|Name||Haydn Bunton Snr|
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
Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion