Hall of Fame - Legend Inductee 2019 - Tony Southcombe
Golden Square FNC/Northern United FC
By Richard Jones
Tony Southcombe rates as one of the most influential big men in BFL history playing in eight premiership teams: four at Golden Square and another four with Northern United.
The premierships came “Bluey’s” way in 1972-75-76-79 with the Square and then in the four-flag run with the Swallows from 1984-87.
Tony was playing coach in five of those eight: the middle two at the Square and the first three with United.
The premier ruckman of his era in the BFNL he won the Michelsen medals in 1972 (with a then record 33 votes) and again in 1975 during his time at Wade Street.
Captain-coach by 1975 in a premiership season a consecutive triumph awaited in 1976 as the VFL beckoned.
Down to Carlton ‘Bluey’ went to play 13 games with the Blues, booting 11 goals. The 26-year-old returned to the Square mid-to-late season in 1976 to guide the Dogs to their ultimate premiership.
In 1979 Golden Square avenged their loss to Sandhurst the previous season by obliterating the Dragons. And Tony’s grand final performance was rated as one of the BFL’s best-ever by a big man.
He played his 200th senior game in 1980 and then after two seasons with Boort took over the player-coach role at Northern United.
The Swallows won three consecutive flags with Tony continuing on as a player only when United saluted again in 1987.