Almanac Teams: Great Number 4s


This team has arguably the best forward line that could be assembled through a number. It was a headache trying to find the appropriate positions for so many bona fide guns,


The back line isn’t too shabby either. Mick Martyn or Ronnie Andrews at Full Back? A few old timers get a guernsey and Norm Smith virtually selects himself as coach. Three Norms in a team of 4s.


B: Ross Thornton (Fitz)                     Ron Andrews (Ess)                        Gavin Wanganeen (Ess/Port)


HB: Andrew Collins (Haw)                Ross Glendinning (Nth/WCE)  Andrew Mackie (Geel)


C: Dan Hannebery (Syd)                    Geoff Raines (Rich/Coll)              Jobe Watson (Ess)


HF: Alan Didak (Coll)                         Royce Hart (Rich)                          Bob Davis (Geel)


F: Stephen Kernahan (Carl)               Tony Lockett (StK/Syd)               Peter Sumich (WCE)


R: Norm Ware (Foots)                        Darrell Baldock (StK)                   Daniel Kerr (WCE)



IC: Norm McDonald (Ess) Peter Bosustow (Carl) Mick Martyn (Nth) John Lord (Melb)


Coach: Norm Smith


Entertainment provided to you by ‘The Four Tops’ as this team has soul and resilience.


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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. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Might have to find a spot for Tim Cahill after last night. Would have to be the most successful Number 4 in Australian sport. Bona fide legend.

  2. Guten Morgen Phil.

    Tim Cahill, the most succesfull number 4 in Australian Sport? Greg Chappell @ his peak was a damn handy number 4. Before my time a chap called Bradman, AKA ‘The Don’ was a useful number 4.

    Terry Bright was a handy half forward flanker with Geelong.


  3. David Hughes says

    What about Dusty? Clean sweep of all awards and a premiership player to boot.

  4. G’day Phil,

    Your great number four team will be the best and most attacking team, I reckon. Thanks to Tony Lockett!



  5. Hello Phil.

    Correction – Tony Lockett #4 – St Kilda, Sydney AND Port Melbourne (2 games/7 goals in 2002).

    Lockett “debuted” for the Borough in Round 7 against Werribee at North Port. He lined up on a young Footscray draftee by the name of Brian Harris that day.

    Keep up the great work.


  6. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Keep ’em comin’ Phil

    From 1997

    Craig McRae (Bris)
    Sticks (Carl)
    Aaron James (Coll)
    Daniel Mcalister (Ess)
    Andrew Wills (Freo)
    Matthew Robbins (Geel)
    Fish (Haw)
    Andrew Obst (Mel)
    Mick (NM)
    Ian Downsborough (Port)
    Matthew Rogers (Rich)
    Joel Smith (StK)
    Plugger (Syd)
    Suma (WC)
    Nigel Kellett (Dogs)

  7. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Glen! How could I forget Terry Bright? 219 games for the Cats all in the Number 4. Brownlow Medalist Alistair Lord stiff to miss. Edmond Webber was the first Cat to wear 4 in 1912. Do you remember Phil Stevens between 1968-75? Later transferred to St Kilda

    Dave – Good point about Dusty. Will save him for Number 36 !! Matthew Rogers played 11 seasons for the Tigers wearing 4 and James Hughie, a Richmond pioneer from 1909 wore 4 between 1919-23 and played 188 games. Huge for that era.

    Thanks Yoshi – Plugger one of the best ever 4s, although he did wear Number 14 when he won the Brownlow in 1987.

    Thanks Mic – Forgot about Plugger’s ‘illustrious’ career at the Borough. Baptism of fire for Harris/Lake.
    Couple of notable Bulldogs: Nigel Kellett and Andrew Cross. Bont not far away either.

    Swish – Joel Smith and Andrew Obst good players. Was Obst South Australian? Aaron James was supposed to be the Pies’ Wayne Carey. That’s Collingwood 4 U.

    World Game Number 4s of note:
    Tim Cahill
    Patrick Vieira
    Sergio Ramos
    Jurgen Kohler
    Vinnie Jones
    Cesc Fabregas
    Steven Gerrard
    Vincent Kompany
    Sami Hyypia

  8. Phil – I’m surprised you omitted Bradley John Hardie from your list of Footscray #4’s.

    Was Brad’s career at Victoria Park (2 games 1992) as memorable as Plugger’s at North Port Oval?

    Nomination for World Game Number 4’s was the man who in his youth was touted as the “Next George Best” – Sammy McIlroy.

    Clint Richardson #4 – Guard with the 1982/83 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers.

    I’m really enjoying this series.


  9. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Mic, How could I miss BJH ? Wore 4 in his Brownlow year 1985. Wore Number 9 at the Pies for his 2 games in ’92
    Peter Welsh wore 4 for the Dogs from 1968-78 and Simon Garlick also wore it between 1998-04.
    First Doggie to wear Number 4 was Albert Outen in 1925. Cheers

  10. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Yes Phil, from the famous SA Obsts.

  11. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    From the SANFL in 1978

    Trevor Sapwell (Norwood)
    Ivan Eckermann (Port)
    John Nicholls (Woodville)
    Bill Cochrane (Centrals)
    Bob Tardif (Glenelg)
    Craig Cock (South)
    Roger Luders (West)
    Trevor Sims (Sturt)
    David Tiller (North)

  12. Was Andrew Obst South Australian? A West Croydon boy. I played Mini League with him for Woodville!

  13. Mick Jeffrey says

    Intrerestingly the first #4 I seemed to take notice of was….Dave Colbert. No not the long jumper who people seem to enjoy listening to on SEN as much as they enjoy watching their grandmother knit one perl two, but he was an import for the Melbourne Tigers in the NBL from 1989-1991 before playing with Brisbane for a few years. Lost him a few years ago to a car crash back in the states.

  14. Phil – Peter Welsh joined the Dogs from the now defunct F&Y Socials of the FDFL and made his debut in 1968. In the Round 7 1972 clash away to Geelong “Spider”, predominantly a defender in his first four seasons, was swung up forward. Two goals late in the last quarter helped the Dogs over the line and in the process end their 27 year Kardinia Park hoodoo.

    Mick – I’m quite saddened to hear of Dave Colbert’s passing. Melbourne’s NBL reps in the late 80’s/90’s had some fine servants in the #4 singlet – Colbert, Mark Leader (NM Giants) & Darren Lucas (Spectres).


  15. great idea Phil, I would nominate the lover of lamb himself, Slamming Sammy Kekovich, boy could he play..when he wanted to.. a significant member of north’s first flag, even if the team photo doesn’t include him, where was he I wonder..
    Also Leon Baker, a ripper player at Essendon in the 80s

  16. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Some of those SA names Swish…Craig Cock? Trevor Sapwell? I thought Canberra was the porno capital.

    Mick – Wasn’t much of an NBL fan although I do remember Leroy Loggins from that era. Surprised it didn’t take off more during a promising surge in the early 90s

    Mic – Great story re: Peter Welsh. 27 year hoodoo? Didn’t know that. Particularly when the Bulldogs were pretty competitive through the 50s/early 60s.

    Paul – Yes Slammin’ Sam a great nomination. Would have to start at his fittest. Leon Baker so important for the Dons in that last quarter in 1984. Former bloodnut Cat John Mossop also wore it for the Roos in 1987-88. Cheers

  17. Luke Reynolds says

    What a forward line. Led by the great Dids of course!
    Reckon B.Grundy will be the first choice ruck for this team before too long.
    Paul Hawke unlucky to miss?!!

  18. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Cheers Luke – Big Grundy a couple of years and a handful of finals away I reckon. Paul Hawke a great get. Very close to a Copeland in 1988. Similar to Simon Atkins of Footscray. Could get the ball, but just lacked that extra yard in pace to be elite.
    Paul Morwood wore it in 1987 and the talented, but unlucky Mark Hannebery between 1980-83.
    Gary Pert played many fine games for us wearing 4 between 1992-95.

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