Malcolm Hales

1. How long have you been a member of Hawthorn Football Club for? Tell us how you came to support the Hawks.

My connection with Hawthorn Football Club goes way back to my time of birth – born in St George’s Hospital, Kew, many years ago! My mother had come from South Australia and father from Tasmania, on completely different paths only to meet in Melbourne through mutual friends who were Hawthorn supporters. There started a three generation affinity with the Hawthorn Football Club. My brothers Greg & Andy & sister Kathy have continued the family tradition with their families.

Our family lived at 29 Wattle Rd and I attended my first game while still in the womb – how could I be anything else but a Hawk? My mother recounts the stories of walking from home around the corner past Pierce’s Pub (now known as the Glenferrie Hotel), under the railway line, umbrella in hand in case of rain or defence from would be opposition supporters, into the Glenferrie Oval. This was a well-worn path for the family on many Saturday afternoons, mostly standing on the railway wing terraces.

I have been a paid member since 1976. In the 1980’s I was a member of the Social Club and the Hawthorn Incentive Club, contributing financially to each Hawthorn win.

2. What are your fondest memories of following the Hawks?

Where do I start! It’s been a privilege – how many grand finals and premierships in my lifetime? Every final & every Grand Final Hawthorn has played!

Fondest memories …

  • Being in the Linda Crescent rooms after the 1976 Grand Final drinking out of the Cup
  • The same experience from the 1988 Cup
  • Having a personal friendship with Ivan Moore, Peter Hudson and Peter Knights
  • Watching the final games played at Glenferrie Oval and Waverley Park
  • Seeing every Hawthorn Grand Final since 1971
  • Spending a week of my holidays in 1996 in the Past Players rooms at Glenferrie Oval working for the ‘Operation Payback’ team and being in the front row with Ivan Moore on that historic night
  • Walking the KOKODA track with the club in 2011 and having the privilege of carrying the Australian flag from Goldie River to Owers Corner on the last day of the walk.
  • Receiving a ‘Services to the Hawthorn Football Club’ award at the 2011 AGM
  • Leading the Tassie Supporters Group for 10 years
  • Tasmanian recruiting team member 1995 and 1996
  • Seeing Leigh Matthews play for the Hawks

There are so many, where do I stop!

3. What made you decide to recognise your lifelong passion for the Hawks through the Always Hawthorn Bequest Club?

My family. I have been a supporter from birth. It’s only natural that I would want to support the Hawks through a bequest. It’s my way of giving back to the club which has been such an integral and important part of my life.

I want the young people of today to have the opportunity to experience the successes of my life. Premierships are everything and ‘Septembers are not the same without a Premiership!’

The future of the club is in the hands of the current members and supporters. I am hoping the club will grow bigger and stronger into the next 50 years and I wish to help the long term success materialise into the future.

4. What does leaving a bequest to the club mean to you and your family?

It’s significant to know that the contribution to the club is valued, not just for the now, but for what has been contributed for over 60 years by my family. Our family has been connected to the club into three generations, we would like our contribution to continue beyond our next generation.

5. Do you like knowing that the club have the opportunity to thank you for your gift during your lifetime?

Thanking me for my support is the least of my concerns. It’s what I can do for the club to help them continue to be the most successful football organisation in Australia. That is important to me. However, seeing the club appreciate and recognise contributions gives credence to the belief it is ‘the family club ‘.

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