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Key Facts

Full name
Daniel Hanley

Known as
Dan Hanley

17 May 1883

1 December 1976 (aged 93)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 28y 38d
Last game: 31y 97d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
South Ballarat; Essendon

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 9, 10

Dan Hanley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South BallaratBFL1903-1910

AFL: 1,806th player to appear, 3,435th most games played, 5,060th most goals kickedEssendon: 215th player to appear, 276th most games played, 444th most goals kicked

Dan Hanley made his senior debut with South Ballarat in 1903 and went on to enjoy an auspicious, twelve-season career in both the BFA/L and the VFL. Fleet of foot, strong overhead, and an excellent kick, he played most of his football in defence, but also liked to take a turn on the ball.

Hanley crossed to Essendon in 1911 and went on to make 67 senior appearances in a row. Included in that sequence were strong performances in the winning Grand Finals of 1911 (against Collingwood) and 1912 (against South Melbourne). After a match in the 1912 season he became the centre of controversy when he alleged that he had been deliberately impeded by a boundary umpire.

Hanley's league career came to an end in unsavoury circumstances when he was reported during the penultimate home and away game of the 1914 season against Carlton. As a result, he incurred a suspension of eight matches, and never played again. Shortly afterwards, he joined the armed services, and spent most of the war on active service abroad. When he returned to Melbourne he became a patron of the Essendon Football Club.

Author - John Devaney


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