Hall of Fame – Mark Booth


2002 Hall of Fame Inductee – Mark Raymond Booth

Combined Churches (WJFL)

1972

1992

Best & Fairest – 1986, 1987, 1989

Runner-up in B & F – 1978, 92

Third in B & F – 1984, 1985

Fourth in B & F – 1982

Most Consistent – 1975

Best in a Finals Series – 1978

Past Players’ Award – 1984

Most Determined – 1988

Brown Bros. Award – 1991

Most Improved (Reserves) – 1973

Premierships – 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1991

Grand-finals – 1976, 1980 Vice-captain – 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

Life Member

319 (He also played 17 with Yarrawonga)

296

Ovens & Murray Representative – 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987 (13 games)

Victorian Country Football League Representative – 1985, 1986 (2 games)

Second; Morris Medal – 1989

Third: Morris Medal – 1984

OMFL All Star Team – 1989

Yarrawonga F.C. Best & Fairest – 1981

Life Member (OMFL) Ovens & Murray

Board Member – 2002


MARK RAYMOND BOOTH was not only a great player for the Wangaratta Rovers Football and Netball Club. He was also one of the all-time champions of the Ovens and Murray Football League that spanned a 20-year career in senior football from 1973 to 1992. However, not only was Mark Booth a class player but, inch for inch and pound for pound, there was probably no tougher footballer in the O & M during the Hawks golden era of the Seventies. Recruited from Junior League team, Combined Churches, in 1972, Mark Booth came to the Hawks with a strong family pedigree in football and the brown and gold tradition in his blood. He spent most of his first season in the Reserves, where he eventually clocked up 30 games. But it was in 1973 that Mark Booth established himself in the Rovers senior line-up, where he stayed for the next 19 years, except for a one-season stint with Yarrawonga in 1981, where he just happened to capture their Best and Fairest Award. Mark Booth was a member of five Rovers Premiership teams, which most certainly would have been six, had he not been overseas when the Hawks won the Grand-final at North Albury in 1979. Mark’s greatest regret in football was missing being part of the Rovers 1988 Premiership team, when he was suspended following the last home and away match. He was really crook on not being one of “Burt’s Babies”. Mark wore the gold and black of the League team on 15 occasions in four seasons and topped this achievement with VCFL honors in 1985-86. He was runner-up in 1989 for the League’s Morris Medal and finished third in 1984. Mark’s list of achievements with the Wangaratta Rovers Football Club is second only to the great Robbie Walker, who began as a raw recruit under the “guidance and protection” of Boothy in the late Eighties. In all, Mark Booth won three Best and Fairest awards with the Hawks, twice was runner-up, again third in another two seasons and fourth in 1982, along with many other honors. When he retired from the Rovers in 1992, Mark coached Mulwala for two years in the Murray League and he has never lost his great love for the game. It was therefore not surprising in 2002 to hear he had recently joined the Board of Management of the Ovens and Murray Football League. Mark’s 319 senior games remains the Club record, but the memories of that nuggety, “slightly-balding” dynamo burrowing into every pack for the brown and gold and usually coming up with the ball, will always remain a constant inspiration to proceeding Hawk generations of young players.