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9 February 1968 (age 55)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 83d
Last game: 32y 184d
Height and weight
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 98 kg
Geelong: 53, 26
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AFL: 9,702nd player to appear, 320th most games played, 341st most goals kickedGeelong: 862nd player to appear, 26th most games played, 29th most goals kicked
An extremely athletic player who was particularly strong in the air, Geelong's Barry Stoneham was a mainstay of the club for 15 seasons, during which time he played 241 V/AFL games and kicked 223 goals. Recruited from St Joseph's, he made his Cats debut in 1986, and rapidly developed into the team's 'spare parts' player, capable of doing a job in any key position, or in the ruck.
At his peak during the early 1990s, Stoneham won a club best-and-fairest award in 1990, and achieved AFL All Australian selection two years later. In 1994, however, he suffered a double leg fracture which kept him out of the game for 18 months, and when he returned, although he was still a valuable player, some of the athleticism and verve had irretrievably gone. He struggled on heroically until the 2000 season, when he finally decided to call it a day.
Author - John Devaney