Allan Langer in 1987 after he was handed his debut Maroons jumper by Wayne Bennett.
Allan Langer in 1987 after he was handed his debut Maroons jumper by Wayne Bennett. Contributed

Long overdue: Let's get Alfie his own bronze statue

FORMER Origin greats are calling for one of their own to be immortalised in bronze outside Suncorp Stadium.

Momentum is gathering for ex-Queensland Maroons legend and Caloundra resident Allan "Alfie" Langer to join Wally Lewis, Darren Lockyer, Arthur Beetson and Mal Meninga.

Langer - who won four premierships with the Brisbane Broncos, featured 37 times for the Maroons and won 25 Kangaroos caps - would fit right at home next to his former teammates.

The little general's good mate Kerrod Walters believes it should have happened years ago.

One-third of the famous "Ipswich Connection" and brother of current Maroons coach, Kevin, said it was Langer's five player of the year awards that stood out the most.

"He played in a champion team - Steve Renouf, Glenn Lazarus, Gorden Tallis, Willie Carne - this list goes on, and he stood out," Walters said.

"He was small in stature but big in heart and led by example.

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"I am probably a bit biased but I don't reckon there has been a better player in the modern game. He certainly deserves his place.

"When the game was on the line, he would find a way. We called him the money man. A bit like Johnathan Thurston or Cam Smith, he would come up and execute a game plan to win us the game.

"Given his contribution to the game, he deserves it."

Walters joked that his little mate would only need half the bronze of some of the players he'd be next to.

Last year a petition was drawn up and a Facebook group with several hundred members has campaigned for the pint-sized playmaker to be bronzed, something The Daily is right behind.

Co-owner of Mooloolaba's Augello's Ristorante and 17-game Queenslander, Billy Moore, said players and people weren't made like Alfie anymore.

He recalled days when he lined up against the little general, days that would petrify him.

"When I used to defend against him, you just wanted him to pass it, you had no idea what he was going to do," Moore said.

"But then when I played with him in Origin, I used to love it. You'd be able to run as hard as you can, with all the gusto in the world and pick a hole.

"You knew, if you got the ball you'd be through the hole. Alf never threw a dud pass."

Moore firmly believes Alfie's statue is a "when", not an "if" - and prays it comes soon.

But the man who coined the iconic catch-cry "Queenslander" thinks Alfie's legacy should go one step further.

"Even though he missed out on the team of the century, I think he is forgotten when we are talking about the next immortal," he said.

"He was the best player I played with but I don't think the younger age groups appreciate him as much as they should.

"The Broncos' plays were three up, then give it to Alf. They didn't always have the best side but he just made players better. Average ones into good ones, good into great.

"Still to this day, no one has perfected Alfie's short kicking game for himself. Other players have been great, kicked for other people but not themselves like he was."

Alfie's Honour Roll

  • 4 premierships for Brisbane
  • 4 State of Origin man of the match awards
  • 5 time Brisbane Broncos player of the year
  • 1988 - Dally M Halfback Of The Year
  • 1992 - Clive Churchill Medal
  • 1992 - Rothmans Medal
  • 1994 - Dally M Halfback Of The Year
  • 1996 - Dally M Halfback Of The Year
  • 1996 - Dally M Player Of The Year