The 259 reasons to fight racial vilification in the AFL

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WE at The Hickey Stand love a good shit-hot take, and this was going to be one of the very shittiest hot takes you’ve ever seen.

To cut a long story short: racism is a stain on society, supporters who abuse players at the footy are magnanimous with their stupidity, and – in general – people are just the worst.

But you know what? Fuck it. The people who need to hear the message will never read this article. They’ll never see our pissed off Tweets or our indignant Facebook posts. They don’t care about anyone but themselves and their moronic inner-sanctum of dimwitted adherents.

So instead of a self-indulgent vomit of anger and exasperation, here’s a list of all 259 VFL/AFL players with an Indigenous background to have played at least one league game.

What we’d love for you to do is comment at the bottom of this article, on the Facebook page, or on Twitter about your favourite memories of some of these blokes. You can post a picture or a video, but please, make it positive. Let’s take this small-minded bullshit and turn it into a celebration of our great Indigenous players.

Because they deserve better than the crap they’ve had to put up with recently.

For our part, here’s a video of Ronnie Burns creating one of our earliest footy memories while sitting in the Hickey Stand at Kardinia Park on a sunny March afternoon.

  1. WINSTON ABRAHAM
  2. BRENDON AH CHEE
  3. MATTHEW AHMAT
  4. ROBBIE AHMAT
  5. KARL AMON
  6. JED ANDERSON
  7. JOE ANDERSON
  8. TONY ARMSTRONG
  9. JARROD ATKINSON
  10. LES BAMBLETT
  11. DOM BARRY
  12. CHANCE BATEMAN
  13. LAURIE BELLOTTI
  14. HARLEY BENNELL
  15. JAMIE BENNELL
  16. EDDIE BETTS
  17. PETER BIRD
  18. ALAN BLOOMFIELD
  19. ASHLEY BLURTON
  20. DARREN BOLTON
  21. SHANE BOND
  22. TROY BOND
  23. PETER BURGOYNE
  24. SHAUN BURGOYNE
  25. RONNIE BURNS
  26. NORM BYRON
  27. BARRY CABLE
  28. SHANE CABLE
  29. CHARLIE CAMERON
  30. FRED CAMPBELL
  31. MATT CAMPBELL
  32. WARREN CAMPBELL
  33. KEVIN CATON
  34. SEAN CHARLES
  35. SCOTT CHISHOLM
  36. ALLEN CHRISTENSEN
  37. ERIC CLARKE
  38. RAPHAEL CLARKE
  39. XAVIER CLARKE
  40. NAKIA COCKATOO
  41. CHE COCKATOO-COLLINS
  42. DAVID COCKATOO-COLLINS
  43. DONALD COCKATOO-COLLINS
  44. ADAM COCKIE
  45. RICHARD COLE
  46. CLAYTON COLLARD
  47. CYRIL COLLARD
  48. TROY COOK
  49. REUBEN COOPER
  50. RHYS COOYOU
  51. ANTHONY CORRIE
  52. SHANNON COX
  53. PERCY CUMMINGS
  54. ROBERT CUMMINGS
  55. TRENT CUMMINGS
  56. AARON DAVEY
  57. ALWYN DAVEY
  58. LEON DAVIS
  59. COURTENAY DEMPSEY
  60. GARY DHURRKAY
  61. BRAD DICK
  62. WILLIE DICK
  63. NATHAN DJERRKURA
  64. NATHAN DRUMMOND
  65. SHANE EDWARDS
  66. SHAUN EDWARDS
  67. ALF EGAN
  68. CHRIS EGAN
  69. PHIL EGAN
  70. CAM ELLIS-YOLMAN
  71. GRAHAM ‘POLLY’ FARMER
  72. JEFF FARMER
  73. CAMERON FAULKNER
  74. FABIAN FRANCIS
  75. LANCE ‘BUDDY’ FRANKLIN
  76. CRUIZE GARLETT
  77. JARROD GARLETT
  78. JEFF GARLETT
  79. ADAM GOODES
  80. BRETT GOODES
  81. COLIN GRAHAM
  82. BRADY GREY
  83. JONATHON GRIFFIN
  84. ANTONI GROVER
  85. JOEL HAMLING
  86. CURTLY HAMPTON
  87. JARROD HARBROW
  88. BRAD HARTMAN
  89. ROGER HAYDEN
  90. DES HEADLAND
  91. BRADLEY HILL
  92. JOSH HILL
  93. STEPHEN HILL
  94. EDDIE HOCKING
  95. RHAN HOOPER
  96. JARMAN IMPEY
  97. EDDIE JACKSON
  98. STEVAN JACKSON
  99. SYD JACKSON
  100. JARRHAN JACKY
  101. SHADRACH JAMES
  102. RUSSELL JEFFREY
  103. LEROY JETTA
  104. LEWIS JETTA
  105. NEVILLE JETTA
  106. GRAHAM JOHNCOCK
  107. BERT JOHNSON
  108. CHRIS JOHNSON
  109. JOE JOHNSON
  110. MICHAEL JOHNSON
  111. PERCY JOHNSON
  112. BOB JONES
  113. LIAM JONES
  114. LIAM JURRAH
  115. JAY KENNEDY-HARRIS
  116. ADAM KERINAIAU
  117. DON KEYTER
  118. DALE KICKETT
  119. DEREK KICKETT
  120. STEVEN KOOPS
  121. ANDREW J. KRAKOUER
  122. ANDREW L. KRAKOUER
  123. JIM KRAKOUER
  124. NATHAN KRAKOUER
  125. PHIL KRAKOUER
  126. JAMIE LAWSON
  127. GRAEME LEE
  128. SEAN LEMMENS
  129. SHAWN LEWFATT
  130. CHRIS LEWIS
  131. REX LIDDY
  132. MICHAEL LONG
  133. ANDY LOVELL
  134. ANDREW LOVETT
  135. TED LOVETT
  136. WALLY LOVETT
  137. NATHAN LOVETT-MURRAY
  138. MALCOLM LYNCH
  139. CYRIL MANN
  140. NEIL MARSHALL
  141. JACK MARTIN
  142. BRANDON MATERA
  143. PETER MATERA
  144. PHIL MATERA
  145. WALLY MATERA
  146. STEVEN MAY
  147. ADRIAN MCADAM
  148. GILBERT MCADAM
  149. GREG MCADAM
  150. NORM MCDONALD
  151. ASHLEY MCGRATH
  152. CORY MCGRATH
  153. MARTY MCGRATH
  154. MICHAEL MCLEAN
  155. ANDREW MCLEOD
  156. CLEM MICHAEL
  157. TERRY MILERA
  158. HARRY MILLER
  159. GAVIN MITCHELL
  160. MICHAEL MITCHELL
  161. DANIEL MOTLOP
  162. MARLON MOTLOP
  163. SHANNON MOTLOP
  164. STEVEN MOTLOP
  165. ROBBIE MUIR
  166. JUSTIN MURPHY
  167. ALLAN MURRAY
  168. DEREK MURRAY
  169. MARK NALEY
  170. PHIL NARKLE
  171. JAKE NEADE
  172. MURRAY NEWMAN
  173. DOUG NICHOLLS
  174. JARRAD OAKLEY-NICHOLLS
  175. MICHAEL O’LOUGHLIN
  176. RICKY O’LOUGHLIN
  177. BRANDAN PARFITT
  178. LIAM PATRICK
  179. ALEX PEARCE
  180. DANYLE PEARCE
  181. DEREK PEARDON
  182. CARL PETERSON
  183. JARED PETRENKO
  184. SAM PETREVSKI-SETON
  185. BYRON PICKETT
  186. JARROD PICKETT
  187. SAM POWELL-PEPPER
  188. LIONEL PROCTOR
  189. ALBERT PROUD
  190. ELKIN REILLY
  191. CYRIL RIOLI
  192. DANIEL RIOLI
  193. DEAN RIOLI
  194. MAURICE RIOLI
  195. RELTON ROBERTS
  196. JASON ROE
  197. LACHLAN ROSS
  198. SHANNON RUSCA
  199. PADDY RYDER
  200. ASHLEY SAMPI
  201. EDDIE SANSBURY
  202. SAN SHELDON
  203. CASEY SIBOSADO
  204. GEORGE SIMMONDS
  205. JY SIMPKIN
  206. DWAYNE SIMPSON
  207. JOSH SIMPSON
  208. ZEPHANIAH SKINNER
  209. CLEM SMITH
  210. BRENNAN STACK
  211. BRIAN STANISLAUS
  212. KOBY STEVENS
  213. CHARLIE STEWART
  214. CAMERON STOKES
  215. MATHEW STOKES
  216. BYRON SUMNER
  217. TIMMY SUMNER
  218. RICHARD TAMBLING
  219. GARTH TAYLOR
  220. KEVIN TAYLOR
  221. TROY TAYLOR
  222. LINDSAY THOMAS
  223. WADE THOMPSON
  224. ALAN THORPE
  225. SHANE TONGERIE
  226. GERALD UGLE
  227. KEREN UGLE
  228. KIRK UGLE
  229. TROY UGLE
  230. TRAVIS VARCOE
  231. ROD WADDELL
  232. ANDREW WALKER
  233. MICHAEL WALTERS
  234. JIM WANDIN
  235. DERICK WANGANEEN
  236. GAVIN WANGANEEN
  237. ELIJAH WARE
  238. GERRICK WEEDON
  239. ISAAC WEETRA
  240. SHARROD WELLINGHAM
  241. DANIEL WELLS
  242. MARK WEST
  243. MATTHEW WHELAN
  244. DARRYL WHITE
  245. DJARAN WHYMAN
  246. MARK WILLIAMS
  247. RUSSELL WILLIAMS
  248. ZAC WILLIAMS
  249. NATHAN WILSON
  250. CHAD WINGARD
  251. NICK WINMAR
  252. NICKY WINMAR
  253. DAVID WIRRPANDA
  254. CLINTON WOLF
  255. AUSTIN WONAEAMIRRI
  256. DION WOODS
  257. PETER YAGMOOR
  258. CHIRS YARRAN
  259. SHANE YARRAN

6 Replies to “The 259 reasons to fight racial vilification in the AFL”

  1. One of my most cherished footy memories that speaks of the selflessness of the player involved was Mathew Stokes ruling himself out of a grand final when he knew he wasn’t fit to play. My understanding is that he then took the role of mascot in the Half Cat suit for proceedings afterwards so he could be involved and show his pride and happiness in his teammates’ victory. I miss Stokesy.

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  2. Is this the wrong forum to mention Peter Matera’s 1992 grand final?

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