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Key Facts

Full name
Graeme Jenkin

Known as
Graeme Jenkin

Nickname
Jerker

Born
5 September 1945 (age 77)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 268d
Last game: 30y 218d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 104 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Essendon

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 14
Essendon: 14

Recruited from
Collingwood (1974)

Graeme Jenkin

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1964, 1966-1973127770.6168%9.762.255.6426
EssendonV/AFL1974-197622100.4541%7.861.903.810
V/AFL1964, 1966-1976149870.5864%9.482.205.3726
Total1964, 1966-1976149870.5864%9.482.205.3726

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,604th player to appear, 1,300th most games played, 1,232nd most goals kickedCollingwood: 661st player to appear, 133rd most games played, 113th most goals kickedEssendon: 813th player to appear, 535th most games played, 436th most goals kicked

Extremely solidly built at 193cm and 103.5kg Graeme Jenkin played as a support ruckman, first to Ray Gabelich and later to Len Thompson, for most of his time with his first club, Collingwood. In the end, albeit after 127 VFL games in 1964 and from 1966 to 1973, he had had enough and crossed to Essendon as a straight exchange for John Williams. In three seasons with the Bombers he added a final 22 games to his career tally. His time at Windy Hill saw him repeatedly hindered by injury and, just as at Collingwood, he tended to play second fiddle to ostensibly more talented ruckmen in the shape of Graham Moss and Simon Madden. Notwithstanding this, Jenkin was a highly capable ruckman who was hard to get around and who leapt and marked well. His kicking, however, could most kindly be described as inconsistent.

Those who played with Jenkin tend to remember him more for his larger than life character than his football ability. As Len Thompson recalled,  Jenkin was “the funniest guy in the world. He’s the only bloke I know who could walk into a room not knowing anyone and within 15 minutes could be friends with everyone.” Almost inevitably he was also something of a cult favourite among Collingwood's supporters. And the affection was two way, which not even his three seasons away at Essendon could do anything to curtail.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; https://forever.collingwoodfc.com.au/collingwood-cult-figures-graeme-jenkin/

Footnotes

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