Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Desmond Meagher

Known as
Des Meagher

7 March 1944

9 March 2011 (aged 67)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 47d
Last game: 32y 188d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 30

Des Meagher

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 7,772nd player to appear, 670th most games played, 1,119th most goals kickedHawthorn: 559th player to appear, 38th most games played, 67th most goals kicked

Recruited by Hawthorn from Old Xaverians, Des Meagher made his VFL debut with the Hawks in 1966, and at the end of the season he was widely acclaimed as one of the best first year players in the competition. Tall and slender, he could fill a variety of positions, but was best suited to the wing, which was where he made his interstate debut in 1967. In the game against South Australia in Adelaide his outpointing of future champion Barrie Robran was heavily instrumental in setting up the Big V's eventual six-point win.

Noted for his swiftness off the mark as well as his long, raking left foot kicks, Des Meagher was one of Hawthorn's best in the 1971 Grand Final defeat of St Kilda. He enjoyed an excellent year in 1973 when he again made the state side, but after that his form fell away and he was only named as a reserve for the 1975 Grand Final, in which the Hawks went under to North Melbourne.

Meagher retired a year later after 198 VFL games. He later coached Hawthorn's reserves.

Author - John Devaney


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