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Key Facts

Full name
Graeme Atkins

Known as
Graeme Atkins

30 October 1963 (age 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 162d
Last game: 25y 265d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 36
Collingwood: 5

Recruited from
North Melbourne (1987)

Graeme Atkins

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1982-1984, 198661390.6457%9.925.721.793
V/AFL1982-1984, 1986-198982530.6554%9.776.091.903
Total1982-1984, 1986-198982530.6554%9.776.091.903

AFL: 9,333rd player to appear, 2,955th most games played, 1,969th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 733rd player to appear, 226th most games played, 159th most goals kickedCollingwood: 895th player to appear, 549th most games played, 384th most goals kicked

Originally from South Melbourne Districts, Graeme Atkins was a handy rover who, in common with innumerable other players down the decades, had his career curtailed by knee problems. He commenced with North Melbourne in 1982 and enjoyed a fine debut season, playing 19 games whilst eliciting generally positive reviews, and he continued to do well for much of his time with the Kangaroos.

In 1987, after 61 VFL games and 39 goals for North, Atkins crossed to Collingwood, where after a bright start he encountered the aforementioned knee issues, as a result of which he managed just three appearances in total in 1988 and 1989 after playing 18 games in his debut season. His 21 games for the Magpies gave him a total of 82, in the VFL and he registered 53 goals.

Author - John Devaney


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