Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Clement Goonan

Known as
Clem Goonan

18 June 1939 (age 84)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 357d
Last game: 25y 65d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 37

Clem Goonan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1961-19645020.0414%5

AFL: 7,280th player to appear, 4,319th most games played, 8,049th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 842nd player to appear, 340th most games played, 819th most goals kicked

Clem Goonan played initially with Ovens and King Football League club Whorouhly where he won a competition best and fairest award in 1958. On the strength of this achievement at least four VFL clubs expressed interest in procuring his services, but he opted instead to move to Myrtleford of the Ovens and Murray Football League. Eventually, he sought and was granted a clearance to South Melbourne where he debuted in 1961. A defender who had an occasional run on the ball, he played just three games in his first season, before becoming a regular senior player in 1962. He ended up playing 50 VFL games and scoring two goals for the Swans in four seasons. After quitting the VFL scene Goonan played for Albury for a time, and after that had a stint as captain-coach of Rutherglen. In 2006 he was inducted into the Ovens and King Football League Hall of Fame.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Publications


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