William (Digger) Alfred Benjamin THOMAS

Year Inducted 2004
Date of Birth 3rd June 1890

PLAYER: 1911-28

GAMES: 221: Subiaco 32; East Perth 177; WA 12

PREMIERSHIPS: Subiaco 1913; East Perth 1919-23, 27.

HONOURS: Sandover Medal 1923; captain East Perth 1916, 18, 24; Player WA team which won 1921 carnival

A brilliant centreman, ball getter and real crowd pleaser.  Digger Thomas won the Sandover medal in the same year he helped East Perth to another flag with an inspirational display in the final against East Fremantle champion Nipper Truscott, who was nearing the end of his career.  Thomas’ son Ritchie kept up the family tradition with 207 games at East Perth.