Bob Hammond

Robert "Bob" Hammond AM (born 16 February 1942)[1] is a former Australian rules footballer who played for North Adelaide and Norwood in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) during the 1960s and early 1970s. He later served as coach of the Sydney Swans in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Bob Hammond
Personal information
Full name Robert Allen Hammond
Date of birth (1942-02-16) 16 February 1942
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team(s) Kilburn
Position(s) Key defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1960–1973 North Adelaide 234 (69)
1974 Norwood 014 0(0)
Total 248 (68)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1984 Sydney Swans 8 (3–5–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1974.
Career highlights
Source: AustralianFootball.com

Hammond played his early football at Kilburn before being recruited to North Adelaide. He took a while to break into the senior side but when he did in 1960 he was a member of their premiership team. A key defender, he also participated in North Adelaide's premiership years of 1971/72 and played in the club's 1972 Championship of Australia win.

While at North Adelaide he represented South Australia at interstate level in a win over Victoria in 1963, one of eight times that he would appear for his state.

Norwood lured Hammond to their club in 1974 as captain-coach and he went on to have success. After retiring as a player at the end of his initial season, Hammond steered them to premierships in 1975 and 1978.

His coaching career continued at interstate level and he was in charge of the South Australian team which defeated Victoria for the first time at State of Origin level, in 1983. The following year he coached the Sydney Swans in eight games during the 1984 VFL season after Ricky Quade resigned and Tony Franklin was caretaker coach for a single game.

From 1991 to 2000, Hammond served as the chairman of the Adelaide Football Club, a tenure in which they won two premierships.

In 2001 he was named as a back pocket in North Adelaide's official Team of the Century, then in 2002 was inducted into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame, followed by the AFL Hall of Fame in 2015. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2003.[2]

References

  1. "Bob Hammond". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. "HAMMOND, Robert Allen". Australian Government - Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
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