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Key Facts

Full name
Grant Fowler

Known as
Grant Fowler

12 March 1957 (age 65)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 106d
Last game: 27y 54d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Essendon; Hawthorn

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 38, 1
Essendon: 23, 2
Hawthorn: 2, 33

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1980); Essendon (1983)

Grant Fowler

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,846th player to appear, 2,384th most games played, 1,338th most goals kickedFitzroy: 934th player to appear, 339th most games played, 163rd most goals kickedEssendon: 873rd player to appear, 300th most games played, 183rd most goals kickedHawthorn: 692nd player to appear, 862nd most games played, 920th most goals kicked

Rover Grant Fowler found himself marginalised at Fitzroy because the Lions had a surfeit of small men and, after 35 games and 31 goals between 1976 and 1979, he was cleared to join Essendon. Finding the milieu at Windy Hill more congenial he added 63 games and 49 goals over four seasons and was a regular in the side in the first three of them. In 1983 he retired briefly because of work commitments before returning late in the year whereupon he was cleared to Hawthorn. He played one game for the Hawks in 1983 and one more the following year, giving him a career tally of precisely 100 VFL games.

Honest and steady rather than eye catchingly flamboyant in style, at his best he could match it with the finest rovers in the land. A career highlight was playing in Essendon’s 1981 night series flag-winning team.

Author - John Devaney


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


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