The Victorian Football League (VFL) congratulates Max Papley who has today been recognised for his service to the Australian community in the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours.

Papley earned a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community of the Cardinia Shire, including roles at the Williamstown Football Club.

Papley is a revered figure at Williamstown and is a member of the club’s Hall of Fame.

He joined Williamstown as playing-coach in 1968 following more than 150 games with Moorabbin and South Melbourne.

Papley steered the Seagulls to the 1969 VFA premiership and went on to kick 108 goals in 54 appearances between 1968 to 1970. He was later selected in the centre in Williamstown’s Team of the Century.

Papley became a councillor for Cardinia Shire in 1997 and served two terms, including a stint as mayor.

His football legacy continues through his grandson and Sydney Swans star, Tom.