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Key Facts

Full name
John Nelson

Known as
John 'Horrie' Nelson


1 February 1934 (age 89)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 109d
Last game: 21y 193d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Norwood; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 16

John 'Horrie' Nelson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
NorwoodSANFL1953-1954, 1956-1957, 1961-196371130.18
St. KildaV/AFL19551100.009%0
Total1953-1957, 1961-196382130.16

AFL: 6,572nd player to appear, 7,974th most games played, 11,850th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,003rd player to appear, 796th most games played, 1,516th most goals kicked

A true utility, happy to line up in any position on the field, Horrie Nelson was a strong kick and safe mark, but the thing which made him stand out most was his exceptional pace. Having progressed through the grades at Norwood he made his senior debut in 1953, the first of 71 games he was to play over two stints. Not always an shoe-in start for the seniors, he was a member of the Redlegs’ 1961 seconds flag-winning team.

In 1955 he joined St Kilda and played 11 matches without scoring a goal for the year.  

Author - John Devaney


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