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Key Facts

Full name
Bernard Toohey

Known as
Bernard Toohey


18 February 1963 (age 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 66d
Last game: 30y 191d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Sydney; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 15
Sydney: 15
Footscray: 8

Recruited from
Geelong (1986); Sydney (1992)

Family links
Gerard Toohey (Brother)

Bernard Toohey

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,248th player to appear, 211th most games played, 930th most goals kickedGeelong: 811th player to appear, 181st most games played, 207th most goals kickedSydney: 1,153rd player to appear, 95th most games played, 94th most goals kickedFootscray: 825th player to appear, 311th most games played, 563rd most goals kicked

Bernard Toohey was a rugged and highly dependable defender who gave good service to three league clubs during a thirteen season career that saw him play in excess of 250 games. Powerfully built and adaptable, he was a prodigious kick, and excellent mark, and was equally at home in a key position or on a flank. Geelong recruited him from Barooga in the Picola and District Football League, and he made his VFL debut in 1981 before going on to play 94 games and kick 35 goals in five seasons. In 1986 he transferred to Sydney and it was with the Swans that he would play the best and most consistent football of his career.

An All Australian in 1987 after representing Victoria, Toohey also played state of origin football for his home state of New South Wales. In 1989 he demonstrated his versatility when he topped the Swans' goal-kicking list with 27 goals after spending the second half of the season at full forward. After 129 games and 76 goals for Sydney he crossed to Footscray in 1992 and rounded off his AFL career with two solid seasons that yielded a further 40 games and four goals.

Author - John Devaney


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