Haydn Bunton Junior
(born 5 April 1937 in Melbourne
) was a player and coach of Australian rules football
. He became the youngest ever coach in a major league of Australian rules, when he was appointed coach of Norwood Football Club
Bunton was regarded as a tough and skilful player and was a very successful coach in both the Western Australian National Football League
(WANFL) and South Australian National Football League
(SANFL). (His father, Haydn Bunton, Sr.
, won three Brownlow Medals
in the VFL and three Sandover Medals
in the WANFL.)
The younger Bunton was inducted into the coaches section of the Australian Football Hall of Fame
in 1996, as well as the Western Australian Institute of Sport
Hall of Champions in 2003 and was made an inaugural member of the WA Football Hall of Fame in 2004 and SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
He was named an All-Australian
player at the age of 19, in 1956, while at North Adelaide
in the SANFL, where he played 54 games between 1954-1956. In 1956, Bunton finished runner-up for the Magarey Medal
(to Dave Boyd
). In 1957, he was a non-playing coach of Norwood
, having "stood out" as a player for the year due to a transfer dispute with North Adelaide, who would not clear him. In 1958-60, he played for Norwood, in spite of a serious knee injury, sustained in a car accident in Tasmania in 1959.
Bunton enjoyed another remarkable year in 1961, when he was recruited by Swan Districts