Peter Featherby

PLAYER 1970 - 1988

Peter Featherby began his football career from humble beginnings playing colts football for the Wembley Amateur Football Club. His talent was quickly recognised as he won the A Grade Colts Best and Fairest award in 1969 and was invited to play in a scratch match for Subiaco in 1970 where he impressed the club and was signed.

Injuries struck in 1971 and Peter drifted between Subiaco’s league and reserves teams, leading to a remarkable outcome. Although only playing 10 League games, he finished third in the best and fairest count whilst being runner up in the Reserves best and fairest in the same season.

In 1973 Peter played in his first premiership with Subiaco and was also selected to represent Western Australia for the first time in a match against South Australia, his performance in the state game earning him the Simpson Medal for best on ground. He went on to represent Western Australia a further 13 times and even represented Victoria once after his career headed east in 1975.

Peter’s performances for Subiaco and in state matches caught the attention of Footscray (now the Western Bulldogs) and he joined them for two seasons in 1975 and 1976, playing 42 games.

Peter returned to Subiaco Football Club for the following two seasons, before Geelong enticed him back to Victoria in 1979. Peter was a star for Geelong, playing 93 games, kicking 79 goals and winning their best and fairest in 1981.

Peter’s hard running, high possession style of game saw him credited with the second highest amount of possessions ever in one game when he collected 43 kicks, 8 handballs and 12 marks in Geelong’s round 16 games against Melbourne in 1981.

Upon returning to Western Australia in 1984, Peter played another five seasons with Subiaco, in 1986, played in his second premiership 13 years after winning his first.

Peter retired during 1988 at the age of 36, a household name in Australian football. The WA Amateur Football League salutes him as a High Achiever after starting his career with the Wembley Amateur Football Club.

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