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Key Facts

Full name
David Ackerly

Known as
David Ackerly

27 November 1960 (age 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 194d
Last game: 28y 265d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Sydney; Australia; North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Sydney: 42, 9
North Melbourne: 10

Recruited from
Sydney (1986)

David Ackerly

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1986-19895350.0945%10.364.362.308

AFL: 9,089th player to appear, 724th most games played, 3,994th most goals kickedSydney: 1,070th player to appear, 80th most games played, 438th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 768th player to appear, 268th most games played, 479th most goals kicked

A highly dependable back pocket, David Ackerly enjoyed a fine 191-game career with two clubs. He played his first senior game with the Swans, then still based in South Melbourne, in 1979, having come up through South's junior ranks, and quickly established himself as a permanent member of the team's last line of defence. Ackerley moved with the Swans to Sydney in 1982 but after a fall out with the administration, switched to North Melbourne prior to the 1986 season. He proved to be just as reliable in defence for North over the next four seasons, although injury limited his appearances on the field in his last two years, 1988 and 1989. 

Author - Andrew Gigacz


Encyclopedia of Australian Footballers - Holmesby and Main


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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