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Key Facts

Full name
Graham Donaldson

Known as
Graham Donaldson

20 June 1935

31 August 2001 (aged 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 321d
Last game: 27y 101d

Height and weight
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 13

Graham Donaldson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,553rd player to appear, 2,213th most games played, 1,260th most goals kickedCarlton: 689th player to appear, 160th most games played, 114th most goals kicked

Graham Donaldson played 106 games for Carlton between 1955 and 1962. He spent the first three seasons of his time with the Blues at centre half forward but his career blossomed when thrown into the ruck in 1958. He polled nine Brownlow votes that year and 11 in each of the following two seasons. After playing in Carlton's losing 1962 Grand Final side, Donaldson did what was not uncommon of stars in his era, and turned his back on VFL football to take up a country coaching role with Morwell. He led the Tigers to the 1966 premiership.

Donaldson coached Fitzroy from 1971 to 1974 but could lift the Lions to no higher than sixth, which he did in the first year of his tenure.

Author - Andrew Gigacz


Encyclopedia of Australian Footballers, Blueseum


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