The Sydney Swans are saddened to hear of the passing of former South Melbourne player Kevin Hogan, who passed away peacefully this week.

Hogan played 63 games with South Melbourne in the years spanning 1954-1960 for a return of 35 goals, joining forces with Bob Skilton, Ron Clegg and many other club greats.

Hogan was a member of South Melbourne's 1956 VFL Night Premiership Cup team and played in red and white with his brothers Frank and Pat.

Hogan was born in Violet Town, Victoria in 1934 and was recruited by South Melbourne at the age of 19.

After his stint with South Melbourne, he took up a coaching role with Sale Football Club in 1961 that he would hold for 15 years, before remaining on the club's committee for the next 60 years.

In 1965, he started writing for the Gippsland Times and developed his interest in sports photography, while around the same time he also began broadcasting on local radio and would hold a regular spot for the next 54 years.

He was then awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1984 for his significant service to football and cricket.

The club passes on its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Hogan.