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WA Football Mourns Passing of Football GreatTuesday, June 4, 2024 - 1:26 PM

One of Western Australia’s greatest ever footballers, John Todd, has passed away at the age of 86. 

A decorated player and coach, Todd was a revered figure in football. 

A Sandover Medallist at the age of just 17 in 1955, his playing career was cut short by a knee injury. 

Despite this, Todd won three fairest and best awards at South Fremantle, also earning State selection, and was named an All Australian in 1961. 

As a coach, Todd enjoyed remarkable success winning a total of six WAFL Premierships with East Fremantle, Swan Districts and South Fremantle. 

Appointed coach of the West Coast Eagles, the WA great led the club to its first finals campaign in 1988. 

He also coached WA on 14 occasions and led Australia in six International Rules matches. 

In a tribute to his contribution to the game, Todd was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2003 and was made a Legend of the West Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2004. 

The West Australian Football Commission sends its condolences to the family and friends of John Todd. 


  • Sandover Medal: 1955
  • 3× South Fremantle best and fairest: 1955, 1958, 1961
  • South Fremantle captain 1959, 1961–62 
  • All-Australian team (1961)
  • WA coach 1975, 1983-85, 87, 89, 95, 98
  • WAFL Premiership coach: East Fremantle 1974, Swan Districts 1982-1984, 1990, South Fremantle 1997 
  • West Coast Eagle coach 1988-1989 
  • All Australian coach 1983-84 
  • Order of Australia 1986
  • John Leonard Medal 1990
  • WAFL Life Member 1991 
  • West Australian Sporting Hall of Fame 1997
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame 2003
  • West Australian Football Hall of Fame, Legend status 2004 
  • West Australian Football Commission Life Member
  • South Fremantle Football Hall of Fame, inaugural Legend 2011
  • Swan Districts Football Hall of Fame
  • Swan Districts Team of the Century coach