Footy legend who appeared in the Hall of Fame dies aged 84 

Footy legend who appeared in the Hall of Fame dies aged 84

By Zoe Zaczek For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 04:13 BST, 14 August 2019 | Updated: 04:55 BST, 14 August 2019

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AFL legend Graham 'Polly' Farmer has died at the age of 84.

The West Australian ruckman, who suffered from ailing health, was surrounded by his family when he died on Wednesday. 

'We have just shared our last precious moments with our dear dad and grandfather,' his daughter Kim told The West Australian. 

'It's been an amazing life shared with a beautiful man. We will miss him.'

Farmer is officially enshrined as one of 28 legends in the AFL Hall of Fame, and played 356 games with Geelong, East Perth and Perth. 

AFL legend Graham 'Polly' Farmer has died at the age of 84. The West Australian ruckman is officially enshrined as one of 28 legends in the AFL Hall of Fame, and played 356 games with Geelong, East Perth and Perth

AFL legend Graham 'Polly' Farmer has died at the age of 84. The West Australian ruckman is officially enshrined as one of 28 legends in the AFL Hall of Fame, and played 356 games with Geelong, East Perth and Perth

Farmer was raised at Sister Kate's orphanage for Aboriginal children in Perth where he was given the nickname 'Polly the Parrot' for frequently talking. 

He debuted for East Perth at the age of 18 and went on to revolutionise the game with his ability to hand pass the ball accurately to teammates over long distances, opening up a sport that was dominated by kick-and-mark. 

Farmer was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996 and was named in the AFL Team of the Century the same year. In 2005, he was awarded the captaincy of the Indigenous Team of the Century.

Sam Newman, who has always idolised Farmer, previously told the Geelong Advertiser: 'Without speaking one word, he [Farmer]

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