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Key Facts

Full name
David Polkinghorne

Known as
David Polkinghorne

1 February 1956 (age 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 135d
Last game: 28y 220d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 10

Family links
Robert Polkinghorne (Brother)James Polkinghorne (Nephew)

David Polkinghorne

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,762nd player to appear, 1,045th most games played, 4,972nd most goals kickedHawthorn: 639th player to appear, 58th most games played, 346th most goals kicked

David Polkinghorne was an important if comparatively unsung member of Hawthorn’s powerful 1970s combinations. His twin career highlights were helping the Hawks to grand final triumphs over North Melbourne in 1976 and 1978. A defender who liked to stick close to his man he had an unkempt kicking style but it was surprisingly effective. His VFL career with Hawthorn comprised 164 games between 1975 and 1984 during which he booted 10 goals.

David Polkinghorne attracted headlines in 1982 when he affirmed that Carlton opponent Wayne Johnston had struck him during a match, thereby breaching the so called ‘code of silence’. Johnston was found guilty and suspended.

Author - John Devaney


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


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