Hawkins made a name for himself over the ensuing years as one of the finest wingers the game has ever seen, so much so that at the team’s home ground, the Western Oval, one of the wings of the ground was named the “Doug Hawkins Wing”.
Much has also been made about his rocky relationship with coach Mick Malthouse during the 1980s, but during Hawkins’ Australian Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2004, Hawkins played this down.
In 1994, Hawkins broke Ted Whitten’s long-standing club record of 321 games for Footscray, and Whitten was on-hand to congratulate him.
However, after playing 329 games and kicking 216 goals for the Bulldogs, Hawkins’ contract was not renewed, and so he moved to the financially strapped Fitzroy Football Club for one last season in 1995.
He played 21 games and kicked 11 goals for the club before announcing his retirement.