Paul Bagshaw – an icon to a generation of Sturt fans and McLaren Flat local – on Tuesday June 14 took his rightful place among the greats of our national football code.
He was one of six footballers from across Australia among the 2016 inductees to the AFL Hall of Fame.
Bagshaw said he was honoured, delighted and humbled to be added to this elite group.
“Initially when I received the first phone call, I was shocked,” Bagshaw explained.
“When things all settled down, it was pleasing to be recognised in this way.
“It is nice to be regarded and be added to this special group, alongside the greats of the game.
“While it’s different, this accolade is right up with the premierships.
“It may actually be more satisfying receiving this accolade being older.”
Bagshaw had former interstate opponents and later coaches in the SANFL John Nicholls and Noel Teasdale both come over and shake his hand at the gala event and he received congratulations from fellow South Australians on the night from his era in the game, Graham Cornes, Peter Carey and Neil Kerley.
Bagshaw’s record stands comfortably alongside his allies in the 1960s and 1970s.
He played a Double Blues club record 360 SANFL league games debuting as a 17-year-old in 1964 and a further 14 in the SA state jumper.
He was a member of each of the seven premierships between 1966 and 1976, captaining both the ‘74 flag, the first at Football Park, and the ‘76 title, which he proudly said was the “finest hour of the Sturt Football Club”.
It is nice to be regarded and be added to this special group, alongside the greats of the game. While it’s different, this accolade is right up with the premierships.AFL Hall of Fame inductee Paul Bagshaw
He was a five-time Sturt best and fairest winner – played all 17 years under one coach, Jack Oatey – a person he recognised for his mentorship on the induction night.
Paul Bagshaw was the son of 112-game 1940 Sturt premiership ruckman Hartley, and his younger brother John and son Guy also played a handful of games in the famous Double Blue jumper.
Bagshaw and his wife Cherryl’s guests at the induction were his first captain John Halbert, a person he believes should also be in the AFL hall of fame, and his wife Chris along with his son Guy and daughter Jane.