Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Gary Parkes

Known as
Gary Parkes

2 July 1951 (age 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 16d
Last game: 27y 297d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 48, 5
Richmond: 32

Recruited from
Essendon (1978)

Gary Parkes

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
V/AFL1970-1976, 1978-1979103450.4446%12.211.942.4316
Total1970-1976, 1978-1979103450.4446%12.211.942.4316

AFL: 8,299th player to appear, 2,306th most games played, 2,183rd most goals kickedEssendon: 784th player to appear, 182nd most games played, 210th most goals kickedRichmond: 800th player to appear, 777th most games played, 500th most goals kicked

Gary Parkes made his VFL debut with Essendon in 1970 and became a regular senior player from the following year. Fleet-footed, competent overhead and an accurate, long kick, he played many fine games for the Bombers over the course of a seven season career which saw him make 96 appearances and register 39 goals. At the end of the 1976 season he became embroiled in a pay dispute with the Essendon hierarchy which prompted him to seek a clearance to Richmond. When this was refused he opted to stand out of football for a year at the end of which the clearance was ratified. However, in two seasons with the Tigers he only managed 7 games and 6 goals.

Gary Parkes’ final port of call was Werribee where he played from 1981 until 1984. He also played representative football for the VFA in 1981 and won a club best and fairest award in 1983.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Those Magnificent Men 1897-1987 by Michael Maplestone


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