Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Bernard O'Brien

Known as
Bernie O'Brien

14 May 1909

9 January 1955 (aged 45)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 39d
Last game: 28y 351d

Height and weight
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Senior clubs
Footscray; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 4, 13, 24, 8
Carlton: 25

Recruited from
Footscray (1931); Carlton (1933)

Bernie O'Brien

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FootscrayV/AFL1929-1930, 1933-1938881291.4730%10.001.5014
V/AFL1929-1931, 1933-19381001361.3634%12.632.1314
Total1929-1931, 1933-19381001361.3634%12.632.1314

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,578th player to appear, 2,430th most games played, 745th most goals kickedFootscray: 104th player to appear, 149th most games played, 44th most goals kickedCarlton: 479th player to appear, 713th most games played, 496th most goals kicked

Bernie O'Brien was a fine rover who seemed to improve with age. He commenced his VFL career with Footscray in 1929, and after two seasons there crossed to Carlton, for whom he played 12 games and kicked seven goals in 1931. O'Brien did not play league football in 1932 but the 1933 season saw him back at Footscray where he remained for half a dozen seasons, taking his final tally of games with the club to 88, and the number of goals kicked to 129. He was a member in 1937 of the VFL's victorious Perth carnival team. 

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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