Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Eric Guy

Known as
Eric Guy

18 August 1932

3 May 1991 (aged 58)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 280d
Last game: 30y 7d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Senior clubs
Oakleigh; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 19

Family links
Wally Guy (Brother)Gary Guy (Nephew)

Eric Guy

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1957-19629300.0047%12.001.0026

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,815th player to appear, 2,612th most games played, 11,975th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,045th player to appear, 148th most games played, 1,531st most goals kicked

The quintessential straight ahead type of player who took no prisoners, Eric Guy was nevertheless scrupulously fair. He commenced his senior career with Oakleigh, where he played 91 games in five seasons, without necessarily always being a first choice. In 1952, for example, Guy missed the opportunity to play in a premiership team when he failed to gain selection for the Purple and Golds' victorious Grand Final encounter with Port Melbourne.

Aged 24, Eric Guy crossed to St Kilda in 1957 unsure as to whether he was likely to succeed. He need not have worried, as he rapidly acquired a reputation as one of the VFL's most redoubtable - and effective - enforcers. Perhaps not surprisingly, he soon found himself nicknamed 'The Tank', a label which stayed with him throughout his six-season, 93-game league career. Vice-captain of the Saints for three of those years, Guy was also a triple interstate representative for the VFL.

A ruck-rover for most of his time in the VFA, Eric Guy finished his career with St Kilda as a ruthlessly resolute half back flanker. Wherever he played, he gave value for money, and was a firm favourite with the fans.

Author - John Devaney


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