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Key Facts

Full name
Emmett Dunne

Known as
Emmett Dunne

11 June 1956 (age 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 304d
Last game: 28y 356d

Height and weight
Height: 197 cm
Weight: 99 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 36, 5
Footscray: 4, 16

Recruited from
Mount Waverley Catholics (1976); Richmond (1984)

Emmett Dunne

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,809th player to appear, 1,675th most games played, 1,671st most goals kickedRichmond: 775th player to appear, 119th most games played, 131st most goals kickedFootscray: 745th player to appear, 570th most games played, 441st most goals kicked

Of gargantuan build at 197cm and 99kg, Emmett Dunne was an immensely powerful but surprisingly mobile footballer who enjoyed a decade at the game's elite level. He arrived at Richmond from Mt Waverley and made the first of an eventual 115 appearances (booting 56 goals) for the club in 1976. Known as 'Plod' because of his off-field occupation as a policeman, he played the majority of his games as a ruckman, but was sufficiently flexible to hold down a key position when required. Exceptionally strong overhead, Dunne was at full back when the Tigers trounced Collingwood by 81 points in the 1980 Grand Final, with his direct opponent Craig Davis managing just a couple of goals for the match. In 1984 Dunne crossed to Footscray where, over the next couple of seasons, he added a final 14 VFL games and seven goals. He later coached the reserves sides of both his former league clubs.

Author - John Devaney


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