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Key Facts

Full name
Donald Palmer

Known as
Don Palmer

3 October 1938

28 September 2023 (aged 84)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 197d
Last game: 25y 289d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 8

Don Palmer

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1959-196450230.4638%3

AFL: 7,001st player to appear, 4,299th most games played, 3,426th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 504th player to appear, 279th most games played, 236th most goals kicked

From West Coburg, Don Palmer was an accomplished centreman whose VFL career with North Melbourne was short-circuited by injury. He commenced that career in 1959, and, after being in and out of the side initially, became a regular senior player the following year. However, after that he was repeatedly sidelined by injury, so that when eventually forced to retire in 1964 he had only managed 50 appearances and 23 goals in half a dozen seasons.

Author - John Devaney


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