Almanac Footy Teams – A salute to the Waning Waynes


Wayne is another name that has been consigned to the margins of history.


The name was popular through the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. It started to wane by the 1990s and was virtually extinct by the end of the 20thcentury.


One of my first footy cards was that of Wayne Richardson (Pictured) in 1975. Notice how he is readying to kick a torp ?


North Melbourne have had three brilliant Waynes represent them in Schimma, Carey and Schwass.


Brisbane, Freo, Gold Coast, GWS, Port, West Coast and University have not a had a Wayne on their lists. Brisbane have had two Daynes, Port has had a Kane and a Cain, while West Coast has had a Dwayne and Blayne. Go figure.


Trivia Question: Who was the last Wayne to play in the VFL/AFL?


Almanackers, here is your chance to nominate your favourite Waynes from Australian Football.



B: Eastmann (Fitz)              Henwood (Syd)        Judson (StK)


HB: Harmes (Carl)             Weidemann (Adel)  Delmenico (Melb)


C: Walsh (StK/Rich)           Closter (Geel)           Schimmelbusch (NthM)


HF: Johnston (Carl)            Carey (Nth/Adel)      Campbell (Rich)


F: Otway (Ess)                      Carroll (Syd)               Foreman (Foots/Ess)


Ruck: Bevan (Haw)          Schwass (Nth/Syd)       Richardson (Coll)


Inter: Blackwell (Carl)    Primmer (Ess)   Gordon (Coll)   Erwin (SthM)


Coach: Brittain (Carl)


Entertainment: Wayne’s World (Bohemian Rhapsody scene)


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About Phillip Dimitriadis

Carer/Teacher/Writer. Author of Fandemic: Travels in Footy Mythology. World view influenced by Johnny Cash, Krishnamurti, Larry David, Toni Morrison and Billy Picken.


  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Current Crow Wayne Milera Jr

  2. Good team Phillip

    I presume the last named player, yo mean Wayne Ewin ?

  3. Luke Reynolds says

    Phil, love a team that features Wayne “Moose” Henwood!

    The Wayne Cricket XI was extremely tough, had to rely on First-Class cricketers to fill the team.

    The Wayne XI-
    Wayne N Phillips (Australia)
    Wayne Larkins (England)
    Wayne B Phillips (Australia) (C)
    Wayne Andrews (Western Australia)
    Wayne Lewis (Jamaica)
    Wayne Blair (Otago)
    Wayne James (Zimbabwe) (WK)
    Wayne Parnell (South Africa)
    Wayne Clark (Australia)
    Wayne Daniel (West Indies)
    Wayne Holdsworth (New South Wales)

    The South Australian Wayne Phillips deserves to be relieved of the gloves and is the standout choice to skipper this team. Wayne Andrews was a very good player in 91 First-Class appearances for WA. Wayne Lewis averaged 30 in 32 First-Class games for Jamiaca in the 1980’s. Wayne Blair made 3698 runs in 82 Plunket Shield games for New Zealand province Otago. Zimbabwe’s Wayne James had magnificent hands behind the stumps but his average batting meant the great Andy Flower was more often than not given the keeping role. This team has a very handy four pronged pace attack. While Wayne Holdsworth didn’t play Test cricket he did take a hat-trick for Australia in a tour game on the 1993 Ashes tour after his stellar 1992/93 Sheffield Shield season.

  4. Can we go all hybrid picking a tennis player who’s combined two names recently in Almanac vogue?

    Wayne Arthurs.


  5. Colin Ritchie says

    Wayne Beddison came to the Bombers with a huge reputation in the early 80s but returned home homesick after one season. A coodabeen! Wayne Headlam was a battling ruckman in the 70s.

  6. On a roll Phil.

    Wayne Foreman was neighbour of ours in Maidstone. I remember watching him play for Sunshine in the VFA, back in 1974.

    I imagine the Walsh on the wing has a typo with it . I surmise it’s Wayne Walsh who played for Richmond, South Melbourne, then back to Richmond.

    Wayne Hovey played 6 games for Geelong in 1977. His father and two uncles also played for Geelong.


  7. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Swish – Yes, How could I forget Junior?

    Mark – Correct. Ewin it is. Apologies for typo.

    Luke – Fantastic work ! Wayne Prior, fast bowler, played for South Australia in the 1970s and represented Australia in some WSC matches. I remember Holdsworth’s 1992-93 season. Bowled some heat over that summer. Surprised he didn’t kick on.

    Glen ! Wayne Arthurs, Bruce Wayne ! Wayne Foreman and Sunshine? How rough was it in those days? Correct on Wayne Walsh. Should be South and not St Kilda .Hovey a huge Geelong name.

    Colin – Wayne Beddison was considered. I remember him taking a screamer at the SCG first game of 1983 and he kicked 2 goals as the Swans hung on to win by a point. He played 16 games for the Bombers that year and then faded.

  8. FUN FACT: The first 64 seasons of the VFL were entirely Wayne-free. The drought was broken on June 24, 1961, when not one but TWO Waynes debuted — Hawthorn’s Athorne and Fitzroy’s Eastman. Over the next two decades a veritable fountain of Waynes cascaded through the league.

  9. Team treasurer would have to be Wayne Swan. Surely we could find a place for John Wayne. Batman should be ineligible – he’s over in the Bruces. For all that, now that we have the Garys, Bills, Brians, Bruces, Ians, and Arthurs etc WHERE’S WALLY

  10. From across the border, Wayne ‘Butch’ Phillis. Key position defender/ruckman for Glenelg and Norwood across 250 games in the 1970s with a couple of premierships thrown in for good measure. Also, one of the many venerable SA footballer turned car dealers.

  11. Fisho your question will be soon be answered.

    Watch this space; for a day or two.

  12. Keiran Croker says

    Q: is the popularity of the name associated with the Duke …. John Wayne?

  13. Great to see three Kangaroos champs in the team, LB.

    I’m surprised that no-one has mentioned “The Great One” Wayne Gretsky, the greatest of all ice-hockey players.

  14. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Gigs – A surprising stat that. Great work. Would have thought a Wayne or two might have bobbed up in the 1950s. As Keiran asks, might have something to do with the influence of the Duke. Can’t think of any super famous Waynes from the entertainment industry or world politics.

    Fisho – Yes, Swan would certainly be treasurer. Safe pair of hands. Wally should be beauty, Glen ! Looking forward to that one.

    Dave – Again the name Phillis bobs up from SA. Gotta love a ‘butch’ Wayne

    Smokie – Gretsky arguably the most famous Wayne of all in the sporting world. Wayne Rooney also ranks in the round ball game. Roos have the cream of the Waynes in this team, for sure.

  15. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    What about the star of Vegas Vacation, Wayne Newton, Phil?

  16. Another great SANFL Wayne – Woodville’s Wayne Carty!

  17. Swish, they forgot WAYNE BEVAN

  18. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    With good reason Rabs

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