Shane Crawford

Shane Barry Crawford (born 9 September 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer and current Ardmona Cats senior coach who played 305 senior games for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and won the league's highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal. He is currently an Australian television personality who appears regularly on Nine Network shows, the AFL Footy Show, Getaway, Postcards[2] and Kids' WB.

Shane Crawford
Personal information
Full name Shane Crawford
Date of birth (1974-09-09) 9 September 1974
Place of birth Mount Barker, South Australia
Original team(s) Assumption College
Draft 13th overall, 1991
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993–2008 Hawthorn 305 (224)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1993 NSW/ACT 1 (1)
1996–1998 Allies 2 (2)
International team honours
1998–2003 Australia 8 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

Crawford spent his childhood in Finley, New South Wales, and played his junior football with the Finley Football Club.[3] He attended boarding school at Assumption College in Kilmore, Victoria and was selected by Hawthorn with the 13th pick in the 1991 AFL Draft. He made his debut in 1993.[4]

Crawford played 305 career AFL games. He is also a four-time All-Australian player and played in three International Rules series for Australia.[5] He became captain of Hawthorn in 1999 and that season also won the AFL's top individual honours, the Brownlow Medal and the Leigh Matthews Trophy. He has won four Hawthorn Best & Fairest Awards (1998, 1999, 2002, 2003) and came second in the Brownlow in 2003, losing to the winners by one vote. He was also a member of Hawthorn's 2008 premiership side.

Crawford stepped down from the Hawthorn captaincy after the 2004 season, in which he broke his arm and the Hawks finished second last on the AFL ladder. He regained some form in the 2005 season, during which he played his 250th AFL game against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba,[6] and was again one of the league's leading possession winners.

He played his 300th game for Hawthorn against the Brisbane Lions in Round 19 in 2008 in Launceston when Hawthorn defeated the Lions by 69 points.[5]

On 27 September 2008, Crawford won his first premiership in his 305th AFL match, aged 34. He played more AFL games before receiving his first premiership medal than any other player.

Crawford was offered another year with the Hawks,[7] but he announced his retirement, wanting to go out on a high note. He ended his career after Hawthorn won the 2008 Grand Final and is now remembered as one of the greatest midfielders in the modern era of AFL football.[8]

In 2012, Crawford was inducted in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[9]

Media career

Crawford is currently a presenter on Channel Nine, being part of three current shows. He is a regular panel member of the sports program The AFL Footy Show (since 2009); a presenter on holiday and destination programs Getaway and Postcards (since 2008), and a presenter on the children's program Kids' WB (since 2014).[2] In 2011, he was also a contestant on the first season of Channel 9's series The Celebrity Apprentice, on which celebrities compete for charities of their choosing. Crawford raised $49,311 for his charity, the Breast Cancer Network Australia. He finished third overall behind dance guru Jason Coleman and actor/comedian Julia Morris.[10]

World records

In 2009 Crawford set five Guinness world records during broadcasts of The Footy Show.

  • Having 157 live Golden Orb spiders on his body inside a large tank for 30 seconds.[11]
  • Kissing 96 people on the face in a minute.[12]
  • By putting on 180 pairs of underwear, surpassing the former world record of 150.[13]
  • Crawford and previous Stawell Gift winner Adrian Mott broke the world record for the 100m sprint while both inside a single pantomime horse costume.[14]
  • Cracked 90 eggs with his head in a minute.[13]


In 2010, Crawford released his autobiography, That's What I'm Talking About, written in conjunction with Glenn McFarlane and released in soft-cover and eBook editions.[15] A Junior Edition (eBook) was released later.[16]

In March 2014, a series of children's books with football themes, co-authored by Crawford and Adrian Beck were released.[17] The books revolve around the character "Nick" who is the captain of the Cobar Creek Crocs football team. The four books, released in paperback and eBook formats, are: Crawf's Kick it to Nick: The Cursed Cup, Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Outbreak on the Oval, Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Bugs from Beyond and Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Forward Line Freak.

Breast cancer fundraising

On 16 September 2010, Crawford completed a 780 km run named "That's What I'm Walking About"[2] from Rundle Mall in Adelaide to the Channel 9 studio in Melbourne to raise awareness for breast cancer. He took a total of 11 days to complete the run and, as a welcome into Melbourne, ran the final leg into the Channel 9 Footy Show's studio where the panel and crowd awaited his arrival. Hundreds of "pink ladies" who were affected in some way by breast cancer showed their appreciation and support by making way for Crawford as he ran into the studio. Crawford appeared humbled and initially struggled to come to terms with what he had achieved and the stories that he had heard along the journey from breast cancer sufferers and family/friends of those with breast cancer. His efforts raised $500,000 for the cause.[18]

In June and July 2013, Crawford cycled 3,600 km from Melbourne to Perth in a fundraising event named "Tour de Crawf" that took place over 22 days. He averaged nearly 170 km per day and in total he raised $1,328,249 for the Breast Cancer Network Australia.[2][19]


In October 2000, Crawford was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for services to Australian football.[20]

Personal life

Crawford married his longtime partner, Olivia Crawford née Anderson, and they have four sons: Charlie (born 2006), Benjamin (born 2008), and twins Jack and Harry (born 2011).[2] He has two brothers, Andrew and Justin.[21]

Crawford's interests outside football are diverse, including his passion for horse racing. In 2011, he launched his children's wear range, Kiniki, onto the market.


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1993 Hawthorn 920161318112230357470.
1994 Hawthorn 922191027019546596450.90.512.38.921.14.42.0
1995 Hawthorn 91618918814533376381.10.611.
1996 Hawthorn 9221610343194537108550.70.515.68.824.44.92.5
1997 Hawthorn 913541369923550260.40.310.57.618.13.82.0
1998 Hawthorn 92113935015650681520.60.416.77.424.13.92.5
1999 Hawthorn 922149388252640102350.60.417.611.529.14.61.6
2000 Hawthorn 92124823719042778591.10.411.
2001 Hawthorn 92120824719544289671.00.411.89.321.04.23.2
2002 Hawthorn 922191630722653389870.90.714.010.324.24.04.0
2003 Hawthorn 92213927923751665810.60.412.710.823.53.03.7
2004 Hawthorn 910631186318141380.60.311.86.318.14.13.8
2005 Hawthorn 921115295207502133830.
2006 Hawthorn 915157196163359104241.00.513.110.923.96.91.6
2007 Hawthorn 923109278261539122760.40.412.111.323.45.33.3
2008 Hawthorn 9145313217831068470.40.29.412.722.14.93.4
Career 305 224 132 3945 2883 6828 1359 860 0.7 0.4 12.9 9.5 22.4 4.5 2.8


  1. "Hawthorn's pocket rockets". Hawthorn Football Club. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  2. Wilmoth, Peter (19 March 2014). "Man of Many Colours". The Weekly Review/Issuu. Metro Media Publishing. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  3. Crawford, Shane (11 April 2010). "Comback [sic] New South Waleskid in me may play for Finley says Shane Crawford". Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  4. "How the list was built: Hawthorn". 26 September 2008. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2008.
  5. Lyon, Garry (5 August 2008). "Shane Crawford's 300th game a tribute to athleticism". Daily Telegraph. News Ltd. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  6. Gigacz, Andrew (7 August 2005). "Match Details: 2005 R19 Brisbane vs Hawthorn". Australian Football. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  7. "AFL News, Scores, Stats, Transfers". Real Footy. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  8. "Crawford calls it quits". Fox Sports. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  9. Collins, Ben (13 June 2012). "Star Hawk honoured".
  10. "Shane Crawford: Meet my new twins". Australian Women's Weekly. Australian Women's Weekly. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  11. 7 May 2009. "Huge Night Tonight On Footy Show". eNews, Retrieved on 15 August 2009.
  12. 8 May 2009 ."AFL star Shane Crawford kisses up a record". PerthNOW, Retrieved on 15 August 2009.
  13. "The Grand Final Footy Show"(Nine Network) 24 September 2009
  14. "2XU's Adrian Mott teams with Shane Crawford to break World Record!".
  15. "That's What I'm Talking About". Penguin Books Australia. Penguin Books Australia. 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  16. "That's What I'm Talking About! Junior Edition (eBook)". Penguin Books Australia. Penguin Books Australia. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  17. "Shane Crawford (Author)". Penguin Books Australia. Penguin Books Australia. March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  18. "'That's what I'm walkin' about'". Breast Cancer Network Australia. Breast Cancer Network Australia. 2010. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  19. "Tour de Crawf". Breast Cancer Network Australia. Breast Cancer Network Australia. 2013. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  20. "Shane Crawford". It's An Honour. Australian Government. 24 October 2000. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  21. "Shane tells of pain at dad's death". News Ltd. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  22. Shane Crawford's player profile at AFL Tables
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