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Key Facts

Full name
Craig Russell Turley

Known as
Craig Turley

24 August 1965 (age 57)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 219d
Last game: 30y 346d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Senior clubs
West Perth; West Coast; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
West Coast: 7
Melbourne: 8

Recruited from
West Perth (1989); West Coast (1996)

Family links
Karl Langdon (Cousin)

Craig Turley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West PerthWAFL1985-1990, 1992-1995, 200191510.56
West CoastV/AFL1989-1995115910.7964%10.506.833.3230
WAFL1985-1990, 1992-1995, 200191510.56
Total1985-1996, 20012221500.68

AFL: 9,994th player to appear, 1,639th most games played, 1,065th most goals kickedWest Coast: 47th player to appear, 60th most games played, 32nd most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,170th player to appear, 657th most games played, 483rd most goals kicked

At his best Craig Turley was, for a relatively brief time, one of the foremost midfielders in the game. This was emphatically the case in 1991 when he was both a West Coast Eagles best and fairest winner and runner-up to Jim Stynes in the Brownlow. He played 115 V/AFL games and kicked 91 goals for the Eagles between 1989 and 1995, and counted membership of the club’s 1992 premiership-winning team among his career highlights.

Injuries impeded Turley during his last couple of seasons and a transfer to Melbourne in 1996 in a bid to recapture form and fitness did not really succeed. He played 16 games and booted 8 goals for the Demons.

The sort of player who can run all day and boasting excellent ball handling skills, Turley also played 91 WAFL games and kicked 51 goals for West Perth between 1985 and 1990, from 1992 to 1995 and in 2001. He was included on a half forward flank in the West Coast Eagles ‘Team of the Decade 1991-2000’.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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