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Player Information

Full name
Paul L Weston

Known as
Paul Weston

Born
9 April 1957

Place of birth
Adelaide, SA (5000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 360d
Last game: 28y 172d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Glenelg, Essendon, West Torrens, Norwood

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 28

Recruited from
Glenelg (1983); Essendon (1986); West Torrens (1989)

State of origin
SA

Hall of fame
South Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2002)

Paul Weston

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GlenelgSANFL1973-19821961760.90
EssendonAFL1983-198560120.2080%7.924.932.971
West TorrensSANFL1986-198849210.43
NorwoodSANFL19892380.35
Total1973-19893282170.661

AFL: 9,410th player to appear, 3,379th most games played, 4,277th most goals kickedEssendon: 899th player to appear, 291st most games played, 378th most goals kicked


Player Biography

Paul Weston was among the most outstanding defenders of his generation, initially at Glenelg, for whom he played 196 league games over ten seasons, then at Essendon where he added another 60 from 1983 to 1985, and finally with West Torrens whom he captain-coached between 1986 and 1988, adding another 49 senior league appearances to his tally, topped off with a single year stint at Norwood. 

Athletic, immensely mobile, and calm and assured under pressure, Weston was the quintessential big game player, but he was not always blessed with good fortune. In 1974, 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1982 he played in losing grand final teams for Glenelg, and after crossing to the VFL he promptly added a sixth such disappointment as the Bombers lost the 1983 grand final to Hawthorn. Thankfully, Weston's luck then turned, and in both 1984 and 1985 he was a key contributor to Essendon premiership victories. Other career highlights included club best and fairest awards at Glenelg in 1976 and 1980, and the Bays' captaincy from 1979 to 1980.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion