Peter Burns was inducted into the Swans Hall of Fame in 2009 before being elevated to a Bloods Legend in 2017.
Champion of the Colony 1888, 1891
South Melbourne’s first superstar, Peter Burns joined the Club from the Ballarat Imperials in 1885. He was one of five brothers who played for the Imperials, four of whom would move to Melbourne to play in the Victorian Football Association, the premier competition in the country. Equally at home as a defender or as a ruck-rover, he was known for his athleticism, skill and sportsmanship. He played more than 100 games with South Melbourne, and was a member of the all-conquering VFA premiership teams of 1888, 1889 and 1890. Legend has it that South Melbourne-supporting children would say, “God bless Mummy, God bless Daddy and God bless Peter Burns” as their evening prayer. He was twice named Champion of the Colony – in 1888 and 1891. An inductee into the Australian Football Hall of Fame, Peter Burns played the latter part of his career with Geelong.