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Legendary ruckman Graham "Polly" Farmer joined West Coast as an assistant coach under John Todd in 1988.

Playing career[]

Farmer began his playing career with East Perth in 1953, winning the first of seven Royals' best and fairests the following year. He played in three premierships with East Perth in 1956, 1958 and 1959, winning a Simpson Medal as best afield in the latter, and won Sandover Medals in 1956, 1957 and 1960. (Farmer was retrospectively awarded the 1957 medal 40 years later, having lost on a countback at the time, having tied with East Fremantle's Jack Clarke).

After 176 games with the Royals, Farmer joined Geelong in the VFL in 1962, winning a flag with the Cats in 1963 and captaining the side between 1965 and 1967. He also won Geelong's best and fairest in 1963 and 1964. Farmer returned to Western Australia in 1968 as captain/coach of West Perth, leading the Falcons to premierships in 1969 (a year in which he a tenth club best and fairest) and 1971. He retired as a player after the 1971 premiership, having played 255 WANFL games and 101 VFL games and represented Western Australia 31 times.

Coaching career[]

Farmer returned to Geelong as non-playing coach in 1973, a role he held for three years before coaching his original club, East Perth, in 1976 and 1977. He joined West Coast as an assistant coach under John Todd in 1988, a year in which the club made its first finals appearance.

Death and legacy[]

Farmer was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in the inaugural intake in 1996, as one of 12 official Legends, and the West Australian Hall of Fame in 2004, again as an inaugural Legend. He was also recognised in 1997 with the naming of the Graham Farmer Freeway, which runs past Perth Stadium. Additionally, he has been named in the Teams of the Century of West Perth, East Perth and Geelong, and was named captain of the Indigenous Team of the Century in 2005.

Farmer died in August 2019, aged 84.