The Hampton Rovers Hall of Fame
was established in 2004 - the club's 75th Anniversary year. At the 75th
Anniversary Dinner, held at the Brighton International on July 17, thirteen men
were introduced into the Hall of Fame, eight of whom are living and five who are
Joined the Rovers in
1964. U19 most consistent award in 1965 & third in VAFA Best &
Fairest despite only playing 12 games before being promoted to the
Seniors. 1969 Club Best & Fairest. Senior captain in 1970 & 71.
Awarded Rovers Life Membership in 1974, also in that year won most
the seniors determined player. Retired in 1977 after 212 games to
accept a work transfer interstate. Returned to Victoria four years
later and became Treasurer for three years, then became President
for two years, and did another year as Treasurer in 1988.
During his 40 years at the club he has
held many other positions, such as General Committee Member, Social
Committee Member, VAFA Delegate, Senior Runner, Boundary Umpire,
Trainer and Chairman of Selectors.
the VAFA Certificate Of Merit in 1999. Took on Treasurer again in
2004 for his ninth year in that position.
Started at the
Rovers in 1965. Played 284 games with the club over two decades.
Reserves coach for 8 years, in that
time his chargers played in 14 Finals matches for one flag (1979)
and two runners up. Several stints on the Senior Committee – firstly
between 1966 and 1972, then 1996 and 1999, and from 2004 on. Has
been the Senior Vice President (one year), Club Secretary (3 years)
and VAFA Delegate (5 Years).
awarded Best Clubman in 1969. VAFA State Selector for 5 years and
was on the VAFA Permit Committee for two years.
Playing career started in 1955 and concluded in
1994, playing a total of 208 games. Won the under 19 Best and
Fairest in 1958 and won the VAFA Leading Goal kicker award in B
Grade in 1960. Under 15 coach 1983-84, Under 17 coach 1985-87, Under
19 coach 1990. Awarded life membership in 1992. Best clubman in 1992
& 1995. Awarded
VAFA Certificate of Merit in 2003. Has
also filled the following positions: Vice President, Secretary. Been
on the General Committee over many years. Football Manager, Team
Manager, Team Trainer and Senior Stats man – something he still does
today. Has also been the VAFA Delegate.
Joined the Rovers in 1965 playing U19
a member of the Senior Committee in his early 20's in 1967. Took on
the role of Club Treasurer in 1968-69. Won the Best Clubman award in
1970 - an award he won again in 1997 – nearly 30 years later. In
1971, he left club to travel overseas and work interstate. Returned
to club in 1975 and resumed playing. Served on senior committee
between 1976 & 78. Awarded Life Membership in 1977. Senior Club
President between 1978 & 81 and also in 1983. Retired from playing
in 1984 with total 243 games. Senior Committee Member between 1984 &
86. Assistant coach and Coach U17's between 1989 & 91. Senior Coach
between 1994 & 1997, including the 1995 premiership – the flag that
broke a 40-year drought. Awarded VAFA Certificate of Merit in 1998.
Member club coterie/sponsorship committee between 1999 & 2003.
Chairman Board of Management 2003 & 04.
Played 63 games for the Rovers in the 1960's.
Under 19's coach in 1970 & 71. Senior coach between 1972 & 76.
Reserves coach in 1974 & 75. Senior coach again between 1982 & 84.
Club President in 1976 & 77. Awarded
VAFA Cert. of Merit in 1989. Yet
another person whose family has a long association with the Rovers –
and reinforcing the strong family orientation that is such a strong
part of the Hampton Rovers.
Played for the Rovers between
1945 & 1965 with a total of 312 games. Club captain 1954-55 and
between 1957 & 61. Senior coach between 1960 & 62 as well as in
1966. Reserves captain/coach in 1964. Club president in 1965.
Played for the Rovers
between 1962 & 1974 playing a total of 213 games. Described as a
hard at the ball Ruck Rover who during his playing days was one of
the fittest players at the club. Club captain 1968-1970 & 1972-1973.
Club Best & Fairest in 1971 & 72. Club President in 1974 & 75.
The most decorated
player ever to wear the green and gold. Started with Hampton Scouts
– the under 19s as they were then called – in 1958 and played 51
games between then and 1960. In 1961, started at St Kilda in the
then VFL aged 19. Played 234 games for the Saints as a Rover.
According the AFL Encyclopaedia of Football which has the records of
every AFL/VFL footballer, his career really kicked of in St Kilda’s
Prelim Final win in 1966 – the biggest and clearly most successful
year the club has had on the field. In 1967 he earned his Big V
Guernsey and in that year won the games most coveted award – the
Brownlow Medal with 24 votes. Won 2 Club Championships at St Kilda.
Played in St Kilda’s grand final team in 1971 when they were beaten
by Hawthorn. Captained St Kilda from between 1970 and 1972.
Captained Victoria in 1972. Headed West to coach Subiaco in the WAFL
for three years, and in one of those won a flag. Coached the Saints
in 1977. Ross Smith will be inducted into the Rovers Hall of Fame
under the clause relating to Meritorious Achievement at the highest