Hall of Fame – Andrew Scott

2004 Hall of Fame Inductee – Andrew John Scott

Best & Fairest – 1977 (Equal),
1975 Runner-up: B & F
1980 Best in Finals
1976 Most Consistent
Premierships – 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979
Grand Finals – 1976, 1980
Goals in a Game – 10 (once), 6 (once)
Vice Captain – 1982-84
Life Member
Board Member
OMFL Morris Medallist – 1975
Runner-up: Morris Medal – 1978
Third: Morris Medal – 1977, 1982 (Equal)
O & M Representative – 1975-80 (12 games)
Hawthorn F.C. (VFL) – 1971-72 (6 games)
Sorrento F.C. – B & F: 1969

There have been many great players wear the brown and gold of the Wangaratta Rovers. There have also been quite a few genuinely tough, in-your-face players, who have donned the Hawks guernsey. Then there have been those few rare, special characters that were both, and in a pride of place amongst that elite group would have to be ANDREW JOHN SCOTT. Andrew Scott came to Wangaratta after commencing his football career with home team, Sorrento in the Mornington Peninsula League, and two years at Hawthorn in 1971-72, where he played six senior VFL games. For those of us today, who regularly bump into Scotty, the tradesman plumber, around town, it is to forget that his arrival in Wangaratta was in the starched blue uniform of the Victoria Police Force. To say Andrew Scott had an immediate impact on Ovens & Murray football would be a real understatement. In his first season in 1975, Scotty was a vital member of the Hawks premiership that year, and collected the Morris Medal as the Best and Fairest Player in the Ovens and Murray Football League. Perhaps, surprisingly, he could only finish runner-up in the Rovers award. Scotty was to be a permanent fixture at the top of the leader-board in the Morris Medal for years to come, being runner-up in 1978 and twice finishing third in 1977 and 1980. Andrew Scott began his football career in his hometown of Sorrento at Point Nepean at the heads to Port Phillip Bay. He won that club’s Best & Fairest in 1969 and two years later was recruited by Hawthorn. He joined the VFL Hawks at a time when they were at the zenith of their power; Scotty played six senior VFL games in his two years at Glenferrie and was a prominent member of their powerful Reserves team. In 1973 Andrew returned to Sorrento and had two more seasons before joining the Wangaratta Rovers. Scotty played the majority of his career with the O/M Hawks as a ruck-rover, but his 248 goals in 181 senior matches at a time when his mate Stephen Norman was the League’s leading goal-kicker, showed just what a versatile and valuable player he was to the Rovers. Scotty was to be an integral part of the Rovers power sides of the Seventies. Playing in four premierships in 1975, 77, 78, and 79, and two losing grand finals in 1976 and 1980, a total of six grand finals in 10 years with the Hawks. Despite his quiet and modest demeanour, Andrew Scott’s leadership qualities were soon recognised by the Hawks. From 1982-84 he was vice captain of the senior team and assistant coach of the Club. Scotty also gave great service to the gold and black guernsey of the Ovens and Murray League, playing 12 games over a stretch of six seasons. For all of his unassuming manner off the field, Andrew Scott was a fearless competitor once the action began. He never shirked a contest and was physically aggressive, but always within the laws of the game, as his popularity with the men in white was demonstrated year after year in the voting. Well, most of the time within the laws, although a few Magpies who had to contend with Scotty and Farmer Holmes together, might beg to differ. Andrew Scott was an inspiration to his teammates and the pin-up boy of the loyal Hawk supporters in an era of great success for the Club. He truly deserves a lofty place in the Wangaratta Rovers Hall of Fame.