Following the passing of WA football legend Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer, the Fremantle Football Club send their condolences to the Farmer family.
Farmer, who passed away this morning at Fiona Stanley Hospital surrounded by his family, was arguably the greatest Australian Rules footballer of all time.
Fremantle’s Indigenous and multicultural liaison officer Michael Johnson said that Farmer inspired a generation of Indigenous footballers.
“It is a sad morning for the football community, and from the Fremantle Football Club we’d like to send our condolences to the Farmer family,” Johnson said.
“Everyone in the footy world knows that ‘Polly’ was one of the greatest players to have played the game in VFL/AFL and the WAFL.
“I saw ‘Polly’ as a pioneer for every Indigenous player these days, looking back to when Barry Cable and Polly made their way over to Victoria to play at the top level, and all the things they had to go through back then.
“I see him as one of the pioneers that led the way for all Indigenous players to the current day.
“Hopefully, the Farmer family are going ok and on behalf of the Fremantle Football Club, we’d like to send our love out to the Farmer family.”
Farmer played 255 WAFL games for East Perth and West Perth in the WAFL, as well as a further 101 games for Geelong in the VFL.
He played in five WAFL premierships, one VFL premiership, won three Sandover Medals, two Simpson Medals, two Geelong best and fairests and one West Perth best and fairest.
He was also named in the team of the century for East Perth, West Perth and Geelong.
Fremantle will pay tribute to the life and career of Farmer at Saturday night’s clash with Essendon at Optus Stadium.