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Key Facts

Full name
Jack Knowles

Known as
Jack Knowles

2 February 1932

22 July 1996 (aged 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 77d
Last game: 26y 125d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 21

Jack Knowles

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 6,182nd player to appear, 3,037th most games played, 11,725th most goals kickedEssendon: 644th player to appear, 237th most games played, 1,094th most goals kicked

Jack Knowles was a talented full back who was a particularly good spoiler and who gained substantial distances with his drop kicks. He played in Essendon’s 1952 reserves premiership-winning team and was at full back for the seniors in the 1957 grand final loss to Melbourne. His Bombers career spanned the years 1952 to 1958 and saw him play 78 VFL games without registering a single goal.

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.