FOUR-TIME Melbourne premiership player Trevor Johnson has been remembered as part of the Demons’ golden era of football.
Johnson, who played 118 games for the Dees, went on to establish a big mushroom growing business in Wanneroo after settling in Perth in 1972 with his wife Audrey and children.
Fresh from winning Wanneroo business awards in 2004, he was included along with AFL Legend Ron Barassi and his 1956 premiership team-mates in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in Victoria’s Mallee region, he also played in Melbourne’s 1955, 1957 and 1960 flags.
“Originally a back-pocket player, Johnson later played at centre half-forward,” Melbourne’s club website reported after his death at the age of 81 last Thursday.
“He was considered the ultimate team man and nicknamed Phantom, due to his ability to go under the radar. Johnson was the classic underrated player.”
He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to the community of Wanneroo in 2006 and was made a Wanneroo Pioneer in 2014.
Fellow Rotarians paid tribute to Johnson along with the Melbourne’s Perth supporter club, the Western Demons: “A Melbourne Football Club Legend and respected patron of the Western Demons. Sincere sympathy to his family.”
A funeral was held yesterday at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park.