Footy World mourns death of Essendon and North Melbourne great Barry Davis, latest news

Barry Davis, a member of the AFL Hall of Fame and a true pioneer of the sport, died at the age of 80 on Wednesday night.

Davis played 289 games for Essendon and the Kangaroos, winning three VFL premierships in his career as a defender and ruck rover between 1961 and 1975.

He has the incredibly rare feat of being named in both the North Melbourne and Bombers Team of the Century.

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Davis also coached the Bombers from 1978 to 1980.

“Barry Davis was a brilliant defender and ruck rover who was one of the greats of the VFL in the 1960s and 1970s,” AFL chief executive Andrew Dillon said.

“A three-time premiership player and five-time best and fairest winner throughout his career, he was also a regular state representative for Victoria and a hero to the young fans of his two clubs.

Football legend Barry Davis has died.Source: News Corp Australia

“Barry will be remembered as a pivotal player for both the Bombers and the Kangaroos and we send our condolences to his family, many friends and former teammates.”

Davis played 218 games for Essendon, featuring in premiership teams in 1962 and 1965, and captained the Bombers between 1970 and 1971.

Renowned for his professionalism, Davis moved to the North in 1973, again captaining the team and leading the Roos to their first VFL premiership in 1975 in what turned out to be his last senior match.

Named into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1997, he also received legend status at Essendon in 2006.

North Melbourne captain Barry Davis holds the Australian club champions trophy the team won in Adelaide. (Sunday 10/14/1975).Source: Heraldo Sol

“Barry Davis was not only a great player for our football club, but for Australian football in general,” Essendon chief executive Craig Vozzo said.

“His impact on both Essendon and North Melbourne was enormous and he will always be remembered and celebrated.

“His position as a Hall of Fame Legend and lifetime member shows the high esteem in which our club holds him.

“When the people of Essendon think of Barry, they will remember him as a champion player and a true gentleman.

“Everyone involved with Essendon sends their thoughts to Barry’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Ron Barassi and Barry Davis with the 1975 Premiership Cup. Photo: George SalpigtidisSource: News Corp Australia

North Melbourne president Dr Sonja Hood also paid tribute to Davis, who is remembered in a similar way to another Kangaroos legend Ron Barassi, who coached the 1975 premiership-winning team.

“Barry was a universally respected figure throughout the AFL and is one of the few people named in two clubs’ Teams of the Century,” Hood said.

“Many people connected with that first great era of our club credit Barry, along with coach Ron Barassi, with raising the expectations of our players and fans after a long streak without achieving ultimate success.

“The wonderful images of Barry kissing our first VFL/AFL Premiership Cup are among the most iconic of our 155-year history and he will be forever remembered as a champion of North Melbourne.”

North Melbourne players will wear black armbands in honor of Davis and 1962 Best and Fairest Bill Serong, who passed away earlier this week, in Saturday’s match against Port Adelaide in Hobart.

Victorian coach Tom Hafey, captain Des Tuddenham and vice-captain Barry Davis in 1971. Neg: DF08334Source: Heraldo Sol

There was also widespread respect shown towards Davis on social media following his sad passing.

TheTruthNMFC account wrote on X: “If Barry Davis wasn’t the best recruit in our Club’s history, he was certainly the most influential. RIP.”

Herald of the sun Journalist Glenn McFarlane wrote: “Being a member of a team of the century is a great honor for any football champion. Imagine being part of two TOTCs… that was the seismic impact Barry Davis, who died on Wednesday aged 80, had on two clubs, Essendon and North Melbourne. Okay Barry.

The AFL Fans Association wrote: “(The AFLFA) sends its best wishes to the family and friends of Barry Davis, who has passed away at the age of 80. Barry was a triple major and five-time (best and fairest) winner in his entire career. career, playing 289 games for Essendon and North Melbourne from 1961 to 1975.”

Sports journalist Rohan Connolly wrote: “Really sad to hear of the passing of Barry Davis. Fantastic ruck-rover and halfback for Essendon, then as North Melbourne’s first premiership captain. He was ahead of his coaching days and helped build Kevin Sheedy’s top teams in 1984-85. The most important thing is a charming and decent man. RIP.”

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