The Southport Australian Rules Football Club has always had a tradition of awarding Honorary Life Membership to people who have given long and conspicuous service to the Club and so far 24 people have qualified for this.

In recent years, the Board of Directors introduced an award of Playing Life Membership, which had strict criteria, requiring 10 years of playing service and 150 senior games. So far 6 players have received this honour.

Despite this, the Board of Directors felt that there were many people who did not get recognised in either of these categories who had given outstanding service to the Club, particularly in the area of playing and coaching. Hence the concept of the Hall of Fame.

There were no strict criteria for the Hall of Fame, but at this stage it has been limited to playing and coaching performances or a combination of both.

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Hall Of Fame members

Ken McDonald

Ken was the initial captain coach of Southport Magpies.
In this capacity he was heavily involved in Gold Coast representative sides which pioneered the development of Gold Coast Football. He played as a centreman/rover and was renowned for his ability to accurately deliver the ball with either foot. He continued a long association with the club and was active in the early junior development programmes.

Don Brown 

Don was an inaugural playing member and also featured in Gold Coast Rep sides as a ruckman.
He was heavily involved in promotion of Gold Coast Football with  his newspaper columns and served as a committeeman of the club. He is also well remembered for creating the striking mural of Davey Burns which formed a feature wall at the Down Under Bar of the Pacific Hotel.

Harold Peacock

Coached the club in 1964-65 and was active in Gold Coast rep football.
Harold came to the club at the end of a successful VFA career at Williamstown. He was a dominant forward and goal kicker. He was also the dominant driving force in the growth and development of Gold Coast Basketball from grass roots to a national license holder.

Ian Radcliff

Ian was an inaugural player and was the clubs first Best and Fairest winner.
He was a regular rep player as a rover. His family was heavily involved as patron of the club and had a long association. Ian went on to be win dual Best and Fairest awards in 1961-62.

Bob Manuel

Bob was a foundation player for Southport in 1961 and finished in 1966.
Bob started his football career in the under 14 side at Reservoir. Then continued to under 18’s at Epping then commenced his senior career at the same club in 1959.
Bob was an onballer/rover with great skill and tenacity. He was a regular Gold Coast rep player and won the club Best and Fairest in 1963 and Equal B&F in 1965 alongside D.Napper & Ken Rodger.

Ian Rapkins

Dual Best and Fairest winner in 1970 and 1972.
Ian came to the club in the early 1970’s from Victorian Country football. He was a dominant rover and renowned for his courageous attack on the football.

Ken Rodger

Best & Fairest winner in 1965.
Ken played in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. He was a very competitive defender/fullback. He continued his association with the club after retiring with injuries, and coached the Colts and was an active committeeman during the 70’s

Davey Burns

Played between 1961 - 1981.
A pioneer Player of SAFC. Best & Fairest 1964, 1968 and 1969.
Premiership Captain & Coach Games record holder 230+ games.
Player Life Member 150 games/10 years service.

Ken Best

Played through the early years and was a key figure Coach in 1967 and Premiership player.
Ken was successful in being listed by Collingwood, but AFC Development State ruling at time barred his clearance.
Along with Davey Burns one of the pioneer players of the SAFC.

Grant Jones

Played between 1972 - 1982 (93S & 97R).
Creative running backman who started his senior career as a forward. 
Premiership Player 1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980.
Super clubman who always put the team first. Never say die attitude who inspired others.

Barry Rudd

Played between 1972 - 1987 (71S & 29R). 
Coach Reserves 11 seasons with 7 Flags. Senior Coach 1972
Tough straight at it player who devoted many seasons as a coach after his playing days were over.

Bob Webb

Played between 1975 - 1981 (98 games).
Captain Coach 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978. Coach 1981.
Inspirational leader who was a tough as teak centreman. Premiership playing
Coach 1975, 1976 and 1977. 
Originally hailed from East Launceston, Tasmania.

Bill Ryan

Played between 1975 - 1981 (120 games).
Best & Fairest 1979.
Had a distinguished career at Geelong in the then VFL. A super talented big man who was a magnificent mark. A man mountain on the ground rarely outmarked.
1980 player and premiership coach.

Milton Davis

Played between 1976 - 1993 (69S & 120R. Played over 200 club games.
Consummate clubman who played his role week in week out. Held in high regard by committee, coaches & playing group for his courage, toughness and aggression at the ball.

Ken Clark

layed between 1977 - 1984 (125 games).
Premiership Player 1977, 1979 and 1980.
Prodigious left foot kick who could kick goals from anywhere. Dangerous half  forward flanker who played the small Owen park oval well.
Represented Gold Coast V PNG more than once.

Norm Dare

Coach 1982 - 1988, 2004 - 2005. 8 Grand Finals with 4 Flags (1983, 1985, 1987 & 2005). 
Coached the victorious QLD State Sides 1983, 1984. Also coached QLD State of Origin Side in 1991 to victory against Victoria B state side.
Life member. Named Inaugural Coach of Sharks first 25 years 1983-2008.

Zane Taylor

225 games Southport Magpies and Sharks inclusive.
Ten time premiership player at Sharks/Magpies, Joe Grant Medalist, Club Captain,
Club Best & Fairest, Grogan Medalist, State Game record holder of 26 games.
Inaugural team member of 25 Years of 25 Greats 1983 - 2008. Player Life Member 150 games/10 years service and Club Life Member.

Sel Short

Played between 1978 - 1986 (143 games).
Premiership Player 1979, 1980 and 1983.
Regular State Representative. Arguably one of the fittest guys every season who got the big jobs week in week out. Played above his size a great mark and team man.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Gavan McGuane

Played between 1980 - 1991 (140 games). 
Best & Fairest 1980, 1981 and 1982.
Premiership Player 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1987. Premiership Coach 1989 and 1990. Senior Premiership Captain. 1983 first year in QAFL.
Inspirational leader of the club through the 80’s and then went on to successfully coach the club. Midfield Dynamo.

Peter Guy

Played between 1983 - 1989 (88 games).
Best & Fairest 1983 and 1984. Premiership Player 1983, 1985 and 1989.
Regular State Representative. Hailed from Mordiallic in the VFL via Coolangatta.
Superb tap ruckman who was a super mark and kick. Won 1983 Grogan medal.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Craig Crowley

Played between 1983 - 1993 (190 games). 
Best & Fairest 1988, 89. Premiership Captain 1990. Premiership Player 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1992.
State Representative 12 times. Senior Premiership Coach 2006 and 2008. Aggressive half back flanker who was a super skillful kick both sides of his body.
Player Life Member 150 games/10 years service.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Jason Cotter

Played between 1983 - 1994 (188 games). 
Premiership player 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990 & 1992. Coached 3 Premierships 1998, 1999 and 2000. Best & Fairest 1985 and 1990. League (Grogan) Medalist 1990 and 1993.
Regular State Representative & State Captain.
Coached QLD State open side 2007, 8, 9, 10.
Player Life Member 150 games/10 years service.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Brett Thompson

Played between 1984 - 1988 (68 games).
Premiership Player 1985 and 1987.
Coached over 200 games with 6 Flags.
Full forward who was a great lead mark and kick for goal. Kicked 6 straight in the 1985 premiership which the club won by less than a goal. Life member Junior Sharks for his time contributed to junior development.

Matthew Kennedy

Premiership player 1989. 180 AFL games for Bears/Lions. 
Local Surfers Paradise Junior.
Power Backman who got the big jobs at AFL level. Ironically played forward in 1989 premiership only to go on to be a power backman at AFL level. A super trainer who left no stone unturned. A role model for juniors in years to come.

Steven Lawrence

Played for Southport Sharks Juniors and Seniors and went on to play 126 games for Bears/Lions and St Kilda.
Like his father Barry who played for St Kilda a super determined never say die player who won respect through his unwavering commitment to the team and single minded work ethic. Never took a backward step.

Marcus Ashcroft

Played 318 games for Bears/Lions. 
Triple AFL Premiership player 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Started senior career at Southport prior to being listed by Bears. Local Surfers Paradise junior who went on to show what ability combined with dedication and hard work can achieve. Along with Matty Kennedy a pioneer role model to Gold Coast up and coming juniors.

Scott Lawton

Defender from Palm Beach. Bears listed player and QLD Representative player. 
Played in premierships in 1989, 1990, 1997 and 2000.
Became Captain Coach. Coached a Premiership at Ganmain and has continued his career as Coach of Palm Beach and Coolangatta. Running backman who never was beaten.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Robbie Jones

Southport Sharks Junior. A rover, played 88 games and who played in Premierships in 1989, 1990 and 1992.
Super skillful left foot rover who would deliver ball into forward line with precision.
Represented QLD at State level.

Dean Bowtell

Flanker and defender. Southport Sharks Junior.
Played 160 senior games including 1990, 1997, 1998 and 1999 premierships. 

Played State Football for QLD and was on Bears list. Also played Senior football for West Adelaide in SANFL. Got the big jobs in the big games down back rarely failed. Playing life member of Southport 150 games/10 years service and current CEO.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

David Ashkar

Played 89 senior games and 105 in total for the club as a very quick wingman forward between 1988 and 1994 including premierships in 1989-90.
He was a Queensland rep player and went to establish a coaching career at Burleigh and Labrador as well as Assistant coaching positions at Southport. He is the current State under 18 coach.

Darren Carlson

Darren played 64 games for Southport as wingman/ onballer including premierships in 1985, 87, and 1989.
He was the first Gold Coast player elevated to the Brisbane Bears list out of the QAFL competition. He played 25 AFL games and went on to a distinguished SANFL career with West Adelaide before finishing his football at Southport. He represented Queensland on 10 occasions and is still actively involved in AFLQ state programmes.

Royce Enders

Best & Fairest winner in 1991 and premiership player in  1992.                                                                                   
Played 62 senior games and a total of 95 club games between 1990 and 1996 as a wingman. He continued to be heavily involved in Southport Junior and Youth development and has been player manager for several young Queenslanders who have progressed to AFL level.

Ray Sarcevic

Played 58 games between 1987-1989 including premierships in 1987 and 1989 and represented Queensland on 2 occasions.
Ray was a former Geelong under 19 captain who made a big impact during his career at Southport. He was a tough versatile player who could play on ball or key position. He was Joe Grant Medalist in the 1989 grand final.

Phil McGarry

Dual premiership player in 1987 and 1990.
Came to Southport after playing at Palm Beach and Morningside. As a tall defender or tall forward he was a tough, uncompromising opponent. A regular Queensland Rep choice he played 15 State games. Knee injuries forced his retirement he continued his football involvement as a sports trainer.

Steve McLuckie

Played 72 games for Southport between 1991 and 2000. He was listed by Brisbane Bears and played 20 AFL games. Joe Grant medal winner in 2000.
He went on to a successful SANFL career at West Adelaide and returned to complete his career with Dual premierships at Southport in 1999-2000. He represented Queensland on 3 occasions including State of Origin level. He is still actively involved in promoting AFL within the School system and is current Principal of Southport High School.

Troy Crossley

Ruckman/defender. Played 95 games.
Played in 1999 and 2000 premiership sides.
State Representative player who continued his career as a premiership coach at Burleigh. Had a stint in the SANFL who was a tall athletic running backman who constantly turned the ball back the Sharks way.
Wally Fankhauser Award recipient 1999.

David Bain

Played between 1995 - 2000 (110 games).
Best & Fairest 1995.Premiership Captain 4 times. Grogan Medalist 2 times.
Outstanding playing career with sharks after playing for Brisbane & Fitzroy in the AFL as well as a Sandover medalist in the WAFL.
Inaugural Captain and team member
of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Shaun Stephens

Regular State player and played in Premierships in 1992, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Tenacious midfielder, with a strong team ethic. Nicknamed “Shakey” for obvious reasons loved the big games and always played well in finals. Consummate centreman/midfielder.
Player Life Member. 218 Sharks games/10 years service.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Mark Bradley

CHB Ex Collingwood supp list player who came to Southport in 1999. 
Played in 1999 and 2000 Premierships. Best & Fairest 2000 and 2001.
QLD State Rep who continued his career with distinction at South Adelaide. Super
grab and physically powerful who also would go in the ruck and change the game.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Sean Ballans

Mid fielder. Came to Southport from Lara and was a Member of 1997, 1998, 1999 Premiership teams.
Represented Queensland and won Joe Grant Medal 1999 (Best on Ground Grand Final). Club Best and Fairest in 1998 and 1999.
Rarely beaten knocked up winning the hard ball time and time again.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Campbell Black

Versatile utility and later defender. Club Junior, played 124 senior games including 1999 and 2000 premierships. 
Played 2 QLD and 3 Tasmania Rep games. Listed Brisbane Bears player 1991 and 1992.
Left Footer who loved a goal and read the game wonderfully well. Big occasion player.

Craig Headland

Utility player used in defense and attacking key positions. Played 108 games. 
Premierships in 1989, 1990 and 1992. Best & Fairest 1993. State Representative. Rarely beaten in one on one contests. Mr Fix it with super skills who played tall as well as good below his knees. Great kick for goal super team player.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Nick Mansbridge

Played 106 games as a midfielder. Important part of 4 flags from 1997 - 2000.
Tough as teak, midfielder who had a ‘never say die’ attitude. Run all day and always played well in finals. In and under ball magnet who could kick a goal.
Wally Fankhauser award recipient in 2001 for his straight out approach.

Craig Mansbridge

Playing Life member. Played 163 games as half forward and defender. 
Premiership player in 1992 ,1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Versatile utility who played mainly forward but could also play defence. A clever ball user who could kick goals when required. An untimely suspension in 1990 cost him his first premiership. Went down back in 2000 premiership and helped turn the game.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Rod Mackay

Played 123 games. Played in 1998, 1999 and 2000 Premierships.
Ray Hughson Medal 3 times for leading goal kicker. Freakish high flying forward, renowned for banana kick goals. “Rocket” Rod would kick goals and take marks that
would demoralise opposition sides.

Sean Coughlan

Player centre half forward 116 games.
Played in 4 premierships from 1997 - 2000. QLD Representative player.
Super CHF who constantly straighten the teams ball movement with his well timed leading.
Wally Fankhauser Award recipient 2002.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Clint Watts

Coolangatta Junior. Played 164 games. Regular State Player. 
Joe Grant medalist (Best on Ground Grand Final) and Zane Taylor medalist (Best on Ground State game). Premiership player in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2008.
Prodigious left foot kick who was a big occasion player.
Player Life member 150 games/10 year service.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Darren O’Brien

Club Captain 2004 - 2008 From Mildura. Best & Fairest 2003 and 2005. 
Runner Up Best and Fairest 2007 and 2008 Played 100+ games. Premiership Captain in 2005 and 2008. (Missed 2006 injured). Regular state player.
Workaholic midfielder with a beautiful left foot conveyance.
Wally Fankhauser Award recipient 2009.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Luke Jenkins

Came to club from Box Hill in 2000. Played 100+ games.
Best & Fairest 2002. Premiership player 2005 and 2008.
Versatile athletic utility a great grab, who was at home, forward or back. Played an inspirational final game in the 2008 premiership when he fought his way back from a knee reconstruction the year prior. Running half back with exquisite skills.
Wally Fankhauser Award recipient 2003.

David James

Played first 117 /119 games when arriving in 2003 from Hastings. 
Best & Fairest 2004, 2006 and 2008. Regular State Representative.
Premiership player 2005, 2006 and 2008.
Consummate/classy wingman who gathers possessions at will and kicks goals.
Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Nick Riewoldt

Premiership player at Southport in 2000 who became first Queenslander to be number one draft pick. 
Has currently played 182 games for St Kilda, Club Captain and 5 times Best & Fairest.
The Rolls Royce of QLD Football who is the one and only number one draft pick to date out of QLD. Along with Clint Watts helped turn the 2000 Southport premiership with 3 goals after half time.

Jayson Pate

Southport Junior who played 108 senior games. Rover/back pocket who played in 2000 and 2005 Premierships. 
Represented QLD at under 18 and open level.
Clever midfielder who cemented his senior position with a back pocket quarter back typer role.

Adam Devine

Sharks games record holder with 230 games.
Club Junior. State Representative player 2007 and 2009.
Premiership player in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
Gets accountability roles most weeks, plus gathers possessions at will. Will give club games record a shake.
Player Life Member 150 games/10 years service.
Wally Fankhauser Award recipient 2007.

Ben McEntee

Best and Fairest winner in 2007 and a 2 time State Rep player.                                                                       
Ben came to Southport from Norwood and played 93 games. He played as full forward and was a 100 goals a season player. He won the Ray Hughson medal on occasions and played in the 2005, 06, and 08 premierships

Dane Carmody

Triple premiership player in 2005, 06, 08.
Dane came from Subiaco in 2004 and is a current player. He has played as a very committed midfielder for the club during his 129 games so far. He has been a State rep in 2004 and regular top 4 finisher in the B&F.

Danny Wise 

Danny won 2010 Grogan Medal and Club B&F.
He played in the 1999 premiership as a 17 year old Between 2000 and 2005 he went on to a successful SANFL career with Eagles and North Adelaide .He returned to Southport in 2006 and has added 2 more premierships in 2006 and 2008. He has played 120+ senior games in total.

Kevin Tandogac

(2002 - 2008) Brisbane Lions Rookie listed 2003, Queensland under 21 Vice Captain 2004 inlcuding best on ground vs South Australia, QLD Representative 2004 & 2005. Premierships in 2005 & 2008. Missedthe 2006 Premiership due to injury. Kevin played 87 senior games as a running aggresive backman who could shut down opponents and counter attack with elite kicking skills.  

Daniel Hawkins

(2005 - 2008). Daniel came into the club via Coolangatta. He played 87 senior games. Premiership player in 2005, 2006 & 2008. QLD State Representative in 2005, 2007 & 2008. A rebound half back flanker who played with a never say die attitude. Renowned for his intercept play and his long kicks, Daniel was resilient and only missed one game through four seasons of football.

Kurt Niklaus

(2008-2013) 114 senior games. 2008 premiership player. He was QLD State Representative in 2009 and received the Wally Fankhauser Award in 2008, Best and Fairest Runner up in 2009 and Best in Finals 2009. A Power Backman who got the big jobs down back on a regular basis. He was also thrown in at centre bounces and forward when coaches were looking for a physical presence/impact.

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