Tony Lockett highest goal-kicker? AFL falsifies its history

The AFL had a whale of a time making a huge media promotion from the idea that a (then) current player – Tony Lockett – was going to become the highest scoring goal-kicker ever, overtaking Coventry…only trouble is, as the AFL well knows, Coventry was not the highest. Ken Farmer was the highest by a large margin. Nobody will ever overtake his figures, even his total, let along his average.

It is typical of the AFL to have no respect for its history and to manipulate it as it pleases. The reason the AFL thinks it doesn’t have to acknowledge Ken Farmer is that he is South Australian, while Coventry is Victorian. But the AFL can’t have it both ways. Either the AFL is something which started in the 1980s and has no history prior to the establishment of the national body, or it is the history of all State Football Leagues prior to that time. The one thing it can’t be – well, except to the rabidly Victorian amongst us – is Australian from the 1980s and Victorian prior to that.

Ken Farmer was a contemporary of Gordon Coventry’s. When Ken Farmer overtook Coventry’s record everybody in Australia – Victorians included – now considered Farmer to be the highest scoring goal-kicker in Australia. You have only to read the newspapers of the day to know that is true.

The AFL has to decide: is it actually a national body representing a national sport, or is it a Victorian body, representing Victorian interest, despite its national pretentions. If it is a national body with a history extending before the 1980s, it has to behave appropriately and reinstate Farmer as AFL’s highest-scoring goal-kicker. Anything less is plain dishonest.

5 thoughts on “Tony Lockett highest goal-kicker? AFL falsifies its history

  1. Human nature being what it is and where the AFL has taken football, I cannot see the AFL doing the hard work needed to genuinely to assess anything in the history of the game as a “whole” prior to its creation. Re-examining history to the AFL seems a loathsome task. That Ken Framer was the greatest full-forward ever is beyond doubt. Most recently the Age Sun 28 Jun 2008 published “The Legends 50 Greatest”. Pathetically but inherently and again by omission the reader gains the view that these are the game’s greatest, once more engendering the idea that football is and was only Victorian prior to the AFL. It only acknowledges those interstate players “as legends” who played in the AFL (or VFL prior to creation of AFL). Of course the VFL was the premier competition in the country prior to the formation of the AFL. How the AFL reached this historical position is carefully ignored. Would football have survived if it had not been for all the “football” playing states?


  2. And why don’t we also include that bloke from the bush no one heard about who played 800 games and kicked 5000 goals? The fact is the AFL is a direct descendant of the VFL and they are talking about the goal kicking record in that league. Who cares about the bush leagues SANFL and WAFL.


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