Len Dockett

Image DOB: 5 March 1920
Died: 1 January 2008

Debut: Round 4, 1946 against South Melbourne at Punt Road
Last Game: Round 10, 1951 against Geelong at MCG

From:St Kilda/Mordialloc

Number: 32 (1946-1951)

Grand Final team - 1946
Premiership Player - 1948
Best and Fairest - 1949
Best First Year Player - 1946
Victorian state representative - 1950
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 2007

Games: 102
Goals: 47
Career Statistics

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It was said that Dockett pretended to be a right footer in front of Melbourne scouts to try and get to his chosen club, Richmond but Checker Hughes cornered him at his first training session and told Dockett that they knew he was a left footer after all. He then switched to his preferred foot and won himself a spot with the Demons.

Dockett could also have pursued cricket as a career, as a member of the Richmond district side he also played for the Victorian Colts from 1938 to 1940 but went to war and served with the 14/32nd Battalion in Papua New Guinea. He played two Seconds games before joining the army, and when he returned from New Guinea he took up football instead.

He played 18 games, including a losing Grand Final in his first year and won a premiership in the Grand Final replay of 1948. Dockett won the Best and Fairest in 1949, missing just one game, and was selected on a half-back flank in the Sporting Life "Team of the Year" of 1950. He had a reputation as one of the paciest players on the team.

Dockett informed the committee of his retirement before Round 9, 1951, citing a new business he had bought and the desire to give his spot to a younger player. He played the next two matches before hanging up his boots. He had originally tried to resign early in the season but had been convinced to go on. In the 1952 pre-season he assisted with training under new coach Norm Smith.

Coached the Richmond Thirds from 1954 to the end of 1957.

He also played district cricket with Richmond, and in 1948/49 averaged more than 50 as an opener.

1946 1843
1947 1770
1948 2286
1949 1829
1950 17223
1951 1040

Players who served during war

May have come from Moorabbin not Mordialloc.

Sporting Globe - 03/08/1946
Herald - 25/09/1946
Argus - 20/06/1951
Argus - 11/07/1951
Age - 04/04/1952

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