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Key Facts

Full name
Desmond Herbert

Known as
Des Herbert

15 March 1959 (age 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 126d
Last game: 24y 74d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Fitzroy; West Adelaide

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 47, 26
Fitzroy: 26

Recruited from
Collingwood (1981); Fitzroy (1984)

Family links
Carl Herbert (Brother)

Des Herbert

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West AdelaideSANFL1984-1987831011.22

AFL: 9,191st player to appear, 6,268th most games played, 4,979th most goals kickedCollingwood: 810th player to appear, 770th most games played, 582nd most goals kickedFitzroy: 989th player to appear, 551st most games played, 472nd most goals kicked

After commencing with Collingwood’s thirds Des Herbert was a member in 1979 of the club’s losing reserve grade grand final team. He made his senior debut in 1980 and over the course of that season and half of the next played eight VFL games and booted five goals.

Midway through the 1981 season he crossed to Fitzroy where he embarked on another one and a half year stint which saw him register 14 games and five goals. Included in his games tally were two finals matches in 1981.

The 1984 season saw him at West Adelaide and he hit the ground running by winning the club’s best and fairest award. A resolute, extremely focused on-baller, he remained with the Bloods until 1987, by which time he had played 83 SANFL games and kicked 101 goals.

Author - John Devaney


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


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.