John Patrick Platten (born 17 March 1963) is a retired Brownlow and Magarey medal-winning Australian rules footballer, who played for Hawthorn and Central Districts in the 1980s and 1990s.
|Full name||John Patrick Platten|
|Date of birth||17 March 1963|
|Place of birth||South Australia|
|Original team(s)||Central District (SANFL)|
|Draft||No. 19, 1981 interstate draft|
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|1981–1985, 1998||Central District||113 (262)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1998.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Platten's career in the game began in his native South Australia, where he won a Magarey Medal with Central Districts (Bulldogs), then continued with the Hawthorn Hawks team of the late 1980s and early 1990s; where he won four premiership flags; as well as a Brownlow Medal.
Platten remains a popular and respected figure at both clubs, where he enjoys hall-of-fame status. He is also an inductee in both the AFL and SANFL halls of fame.
Platten was born in South Australia. He began (and ended) his career with Central Districts in the SANFL competition. A junior with Centrals, he commenced in the junior ranks in 1979 and made his league debut in 1981. Platten immediately made an impact with Centrals, becoming a full State Representative in 1982 and continued to be a regular in the state team throughout his career. Platten's greatest achievement at Centrals was his 1984 Magarey Medal win along with two best and fairest awards (1984, 1985).
Platten was recruited to Carlton but after a protracted legal case eventually joined Hawthorn for the 1986 season. Keeping the number 44 on the back of his guernsey, he went on to play for the Hawks from 1986 to 1997, playing 258 games and kicking 228 goals. Nicknamed "The Rat" with his diminutive frame and unruly tangle of curly hair, he cut a distinctive if unlikely looking footballer, yet despite this he enjoyed a career which saw him firmly established as one of the best players of the 1980s and early '90s. He was a gutsy rover who won a Brownlow Medal in 1987, tying with Tony Lockett. He played in four VFL/AFL premierships with Hawthorn, in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991, and a State of Origin Carnival Championship for South Australia in 1988
In 1998, Platten retired from the Hawthorn Football Club and made a dramatic return to Central District along with Gilbert McAdam, another of the Bulldogs' all-time greats. Platten kicked the match winning goal of his comeback match against Glenelg at Elizabeth Oval, however injury plagued his long-awaited comeback and he retired from football altogether after sustaining a knee injury mid-season. His return to Elizabeth Oval was not the success it was hoped for, but was a joyous event for long-time Centrals fans regardless. Platten has been a notable attendee at Centrals recent premiership successes, an achievement he was never to enjoy with his boyhood club.
Platten now coaches country football in South Australia. He played 113 games for Central District in the SANFL and was the club's best and fairest in 1984 and 1985, and its leading goalkicker in 1981 and 1985. He won All-Australian selection five times: from 1985–1988, when the team was selected based on interstate carnival performances; and in 1992, when the team was selected based on AFL premiership performances. He also runs his own business called The Safety Hub, specialising in the supply of safety equipment.
|Led the league for the Season only*|
|Led the league after finals only*|
|Led the league after Season and Finals*|
*10 games required to be eligible.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Green / Bold = Won|
- AFL Premiership (Hawthorn): 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991
- McClelland Trophy (Hawthorn): 1986, 1988, 1989
- Night Premiership (Hawthorn): 1986
- Pre-season Cup (Hawthorn): 1988, 1991, 1992
- Central District Football Club website
- Hawthorn team of the Century
- John Platten's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- John Platten's business