Hailing from the legendary Territory football Lew Fatt family, Clifford Lew Fatt, or ‘Gympie’ as he was more affectionately known is one of the greatest players to don the green and gold of St Mary's.
The only person to win NTFL Best and Fairest Medals in all the grades that existed during his playing career, Gympie secured the first of his many awards in 1960/61, winning the Steve Abala Colts Medal. In 1962/63, Gympie kicked the winning goal for Saints in the Reserve Grade Grand Final to give his brother Terry the honour of being the only coach in NTFL history at the time to coach the Premier League and Reserve Grade teams to the flag in the same season.
Gympie Lew Fatt he played some of his best football in the mid-60's, an era that saw him dominate the Saints Club Best and Fairest Award, winning it for the first time in 1963/64. The following season in 1964/65, Gympie not only won the Club’s Best and Fairest for the second year running, he was also the Clubs leading goal kicker with 29 goals. He topped off an outstanding year by being awarded the NTFL’s highest accolade, the Nichols Medal.
Gympie was a key player in the Saints Premiership teams of 1965/66 and 1966/67 and he won the Club’s Best and Fairest both years, giving him a stunning haul of four St Marys Best and Fairest awards.
In 1967/68, he won Saints leading goal kicker for the second time with 33 goals and in that same season Gympie was selected to play in the 1967 NTFL All-Star Team against the VFL “All Stars” team coached by Ron Barassi which included legendary players such as Bob Skilton, Alex Jesaulenko and a host of other top Australian footballers.
A fine rover and quick thinker, Gympie was much tougher than he looked as showcased in his Reserve Grade playing days of the late 1970’s and early 80’s. In 1977/78, Gympie won the first of his Mitch Lee Medals in Reserve Grade.
In 1978/79, Gympie won his second Mitch Lee Medal and was Captain Coach of the St Mary's Reserve Grade team that was part of the most memorable season in the Clubs history winning five premierships across different grades in one day.
A St Marys Football Club and NTFL Life Member, Gympie’s love for St Mary’s continued as he coached the Reserves, Under 18 and Under 16 Grades.
A three-time Mitch Lee reserve grade medal winner, He played his last game for Saints in his mid-40s but continued to play in the NT Football Association Competition with the Tracy Village Football Club until his retirement at the age of 55.
We welcome a man who gave his all for his beloved green and gold, a man who played to win but who also played the game with flair, skill and courage. Alongside his father Walter, Gympie Lew Fatt is a footballing immortal as he takes a well-deserved and hard earned spot in the AFLNT Team of the Century.