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Key Facts

Full name
Denis O'Callaghan

Known as
Denis O'Callaghan

7 February 1949 (age 73)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 80d
Last game: 26y 211d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 29

Denis O'Callaghan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1968-1973, 197512930.0266%
Total1968-1973, 197512930.0266%

AFL: 8,027th player to appear, 1,674th most games played, 7,286th most goals kickedCollingwood: 690th player to appear, 129th most games played, 662nd most goals kicked

Ultra solid and dependable, Denis O’Callaghan was a fixture at the Collingwood Football Club as a defender in 129 VFL games from 1968 to 1973 and in 1975. He missed the entire 1974 season because of a knee injury. Sound overhead and neat at ground level he may not have been thre most flamboyant of players but his effectiveness was there for all to say. He was on a half back flank in the losing grand final of 1970 against Carlton and played finals football e very season except his first. After leaving the Magpies he spent the 1976 season as coach of VFA side Coburg, steering the side to fifth place in first division. He later joined another VFA first division team in Brunswick.

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.