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Key Facts

Full name
David Bolton

Known as
David Bolton

13 July 1960 (age 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 262d
Last game: 31y 49d

Height and weight
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Senior clubs
Woodville; Geelong; Sydney; Australia

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 16
Sydney: 16

Recruited from
Woodville (1984); Geelong (1986)

David Bolton

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,477th player to appear, 1,821st most games played, 1,843rd most goals kickedGeelong: 835th player to appear, 477th most games played, 402nd most goals kickedSydney: 1,149th player to appear, 156th most games played, 161st most goals kicked

After playing under nineteens football with Geelong David Bolton joined Woodville for whom he played 51 SANFL games and kicked 28 goals in 1982-3, maturing as a footballer all the while. The 1984 season saw him back at Geelong where, playing mainly on the wing, he exhibited exceptional pace and toughness, and earned selection for the Victorian state of origin team, having earlier played for South Australia.

After 28 VFL games and 11 goals in two seasons with the Cats Bolton crossed to Sydney where, from 1986 to 1991, he added a final 95 games and 46 goals, in the process producing some of the best football of his career. In 1986 he was chosen to represent Australia against the visiting Irish International Rules side. Masking a nonsense of the state of origin concept, he also played for New South Wales, making him one of a rare group of footballers to have featured for three different state of origin teams.

Author - John Devaney


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


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