Hawthorn VFL Team, 1925.
The Debut Tie was introduced in 2002 when the Club honoured all players who had played at least one senior VFL/AFL game with a special numbered Club Tie that recorded their debut order.
The number one tie was presented to the family of Jim Jackson, Hawthorn’s first VFL captain. He led the team out onto Glenferrie for the first game in VFL ranks in 1925.
Hawthorn's 1908 MJFA team.
In 1902, at a specially convened public meeting, local football identity, Alf Kosky and Cr J C Watts oversaw the formation of a new football club to represent the residents of Hawthorn. This new team was to play in the Metropolitan Junior Football Association and to be known as the Hawthorn Football Club. The club colours were chosen, a blue guernsey with red and white braces and the socks, blue and white-hooped.
Hawthorn first played on St James Park (1902) switching first to the Richmond Race Course (1903), then the Richmond Cricket Ground (Punt Road Oval, 1904), East Melbourne Cricket Ground (1905) before moving back to Hawthorn to play on the newly opened Sports Ground at the Glenferrie Oval.
Hawthorn’s football fortunes were well recorded in the local newspapers in 1902 publishing the team lists and match reports. The next three years with Hawthorn playing home games in Richmond and East Melbourne, references became somewhat sporadic making it difficult to compile accurate playing lists.
The same surname often appeared more than once for the same game (suggesting possible brothers, or cousins), first names or initials were rarely given making it difficult to give accurate totals for either games or goals. With only known games or goals recorded, many players would have registered a greater number of games and goals.
There at least known 432 players who represented the Club in the first stage of its history when it was a member of the Metropolitan Junior Football Association.
If any person can identify a player not of the MJFA list or has a photo of any player on this list or knows the first names of any of the missing names please contact the Hawks Museum.
View or download Hawthorn Debut Order: 1902 - 1913
Jim McCashney, Fred Finch, and Jack Gill of Hawthorn's 1924 VFA team.
The Brown and Gold colours were worn for the first time when Hawthorn gained entry into the VFA in 1914. Little success was to follow. The Club’s only final appearance was in 1923 when they went down to Port Melbourne in the first semi final. There was great enthusiasm over the success, as there was in 1922 when Hawthorn kicked the record score of 30 goals 31 behinds against Prahran, 6 goals 9 behinds.
179 players played for Hawthorn in its second era. The Club played in the VFA for only nine years prior to joining the VFL in 1925. With the advent of World War 1 in 1914, the VFA went in recess after round 13, 1915 and did not recommence until May 1919.
If any person can identify a player or has a photo of any player on this list or knows the first names of any of the missing names please contact the Hawks Museum.
View or download Hawthorn Debut Order: 1914 - 1924
John Kennedy Snr, debut number 401 for Hawthorn Football Club (VFL/AFL.)
903 players have now represented the Hawks since 1925 in the VFL/AFL. When the number of players from the three eras of the Club’s history are added together, MJFA (player names and numbers incomplete), VFA and VFL/AFL, at least 1511 players have graced the field for Hawthorn.
To acknowledge the service of the players, the Club introduced the Debut Tie in 2002. At the Inaugural Hall of Fame Function that year, the Club presented the players who had played at least one senior VFL/AFL game with the Debut Tie that acknowledged their first game.
The number one Debut Tie was presented to the family of Jim Jackson, Hawthorn’s first VFL Captain. He led the team out onto Glenferrie for the first game in VFL ranks in 1925.
The Hawks Museum would like to acknowledge the assistance given by the AFL Historian Col Hutchinson in compiling the records for the VFL / AFL years. These records will be updated annually.
View or download Hawthorn Debut Order: 1925 - 2016