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Key Facts

Full name
Douglas Samuel Heywood

Known as
Doug Heywood

Born
12 December 1924

Place of birth
Seymour, VIC (3660)

Died
26 July 2002 (aged 77)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 196d
Last game: 26y 263d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 25, 26, 8

State of origin
VIC

Doug Heywood

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1943-1944, 1948-195154300.5646%0
Total1943-1944, 1948-195154300.5646%0

AFL: 5,219th player to appear, 4,047th most games played, 2,915th most goals kickedMelbourne: 624th player to appear, 304th most games played, 235th most goals kicked

Half forward flank specialist Doug Heywood debuted for Melbourne in 1943 en route to a career tally of 54 games, in which he kicked 30 goals. He missed the 1945 season while serving in the RAAF, and from 1946 to 1948 he played for University Blacks in the VAFA, including premierships in all three years. Shortly after the last of these flag wins Heywood was surprisingly called up by Melbourne, who still retained his registration as a player, for the club’s preliminary final clash with Collingwood. Also recalled was Heywood’s Blacks team mate Denis Cordner who, like Heywood, had last played for the Demons four years earlier. Melbourne duly won the game, and Heywood retained his place in the team for the grand final encounter with Melbourne, which ended in a draw. Unfortunately for Heywood he was omitted from the team for the replay, in which the Demons triumphed.

Heywood continued with Melbourne until 1951, but his sole chance of premiership glory had passed.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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