Tony Lockett

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Tony Lockett : biography

9 March 1966 –

Anthony Howard "Tony" Lockett (born 9 March 1966) is a former Australian rules football player. Known as ‘Plugger’, Lockett is the highest goal scorer in the history of the VFL/AFL with 1,360 goals in a career of 281 games, that commenced in 1983 with the St Kilda Football Club, and finished in 2002 with the Sydney Swans. Lockett is the only full-forward ever to win the coveted Brownlow Medal, in 1987, a season in which he was decorated with several honours. He is a four-time Coleman Medallist, kicked more than 100 goals in a season on six occasions (an AFL record), and is a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

At 191 cm tall and weighing 104 kg, Lockett was a large footballer. His strong hands, acceleration, ability to leap and accurate kicking made him a formidable player.


Lockett was inducted to both the St Kilda and Sydney Swans respective Teams of the Century, in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

In 2004 he was inducted into the North Ballarat Football Club hall of fame.

On 22 June 2006, Lockett was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

One goal end at Etihad Stadium was named after him (the Lockett End), with the other end being named after the man whose record he broke, Gordon Coventry.

The Ballarat Football League award for the leading goalscorer for the home and away season is named after Lockett, as Lockett played his junior football with Ballarat Football League club, North Ballarat.

On 19 July 2009, he was inducted into the Sydney Swans Hall of Fame.

In 2003, he was inducted into the St Kilda Football Club Hall of Fame and on 24 July 2010, he was elevated to Legend status of the St Kilda Football Club Hall of Fame.

Lockett kicked over one hundred goals in a season on six occasions – at St Kilda in years 1987 (117); 1991 (127); 1992 (132) and at Sydney in years 1995 (110); 1996 (121) and 1998 (109). This is a league record for the number of times a player has kicked over 100 goals in a separate season, which he shares with Jason Dunstall.

The New South Wales Primary Schools Sports Association Australian Football competition is named the Tony Lockett Shield.

Early life

Tony Lockett was born in Ballarat, Victoria on 9 March 1966 to his father Howard (a country footballer of over 500 games and North Ballarat Football Club Hall of Famer) and his mother Liz.

Lockett began playing Australian Rules with the under 12s team of his father’s club, North Ballarat Football Club, in 1974. He played a total of 120 junior games with the club.

He was educated at Ballarat Secondary College and Ballarat Grammar School.

Lockett had played just five senior games as a 16 year old in 1982 with North Ballarat before he was recruited by VFL club St Kilda and moved to Melbourne.

VFL/AFL career

St Kilda career (1982–1994)

Lockett’s best season at St Kilda was in 1991, when he kicked 127 goals in 17 games, at an average of 7.47 goals per game, the highest average ever achieved in VFL/AFL history. He was also the spearhead for St Kilda’s first finals appearance since 1973. In the Qualifying Final against Geelong he kicked nine goals and five behinds, although the Saints were beaten by seven points. Lockett was described by dual Brownlow medallist Robert Harvey as the best player he had ever seen and that his move from St Kilda was a great loss to the club.

Sydney Swans career (1995–2002)

In 1995, Lockett transferred to the Sydney Swans, where he played for another six seasons. Lockett was an instant success with the Swans, helping the team into the finals, and drawing huge crowds.

Lockett’s career-best goal-scoring performance came in Round 19, 1995, against Fitzroy at the Western Oval, when he scored 16 goals straight.