Bombers who headed west by Les Everett


The great Alec Robinson became a Goldfields and WA champion after leaving Essendon.

Essendon came to Perth Stadium for a Thursday night game with West Coast.

On the club website Rohan Connolly had a look at WA players who have played for the Bombers – he was even able to put together a pretty good team containing premiership players and Brownlow, Norm Smith and Coleman Medal winners.

Here’s the link…

Things aren’t all one way in footy and plenty of Bombers have headed to WA. The team I’ve come up with includes a Sandover Medal winner, club fairest and best winners, premiership players, a WAFL leading goalscorer and even an AFL chairman. It also includes the ‘greatest player of all time’ and for that reason Mr Thurgood would be captain-coach (he’ll also be able to tell you how good Fred Hiskins was). While Richard Ambrose and Brett Stephens didn’t play league footy for the Bombers they were around the place.

Dons who came west

Backs: Fred Mann (East Fremantle, South Fremantle); Spot Chadwick (Fremantle*); Dookie McKenzie (White Feather, Goldfields Football Association).

Half backs: Forrest “Minnie” Palmer (East Fremantle); Hugh Gavin (Boulder City, Boulder Stars); Dean Solomon (Fremantle Dockers)

Centre: Graeme Shultz (Subiaco); Albert Thurgood (Fremantle*); Poss Watson (Fremantle*).

Half forwards: Alec Robinson (Boulder City); Geoff Blethyn (Claremont); Mark Johnson (FD)

Forwards: Llewellyn Jones (West Perth); Ron Evans (WP); Fred Hiskins (Mines Rovers, Goldfields Football League)

Followers: Brian Sampson (West Perth); Neville Fields (East Fremantle); Bob Greenwood (Claremont)


Mick Peass

Interchange: Darren “Daisy” Williams (East Fremantle); Russell Ellen (West Perth); Richard Ambrose (Subiaco); Bob Byers (Fremantle*); Daniel Currie (West Perth); Fred Fookes (Subiaco, South Fremantle, East Fremantle); PJ Abercrombie (South Fremantle); Brett Stephens (East Perth); Mick Pleass (Boulder City); Len Phillips (West Perth).

Kevin Sheedy, who was almost lured to Subiaco, could help Albert the Great with the coaching.

There would already be an impressive array of assistants in the coaching box including Mark Harvey (Fremantle), Neale Daniher (Fremantle & West Coast), Peter Daniel (Subiaco), Merv Neagle (Mt Barker) and Robert Shaw (Fremantle).

* The original Fremantle team 1887-1898.

If anyone can add players I’d love to hear from them. In fact I’d love to hear from or about any players who came from Victoria to WA.

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