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Key Facts

Full name
Christopher Douglas Mainwaring

Known as
Chris Mainwaring

27 December 1965

Place of birth
Geraldton, WA (6530)

1 October 2007 (aged 41)

Place of death
Nedlands, WA (6009)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 106d
Last game: 33y 210d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
East Fremantle; West Coast

Jumper numbers
West Coast: 3

Recruited from
East Fremantle (1987)

State of origin

Hall of fame
Western Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2005)

Chris Mainwaring

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East FremantleWR1985-199960430.72
West CoastV/AFL1987-1999201840.4262%15.945.624.5068

AFL: 9,817th player to appear, 641st most games played, 1,289th most goals kickedWest Coast: 23rd player to appear, 28th most games played, 38th most goals kicked

Originally from Geraldton Rovers, 19-year-old Chris Mainwaring made his WAFL debut with East Fremantle in 1985 and was an instant success, representing Western Australia and playing in a premiership team in his first season. An abundantly talented, free-roaming wingman, he was a member of West Coast's inaugural VFL squad in 1987, and went on to become a key contributor to the side's success in the early 1990s. 

Mainwaring played 201 games for the Eagles from 1987 to 1999, kicking 84 goals. He was a member of premiership teams in 1992 and 1994, and an AFL All Australian in 1991 and 1996. Although he never won a club best and fairest award, he finished in the top three places on five occasions. 

Mainwaring resumed with East Fremantle in 1998 and played for two more seasons to take his final tally of WAFL games to 60. He then embarked on a career as newsreader and sports reporter. He died in October 2007 at the tragically young age of 41.

Author - John Devaney


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