Doug Hawkins

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Doug Hawkins
Personal information
Date of birth(1960-05-05) 5 May 1960 (age 52)
Original teamBraybrook Football Club
DebutRd 11, 9 June 1978, Footscray
v. Carlton, at Whitten Oval
Height/Weight180 cm / 79 kg
Playing career1

Footscray (1978–1994) 329 games, 216 goals

Fitzroy (1995) 21 games, 11 goals

Total – 350 games, 227 goals
1 Playing statistics to end of 2007 season .
Career highlights
  • 2 VFL Team of the Year selections (1984, 1986)
  • Club best-and-fairest (1985)
  • Club leading goal kicker (1991)
  • Club captain (1990–1993)
  • Club games record holder (1994–2006)
 
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Doug Hawkins
Personal information
Date of birth(1960-05-05) 5 May 1960 (age 52)
Original teamBraybrook Football Club
DebutRd 11, 9 June 1978, Footscray
v. Carlton, at Whitten Oval
Height/Weight180 cm / 79 kg
Playing career1

Footscray (1978–1994) 329 games, 216 goals

Fitzroy (1995) 21 games, 11 goals

Total – 350 games, 227 goals
1 Playing statistics to end of 2007 season .
Career highlights
  • 2 VFL Team of the Year selections (1984, 1986)
  • Club best-and-fairest (1985)
  • Club leading goal kicker (1991)
  • Club captain (1990–1993)
  • Club games record holder (1994–2006)

Doug Hawkins (born 5 May 1960) is a former Australian rules footballer in the VFL/AFL who made a name for himself in the media in his post-football career.

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Early career

Hawkins hailed from the industrialised, working class western suburbs of Melbourne, and although he was a North Melbourne supporter in his youth, competition zoning rules in effect prior to the adoption of a national draft, dictated that Hawkins' rights were 'zoned' to Footscray, given his suburb of residence was nearby Braybrook. He got his wish, making his VFL debut for Footscray in 1978 as a teenager.

Football career

Footscray

Hawkins made a name for himself over the ensuing years as one of the finest wingers the game has ever seen, so much so that at the team's home ground, the Western Oval, one of the wings of the ground was named the "Doug Hawkins Wing". Much has also been made about his rocky relationship with coach Mick Malthouse during the 1980s, but during Hawkins' Australian Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2004, Hawkins played this down. In 1994, Hawkins broke Ted Whitten's long-standing club record of 321 games for Footscray, and Whitten was on-hand to congratulate him.

Fitzroy

However, after playing 329 games and kicking 216 goals for the Bulldogs, Hawkins' contract was not renewed, and so he moved to the financially strapped Fitzroy Football Club for one last season in 1995. He played 21 games and kicked 11 goals for the club before announcing his retirement.

Career highlights

Playing career:

Player honors:

Media career

Off the field, Hawkins was known as an old-fashioned Aussie larrikin, someone who himself acknowledged he was not one of the smartest people going around, but was always up for a laugh. As a panel member of the Nine Network's The Footy Show during the mid-1990s, he was bagged mercilessly by Sam Newman and Jason Dunstall. In 1998, Hawkins moved to the Seven Network and appeared on a Wednesday night rival to The Footy Show, Live and Kicking.

Personal life

Hawkins is married to Raelene, who appeared on Fox Footy's Living with Footballers before it was axed at the end of 2004. They have three children – a son and two daughters. Doug currently resides in Darley which is a town in Bacchus Marsh, he also supports local football side Darley. He coached the Bacchus Marsh Cobra's Under 16.5 side which his son Ricky plays for. The team won the 2011 Under 16.5 Seniors Ballarat Football League premiership a few weeks after the death of player Nathan Prince. After a break from the club for the 2012 season he was appointed coach of the Cobras' senior team in October 2012

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