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Key Facts

Full name
Garry Foulds

Known as
Garry Foulds

13 May 1956 (age 67)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 12d
Last game: 33y 104d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 38, 10

Recruited from
St. Bernard's (1974)

Garry Foulds

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,668th player to appear, 97th most games played, 713th most goals kickedEssendon: 817th player to appear, 5th most games played, 49th most goals kicked

Solid, versatile and reliable, Gary Foulds was an important if underrated contributor to the Essendon cause in precisely 300 VFL games between 1974 and 1989. Most commonly used across half back, he could also function effectively as a wingman, in a back pocket, on the ball or in the forward lines. Foulds represented Victoria at the inaugural state of origin carnival in Perth in 1979, and also in 1985, when he was selected as an All Australian. He played in all three of the Bombers' Grand Finals during the 1980s - the losing game of 1983, and the wins in 1984 (reviewed here) and 1985, all of which were against Hawthorn.

Smoothly confident in everything he did, Foulds was the sort of player who never seemed to be under undue pressure, and his decision making and use of the ball were first rate. He was equal second in Essendon's best and fairest award in 1981, and third in 1979. In 1981 he was chosen on a wing in the prestigious 'Inside Football' team of the year.

Between 2002 and 2004 Garry Foulds served as non-playing coach of VAFA side North Old Boys. He later joined St Bernard's Old Collegians as assistant coach to his former Bomber team-mate Simon Madden.

Author - John Devaney


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