Ernest Ferdinand Grecian
Place of birth
Geelong, VIC (3220)
2 June 1919
State of origin
Hall of fame
Western Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2004)
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In 1896, Barney Grecian, a dual VFA premiership player with Essendon, headed to Western Australia to join the swelling numbers of Victorian ex-patriot footballers taking advantage of the comparatively more buoyant economy that existed there in the wake of the Coolgardie-Kalgoorlie gold finds of 1892 and 1893 respectively. He joined West Perth, and was heavily instrumental in that club’s emergence as a major power in West Australian football. Taking over as captain in 1897 he steered the Cardinals to their first ever flag, a success that was repeated two seasons later. In 1898, West Perth finished second, just half a win behind premiers Fremantle.
In five seasons with the Cardinals Grecian played 65 games, and was club captain between 1897 and 1900. The importance of his contribution to football in Western Australia, at a time when it was still struggling to establish itself as the colony’s major winter sporting preoccupation, was considerable, and was recognised more than a century later with his inclusion as an inaugural inductee in the WA Football Hall of Fame.
Author - John Devaney