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Key Facts

Full name
Douglas Searl

Known as
Doug Searl

22 March 1947 (age 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 88d
Last game: 29y 159d

Height and weight
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 16, 34
Fitzroy: 34, 4

Recruited from
Collingwood (1968)

Family links
Sid Searl (Father)

Doug Searl

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 7,839th player to appear, 1,397th most games played, 439th most goals kickedCollingwood: 678th player to appear, 682nd most games played, 314th most goals kickedFitzroy: 868th player to appear, 67th most games played, 25th most goals kicked

Doug Searl began his league career with Collingwood in 1966, and played at centre half forward in that year's losing Grand Final against St Kilda. However, he tended to struggle during his time with the Magpies, and early in the 1968 season, after just 12 senior games and 20 goals, he crossed to Fitzroy. At first, the Lions used him mainly as a forward, and he topped their goal kicking with 31 goals in 1968 and 68 the following year.

In 1970, however, Searl was tried at centre half back, where he proved an immediate success, and for most of the remaining six-and-a-half years of his VFL career he played mainly in defence. When he retired in 1976 he had played 131 games and booted 170 goals for the Lions. He later enjoyed a highly successful coaching career, mainly at under 19s level, but he also coached Port Melbourne in 1991 and 1992.

Author - John Devaney


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