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Key Facts

Full name
Graham Osborne

Known as
Graham Osborne

30 June 1947 (age 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 16d
Last game: 30y 58d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 7, 24

Graham Osborne

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 7,851st player to appear, 1,351st most games played, 1,730th most goals kickedMelbourne: 847th player to appear, 69th most games played, 122nd most goals kicked

A product of the Toora Football Club Graham Osborne joined Melbourne prior to a 1966 season which saw him play seven games. Thereafter, whilst never quite an automatic choice for the senior team, he was selected fairly regularly and had played 146 games when he left the Demons in 1977. Used at full forward early in his career he became better known as a defender. His penultimate campaign in 1976 was probably his best as he polled 18 Brownlow Medal votes in 15 games (both umpires awarded votes in this season). Somewhat incredibly, these were the only Brownlow votes achieved by Osborne in his entire career.

A triple premiership player, but only with the reserves in 1969 and 1970 and in the night series of 1971, Osborne joined VFA club Sandringham after leaving the Demons and enjoyed a noteworthy four and a half season stint with the Zebras, winning a best and fairest award in 1979, and representing the Association in 1981. A knee injury sustained in 1982 precipitated his retirement.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


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