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Key Facts

Full name
Desmond English

Known as
Des English

9 October 1957 (age 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 193d
Last game: 28y 353d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 27

Recruited from
Eaglehawk (1980)

Family links
Vin English (Uncle)

Des English

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,151st player to appear, 2,321st most games played, 6,005th most goals kickedCarlton: 884th player to appear, 168th most games played, 534th most goals kicked

Des English was a hard working and resolute defender whose football career was curtailed when he was diagnosed with leukemia. Carlton picked him up from Eaglehawk, and he took his bows in league football in 1980. At the end of the following season he lined up in a back pocket as the Blues downed Collingwood in the Grand Final by 20 points. When they overcame Richmond a year later to make it two flags in a row English was again chosen to occupy a back pocket, and did a fine job to restrict the normally damaging Tiger rovers to just one goal all game while resting. It was in 1986 that it emerged that he had leukemia, by which time he had played 104 VFL games and kicked six goals. His courageous fight to recover his health was an inspiration to his team mates during their ultimately successful quest for the 1987 premiership.

Author - John Devaney


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