The Inaugural Hall of Fame a BIG Success

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 4:27 PM

Among the thousands of members’ who have played, coached and helped administer the Perth Football Club since its inception in 1899, 35 individuals were honoured as the inaugural inductees into the Perth Demon’s Hall of Fame club on Saturday night in front of over 450 people.

 

A special committee spent many months selecting those 35 individuals from an initial list of 110 following a broad set of criteria, including: Individual contribution to the Perth Demons between the timeframe of 1899 – 1986; the number of games played; the quantity and calibre of any awards won - in the case of forwards, goals kicked, state representation, premierships and so on; coaching achievements; and the length and quality of the contribution to The Club at an administrative level.

The night was a beautiful night with glitz, glamour and a rich history. The Perth Football Club would like to thank everyone who assisted with the management of this prestigious event:

 

Event Organisers: Merchants of Magic

Sponsors: The Lucky Shagg

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Readings

Interviewers: Peter Kennedy and Adrian Barich

Hall of Fame Function Committee: Allan Stiles, Vince Pendal, Marty Atkins, Peter, Kennedy, Brian Sweetapple, Brian Conduit, Richard Camm

Hall of Fame Nominations Committee: Peter Kennedy, Allan Stiles, Jack Ensor,  Richard Camm, Ian Miller, Pat Astone, Wim Rosbender, Brian Conduit, Brian Sweetapple and Greg Wardell-Johnson.

 

Commemorative books (thanks to Peter Poat) from the event are available for purchase for $20. Please contact the club on 9362 4499 to buy your copy.

 

The following is a list of the 35 inductees honoured, listed in order of their announcement on Saturday night:

 

Alec Clarke - Alec "Squeaker" Clarke was a member of Perth's inaugural team in 1899, and played in the clubs first premiership in 1907. He was "tireless and effective ruckman" who all up, he played 161 games . . . a rare feat for that era. He was honoured with Life membership in 1909 and he was selected in Perth's Team of the Century in 1999. This award was received by: Chris Clarke (Nephew)

Alec Clarke’s Achievements:

  • Games:  161 (Perth)
  • Premierships:  1 (1907)
  • Team of the Century:  Interchange
  • Life Member:  1909

 

Harold Crase - Harold Crase, was one of the clubs inaugural players and had a vital role in establishing its early history. He had played for Rovers in the four-team WA Football Association until the club disbanded in 1899, before joining Perth to play 117 games. He had a reputation as a dashing defender with a prodigious drop-kick and was one of the best players in Perth’s first premiership team in 1907.  This award will be held at the Club until family connections can be found. This award was received by Marty Atkins, CEO – Perth Football Club

Harold Crase’s Achievements:

  • Games: 117
  • Premierships: 1
  • State representative: 4

 

Jack Leckie - Victorian-born Jack Leckie cemented his place in the Club's history when he guided it to its first premiership in 1907. He played his early football with Essendon and Fitzroy in Victoria before heading west in 1895 to play in the Goldfields. Moving to Perth in 1906, the following year he was captain-coach of Perth's first premiership team, won after a protest in a controversial Grand Final. He coached Perth for 11 seasons in five separate stints. This award was received by: Gwen Leckie-Porter (Granddaughter) and David Mitchinson (Grandson)

Jack Leckie’s Achievements:

  • Games: 76 (Perth):
  • Premierships: 1 (1907)
  • Leading goalscorer: 1 (1910)
  • Coach: 11 (1907-10, 1913-15, 1921, 1926, 1929-30)
  • Captain: 4 (1907-10)
  • State coach: 1 (1921 - winning carnival side)

 

Bert Gook - Bert Gook started with the Redlegs in 1933, quickly proving to be a prolific goal scoring forward as well as a gifted centreman. After being the clubs top scorer from 1934 to 1939, kicking over 100 goals in two of those years, his versatility was highlighted in 1940 when he won the club’s fairest and best award playing predominantly as a centreman. He kicked 512 goals for Perth and a further 20 in seven State games. This award was received by: Stan Whooley (Grandson)

Bert Gook’s Achievements

  • Games:  148
  • Fairest and best:  1 (1940)
  • Club leading goalscorer:  6 seasons (1934-39)
  • WANFL leading goalscorer: 1  (1939 -102 goals )
  • Team of the Century:  Full forward
  • State representative:  7 games (1936-38)

 

Henry ‘Harry’ Grigg - Harry Grigg was an outstanding centreman and the first Perth player to reach 200 games. He made his debut as a 16 year-old schoolboy in 1923 while attending Perth Modern School and in that first season was the Club’s top goal scorer. Famously rejected by Subiaco, because he was too small, he is acknowledged as one of Perth’s best ever midfielders, noted for his high-marks, lightning pace and powerful drop-kicks. This award was received by: Lorraine Follett (Daughter)

Henry Grigg’s Achievements

  • Games: 202
  • Fairest and Best:  1 (1927)
  • Club leading goalscorer:  1  (1923)
  • State representative: 11 (1924, 1925, 1927-29,1933)
  • Life Member:  1966 

 

Cyril Hoft - Cyril Hoft, a skillfull wingman, was Perth’s first Sandover Medallist, though it took 76 years for the feat to be recognised. After tying on votes with Subiaco’s Tom Outridge in 1921, the medals inaugural year, the WAFL President exercised a casting vote, opting for the Subiaco player. His medal was awarded in 1997 when the WAFL made retrospective awards to those players who had previously tied for top votes. This award was received by: Lois Edwards (Daughter)

Cryil Hoft’s Achievements:

  • Games:  88 (Perth)  
  • Sandover Medal:  1 (1921)
  • State Representative:  3 (1921-23)

 

Doug Oliphant - Doug Oliphant played a then record 224 games, spanning an incredible 18 years from 1927 to 1945. Twice fairest and best, he had reached 214 games before enlisting for military service, then returned to play another ten games in 1945 at age 34. A hard-running ruckman and prolific goal-kicker, he booted 385 career goals to lead the clubs goal kicking on four occasions. In 1931 was WANFL top scorer. This award was received by: David Oliphant (Son)

David Oliphant’s Achievements:

  • Games:  224
  • Fairest and best:  2 (1936, 1938)
  • Club leading goal scorer:  4 (1930-32, 1940)
  • WANFL leading goal scorer:  1931 (84 goals)
  • Captain-coach:  1 (1940)
  • Team of the Century:   Follower
  • State representative:  6 games (1936-37)
  • Life Member:  1962

 

Alan Shepherd - Alan Shepherd’s reputation as the outstanding centre-half-back in 1920s and 30s was recognised when he was named in that position in the clubs Team of the Century. He won Perth’s Fairest and Best award in his first year, and finished top four in three Sandover Medal counts.  He captained the Club in 1932 and played 11 state games during his 135 game career. Alan started a Perth generational lineage, with his son, Gordon, featuring in the 1955 premiership and  Gordon’s sons Cam and Brad, both playing for the club. This award was received by: Gordon Shepherd (Son)

Alan Sheperd’s Achievements

  • Games: 135
  • Fairest and Best:  1 (1926)
  • Captain:  1  (1932)
  • Team of the Century:  Centre half back
  • State representative:  11 (1930, 1933, 1934)

 

Wally Stooke - Wally Stooke was born in Victoria in 1895 and began his career with Perth in 1915 to start a remarkable 36 year devotion to the game. He played between 1915 and 1923 before taking on the role of club Treasurer and then Secretary for five years before becoming President of the WANFL, at 38 years of age, to hold that position for two decades. This award was received by: Rachel Edwards (Great Granddaughter)

Wally Stooke’s Achievements:

  • Games: 41
  • Coach: 1 (1922)
  • Captain: 2 (1920-21)
  • Life Member: 1927
  • Club Treasurer: 1 (1923)
  • Club Secretary: 6 (1924-29)
  • WA National Football League President: 20 (1932-51)
  • Australian National Football Council President: 5 (1946-50)
  • WA National Football League Life Member: 1930
  • WA Football League Hall of Fame: 2005

 

Ken Armstrong - Ken Armstrong is the only club member to play in a premiership team and then coach a subsequent League team to a premiership. As a 19 year-old in 1955 he was the centreman in the side which broke a 48 year premiership drought. Two decades later, the 170 game player, coached the Demons to two successive premierships. This award was received by: Gary Armstrong (son)

Ken Armstrong’s Achievements:

  • Games: 170
  • Doug Buckingham Memorial Trophy: 1955
  • Premierships: 1 (1955)
  • Premierships - League coach: 2 (1976-77)
  • Premierships - Reserves coach: 2 (1971, 1973)
  • Captain: 1961
  • Coach (league): 9 (1974-79, 1991-93)
  • State Games: 1959
  • Life Member: 1966
  • Club Legend: 2004
  • WAFL Hall of Fame: 2008

 

Tom Davis - In a unique double, Tom Davis is the only player in the history of the club to feature in premiership teams from different eras, celebrating victories in both his first and final seasons. In the closing stages of the 1955 grand final, he leapt above the pack to take a mark and kick a goal to put the Demons in front by two points, enough to snatch the flag and end 48 barren years.

Tom Davis’ Achievements:

  • Games: 220
  • Premierships: 2 (1955 and 1966)
  • State representative: 2 (1956)
  • Club Legend: 2013
  • Life Member: 1966

 

Pat Fogarty - Pat Fogarty had a profound influence on the fortunes of the Club, playing a major role in guiding it through the dark days of World War II. At wars end, he was instrumental in building up the playing stocks to culminate in the historic 1955 premiership. He was hugely instrumental in negotiations to move the club’s home base from the WACA to Lathlain Park in 1959. He served as a committeeman, honorary secretary and two separate terms as President. This award was received by: Larry Dwyer (Grandson)

Pat Fogarty’s Achievements:

  • Club committee: 5 (1936-40)
  • Club Hon. Secretary: 15 (1941-55)
  • Club President: 4 (1956-57, 1960-61)
  • Delegate to WANFL: 20 (1938-1957)
  • Life Member: 1948
  • WANFL Life Member: 1950
  • ANFC Certificate of Merit: 1957

 

Keith Harper - Keith Harper was one of the Club’s superstars during the 1950s, winning four Fairest and Best awards. His career began in the 1948 playing mostly as a fast moving mid-fielder. As captain in 1955, he led Perth to their drought braking premiership, their first since 1907. He made 18 appearances for WA, his best 1954 when he captained the team against Victoria to win the Simpson Medal. This award was received by: Jeanette Harper (Wife)

Keith Harper’s Achievements:

  • Games: 228
  • Premierships: 1 (1955)
  • Fairest and Best: 4 (1951, 53, 57, 59)
  • Simpson Medal: 1 (1954 against Victoria)
  • Team of the Century: 1999 (wingman)
  • State Games: 18 games (1953, 54, 55. 56, 58, 59)
  • State Captain: 2 (1955 and 1956)
  • Club Legend: 2003
  • Life Member: 1958
  • WA Football Hall of Fame: 2004

 

Roy Harper - Roy Harper, with his younger brother of Keith, were both members of the drought breaking 1955 premiership team. Sixty years later, they are the only brothers to be inducted tonight into the club’s inaugural Hall of Fame. Roy was a left-foot long-kicking half-back flanker with good anticipation and ball handling skills and was club captain in 1963 and represented the State on three occasions. This award was received by: Joan Harper (Wife)

Roy Harper’s Achievements:

  • Games:  213  
  • Premiership:  1955
  • Fairest and Best:  3 (1962, 63, 64)
  • Simpson Medal:  1962
  • Club Captain:  1963
  • State Representative:  3 (1962, 63, 64)
  • Life Member:  1964
  • Club Legend:  2003

 

Ern Henfry - Ern Henfry was an elite footballer, although he is better remembered for his coaching achievements. He made his League debut in 1937 shortly after his 16th birthday, before bursting into prominence when he turned 18 mid-way through the 1939 season, representing W.A. twice in that year. Retiring as captain-coach in 1954, he enjoyed the ultimate success in 1955, as non-playing coach, to break a 48-year premiership drought. This award was received by: Ken Henfry (Son)

Ern Henfrey’s Achievements:

  • Games:  85 (Perth)  
  • Fairest and Best:  1 (1941)
  • Captain:  2 seasons (1953-54)
  • Coach:   11 seasons (1953-59, 1962-65)
  • Premiership coach:  1 (1955)
  • Team of the Century:  Centre
  • State representative:  2 games (1939)
  • State Coach:  6 games (1956-57)
  • Club Legend:  2002
  • Life Member:  1963
  • WA Football Hall of Fame:  2004
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame:  2014

 

Marcel Hilsz - Marcel (or more affectionately, Nugget) Hilsz, was long regarded as one of the Perth’s most colourful characters. He matched his reputation with his performances, playing 187 games, primarily as half-back, but also occasionally at full forward. In 8 appearances for the State he was acknowledged as one of the best defenders in the land and was selected in the Club's Team of the Century. This award was received by: Michael Hilsz (Nephew)

Marcel Hilsz’s Achievements:

  • Games: 187 (Perth )
  • Club leading goalscorer: 1 (1951)
  • Captain: 1 (1951)
  • Team of the Century: Back Pocket
  • State representative: 8 (1946, 1948,1949)
  • Life Member: 1956

 

Merv McIntosh - Merv McIntosh was one of the greatest ruckman to play Australian football. After making his debut in 1939, he enlisted in the infantry at the start of the war, returning to football at the end of 1945. He captained the league team for five seasons, won 7 fairest and best awards, 3 Sandover Medals and 3 Simpson Medals, the last in his final game, the thrilling 2 point 1955 grand final victory. This award was received by: Brett McIntosh (Son)

Merv McIntosh’s Achievements:

  • Games: 217
  • Premierships: 1 (1955)
  • Fairest and best: 7 (1946-50, 1952, 1954)
  • Sandover Medal: 3 (1948, 1953, 1954)
  • Simpson Medal: 3 (1952-53, 1955)
  • Captain: 5 (1947-59, 1952)
  • Team of the Century: First ruck
  • State representative: 21 games
  • State captain: 1947 (Hobart carnival)
  • Tassie Medal: 1 (1953)
  • All Australian: 1 (1953)
  • Club Legend: 2001
  • WA Hall of Fame: 2004 (Legend 2004)
  • AFL Hall of Fame: 1996

 

Terry Moriarty - Terry Moriarty holds many distinctions with the Club, not the least being the games record holder and for nearly half a century the club’s first Sandover Medallist. War service saw him away from football for a period during 1940s, then after resuming, he went on to play 253 games. He played as a half-back in the famous 1955 two point grand final victory. This award received by: Michael Moriarty (Son)

Terry Moriarty’s Achievements:

  • Games: 253 (Club record)
  • Premierships: 1 (1955)
  • Fairest and Best: 2 (1942-43)
  • Sandover Medal: 1 (1943)
  • Captain: 1 (1943)
  • State representative: 9 (1948-50,1952, 1954)
  • Life Member: 1954
  • WA Football Hall of Fame 2010

 

Jack O’Dea - Jack O’Dea made a name for himself both on and off the field. As a player he was an accomplished defender and later became one of WA’s most highly respected football administrators. He played 128 games in a war interrupted career. However, his greatest accomplishments were as Secretary, then General Manager for 28 years which encompassed the club's move to Lathlain Park and the great team successes of the 60s and 70s. This award was received by: Jonathon O’Dea (Grandson)

Jack O’Dea’s Achievements:

  • Games: 128
  • Committee: 8 years
  • Assistant Hon. Secretary: 3 (1953-55)
  • Hon. Treasurer: 1 (1955)
  • WAFL Club Delegate: 22 (1955-77)
  • Hon. Secretary/General Manager: 28 (1956-83)
  • Manager-Football: 3 (1984-87)
  • Life Member: 1953
  • WAFL Life Member: 1965

 

Ron Tucker - Ron Tucker was a mercurial player who led the club’s goalkicking on nine occasions. He kicked 104 goals in 1951 to be the leading WANFL goalscorer and on six occasions booted ten or more goals in a game. Although playing the bulk of his football at full-forward, he also excelled at centre-half-forward, particularly in many of his 14 games for WA. This award was received by: Vic Tucker (Son)

Ron Tucker’s Achievements:

  • Games: 197 (Perth)
  • Club leading goalscorer: 9 (1941, 1946-50, 1953-55)
  • WANFL leading goalscorer: 1950 (104 goals)
  • Team of the Century: Centre-half forward
  • State representative: 14 (1947-50)
  • Life member: 1954
  • WA Football Hall of Fame: 2009

 

Frank ‘Dick’ Walker - Dick Walker was noted for his courage as a clever rover who had a remarkable ability to kick goals. In his 226 games over 13 years he booted 409 majors, one of the highest tallies on Perth's all-time goalkickers’ list. Two of the most valuable being in the drought-breaking 1955 two-point grand final victory. He won the club’s Fairest and Best award in 1955 and 1956.

Frank Walker’s Achievements:

  • Games: 226
  • Fairest and Best:  1955, 1956
  • Captain: 2 (1961-62)
  • Coach: 1 (1961)
  • Premiership: 1 (1955)
  • State Representative: 7 (1955-56)
  • Club Legend:  2007
  • Life Member: 1963

 

Reg Zeuner - Reg Zeuner joined Perth in 1949 after kicking 5 goals in West Adelaide’s South Australian premiership team in 1947 as an 18-year old.  Playing at centre-half-forward in the drought breaking 1955 premiership team he kicked two vital goals in Perth’s two point victory.  A versatile big man, he had a standout season in 1956, after taking over full-time ruck duties from Merv McIntosh and was runner up in that year’s Sandover Medal.  This award was received by: Betty Bennett (Sister)

Reg Zeuner’s Achievements:

  • Games: 209 (Perth)
  • Premiership: 1 (Perth-1955)
  • Fairest and Best: 1 (1958)
  • State Representative: 6 (1950,53, 57)
  • Team of the Century: 1999 (Interchange)
  • Life Member: 1961

 

Jack Ensor - Jack Ensor was the inaugural coach of Perth's Thirds team in 1957, guiding them for nine seasons and winning six premierships. His knowledge of many young players, and his astute assessment of tactics, complemented Mal Atwell's uncompromising on-field leadership when he became assistant league coach in 1966. Three successive premierships followed in the most successful era in the club's history.

Jack Ensor’s Achievements:

  • Thirds coach: 9 years (1957-65)
  • Thirds premierships: 6 (1959-61, 1963-65)
  • Reserves coach: 4 (1966-69)
  • Reserves premierships: 1 (1968)
  • League assistant coach: 4 (1966-69)
  • Life Member: 1967

 

Malcolm Atwell - Malcolm Atwell arrived at Lathlain Park as captain-coach in 1966 to make an immediate impact. He quickly established himself as the club's most successful coach, leading it to a hat-trick of premierships. Playing mainly as a defender, who often had a run on the ball, he possessed a powerful physique and was fast on his feet for a big man. He was chosen as coach of Perth’s Team of the Century in 1999.

Malcolm Atwell’s Achievements:

  • Games: 76 (Perth)
  • Premierships: 3 (Perth -1966-68)
  • Captain-coach: 4 (1966-69)
  • Coach: 2 (1970-71)
  • Team of the Century: Coach
  • State Games: 17
  • State coach: 1968-69.
  • Life Member: 1987
  • WA Football Hall of Fame: 2004

 

Greg Brehaut - Greg Brehaut was a big game player, who contributed enormously to the club’s premiership hat-trick of the 60s. An automatic selection in WA sides, he played 16 state games, being a big contributor in most of those matches.  He was named in the All-Australian side of 1969. In 157 matches for Perth he won admiration for courage and inspiration which stemmed from maintaining a high-level of fitness. This award was received by: Denise Brehaut (Wife)

Greg Brehaut’s Achievements:

  • Games: 157 (Perth)
  • Doug Buckingham Memorial Trophy 1 (1965) – Most Outstanding Junior
  • Premierships:  3 (1966-68)
  • Coach (Reserves):  2 years (1977-78)
  • Team of the Century:  Wing
  • State Representative: 16 games (1967, 1969-73)
  • All Australian team: 1969
  • Life Member: 1973
  • WA Football Hall of Fame: 2006

 

Barry Cable - Recruited by Perth as a teenager, Barry Cable was regarded by many to be too small for League football.  Fortunately for Perth, he was to become one of the greatest players produced in W.A. He played 225 games for the Demons, starting in 1962 as an 18 year old with a career including three Perth premierships and three Sandover Medals. He was also was seven times club fairest best. He played in 20 State games for W.A. winning the Tassie Medal in the 1966 Australian Carnival and is a member of both the West Australian and Australian Halls of Fame.

Barry Cable’s Achievements:  

  • Games: 225 (Perth)                                                                     
  • Doug Buckingham Memorial Trophy: 1 (1963) - Most Outstanding Junior
  • Premierships (Perth): 3 (1966-69)
  • Fairest & Best: 7 (1965-69, 1971, 1973)
  • Sandover Medal: 3 (1964, 68, 73)
  • Captain-Coach: 2 (1972-73)          
  • Club leading goalscorer:  1 (1971)                             
  • Simpson Medal: 5 (1966-69, 1977)                           
  • Team of the Century: Rover                                       
  • State Coach: 1 Year
  • Tassie Medal: 1 (1966)
  • Life Member: 1969                                        
  • State representative: 20 (1964-66, 1968-69, 1971, 1973)
  • Club Legend: 2005
  • WA Football Hall of Fame:  2004 (elevated to Legend status)
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame:  1996 (elevated to Legend status 2012)

 

Bryan Cousins - Bryan Cousins joined Perth as a 16 year-old in 1970 and made his League the same year. He was a skilful rover with an excellent work ethic and was appointed club captain from 1982 to 1984, shortly after returning from Geelong. In the first year of his captaincy, he won the club’s fairest and best award, adding to a similar achievement in 1972. He is second only to Terry Moriarty in games played for the Demons.

Bryan Cousin’s Achievements:

  • Games: 240 (Perth)
  • Doug Buckingham Memorial Trophy: 1 (1971) – Most Outstanding Junior
  • Fairest and Best: 2 (1972, 1982)
  • Sandover Medal: 1 (1983)
  • Captain:  3 (1982-84)
  • State representative: 1 (1985)
  • Life Member: 1983

 

Pat Astone - Despite his short stature for a ruckman, Pat Astone was a major contributor to the club’s hat-trick of premierships in the 1960s. He had a tremendous leap, proving to be a formidable opponent for the bigger-bodied ruckmen against whom he regularly competed. He put his superb aerial skills to good use, taking countless marks in the forward line and converting to goal. He kicked 261 goals during his 215 game career.

Pat Astone’s Achievements:

  • Games: 215
  • Doug Buckingham Memorial Trophy: 1 (1962) - Most Outstanding Junior
  • Burley Medal: 1 (1961) - WANFL Colts completion fairest and best
  • Premierships: 3 (1966-68)
  • Captain: 1 (1970)
  • Team of the Century: Forward pocket
  • State Representative: 2 (1969)
  • Club Legend: 2010
  • Life Member: 1969
  • Board Member: 3 years

 

Brian Cook - Brian Cook was an integral part of the resurgent Demons side of the mid 1970’s, holding down the key defensive role in the premierships of 1976/77. After winning the club fairest and best in 1980 he was appointed as League captain the following year. He retired at the end of the 1982 season after 181 league games and five for WA.

Brian Cook’s Achievements:

  • Games: 181
  • Doug Buckingham Memorial Trophy: 1973 – Most Outstanding Junior
  • Premierships: 2 (1976-77)
  • State Representative: 5 (1974, 1977, 1980)
  • Captain: 1981
  • League Fairest and Best: 1980 (Butcher Medal)
  • Life Member: 1979
  • Club Legend: 2014

 

Pat Dalton - Pat Dalton was the youngest of the “Dalton Gang” to play League football for Perth. Spanning a brilliant career over 12 seasons, he was a member of three premiership sides and won a Sandover Medal. As a vital cog in a formidable midfield, he won two club fairest and best awards and is a member of Perth's Team of the Century.

Pat Dalton’s Achievements:

  • Games: 217
  • Doug Buckingham Memorial Trophy: 1 (1961) - Best junior player
  • Premierships: 3 (1966-68)
  • Fairest and best: 2 (1964, 1970)
  • Sandover Medal: 1 (1970)
  • Team of the Century: Interchange
  • State representative: 1 (1969)
  • Club Legend: 2012
  • Life Member: 1968

 

Cliff Houghton - Cliff Houghton took over as President in 1966 to coincide with Mal Atwell’s appointment as coach. Both credited each other with their important leadership roles which resulted in the hat-trick of 1960’s premierships. He was an imposing figure and highly credentialed businessman, who set strong goals and a solid financial base as well as commanding a professional approach to all off-field matters. This award was received by: Rhonda Pickering (Daughter)

Cliff Houghton’s Achievements:

  • President:   6 years (1966-69, 1979-80)
  • Life Member:   1976
  • WA Football League Life Member :  1982

 

Ian Miller - Ian Miller graduated through junior ranks before making his League debut as a 17 year-old in 1967. He started as a half-back but soon found his place as an outstanding centre half-forward, becoming the first player that role to win a Sandover Medal. He played 132 games, kicking 135 goals, in a seven year career with the Demons which included the 1968 premiership when he kicked three of his side’s 13 goals.

Ian Miller’s Achievements:

  • Games:  132 (Perth)
  • Premierships:  1 (Perth 1968)
  • Sandover Medal: 1972
  • Coach : 1982 to 1984
  • Team of the Century:  1999
  • State Representative:  15 (1969, 71, 72, 73)
  • WA Football Hall of Fame: 2008

 

Bob Shields - Bob Shields was quick to earn a reputation as an athletic, strong-marking defender who played some of his best games at centre-half-back in 1960s hat-trick of premierships. His performances in those grand finals when he curbed the influence of East Perth’s strong key forwards were instrumental in the team’s success. He also played some outstanding games at centre-half-forward during his 187 games. He captained the side in 1971 and again in his final year in 1974. He also represented the State on seven occasions, captaining it in 1971.

Bob Shield’s Achievements:

  • Games:  187
  • Doug Buckingham Memorial Trophy: 1 (1966) – Most Outstanding Junior
  • Premierships: 3  (1966-67-68)
  • Captain:  2 seasons (1971, 1974)
  • Team of the Century: Half-back flank
  • State representative: 7 (1966, 68, 70, 71, 74)
  • State captain: 1 (1971)
  • Club Legend: 2011
  • Life Member: 1973

 

Robert Wiley - Robert Wiley, a true Legend of the club, has left an indelible mark on its history. In 178 matches, he kicked 415 goals and was leading goalscorer in the premiership years of 1976 and 77. Remarkably, he won the Fairest and Best award in each of his first five seasons, then added three more on his return from the VFL. His illustrious playing career ended in 1988 as captain-coach.

Rob Wiley’s Achievements:

  • Games: 178 (Perth)
  • Doug Buckingham Memorial Trophy: 1 (1974) – Best Junior Player
  • Premierships: 2 (1976-77)
  • Fairest and Best: 8 (1974-78, 1984-86)
  • Club leading goalscorer: 2 (1976-77)
  • Coach: 2 (1988-89)
  • Captain: 3 (1985-86, 1988)
  • Team of the Century: Forward pocket-rover
  • State representative: 15 times (1974-76, 1978, 1984-86)
  • All Australian Team: 2 (1984, 1986)
  • Club Legend: 2006
  • Life Member: 1985
  • WA Football Hall of Fame: 2004

 

Vince Yovich - Vince Yovich was one of the administration giants in the 116 year history of the Club. Joining the board in the mid 60’s, he took over the presidency in 1970, holding the position for a record nine years while presiding over Perth's last two premierships. During his time in the top job, the club participated in five grand finals in one of the most successful periods in the Club’s history. This award was received by: Steven Yovich (Son)

Vince Yovich’s Achievements:

  • President: 1970 – 1978
  • Vice President: 1966 - 1969
  • Life Member: 1975

 

MIGHTIEST DEMONS

The Hall of Fame Committee also unanimously selected the following players to be known as the “The Mightiest Demons”.

JACK LECKIE

MERV MCINTOSH

BARRY CABLE

ROBERT WILEY