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Key Facts

Full name
James Buckley

Known as
Jim Buckley

27 November 1959 (age 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 16y 200d
Last game: 30y 229d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 16

Family links
Dylan Buckley (Son)Teia Miles (Nephew)

Jim Buckley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1976-1988, 19901641460.8964%12.473.492.0429
Total1976-1988, 19901641460.8964%12.473.492.0429

AFL: 8,837th player to appear, 1,074th most games played, 672nd most goals kickedCarlton: 859th player to appear, 64th most games played, 52nd most goals kicked

Kilogram for kilogram, there would be no tougher player in VFL ranks than Carlton’s Jim Buckley. The slightly built rover and centreman weighs in at only 65.5kg and stands 175cm. But every gram counts when his aggressive style takes him into the bottom of a pack of ball-hungry players.¹

Formidably tough and cocksure, Jim Buckley was one of the pre-eminent centremen/on-ballers in the VFL for fifteen seasons. Originally from Kyneton, he made his senior league debut with Carlton in 1976 while still at school, and three years later was one of the best players afield as the Blues overcame Collingwood by 5 points in the VFL Grand Final. Buckley later played in Carlton's 1981 and 1982 premiership teams as well, and won the club's 1982 best and fairest award. When he retired in 1990 he had played a total of 164 V/AFL games and kicked 146 goals as well as representing Victoria on a number of occasions.

Author - John Devaney


1. VFL Yearbook 1983, page 9.


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