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Key Facts

Full name
Alan Ezard

Known as
Alan Ezard

15 April 1963 (age 59)

Place of birth
Broadford, VIC (3658)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 113d
Last game: 30y 142d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 43, 15

Recruited from
Coburg (1983)

State of origin

Family links
James Ezard (Nephew)

Alan Ezard

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AFL: 9,460th player to appear, 792nd most games played, 404th most goals kickedEssendon: 902nd player to appear, 43rd most games played, 25th most goals kicked

A rover of considerable all round quality and determination, Alan Ezard played for Broadford and then Coburg before being signed by Essendon. He was actually tied to Melbourne, but the Demons failed to discern his potential, and were happy to allow the Bombers to snap him up. 

Between 1983 and 1993 Ezard would play a total of 184 league games and kick 200 goals for Essendon, play in the winning grand final sides of 1984 and 1985, represent Victoria in 1985, 1990 and 1991, win his club's best and fairest award in 1991, and top his club's goal kicking list with 47 goals in 1986. Over and above mere statistics, however, he proved himself one of the finest small men of his generation, combining exceptional pace and a superb eye for goal with aerial abilities befitting a much bigger man (he was 173cm, and 68kg). Besides roving, he could play as a crumbing forward, across centre, or even in the back pocket.

Author - John Devaney


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