Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
James Vernon Sewell

Known as
Jim Sewell

3 February 1956 (age 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 27y 51d
Last game: 30y 208d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
East Fremantle; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 2

Recruited from
East Fremantle (1983)

Jim Sewell

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East FremantleWAFL1976-19821413542.51

AFL: 9,407th player to appear, 3,094th most games played, 1,686th most goals kickedFootscray: 735th player to appear, 171st most games played, 104th most goals kicked

Regarded as one of the most spectacular high fliers in West Australian football during his time with East Fremantle, Jim Sewell originally hailed from the club's Geraldton zone. He played a total of 141 senior WA(N)FL games for Old Easts between 1976 and 1982, including the winning Grand Final of 1979 against South Fremantle, when he lined up at centre half forward. Sewell topped East Fremantle's goal kicking list on three occasions, with 99 goals in 1977 his best return. 

In 1983 at the rather mature age of 27 he crossed to Footscray where he played 76 VFL games in four seasons. He proved himself a very good acquisition for the resurgent Dogs, used in key positions at both ends of the ground. He later became general manager of the Brisbane Bears. Sewell represented Western Australia eight times, kicking 12 goals.

Author - John Devaney with additional material from Adam Cardosi


Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion


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