Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
James Heenan Jnr

Known as
Jim Heenan

19 May 1930

29 October 1999 (aged 69)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 336d
Last game: 27y 125d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 14

Family links
Jim Heenan Snr (Father)

Jim Heenan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 6,178th player to appear, 2,959th most games played, 5,946th most goals kickedEssendon: 643rd player to appear, 222nd most games played, 533rd most goals kicked

Essendon’s Jim Heenan was a tough, resolute player who was mostly used as a permanent back pocket. He won the Bombers’ reserve grade best and fairest in 1951 and took his senior bows the following year. After a noteworthy debut season he received the club’s best first year player award but he failed thereafter to build on this and was in and out of the seniors over the remainder of his career. That career ended after the 1957 grand final in which Essendon lost to Melbourne and Heenan enjoyed a late run after being named as nineteenth man.

Jim Heenan played a total of 82 VFL games and kicked half a dozen goals. His father, also called Jim Heenan, played eight games for North Melbouirne in 1930.

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.