LEGENDS

Phil Cleary

clearyPlayed 205 games and kicked 318 goals as a small forward with a deceptive turn of foot.
Played in the 1979 premiership, coached the Burgers to the 1988-89 flags and became president in 1995. A Lion from head to toe.

Eric Lines

areNicknamed “Tiger” and made a lasting
contribution to the reserves teams in the 1920s and 30s, as a player, captain and coach.

Brad Nimmo

alessioGrand full back who met and matched the VFA’s best spearheads. A star of the 1979-88-89 flags and voted captain of the team of the century. Received life membership in 1990.

Dave Starbuck

areStarted with Coburg in 1945 and one of the last VFA players to use the place kick. Played 219 games, coached the Under 19s for five seasons, was president in 1973-74 and his earthmoving business was the major sponsor for many years.

Vin Taranto

alessioPowerfully built player dubbed “The Tank” who became a cult figure at the City Oval during a senior career that spanned 1984- 1999. Played in the 1988-89 premierships and finished with 208 games.

Graham Douglas

areCounts as one of the greatest officials in Coburg’s history, having served as president, vicepresident and delegate to the VFA. Joined the senior committee in 1967.

Ian Liversidge

areBegan at the club as a player in 1966 but gave it greater service off the ground, acting as president, vice-president and treasurer. Also ran the kiosk, bingo and operated the scoreboard.

Trevor Price

trevor priceAggressive key defender who played in the 1970, ‘74 and ‘79 premiership teams.
Selected in the team of the century and was made a life member in 1978.

Jim Sullivan

areTeam of the century player who won the 1967 JJ Liston Trophy and the 1969 Field Medal. Played in the 1970 premiership.

HALL OF FAME

Robert Evans

evansStar full back who won the 1985 best and fairest and figured in the 1989 premiership.
Elected president in 1998 and instrumental in striking the alignment with Richmond.

Rae Liversidge

areWent to Coburg in 1992 to help out her brother Ian and worked in the administration with dedication at a time when the club was struggling.

Norm Tobitt

areLong-serving volunteer who was made a life member in 1951.

Laurie Burt

areChampion player who finished with 157 games and three best and fairests.
Captained the club, was runner-up in the 1978 JJ Liston Trophy and was part of the 1979 premiership.
Named in the team of the century.

Ken Ingram

areNicknamed “The Bear” because of his strong build, and was a key member of the 1988-89 premierships. Won two best and fairests and was captain in 1992-93.

Jim Jenkins

areTasmanian who joined Coburg in 1925 and was a major player in the 1926-27-28 premiership treble. Won two best and fairests and served as captain-coach.

Henry Kerley

areKicked five goals in Coburg’s first match in the VFA in 1925 and was part of the 1926-27-28 premiership teams, captaining the first two and captain-coaching the third. Landed a pair of best and fairests and was picked in the team of the century.

George Parry

areAnother great clubman, contributing as a timekeeper, bingo helper, kiosk attendant and Record seller. Awarded life membership in 1982 and the Coburg boardroom is named after him.

Fred Cook

arePut in many years to the club’s off-field efforts, acting as chairman of the bingo and kiosk committees and helping raise an enormous amount of money.

Ernest “Snowy” Martin

coming-soonJoined the Burgers from Carlton in 1925 and was a wingman in the 1926-27 premiership teams. Also won the Recorder Cup (equivalent to the Liston) in 1927.

Clarrie Butcher

arePlayed 23 senior games (and many more in the reserves) and joined the committee in 1979. Won plaudits for his work as junior development officer and running the Thirds.

Alan Walsh

alessioOutstanding administrator, whose contribution includes a stint as vice-president. He joined the club in 1984, helping with the Thirds, and was added to the senior committee in 1987. For 25 years he served as the clubs Property Steward before resigning in early 2015, and now serves on the Past Players and Officials committee.

Michael Erwin

alessioArrived in 1968 as a player and then appointed Player/Coach in 1969. A Premiership coach in 1970 and a member of the Team of the Century.

Kevin Breen

alessioKevin Breen has done it all for the Lions. After winning a Division Two Premiership in 1974, Breen went on to win two best and fairest's in the Reserves. Following two stints as coaches of both the Senior and Reserves sides, he now sits atop the Coburg tree as our president after loyal years of service on the board.

Kerin Lawson

alessioPlayed in the 1970 premiership and has contributed to the club for over 4 decades in a variety of roles and currently serves on the Past Players & Officials Committee, as the President.

Robert “Patchy” Wilkinson

wilkoJoined the club in 1947 and went on to 137 games. Also a long-serving trainer and a groundsman at the City Oval.

Ray “Slug” Jordon

jordanClaimed best and fairests in 1959-60-61, the only Burger to win three in a row, and was captain for two years.
Played 98 games and kicked 169 goals. Later became a great under-age coach.

Linton Jones

areBecame treasurer in 1971 and earned the nickname “Scrooge” for his unwillingness to part with club money.
Helped with bingo and was an inaugural member of the coterie group.

Lance Collins

areAppointed captain-coach in 1940 and, with Bob Pratt at full forward, he moved out to centre half forward and still kicked bags.
Won the best and fairest in 1941 then joined Carlton.

Gary Sheldon

areOne of the greatest Lions of all, he shared the 1988 JJ Liston Trophy, won two best and fairests (and had a string of top-three finishes) and was a star of Cleary’s 1988-89 premiership sides. Also a regular state representative.

Frank Connor

areTook on the presidency when the local council booted Coburg off the City Oval in 1965, allocating the ground to North Melbourne. Walked the streets campaigning against the decision and was instrumental in the Burgers regaining the oval. Continued as president until 1972.

Clarrie Mears

areChampion rover who took the 1925-26 best and fairests and was part of the 1926 and ‘28 premierships. Finished with 166 games, 278 goals and team-of-the-century honours.

Brian Allison

areTough little man recruited from Essendon and essential to Coburg’s success in 1988 and ‘89. Notched 174 games and represented the VFA in carnival matches. Made the team of the century.

Anthony Alessio

alessioPulled in many a mark with hands that could pass for clamps. Best and fairest in 1992 and captain from 1997-2000 as he totted up 163 games. Admired for his loyalty, sticking with the Lions through rugged times.

Bryan Wells

areFormer mayor of Coburg who served as the club secretary and delegate to the VFA board for many years. Made a life member in 1970.

Jack Harris

areTriple Premiership Player who sits 4th all time in most games for the club. He was made a life member in 1936 and was named in the Team of the Century.

Maurice Gale

areDual Premiership Player and a 3-time best and fairest winner. Lead the club's goal kicking in 1971 to finish 3rd in the Liston Trophy. Inducted in 2014.

Colin Kinnear

alessioCoach of the 1975 and 1976 Reserves Premierships, Kinnear impressed to get the senior job in 1977 and was senior coach of Coburg's drought breaking Division One Premiership in 1979 and was made a life member in 1980.

Allan Eade

alessio The former Collingwood footballer spent several years at the Coburg City Oval culminating in an impressive resume including Reserves' best and fairest awards and runner up in the 1987 Senior best and fairest.

Keith Fewkes

areThe late Keith Fewkes won the club's Best and Fairest award in 1950 and was an integral figure to the Lions' team throughout the 1950s.