1975 - 1990 - Part 1


No. 67 Graham Adams

A Sandgate junior who was a key player with Windsor-Zillmere through the 1980's. Made his debut in the finals of 1981 as a 15-year-old, playing in a premiership under Frank Gumbleton, and won another flag in '88. Began as a wingman/midfielder and finished an ever-reliable back pocket. A club B&F winner, he played 22 times for Queensland after making his interstate debut at 16, and was a regular standout whenever he pulled on the Maroon jumper.more

No. 68 Owen Backwell

Dual Grogan Medallist (1971-75) who played 323 games and kicked 767 goals for Wests through the 1970s and ‘80s to rank second only to Syd Guildford on the official QAFL games list and head the goal-kicking list. Also played more than 20 games for Queensland. A born and bred Queenslander and a product of Wests Juniors, he was honored in 2003 when named in a forward pocket next to Jason Dunstall and Ray Hughson in the Queensland Team of the Century.more

No. 69 Tony Beckett

Courageous and quick left-footed wingman who was the first Queenslander chosen directly from local ranks to play for the Brisbane Bears, posting six AFL games in '87. Was a Mayne stalwart through the '80s, playing 115 games after being recruited from Everton Districts and was a member of the Tigers' last premiership in 1982. Played 18 times for Queensland, invariably among the best players, and would have been even more highly regarded but for a shocking knee injury.more

No. 70 John Blair

A former AFL player with three different clubs, he moved to Queensland in 1981 and has been a wonderful servant of the game in the Sunshine State for more than a quarter of acentury as a player and coach. A genuine utility player at AFL level, he played a total of 33 senior games with South Melbourne, Fitzroy and StKilda from 1975-80 before accepting a position as Morningside captain-coach in the QAFL in 1981.more

No. 71 Danny Brennan

Skilful wingman/back pocket who debuted as a 17-year-old in 1967 and played 300 games at Sandgate through the club's golden era of the 1970s, sharing four premierships in 1970-71-74-79. Played five times for Queensland. Displayed a penchant for coaching at a young age when he took on junior roles at Sandgate while still in his teens. Commenced his coaching career as the Queensland Teal Cup mentor from 1982-85.more

No. 72 John Broad

A key Queensland Country administrator for over two decades, he has been the backbone of the sport in Rockhampton and the Capricornia region. He has served as the President and Secretary for AFL Capricornia, Rockhampton Panthers and the Capricornia Junior AFL. He was also president of the Central Queensland Australian Football Association during the 80s and 90s. After a brief break from administration he returned at a time of crisis in 2000 to give leadership to the league as President again until 2005.more

No. 73 Bruce Burgoyne

A contributor to Queensland football for the best part of three decades as a coach, state selector, administrator and media commentator. Before shifting to Queensland had a further two decades of participation with highlights including coaching Werribee to 3 VFA premierships, assistant coaching roles at North Melbourne and Footscray and life membership of West Footscray in 1965. Commenced his Queensland career as a State Selector in 1980 and Chairman of Selectors from 1981-95.more

No. 74 Ian Burrill

Former Tasmanian who has been a servant of Mackay football for over three decades. Has spent long periods on the board of various Mackay Australian Football controlling bodies. Was instrumental in the funding and organisation of the former North Queensland Football Association (NQAFA). This body organised the highly regarded NQ championships that at different times involved Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Mt Isa.more

No. 75 Barry Clarke

Utility player of exquisite skills who represented Queensland at full forward, centre and centre half back and won the Wilston-Grange B&F in five different positions - centre, ruck-rover, full forward, centre half forward and centre half back. Originally from Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, he played U19s and Reserves at Hawthorn after an invitation, too, to trial at Carlton but preferred the surfing lifestyle of Queensland and headed north in 1971 aged 21.more

No. 76 John Collins

A product of the football breeding ground of Yeronga State School where he was a good schoolboy player. His family moved to the northside and linked up with the Sandgate club. His father was an early club administrator when the Hawks were in their fledgling stages. In 1957 he played in a Sandgate U19 premiership and made his first debut. A serious knee injury saw him take up umpiring for a short period. In 1963 took on the role of treasurer at Sandgate and went onto be vice president in 1970-71 and president from 72-74 and 76-77.more

No. 77 Jason Cotter

One of the all-time greats of Queensland football, with a record to match anyone at senior level right across Australia. He twice won the Grogan Medal on top of nine premierships as a player and coach at Southport and a distinguished record as a State player, captain and coach. A tenacious rover, he played his junior football at Surfers Paradise (1974-80), winning the U14 and U16 Junior League Medal before collecting the U19 League Medal and representing Queensland at U17 level in 1981.more

No. 78 Craig Crowley

An ever-creative utility player originally from Dandenong who arrived with little fuss on the Gold Coast for Southport’s entry to the then AFLQ competition in 1983 and turned out to be one of the club’s all-time greats – as a player and coach. He played 190 games for the Sharks from 1983-93, won the B&F in 1988-89, and played in six premiership teams in 1983-85-87-89-90-92– a club record he shares with Jason Cotter and Clint Watts.more

No. 79 Barry Denny

A South Brisbane junior who was recruited from Morningside to AFL club Melbourne, where he played 22 games from 1977-79 as a utility defender. Enjoyed an outstanding 113-game career with Morningside before and after his stint in Melbourne, winning the Panthers B&F in 1972 and ‘76 and regularly polling well in the Grogan Medal, including a second-place finish in 1973. Played seven times for Queensland and later coached the Panthers.more

No. 80 Robert Dickfos

The middle member of the famous Dickfos football family, younger than Michael and older than fellow Hall of Famer Danny, he has been a life-time servant of Queensland football on Brisbane’s north side as a player and coach. A Queensland Teal Cup representative in 1980, he was a member of the 1986 Brisbane Bears development squad and would certainly have played AFL football but for an indifference towards the game at the highest level in his early years.more

No. 81 Frank Dunell

A Windsor-Zillmere utility player who will always have a special place in Queensland football history as the first player to play in an AFL premiership side. Made his senior QAFL debut with Zillmere in ’77 and played 39 senior games before he was recruited by Essendon under the ‘Form Four’ format. Made his AFL debut in ’79 and played precisely 100 games for the Bombers (six finals) from 1979-86, kicking 57 goals as he alternated between attack and defence.more

No. 83 Don Edwards

Widely regarded as Queensland’s No.1 umpire through the 1980s and into the ‘90s, he was an Indooroopilly State School graduate and handy junior player at Western Districts before turning to the whistle after a bout of viral meningitis cut short his playing career. His junior playing career led him to Wests, as did that of many young boys from that area, and would often play in Friday afternoon school matches umpired by the legendary Tom McArthur.more

No. 84 Michael Gibson

A passionate homegrown Queenslander who played 55 AFL games with Fitzroy and the Brisbane Bears, he was a dual AFLQ premiership player and a much-decorated Queensland representative. But moreover he was simply a great contributor to the game at levels who thrived on simply having an involvement. An All-Australian junior and winner of the 1982 Norm Crimmins Medal, originally from Coorparoo, he played three AFL games with Fitzroy and won the Reserves B&F in 1985 either side of twin premierships with the ‘Roos in ’84 and ’86.more
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