Haydn William Bunton

Haydn William Bunton


Haydn William Bunton a brilliant and courageous Australian Rules footballer, Bunton was noted for his extraordinary endurance, balance and ball control.

Haydn William Bunton born on  5 July 1911 and he was an Australian rules footballer who represented Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League, Subiaco in the West Australian Football League(WAFL), and Port Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League(SANFL).


Haydn William Bunton Achievement


Haydn William Bunton


Bunton is the only footballer to have won the Brownlow Medal and the Sandover Medal three times each. He is one of only four footballers to have won the Brownlow three times and one of only five footballers to have won the Sandover at least three times.  Bunton is also the only player to have averaged one Brownlow vote per game over his career. And he played 119 games for Fitzroy.

Bunton was a sporting champion who made life bearable for the Australian public during the dark days of the Great Depression. A brilliant runner and ball-winner, he was regarded by some historians and observers of Australian rules as its greatest-ever player.


Life as an Army Officer and Umpire


In 1943, Bunton had enlisted in the Australian Army and rose to the rank of the Corporal during his service. Also, Bunton spent the 1946 season as a field umpire for SANFL and was then appointed coach at North Adelaide. In the 1947 and 1948 seasons, Haydn Bunton Sr. remained with the North but was unable to take to the club to the finals as their senior coach.


Unfortunate Death


Haydn Bunton Sr. was severely injured on Thursday 1 September 1955 when his car had crashed into three gum trees eleven miles north of Gawler, South Australia. During this accident, Bunton was alone in the car and was treated at the scene for severe injuries.

These injuries included that of the head, a punctured lung, fractured ribs, a fractured collarbone, and shock.

After two days, on Saturday morning, Haydn Bunton Sr. managed to gather some of his strength to encourage his son Hayden Jr. during a crucial match for North Adelaide that was set to be played on the same day. On the night of Monday 5th September, Haydn Bunton Sr. was declared dead at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. After his death, Bunton Sr. was buried at the North Road Cemetery in Nailsworth, South Australia.

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