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Key Facts

Full name
Brett William Backwell

Known as
Brett Backwell


18 May 1980 (age 42)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 311d
Last game: 20y 338d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; West Adelaide; Glenelg; North Adelaide

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 10, 2

Recruited from
Carlton (2002); West Adelaide (2003); Glenelg (2010); Waratah (2011)

Family links
Owen Backwell (Father)

Brett Backwell

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West AdelaideSANFL2002
North AdelaideSANFL2011-201220100.50
SANFL2002-2009, 2011-20121321070.81

AFL: 10,928th player to appear, 6,791st most games played, 4,661st most goals kickedCarlton: 1,029th player to appear, 588th most games played, 396th most goals kicked

Brett Backwell overcame the handicap of losing a finger to become Glenelg's first Magarey Medallist for twenty-four years. The ex-Carlton Queenslander had a troublesome finger amputated prior to a 2006 season in which he scored a runaway Medal win, polling 26 votes, nine more than his nearest rival. 

Originally from Northern Eagles, Backwell played 18 AFL games for Carlton between 1999 and 2001. He spent the 2002 season at West Adelaide before crossing to the Bay Oval where he established himself as one of the paciest and classiest players in the SANFL. Backwell remained with Glenelg until the end of 2009, when he was sacked for spending his summer playing with Waratah in the Northern Territory Football League.

After a year away from the game, he returned to the SANFL in 2011 and played out his career at North Adelaide before hanging up the boots in mid-2012. He became an assistant coach at South Adelaide in 2013.

Author - John Devaney, with updates by Andrew Gigacz


Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion, Wikipedia


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