A sad day for the Western Suburbs Football Club today with the passing of one of the Clubs greatest players in Roger HoggettRoger was born October 5th 1942 and played for Longford in Tasmania. He is a member of the Longford Team Of The Century.
Recruited to Carlton Football club in 1964 he played 12 first grade games and won the reserves Best and Fairest. in 1965 he was coached by the AFL Legend Ron Barassi in his first coaching appointment.
Western Suburbs pulled off a huge recruiting coup by signing Roger Hoggett as Captain Coach for the 1966 season, taking over from the hugely successful ex Melbourne premiership player Athol Webb.
Immediate success came for Roger and Wests winning the 1966 premiership followed by runners up in 1967 and 68 and another flag in 1969.
In 1970 the team finished 3rd and in 1971 Richmond star John Northey took the reigns as coach and roger stayed on as a player with great success.
Roger won the Wests B&F in 1968 and was also Captain Coach of the NSW AFL representative team for several years.
In 1968 he was chosen to represent the Australian International rules team that toured Ireland and Europe playing alongside some of footballs all time greats in the team known as the “Galahs” managed by Harry Beitzel.
Roger was greatly admired and respected by all who knew him and would regularly travel from his home in Victoria to attend past player functions at his beloved Wests.
Sincere condolences to his family and friends from all at the Magpies