Barry Cable

Barry Thomas Cable is a former Australian rules footballer and coach. Just as Malcolm blight reached legendary status in two seperate leagues SANFL and VFL, Cable is also spoken of as one of the greatest to reach the pinnacle of two leagues, the WAFL and VFL. He played over 400 games at senior level in the Western Australian Football League (WAFL) and the Victorian Football League (VFL), and later coached in both competitions and achieved virtually everything that football had to offer at the time. He was rewarded the Tassie Medal, dual All Australian status, three Sandovers, five successive club champion awards, and participation in three premiership teams.

Barry Cable was one of the greatest rovers to ever play the game. Barry Cable was always determined to be the best he could be; a dedicated footballer whose total devotion to perfection was never questioned. The small and nimble Cable showed that he was a natural.
He was slower than some of the other great rovers of the time, like Bill Walker, Bob Skilton and Keith Doncon. However, what he may perhaps have lacked in pace he more than made up for in other areas. Few players in the history of the game have matched Cable’s uncanny ability for being where the ball was. Moreover, his disposal skills by hand and foot were little short of impeccable.

Playing Career

1962 – 1969 1971 – 1973 Perth, 1970 1974 – 1977 North Melbourne, 1978 1979 East Perth





Playing Honours

  • 3x Sandover Medal: 1964, 1968, 1973
  • 7x Perth Best and Fairest: 1965-1969, 1971, 1973
  • North Melbourne Best and Fairest: 1970
  • 2x VFL Premiership: 1975, 1977
  • 4x WAFL Premiership: 1966-1968, 1978
  • 3x Simpson Medal: 1966-1968
  • Perth Captain: 1972-1973
  • North Melbourne Team of the Century (Rover)
  • Tassie Medal: 1966
  • 2x All-Australian team: 1966, 1969
  • 2x Simpson Medal: 1969, 1977


  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame – Legend Status
  • West Australian Football Hall of Fame – Legend Status
  • Indigenous Team of the Century (Rover and Coach)

Coaching Career

1972 1973 Perth, 1978 – 1980 East Perth, 1981 – 1984 North Melbourne

Games Coached


Barry Cable

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