“Dancing" Dougie Hawkins was a symbol of outstanding skill and determination in an illustrious tenure with the AFL. A prolific kick winner and veteran of 329 games, Doug hung up the boots to embark on what has become a successful media career. A truly entertaining and authentic personality, Doug has built national appeal through highly rated television shows Footy Show on Channel 9, and Channel 7’s Live & Kicking before sidestepping to The Game.
“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 (previously 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" led 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 then was a regular on “The Game".
“Excellent. Doug gave more than expected and was a pleasure to have along."
Franchise Council of Australia
“.Very Good.Doug was very honest in his story telling and struck a chord with all the tradesmen present. He was an idela draw card for this event."
The Alpine Shire