Pre 1955 - Part 1

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No 1. Erwin Dornau

A Queensland Schoolboy representative who went on to be the first Queenslander to play AFL football. A Kedron junior he debuted for the Redlegs as a 16-year-old. Following service in the RAAF in World War II he returned to Kedron and was the dominant centre half back of the Queensland competition. He represented the Maroons in 1946-47 and caught the eye of South Melbourne scouts when runner-up in the 1947 Tassie Medal at the Hobart national carnival.more
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No. 3 Ernie Hall

A Darling Downs-born Mayne junior who played senior football through the 1920s and ‘30s with arch rivals Windsor. Captained his club, took B&F honours and won four premierships. Was labeled the 'tin hare' (a greyhound lure) by NSW after dominating interstate clashes with his speed and skill. He could kick both feet and his pace and elusiveness saw him regularly in the best players for Windsor.more
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No. 4 Percy Marsh

Vigorous defender/utility who filled a variety of roles through a distinguished career. Originally from Victoria, he played for Queensland over an 11-year period from 1926-36 and skippered the Maroons in the 1933 carnival in Sydney. Had a break from Australian Football in 1929 when he played Rugby Union for the Reds. Was a premiership player at Brisbane who also played for Valleys and also represented Queensland in soccer.more

No. 5 Leo O'Connor

Captain of Queensland’s first Sheffield Shield side in 1926, he was also a footballer of high repute. Originally from Warracknabeel in Victoria, he played 10 games for Essendon in 1910-11. Shifted to Queensland in his employment in 1911 but World War 1 and work pressures kept him out of football until 1919, when the QAFL resumed after a five-year break. He captained Valleys from 1919-24 and skippered Queensland from 1919-22.more

No. 6 George Paget

An early southern import who played in the very first game of the 20th century at the Botanical Gardens in 1904, he was a half back flanker cum rover renowned for pace, skill, elusiveness and work ethic. Born on the Port Louis Island of Mauritius in 1871 to an English father and a French Mauritian mother, he started his career in the lower grades at South Melbourne and played senior representative football in Adelaide and Broken Hill before moving north.more

No. 7 Dick Parton

A high-flying centre half forward with a prodigious drop kick who had a magnificent career with Windsor through their golden era after being a junior rugby league star. Honoured in 2003 when named in the key forward position for the Queensland Team of the Century, he was a member of a staggering eight premiership sides in 1937-38-39-40-47-49-50-51 despite the severe interruptions of World War II.more

No. 8 Toby Perkins

The best centre half back of his era and, with Dick Parton, was the backbone of Windsor's magnificent five premierships in a row from 1936-40. Widely known as ‘Toby’, he represented Queensland from 1934-40. His son, also nicknamed Toby, played 208 games for Wilston-Grange in the 1950s and ‘60s, and his grandson also played with the Gorillas.more

No. 9 Gordon "Freckles" Phelan

A standout centreline player of his time with Kedron and an automatic State team selection over a 13-year period before and after World War II. Exclusively known as ‘Freckles’, he started his football with a premiership in the ‘Past Pupils’ grade with the Wooloowin club in 1935. Wooloowin were to merge with Kedron, turning the Redlegs into a formidable rival to Windsor in the 1940s.more

No. 10 Doug Pittard

Centreman in the Queensland Team of the Century, he was a champion product of Taringa State School via Brisbane Boys College who shares with 1930s star Jim Davies the honour of being the only triple winner of the League’s senior B&F medal. And that despite the disruption of World War II service from 1942-45. A Queensland Schoolboys captain, he replicated the feat of Clem Ryan in going on to captain the state at senior level and was a quick, skilful and highly dedicated pivot.more

No. 11 Clem Ryan

An interchange selection in the Queensland Team of the Century, he was a utility defender who ranked among the best of his era. Captained Queensland in the first national Schoolboys Carnival held at Perry Park in 1922 and later captained the Queensland Open side in a double matched only by the great Doug Pittard. He graduated from his school team at Fortitude Valley Primary School to play for Valleys and Windsor juniors before posting more than 250 senior games at Mayne.more

No. 12 Bert Skuce

Valleys ruckman whose best years were disrupted by World War 1. Played for Queensland from 1914-24 - a period rarely matched at State level - and captained Valleys to the 1913 premiership in an era when the game was at one of its strongest points. Originally played in the SANFL, he spent a year playing in Tasmania for the strong Zeehan club before settling in Queensland. Continued to play well into his 40s, he was always mentioned in Queensland’s best players.more

No. 13 Brisbane Football Club 1866 - 1886

The first ever football match in Queensland conducted by the Brisbane Football Club took place over two weekends on Saturday July 21, and July 28, 1866. The match was between the members of the Brisbane Football Club who were civil servants against the rest of the members and was played under the Melbourne rules. The only other match to take place in that first season was between Brisbane Football Club members who were Australian-born against those born elsewhere.more
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