspirational leader who won the hardest of balls, he won a Brownlow Medal in 1995 and captained the Swans from 1993 to his retirement at the end of the 2002 season. He won the club best and fairest in 1992-93 and in 1996-97.

SKILTON, BOB — 1956-71, 237 games, 412 goals. A legendary rover who won three Brownlow Medals, in 1959, 1963 and 1968. Super-courageous, Skilton had exceptional skills and could never be tagged out of a match. He won the club best and fairest a record nine times and topped the goalkicking three times (with a best of 60 goals in 1959). Skilton was captain from 1961-71, although he missed the entire 1969 season with an achilles injury. He also was captain-coach from 1965-66.

TANDY, MARK — 1911-15 and 1917-26, 207 games, 47 goals. A brilliant rover who dazzled around the packs, Tandy played in the 1918 premiership side. He captained the club during the 1922 season. Represented Victoria 13 times.

WILLIAMS, BILLY — 1945-51, 124 games, 180 goals. A brilliant rover with tremendous ball-winning ability, Williams was club best and fairest in 1946-47 and again in 1950. He topped the Swans' goalkicking in 1947 and 1951.

WRIGHT, STEVE — 1979-92, 246 games, 247 goals. Tough, gritty rover with great goal sense. Wright won the Swans' best and fairest in 1985 and 1990.


COACH
BELCHER, VIC — Belcher was club captain in 1912 under the coaching of Harvey Kelly, and was captain-coach from 1914-17, taking the red and white to the 1914 grand final (losing to Carlton) and making the finals again in 1917 (fourth). He had played in the 1909 premiership and, after relinquishing the position as captain-coach at the end of 1917, played in the Southerners' 1918 flag side.

BISSETT, JACK — From Stawell, Bissett originally played in the League with Richmond, but was appointed South captain-coach in 1933 to replace Johnny Leonard, who had returned to Western Australia. Bissett, who played in the ruck, guided the Swans to the 1933 premiership and to three more grand finals, from 1934-36, in his four-season tenure.

EADE, RODNEY — A former champion Hawthorn and Brisbane winger, Eade was appointed Swans coach in 1996 and immediately guided the Club to their first grand final since 1945. He also guided the Swans to finals appearances from 1997-99 and in 2002. He coached the Swans for a club record 152 games to his departure in 2002.

PANNAM, CHARLIE — A Collingwood champion, Pannam angered the Magpies when he was appointed South captain-coach in 1923 at just 25 years of age, but although he was able to coach the Southerners from the start, he had to stand out as a player for three years. He took the club to third position in his first season in charge and then to fourth in 1924 and fifth in 1925. Pannam started playing again in 1926 and spent two years with the club as captain-coach. He coached the club in 108 matches, third only to Rodney Eade's 152 games and Ian Stewart's 111.


The Swans Team of the Century will be be announced on Friday, August 8th –
Venue: The Bayside Banquet Hall, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
Time: 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Dress: Black Tie

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Other items of interest to this collection from the files of Footystats Diary include —

May 1998
HAWKS NAME THEIR ‘BEST’
The Hawthorn Football Club Social Club recently conducted a poll to name the 10 Best Hawks of All Time.

On the occasion of the club's 125th anniversary, a panel of four past presidents, three ex-chairmen of selectors, two former coaches and a past captain (all of whom were not identified) looked back on almost 800 players who have represented Hawthorn in their 74 seasons of League football since 1925.

The selection resulted in the following listing —

1 - LEIGH MATTHEWS, 332 games, 915 goals, 1969-1985
2 - GRAHAM ARTHUR, 232 games, 201 goals, 1955-1968
3 - PETER HUDSON, 129 games, 727 goals, 1969-74 & 1977
4 - DERMOTT BRERETON, 189 games, 427 goals, 1982-1992
5 - MICHAEL TUCK, 426 games, 320 goals, 1972-1991
6 - JIM BOHAN, 131 games, 145 goals, 1938-1946
7 - PETER KNIGHTS, 264 games, 201 goals, 1969-1985
8 - JASON DUNSTALL, (at May 8, 1998) 261 games, 1224 goals, 1985-1998
9 - BRENDAN EDWARDS, 109 games, 29 goals, 1956-61 & 1963
10 - COL AUSTEN, 91 games, 6 goals, 1940-43 & 1946

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September 1998
"THE FATHER OF FOOTBALL"
RECOGNISED WITH MEMORIAL


MARTIN FLANAGAN recorded an important event in The Age.

On Thursday (17th) a monument to THOMAS WENTWORTH WILLS, now commonly described as the Father of Australian Football, was unveiled outside Moyston oval only a kilometre or so from the grand homestead his father Horatio constructed at Mount Ararat, three years following John Batman's founding of Melbourne.

There is every reason to believe that Tom Wills playing with Djabwurrung children observed a team game played at tribal gatherings and described as Aboriginal football by a Scottish settler, James Dawson.

The Tom Wills memorial, which was built from Harcourt granite by the Stawell firm of Cray Brothers, was the idea of Moyston identity, FRED HOMBURG (otherwise known as "Barry from the Bush"), and was jointly funded by the Westpac bank and its staff in the region.

In attendance at the ceremony was Uncle Jack Kennedy, a direct descendant of Dick-a-Dick, one of the Aboriginal players coached by Tom Wills which became the first Australian cricket team to tour England in 1868 where they recorded victory in 14 of their games. Kennedy unveiled the Tom Wills memorial with AFL historian Col Hutchinson.

As Flanagan noted: "It is a handsome tribute to a proud, solitary man whose unique contribution to the cultural and sporting life of this nation was overlooked for so long".

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July 1999
Herald Sun RATES MATTHEWS THE BEST

The Herald Sun for six days from July 12 to 17 presented an attractive series of daily liftouts covering the Top 200 Footballers of the Century and the Top 20 Coaches of the Century.

Football writers Mike Sheahan, Trevor Grant, Geoff Poulter, Bruce Matthews, Scott Gullan, Michael Horan, Jon Anderson, Michael Stevens, Ron Reed, Mark Stevens, Mark Robinson, Daryl Timms and Leo Schlink each nominated their top 200 players and top 20 coaches.

The results of their findings were published on Friday and Saturday.

The leaders of the Top 200 Footballers of the Century were:

1 LEIGH MATTHEWS Hawthorn 1969-85
2 TED WHITTEN SR Footscray 1951-70
3 GARY ABLETT Hawthorn 1982, Geelong 1984-86
4 GRAHAM 'POLLY' FARMER East Perth 1953-61, Geelong 1962-67, West Perth 1968-71
5 WAYNE CAREY North Melbourne 1989–
6 IAN STEWART Hobart 1962, St Kilda 1963-70, Richmond 1971-75
7 JOHN COLEMAN Essendon 1949-54
8 TONY LOCKETT St Kilda 1983-94, Sydney 1995–
9 JOHN NICHOLLS Carlton 1957-74
10 HAYDN BUNTON SR Fitzroy 1931-37, 1942


The leaders of the Top 20 Coaches of the Century were:

1 NORM SMITH Fitzroy 1949-51, Melbourne 1952-67, South Melb 1969-72
2 JOCK McHALE Collingwood 1912-49
3 MALCOLM BLIGHT North Melb 1981, Woodville 1983-87, Geelong 1989-94, Adelaide 1997–
4 RON BARASSI Carlton 1965-71, North Melb 1973-80, Melbourne 1981-85, Sydney 1993-95
5 ALLAN JEANS St Kilda 1961-76, Hawthorn 1981-87, 89-90, Richmond 1992
6 KEVIN SHEEDY Essendon 1981–
7 DAVID PARKIN Hawthorn 1977-80, Fitzroy 1986-88, Carlton 1981-85, 1991–
8 TOM HAFEY Richmond 1966-76, Collingwood 1977-82, Geelong 1983-85, Sydney 1986-88
9 JOHN KENNEDY Hawthorn 1960-63, 67-76, North Melb 1985-89
10 LEN SMITH Fitzroy 1958-62, Richmond 1964-65

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Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Indigenous Team of the Century
The Australian football indigenous team of the century boasts an impressive line-up, Rohan Connolly reports in The Age.

The AFL announced the 24-man team at a lavish ceremony in Melbourne on Monday, attended by the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard.

Aborigines were playing league football as early as the turn of last century, witness Joe Johnson, a dual premiership player with Fitzroy in 1904-05.

But he and the likes of Essendon's champion half-back of the 1940s and '50s, Norm McDonald, remained rarities in the VFL until the 1960s and early '70s, when the phenomenal talents of Geelong ruckman Graham "Polly" Farmer, North Melbourne rover Barry Cable and dangerous Carlton forward Syd Jackson were unleashed on Victorian fans.

Thus started a trickle of talent, which became a flood, one for which any keen fan of AFL football today will be forever thankful.

Paul Gough for Sportal noted: The team, which covered the period of 1904-2004, also featured a handful of players that did not play in the VFL but were champions in their respective states headed by Western Australian star of the 1970s and 80s Stephen Michael as well as Bill Dempsey, David Kantilla, Michael Graham and Ted Kilmurray.

The list of honours accumulated by the team is simply staggering.

The only two players of Aboriginal descent to win the Brownlow Medal – Gavin Wanganeen and Adam Goodes – were both named as well as the first Aboriginal player to reach 200 games in St Kilda's Nicky Winmar.


The team:

B: Chris L Johnson Darryl White Bill Dempsey
HB: Gavin Wanganeen Adam Goodes Norm McDonald
C: Peter Matera Maurice Rioli Michael Long
HF: Nicky Winmar Stephen Michael Syd Jackson
F: Chris Lewis Michael O'Loughlin Jim Krakouer
Foll: Graham Farmer
(Captain)
Andrew McLeod Barry Cable
(Coach)
IC: Michael McLean
Byron Pickett
Michael Graham
David Kantilla
Ted Kilmurray
Peter Burgoyne
Umpire:
Glenn James

The selection panel comprised AFL Indigenous Foundation board member Pat Dodson, prominent AFL fan and media personality Ernie Dingo, former AFL umpire Glenn James – who was named as the umpire in the team of the century – as well as Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy, AFL National Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan, senior journalists Mike Sheahan and Michelangelo Rucci and AFL historian Col Hutchison.

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Friday, June 1, 2007

l Italian Team of the Century named
ABC Radio Sport reports Adelaide's Mark Ricciuto has been selected as captain of the VFL-AFL's Italian Team of the Century.

The 18-man team was announced at a gala charity function in Melbourne last night after being selected from a list of 148 footballers known to be of Italian origin.

Some of the well-known players also selected in the team included Stephen Silvagni, Peter and Phillip Matera, Brendan Fevola and Robert Dipierdominico.

AFL legend Ron Barassi was named coach.

VFL-AFL Italian Team of the Century:
Backs: Frank Curcio, Stephen Silvagni, Len Incigneri
Half-backs: Alec Epis, Anthony Koutoufides, John Kennedy jr.
Centres: Robert DiPierdomenico, Ian Stewart (Cervi), Peter Matera
Half-forwards: Peter Riccardi, Alan Martello, Mark Mercuri
Forwards: Phillip Matera, Saverio Rocca, Brendan Fevola
Followers: Steve Alessio, Mark Ricciuto (captain)
Rover: Peter Pianto
Interchange: Sergio Silvagni, Tony Liberatore, Scott Camporeale, Joe Misiti
Coach: Ron Barassi
President: Frank Costa

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Monday, September 6, 2004

l Greek Team of the Century named
l Col Hutchinson supplies the 28 selections

The Greek language Neos Kosmos on Monday September 6, 2004 announced Collingwood's legendary 1953 premiership captain Lou Richards was named captain of the Greek Team of the Century, at the Athlos gala charity dinner on Thursday (Sept 2).

However, the records noted (to which some have been added) excludes four of the starting 18 players some names have disappeared:

GREEK TEAM OF THE CENTURY
B: George Lakes
(Melb, South Melb)
Ang Christou
(Carlton)
?
HB: Vasil Variamos
(Carlton)
Russell Morris
(Hawthorn, St Kilda)
Angelo Lekkas
Hawthorn
C: ? Anthony Koutoufides
(Carlton)
Andrew Demetriou
(North Melb, Hawthorn)
HF: Daniel Metropolis
(West Coast)
Athos Hyrousolakis
(Collingwood)
?
F: Jason Trianidis
(St Kilda)
Peter Daicos (vc)
(Collingwood)
Spiro Kourkoumelis
(Carlton, St Kilda)
R: Steve Malaxos
(West Coast)
John Georgiou
(St Kilda)
Lou Richards (capt)
(Collingwood)
IC: Peter Kanis
(Hawthorn)
Zino Tsataris
(???)
Luke Beveridge
(Mel, Fsc, StK)
Chris Pavlou
(Carlton)
 
Coach Ron Richards
(Collingwood)
   

The Neos Kosmos report continued: The Richards-Pannam dynasty, which boasts the greatest family record in VFL/AFL history, had an astounding five representatives in the team, including Ron Richards as coach.

Over 530 people attended the lavish black-tie event, including sports minister
Justin Madden, Lord Mayor John So, media personality Red Symons, and most of the 55 VFL-AFL players of Hellenic background. Athlos patron and AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou was named on the wing. In his address he declared that "I doubt we will ever have this experience ever again in our lifetime".

TV news presenters
Angela Pippos and George Donikian hosted the event. Pippos summed up the mood of the evening, announcing that, "The Brownlow is for blondes. But tonight is for brunettes!"

Over $50,000 was raised for the Hellenic Australian Sports Foundation scholarships, to be granted to young Greek sportspeople.

The Greek Team of the Century was selected by the Athlos committee, headed by chairman
Chris Pavlou, the former Carlton winger and current board member. They also consulted football legends Ron Barassi and David Parkin.

There was a total of 55 players to choose from, who played 3,521 games for 2,997 goals between them. Thirteen players represented Victoria, and eleven were premiership players.
Murray Thompson MP presented the players with commemorative jumpers and medallions.

Peter Daicos and Anthony Koutoufides were named as vice-captains of the team. Daicos is one of the most revered players in the history of the game, and was named at full forward. He kicked 549 career goals, including 97 goals in Collingwood's famous 1990 premiership season. Daicos said he was proud to be there "to honour the sacrifices that my parents made".

Koutoufides is Carlton's captain, a premiership player, all-Australian representative and AFLPA award winner. He said. "It's a great honour for me to be presented with this and be alongside some superstars here. It's an honour that I'll look back at forever in my life."

Both proudly received their awards with their families in the audience, before being mobbed for autographs and photos.

Hawthorn's
Angelo Lekkas was the other current player to make the team. However Geelong midfielder Paul Koulouriotis was presented with the Hellenic Australian Sports Foundation 'Player of the future award.' Koulouriotis is the newest Greek sensation in the AFL. Since breaking into the Geelong side in round 17, he has collected at least 22 possessions in each of his last four games, and been amongst the best on ground. He will be a vital link in the Cats finals assault.
There were surprises in the heritage eligibility of some players. Most notably was the blond hair blue-eyed
Russell Morris named at centre-half-back. His great-great-great-great grandfather was Greek. "So I'm Greek!" said the 159 game premiership and all-Australian player. Morris announced that he was even vilified on the field when called a "wog poofter".

Luke Beveridge qualified on the interchange as his grandfather came from Samos.

The Richards' grandfather
Charlie Pannam (shortened from Pannamopoulos) was Greek, and six of the family played a record 939 VFL games, kicking 1184 goals and winning 8 premierships between them. Lou was unable to attend the event but his little brother Ron accepted the honour on his behalf. Ron was also named as coach of the 'Greek Team of the Century;' having coached the Magpies reserves to a premiership and being the only undefeated senior coach.

There was another family connection in the team, with cousins
George Lakes and Vasil Varlamos being named in the back pocket and half back flank respectively.
Scholarship funds were raised by the auction of many items and memorabilia. One eager fan, believed to be a prominent committee member, bid a total of $12,000 for Pavart paintings of Daicos and Koutoufides plus a signed commemorative jumper
Sports Minister Justin Madden celebrated the evening with a 'toast to all things Greek', and said he "wouldn't be surprised to see similar nights like this coming out of many other cultural groups, because of the great success that this has been".
One thing is certain; it was Greek footy's night of the century!

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The following names of 28 selections for the Greek TOTC were supplied by master statsman
Col Hutchinson.

Luke Beveridge
Ang Christou
Peter Daicos
Andrew Demetriou
Gary Frangalis
John Georgiou
Con Gorozidis
Peter Kanis
Arthur Karanicolas
Anthony Koutoufides (Capt)
Spiro Kourkoumelis
George Lakes
Angelo Lekkas
Spiro Malakellis
Steven Malaxos
Alex Marcou
Daniel Metropolous
Russell Morris
Alby C. Pannam 
Charlie E. Pannam 
Charlie H. Pannam 
Chris Pavlou
Lou Richards
John Rombotis
Jason Traianides
Zeno Tzatzaris
Vasil Varlamos
Ron A. Richards (Coach)

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