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Key Facts

Full name
John Burns

Known as
John Burns

10 August 1949

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 324d
Last game: 30y 8d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
East Perth, North Melbourne, Geelong

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 11
Geelong: 12

Recruited from
East Launceston (1970); North Melbourne (1979)

John Burns

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East PerthWANFL1970-197371
North MelbourneV/AFL1973-1976, 197895680.7265%15.514.333.0336

AFL: 8,581st player to appear, 1,813th most games played, 1,261st most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 660th player to appear, 131st most games played, 92nd most goals kickedGeelong: 788th player to appear, 559th most games played, 390th most goals kicked


John Burns carved out a noteworthy league career for himself in three states. He began with NTFA side East Launceston where he enjoyed a particularly successful 1969 season, earning Tasmanian interstate selection at the Adelaide carnival, and winning both his club's best and fairest award and the Hec Smith Memorial Medal for best and fairest in the Association. Between 1970 and 1973 Burns played 71 WANFL games for East Perth, including the winning 1972 Grand Final against Claremont, in which he starred in the centre. He also represented Western Australia twice.

Midway through the 1973 season Burns joined North Melbourne where he was a prominent performer in three successive Grand Finals - the win against Hawthorn in 1975, sandwiched in between losses to Richmond in 1974 and Hawthorn in 1976. A conspicuously skilled and polished footballer, Burns played 95 VFL games and kicked 68 goals for the Kangaroos from 1973 to 1976 and in 1978. He finished his league career at Geelong, where he added 17 games and 10 goals in 1979 and 1980.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's Tasmanian Football Companion


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