“Dancing” Dougie Hawkins is one of the true legends of modern AFL Football. The former Braybrook boy and the idol of the Western Oval where his scintillating wing play for Footscray eventually earned him the ultimate tribute where his patch of the ground was unofficially dubbed “The Dougie Hawkins Wing” – The veteran of 329 games who broke Ted Whitten’s long standing Club record remains one of the true identities.
In his prime Dougie had pace, skill and was a prolific kick winner. His dogged determination made him the most beloved player in the Western Suburbs. Starring in his first interstate game in 1982 he also won the Club Best and Fairest in 1985. Following sixteen seasons at Footscray he crossed to the Fitzroy Football Club in 1996 and later retired to the media.
Via Media commitments (like the Channel 9 Footy Show, Live & Kicking and Radio Station 3MMM) Doug continues to remain one of the games most colourful and bona-fide cult figures. His past performance on Australia’s highest rating television show Channel 9 Melbourne’s ‘Footy Show” lead to Dougie being one of the most sought after Australian Football personalities of the last decade. In 1998 he moved on to become co-host of Channel 7 Live & Kicking and is now a regular on “The Game”.
The public warms to Doug because what they see is what they get. Doug is truly a people’s champion.