Allan to be first Freo Docker inducted into WA Football Hall of Fame
Inaugural club captain Ben Allan will tonight become the first Fremantle Docker to be inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame.
A brilliant midfielder with outstanding disposal skills by hand and foot, Allan’s honours during his three WAFL and seven AFL seasons included two premierships at Claremont (1987 & 89) and one at Hawthorn in 1991 – a year he also won the best and fairest at the Hawks.
He was named in the AFL All Australian team in 1993 and 1994.
Allan said it was an incredible honour to be inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame.
“It’s funny receiving an individual award in a team game, especially when it’s 15 years after you stopped playing, but I understand the history of WA footy and to join the list of guys that are in the Hall of Fame is a great honour,” he said.
Allan ranked his induction “right up there” among the accomplishments in his career.
“Being the first captain of Fremantle and playing in an AFL Premiership at Hawthorn was something I’m immensely proud of, but this probably sits over the top of both of them.”
Games 217 (Claremont 66, Hawthorn 98, Fremantle 47, Western Australia 6)
Goals 177 (Claremont 69, Hawthorn 72, Fremantle 34, Western Australia 2)
Honours: Hawthorn Premiership Player 1991, Hawthorn Fairest and Best 1991, All Australian 1993, 1994, Claremont Premiership player 1987, 1989, Simpson Medal 1988 (WA v SA), 1989 (WAFL Grand Final), Inaugural captain Fremantle Dockers 1995, West Australian Footballer of the Year 1995
The West Australian Football Commission established the WA Football Hall of Fame in 2002 to honour players, coaches, umpires, administrators and media representatives who have made a significant contribution to the game in this State.
Since the WA Football Hall of Fame’s inauguration, 141 individuals across four eras have been inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame and 14 have been elevated to the status of WA football Legend.
This year’s other inductees are:
Games 214 (East Perth 206, Western Australia 8)
Goals 372 (East Perth 359, WA 13)
Honours: East Perth Premiership player 1936, East Perth Fairest and Best 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1937, Runner Up Sandover Medal 1933, EP Leading Goalkicker 1933, 1934 and 1935,
Life Member East Perth 1958, East Perth Team of the First Half Century 2006
Games 248 (Claremont 156, Geelong 81, WA 10, Vic 1)
Goals 195 (Claremont 126, Geelong 65, WA 4)
Honours: State Representative 11 times (WA 10, Vic 1) 1951 to 1962, Geelong Captain 1960, Claremont Assistant coach 8 seasons, Claremont Football Club President and Director 14 years, President WA Football Media Guild, WAFL General Manager 5 years, Life Member Claremont 1954
Games 176 (South Fremantle 160, Western Australia 16) Goals 319 (South Fremantle 281, WA 38)
Honours: South Fremantle Premiership player 1952, 1953, 1954 (all before turning 21), Twice runner up South Fremantle Fairest and Best , South Fremantle Hall of Fame 2011, Life Member South Fremantle 1965
Games 310 (WAFL 102, VFL/AFL 203, State 5)
Honours: First West Australian to field umpire at VFL/AFL level, Only WA field umpire with 200 VFL/AFL games, 3 WAFL Grand Finals, 11 WAFL Finals, 10 AFL Finals, Served as President of AFLUA and WANFLUA, WANFLUA Hall of Fame 2000
Games 258 (Claremont 12, West Coast 242, Western Australia 4)
Goals 130 (Claremont 22, West Coast 108, Western Australia 0)
Honours: West Coast Premiership player 1992, 1994, West Coast Club Champion 1998, All Australian 1998, West Coast Eagles Team 20 (2006) and Team 25 (2011) both at full-back