Ken Farmer

Last updated

Ken Farmer
Ken Farmer SANFL.jpg
Farmer pictured in 1933
Personal information
Full name Kenneth William George Farmer
Date of birth(1910-07-25)25 July 1910
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Date of death 5 March 1982(1982-03-05) (aged 71)
Place of death Adelaide, South Australia
Position(s) Full-forward
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1929–1941 North Adelaide (SANFL) 224 (1,417)
Representative team honours
YearsTeamGames (Goals)
1930–1941 South Australia 17 (81)
Coaching career
YearsClubGames (W–L–D)
1949–1952 North Adelaide (SANFL)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1941.
Career highlights

Club

Representative

Coach

Honours

Source: AustralianFootball.com

Kenneth William George Farmer (born 25 July 1910 in Adelaide, South Australia – died 5 March 1982 in Adelaide) was an Australian rules football player in the South Australian National Football League during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. He was a prolific goalscoring full forward and successful premiership winning coach for North Adelaide.

Contents

Early life

Farmer grew up in the North Adelaide area and attended North Adelaide school, where he played Australian rules football on Fridays, and soccer on Saturdays. His early prowess in the round ball code resulted in being selected in the State Schoolboys soccer team.

Farmer left school at 14 and did not play football again until 1927, when he played with North Adelaide Ramblers Seconds and the Marryatville amateur team. In 1928 he was invited to play with the North Adelaide juniors, where he demonstrated some talent at marking and goalkicking, winning the best and fairest award.

SANFL career

In 1929, the 18-year-old Farmer debuted in the North Adelaide League side. Playing at full-forward in his first season, he kicked an impressive 62 goals in only 14 games. In 1930 he became the first SANFL player to kick over 100 goals in a season, and repeated this feat for the next ten seasons.

He played in the winning 1930 Grand Final side despite the great personal distress of his brother Elliot's death weeks earlier from a motorcycle crash that also involved Ken. In 1931 he kicked his 125th goal to break Gordon Coventry's VFL and elite football record of 124 in the Grand Final, which North Adelaide won.

Farmer captained North for five seasons (1934–1935, 1937–1938, 1941) and was club best and fairest in 1936. Despite his imposing record, his best performance in the Magarey Medal count was only fourth. [1]

Farmer's great goal scoring came from many attributes. His goals came readily, from superb concentration and the ability to read the play and be in position. Not only was he a brilliant fast lead, but Farmer was described as having a very powerful grip and hence a strong mark. He was unnervingly accurate shooting for goals with the screw and flat punts (drop punts not being part of the game at that time).

Farmer's goalscoring prowess was also evident when representing South Australia in interstate matches, where he averaged five goals per game.

Farmer's playing career ended during World War II when he went into the RAAF, where he served as a sergeant from April 1942 to July 1946. [2] He took over the reins of coach for North Adelaide from Haydn Bunton for four seasons from 1949, winning the premiership in 1949 and 1952.

Record

In South Australia Farmer was known as "The Bradman of Goal kickers", a reference to the contemporary prolific cricket run scorer Donald Bradman. Farmer's goal kicking was certainly prolific.

Farmer's SANFL goal kicking record:

In 13 seasons and 224 games for North Adelaide, Farmer kicked 1417 goals, making him the highest goal scorer in the history of the SANFL and elite Australian rules football, records that stand to this day. His average of 6.33 goals per game exceeds that of even VFL legends such as John Coleman, Peter McKenna, Gordon Coventry and Tony Lockett (VFL/AFL record 1360 goals), and WAFL legend Bernie Naylor.

On 35 occasions he kicked 10 goals or more, and he was held goalless only once, when he was carried off injured after 10 minutes of play. His highest in a year was 134, but rather than kicking more in a season, he kicked 100 goals 11 times: his 1936 tally was a record until 1969, when it was broken by Fred Phillis of Glenelg.

Ken Farmer also played 17 representative games for South Australia and kicked 81 goals; if these matches and the Tasmanian competitions are considered, this total of 1498 goals would place him second behind Peter Hudson as the highest goal-scorer in elite Australian rules football history (Hudson's career total was 1721 in premiership matches and 2191 overall).

He holds the equal record for most goals kicked in a SANFL or elite match with 23.6 against West Torrens, out of his side's score of 26.11.

Highest tally against other SANFL Clubs:

Honours

Ken Farmer statue at Adelaide Oval. Ken Farmer statue Adelaide Oval.jpg
Ken Farmer statue at Adelaide Oval.

Farmer was made a Life Member of the North Adelaide Football Club in 1937. In 1980 the "Ken Farmer Gates" were dedicated on the eastern side of North Adelaide's home ground, Prospect Oval. Since 1981, the leading goalkicker in the SANFL each season has been awarded the "Ken Farmer Medal".

Farmer has been named as n icon of the North Adelaide Football Club. In 2012, the club also named the northern end of the Prospect Oval the "Ken Farmer End".

Farmer was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1998, and was an inaugural inductee to the SANFL Hall of Fame in 2002.

In 2000 Farmer was selected as full forward in North Adelaide's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Related Research Articles

South Australian National Football League

The South Australian National Football League, or SANFL, is an Australian rules football league based in the Australian state of South Australia. It is also the governing body for the sport of Australian rules football in South Australia.

Haydn Bunton Sr. Australian rules footballer

Haydn William Bunton was an Australian rules footballer who represented Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL), Subiaco in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), and Port Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) during the 1930s and 1940s.

North Adelaide Football Club

North Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed The Roosters, is an Australian rules football club affiliated with the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and SANFL Women's League (SANFLW). The club plays its home games at Prospect Oval, located in Prospect, a northern suburb of Adelaide. The club was formed in 1888 as the Medindie Football Club, changing its name to North Adelaide in 1893. North Adelaide's first premiership was won in 1900, and the club has won a total of fourteen senior men's premierships in the SANFL, most recently in 2018.

Central District Football Club

Central District Football Club is an Australian rules football club based at Elizabeth in the City of Playford about 25 km to the north of Adelaide, South Australia. The club’s development zones include the outer Adelaide northern suburbs of Salisbury, Elizabeth, Golden Grove, Greenwith, Township of Gawler, One Tree Hill and Barossa Valley Districts.

West Adelaide Football Club

West Adelaide Football Club is an Australian rules football club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). Commonly known as The Bloods and Westies, the club's home base is Richmond Oval. The Oval is located in Richmond, an inner-western suburb of Adelaide.

Woodville Football Club

Woodville Football Club was an Australian rules football club that competed in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) from 1964 to 1990, when it merged in 1991 with the West Torrens Football Club to form the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles.

Stephen Scott Kernahan is a former Australian rules football player and administrator best known for his playing careers with the Carlton Football Club of the Australian Football League and the Glenelg Football Club of the SANFL from 1981 until 1997. He also played 16 State of Origin games for South Australia and gained selection as an All-Australian five times. He later served for six years as president of the Carlton Football Club.

Dennis Keith "Fred" Phillis is an Australian rules footballer who was a prolific goal scorer, playing his entire senior career with South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club Glenelg in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Mark James Mickan is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Bears and Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Mickan began his senior career with South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club West Adelaide in 1981 and finished back at West Adelaide in 1994. All-Australian team selection in 1988 marked the pinnacle of his playing career. He has a sister, Patricia Mickan, who was a basketballer.

John Roberts is a former Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was the club's leading goal kicker in 1980 and 1981.

Tim Evans is a former Australian rules football player who played for Port Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Jack Owens was an Australian rules footballer who played for Glenelg in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) during the 1920s and 1930s.

Raymond Gilbert Hunt was an Australian rules footballer who played for Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and Glenelg in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

John Fidge is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne and the Brisbane Bears in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1980s. He also played for Glenelg in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

Neville P. "Rocky" Roberts is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and Victorian Football League (VFL). He played with West Torrens, Richmond and Norwood. His interstate career consisted of games for both South Australia and Victoria. He was South Australian state captain in 1984 and 1985.

Grenville Dietrich is a retired Australian Rules football player who played for the North Adelaide and West Torrens football clubs in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) between 1982 and 1988.

2014 SANFL season

The 2014 South Australian National Football League season was the 135th season of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Australian rules football competition.

The 1983 South Australian National Football League season was the 104th, since 1877, of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Australian rules football competition.

The 2015 South Australian National Football League season was the 136th season of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Australian rules football competition.

The 2016 South Australian National Football League season was the 137th season of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Australian rules football competition.

References

  1. Ross, John (1998). The Clubs: The Complete History of Every Club in the VFL/AFL. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin Books. p. 12. ISBN   0670878588.
  2. "FARMER, KENNETH WILLIAM GEORGE". WWII Nominal Roll. Retrieved 31 August 2018.