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Player Information

Full name
Haydn Bunton Snr

Known as
Haydn Bunton Snr

Born
5 July 1911

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 302d
Last game: 30y 323d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 7

Recruited from
Albury

Hall of fame
Western Australian Football Hall Of Fame, Inducted 2004

Haydn Bunton Snr

AFL (1931-1942)

ClubYearsGamesWin %GoalsAPGAKIAHBAMKBV
Fitzroy1931-194211934%2071.74122
Totals1931-194211934%2071.74122

AFL: 3,754th player to appear, 1,599th most games played, 344th most goals kickedFitzroy: 405th player to appear, 82nd most games played, 17th most goals kicked

Player Biography

In the opinion of many Haydn Bunton senior was, quite simply, the finest Australian footballer ever. It is therefore extremely ironic that he was born in Albury, New South Wales, a state where rugby has traditionally been the king of winter sports.

Bunton’s peak years as a player were spent with Fitzroy, where he became the game’s first ever triple Brownlow Medallist, and Subiaco. He joined Subiaco as captain-coach in 1938 and promptly won back to back Sandover Medals, followed by a third in 1941. His four season stint in the west netted him 72 league games as well as 3 interstate appearances for Western Australia. He was voted Subiaco’s fairest and best player three times, and topped the club’s goal kicking list in 1938 with 51 goals, 1939 (59), 1940 (34) and 1941 (46). After leaving the Maroons he again played briefly with Fitzroy before rounding off his career with a one season stint at Port Adelaide, but his best days as a player were by then behind him.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion