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Updated: 07/10/2009

Tony Modra

Tony Modra was both the hero and the villain of the Adelaide fans. He  topped the Crows goal kicking in 1993 to 1997 and scored  440 goals in 118 games. In 1993 he kicked the "ton" with 129 goals. Despite his record it is felt that he has not played up to his standard and has suffered from being in a one team town. Unfortunately he was injured in the preliminary final in 1997 and missed the Crows first premiership. After returning from knee injury in 1998 he failed to regain form and was not considered for the Grand Final. 

He was traded to Fremantle for the 1999 season. By the middle of the 2001 season his knees had given out and he retired. He had taken his games tally to 165 with 588 goals.

Despite his ups and downs he was chosen by the Adelaide Football Club as its star on the Adelaide Centenary Maximum Card and Postcard. The maximum card is displayed below. The postcard is essentially the same except that the background is brighter and there is no postmark. A cover with the outline of the postcard was also released.

1996 AFL Centenary Maximum Card

In 1997 he won the Coleman Medal for the top goal kicker in the league with 84 goals and also the Mark of the Year, announced at the Grand Final. He was also named in the All-Australian team.

This was commemorated by 2 private covers postmarked with the Crows Premiership postmark (75 produced) (shown above right) and the MCG Commemorative postmark (50 produced).

1997 Mark of the Year Cover with Crows Premiership PM

In 2000 playing for the Fremantle Dockers he was included as one of the 27 covers to commemorate the "Superstars" of the AFL on the first day of issue of the AFL P stamps.

2000 P stamps FDC Tony Modra