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Key Facts

Full name
Bruce Comben

Known as
Bruce Comben

23 October 1930

15 December 2002 (aged 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 181d
Last game: 30y 279d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 15

Family links
Aubrey Comben (Father)John Comben (Brother)

Bruce Comben

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,957th player to appear, 748th most games played, 2,571st most goals kickedCarlton: 636th player to appear, 45th most games played, 201st most goals kicked

Known as 'Bugsy', Bruce Comben was a tough, determined and highly talented back pocket specialist who gave sterling service to Carlton during an unusually inauspicious era for the club. Between 1950 and 1961 he played a total of 188 VFL games, and was captain from 1958 to 1960. During the 1960 season he suffered the ignominy of captaining the first ever VFL representative team to lose against Tasmania. However, a more fitting testimonial was accorded when he was selected in the back pocket in Carlton's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'. Between 1970 and 1972 Comben coached Werribee in the VFA's second division, but the side struggled, winning just nine and drawing one of its 54 matches over the three years.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.