THE Ovens and Murray Football League’s most decorated product – triple Brownlow medallist Haydn Bunton – will be inducted into its Hall of Fame next month.
The Hall of Fame committee has been able to establish Bunton played long enough in the O and M to warrant induction before going onto make a massive impact in the VFL/AFL for Fitzroy.
Bunton made his O and M debut in 1924 as a 13-year-old which makes him the youngest ever player to play at senior level in the competition’s 125-year history.
He played in two premiership teams and two other losing grand final teams up until joining the VFL where he won the first of his three Brownlows in 1931 by one vote from Footscray’s Allan Hopkins.
Bunton’s older brother Cleaver was inducted into the O and M Hall of Fame as its first legend when it began in 2005.
Haydn Bunton also won three Sandover medals in the WAFL and was named the inaugural legend of the AFL Hall of Fame.
He was also selected in a forward pocket in the AFL Team-of-the-Century.
Bunton died as the result of injuries sustained in a car accident in 1955, aged only 44.
He will be among six inductees into the O and M Hall of Fame on July 4.
Five-time Albury Tigers premiership coach Paul Spargo has agreed to accept the induction on the night.
Bunton was named rover in the Tigers’ team of the century.