Herbie Screaigh's induction into the East Perth Hall of Fame should hasten his recognition by the WA Hall of Fame selectors.
A livewire rover who was a damaging East Perth player in the 1930s after being recruited from York, Screaigh won four club fairest-and-best awards and led the goal kicking three times.
He was one of eight individuals honoured by East Perth last night as the Royals continue to make a concerted effort to recognise their past as they confront the challenges of being an inner-city club with limited potential for growth.
Screaigh is one of several players from before World War II whose absence from the WA Hall of Fame is considered an anomaly by local football historians.
A regular State player who made 206 appearances for the Royals, Screaigh recalled his career highlight during an interview in 2000 that is reproduced in the East Perth history, The Royals.
"The highlight of my career would have to be the 1936 premiership, the way we got into the finals and the manner in which we won," he said. "We won our first final by a point and the next final by the same margin.
"I kicked the winning goal in the first final. In the grand final, I kicked the goal (in the final moments) that put us five points ahead.
"After the game, the ladies took up a collection and gave me about £27 - that was a lot of money."
Ace spearhead Hugh "Bonny" Campbell, whose 23 goals for WA against Queensland in 1924 is unlikely to be challenged as the interstate record, and six-times premiership player Harold "Nugget" Gepp were also added to the Hall of Fame.
Sandover medallist Frank Allen, five-times premier Wally Fletcher, tough defender Dobbie Graham, 1920s president Bill Haynes and club stalwart Jack Clayton were also inducted.
Campbell, who played for North Fremantle and South Fremantle where he won two flags, was tempted to East Perth in 1924.
He kicked 359 goals in his 88 matches, including premierships in 1926-27.
He was a star in State ranks where he had the remarkable feat of kicking 51 goals in just five matches at the 1924 carnival.
His 23-goal haul was the record for all senior Australian football until South Fremantle spearhead Bernie Naylor equalled it in 1956.