1961 Magarey Medallist

An extraordinarily gifted centreman and in a class of his own in 1961, Halbert finally won the Magarey Medal despite the club finishing bottom after finishing runner up in 1955 (his debut season), 1958 and 1960. A copy book footballer who did almost everything with exaggerated correctness Halbert then became a dominant centre half forward due to his formidable strength and jumping ability when shifted there in 1964 by coach Jack Oatey.

Renown for his excellent disposal, strong overhead marking and impressive ground play, John Halbert captained the Blues from 1962 to 1968 and led them to the long overdue 1966 premiership, the club’s first for 26 years, unfortunately he was unable to play in the 1967 and 1968 Grand Finals due to injury. During his magnificent career he played 244 games, kicked 253 goals, won four best and fairests, was named All Australian in 1961 and played for South Australia on sixteen occasions.

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