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Four-time premiership player passes away

Matt Burgan  November 10, 2016 10:35 AM

FOUR-time Melbourne premiership player Trevor Johnson has sadly passed away.

He was aged 81.

Johnson, who played 118 games from 1955-62, was a member of Melbourne’s golden era, playing in the club’s 1955-56-57 and 1960 premierships.

After rejecting offers to join Fitzroy and Collingwood in 1952, Johnson joined the club he barracked for growing up: Melbourne.

Although listed by Melbourne in 1953, he did not play for the club that year due to national service. He played reserves in 1954 and was part of Melbourne’s reserves Grand Final team, which lost to Richmond.

He then made his VFL/AFL debut in round three, 1955 against Footscray at the MCG, which Melbourne won by 12 points.

He won Melbourne’s best first year player award in 1955.

Originally a back-pocket player, Johnson later played at centre half-forward.

He was considered the ultimate team man and nicknamed ‘Phantom’, due to his ability to go under the radar. Johnson was the classic underrated player.

After playing in three premierships in his first three senior seasons, Johnson played in Melbourne’s shock loss to Collingwood in the 1958 Grand Final. He missed Melbourne’s 1959 flag, but returned to play in the 1960 premiership – his fourth for the red and blue.

Johnson retired in 1962 and was made a life member of the club.

In 1968, Johnson coached Melbourne’s under 19s.

In 2004, he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame as a member of the 1956 Melbourne premiership team – widely regarded as one of the greatest teams in VFL/AFL history.

He was also awarded an Order of the Medal of Australia in 2006 for his service to the community through charity fundraisers.

Johnson later became a highly successful mushroom grower in Wanneroo, Western Australia. 

A funeral service for Trevor will be held at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park at the east chapel on Wednesday November 16th at 11.30am.

Address: Whitfords Ave & Gibsons Avenue, Padbury WA 6025