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Key Facts

Full name
Gregory Parke

Known as
Greg Parke

18 April 1948

25 September 2021 (aged 73)

Police officer

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 2d
Last game: 29y 131d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; Footscray; Norwood; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 26
Footscray: 1
Fitzroy: 4

Recruited from
Melbourne (1974); Footscray (1976); Norwood (1977)

Greg Parke

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
V/AFL1968-1975, 19771712421.4241%

AFL: 8,019th player to appear, 967th most games played, 292nd most goals kickedMelbourne: 864th player to appear, 126th most games played, 35th most goals kickedFootscray: 630th player to appear, 323rd most games played, 120th most goals kickedFitzroy: 937th player to appear, 535th most games played, 261st most goals kicked

Hailing from Bentleigh, Greg Parke joined Melbourne in 1968, and soon developed into a fine centre half forward. Especially renowned for his superlative high marking, he led the VFL in marks taken in 1970 with 238, which at the time was a record for that particular statistic since reliable records had begun in 1965, and would remain so until 1980, when narrowly overhauled by Gary Dempsey, who took 241. 

Parke topped Melbourne's goal kicking in 1972 with 62 goals, but began to struggle for consistency after that and was transferred to Footscray in 1974. He produced many fine performances for the Bulldogs and was a leading light in the club's 1974 finals campaign. Parke finished his career with a season at Norwood in 1976, followed by a season with Fitzroy. In all, he played a total of 189 league games,  comprising 119 with Melbourne, 37 for Footscray, 18 at Norwood, and 15 for Fitzroy.

Author - John Devaney


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