Favourite sons join AFL's exclusive club



Games 84 (Carlton) 85 (Perth). Goals 20 (Carlton) 86 (Perth). Carlton B&F 1947, 1949, Perth B&F 1941. Carlton captain 1947-52, Perth captain 1953-54. Perth coach 242 games 1953-59, 1962-64.

Henfry was forced to stand out of the game in 1946 after being transferred from Perth to Melbourne by his employer, with Carlton seeking his signature but the WAFL refused to clear him.

The Blues sprang a major surprise by immediately making him captain in 1947, but the fast-moving and cool-headed centreman proved an instant hit.

He played on Essendon legend Dick Reynolds in that year's grand final and was pivotal in a frantic final term as the Blues got up by a point.

Injury forced him out of the game, but after returning to WA, Henfry would coach his old club Perth for another 10 seasons.


(Western Bulldogs)

Games 364. Goals 558. Western Bulldogs B&F 1999, 2002, 2006. Western Bulldogs captain 2006-10. Western Bulldogs leading goalkicker 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. All Australian 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006 (captain), 2007.

If Charlie Sutton and Ted Whitten epitomised Footscray of the 1950s and 60s and Doug Hawkins likewise in the 1980s, Johnson was their new millennium equivalent, the ever- smiling wingman and later small forward the player the Bulldogs fans loved most for his skill, courage and durability.

He was a key midfielder in the Terry Wallace-coached sides which narrowly failed to reach the grand final in 1997-98, his profile a balance of run, ball-getting ability and courage in the contest.

A decade later, as the Dogs again fell just short in three more preliminary finals under Rodney Eade, Johnson was still pivotal to his team's success.



Games 278. Goals 226. Carlton premiership 1995. Carlton B&F 2001, 2005. Carlton leading goalkicker 1997. Carlton captain 2004-06. All Australian 1995, 2000.

Koutoufides was often described as the prototype of the modern footballer, but his like in the game is still relatively scarce.

Tall enough at 191 centimetres to hold down key positions at either end of the ground, his amazing athleticism forged during a career as a junior athlete and high jumper enabled him to move as quickly as any smaller on-baller.

Debuting in 1992, his appearances came only sporadically during his first two seasons, but it all clicked in 1994, and by the following season, when Carlton won the premiership losing only two games all season, he was a key to the Blues' success.

Six times over his 278-game career, Koutoufides posted a "triple double", 10 or more kicks, marks and handballs and his final term in the 1999 preliminary final upset of Essendon is one of the greatest quarters played in the modern era.



Games 340. Goals 275. Adelaide B&F 1997, 2001, 2007. All Australian 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007 (captain). Indigenous Team of the Century (ruck-rover). Norm Smith medallist 1997, 1998.

McLeod was an excitement machine from the first moment he broke into the Adelaide line-up early in the 1995 season.

With lightning pace and freakish goal sense, he immediately added a new dimension to the Crows' line-up, and when Malcolm Blight took over as coach in 1997, became even more pivotal with his ball-winning ability both across half-back and in midfield.

The consummate big-occasion player, McLeod was at his best during the Crows' unexpected flag triumphs of 1997-98, in both grand finals keeping his side in the contest as it struggled early, then cashing in as they ran over firstly St Kilda then North Melbourne.



Games 282. Goals 800. Richmond B&F 2007. Equal third Brownlow Medal 2008. Richmond leading goalkicker 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. All Australian 1996, 1999, 2008.

The son of former Richmond premiership player Alan "Bull" Richardson, Matthew was a tall, gangly 17-year-old forward on arrival at Punt Road under the father-son rule.

At a time when the Tigers had long been in decline, he immediately offered hope to a fan base starved not only of success, but of genuine stars to support.

He had tremendous speed and athleticism for his 197-centimetre frame, and in only his second season at senior level won the club goalkicking with 56.

Sadly for "Richo" a serious knee injury ended his 1995 season as his side was getting on a roll, contesting its first finals series for 13 years. Richardson would return with immediate impact in 1996, however, when he finished the year with 91 goals.

He steadily improved his accuracy the longer his career went, and enjoyed an Indian summer at 33 in 2008 when he finished equal third in the Brownlow Medal.


(Port Adelaide)

Games 255. Goals 549. Port Adelaide B&F 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009. Port Adelaide leading goalkicker 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009. Port Adelaide captain 2006-08. All Australian 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 (vice-captain).

Tredrea came into the Power line-up as an 18-year-old in the club's first season in AFL company, his first game only his team's second.

He first served notice of his ability in his eighth game, when he booted eight goals against Carlton, also injuring his knee in the process.

He rebounded quickly, and was a driving force in Port's ascension under the coaching of Mark Williams.

Port's first premiership came on the back of an 81-goal season from Tredrea.

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