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Key Facts

Full name
Cameron Clayton

Known as
Cameron Clayton

Born
5 February 1957 (age 65)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 158d
Last game: 26y 231d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Melbourne; Essendon

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 43, 26
Melbourne: 12
Essendon: 12

Recruited from
New Norfolk (1974); Richmond (1979); Melbourne (1983)

Cameron Clayton

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
RichmondV/AFL1974-197757200.3558%7.964.301.612
MelbourneV/AFL1979-198244180.4120%10.025.891.950
EssendonV/AFL19831710.0671%5.883.711.880
V/AFL1974-1977, 1979-1983118390.3346%8.444.811.782
Total1974-1977, 1979-1983118390.3346%8.444.811.782

AFL: 8,687th player to appear, 1,904th most games played, 2,439th most goals kickedRichmond: 765th player to appear, 278th most games played, 294th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,002nd player to appear, 366th most games played, 323rd most goals kickedEssendon: 896th player to appear, 587th most games played, 831st most goals kicked

After playing for New Norfolk thirds in 1972 Cameron Clayton crossed to Richmond and experienced the thrill of playing in a premiership at Under 19s level in his first season. A year later he commenced in the seniors and was on the bench as the Tigers accounted for North Melbourne in that season’s Grand Final.

A quintessential utility, with excellent all round skills, plenty of pace, and the ability to kick well with either foot, Clayton might be said to have failed fully to realise his potential. At any rate, of his 57 VFL appearances for Richmond between 1974 and 1979 eighteen saw him named as nineteenth or twentieth man. He also played 38 games for the reserves.

Six weeks into the 1979 season he crossed to Melbourne after rejecting offers from Footscray and South Melbourne. He was a reliable if unspectacular performer for the Demons, playing 44 VFL games in just under four seasons, before being cleared to Essendon. The last of his 17 appearances for the Bombers came in the 1983 Grand Final, when he started on the interchange bench and produced a serviceable performance.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; https://www.tigerlandarchive.org/tiki-index.php?page=Cameron+Clayton; https://www.tigerlandarchive.org/tiki-index.php?page=Cameron+Clayton

Footnotes

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