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Key Facts

Full name
John Noel William Newman

Known as
John 'Sam' Newman

Nickname
Sam

Born
22 December 1945 (age 76)

Place of birth
Geelong, VIC (3220)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 132d
Last game: 34y 266d

Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 94 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 17

State of origin
VIC

John 'Sam' Newman

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1964-19803001100.3755%10.596.015.78100
Total1964-19803001100.3755%10.596.015.78100

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,574th player to appear, 89th most games played, 963rd most goals kickedGeelong: 676th player to appear, 6th most games played, 71st most goals kicked

Nicknamed 'Sam', John Newman was a prodigiously talented ruckman who inherited Graham 'Polly' Farmer's mantle at Geelong. Like Farmer, he was adept at using his body to attain the optimum position in ruck contests, and also like Farmer, he was a master of creative handball. He made his VFL debut in 1964 and four years later, despite having sustained a serious kidney injury the previous year, he won the first of two club best and fairest awards. In 1969, he achieved All Australian selection after the Adelaide carnival. 

Later in his career, after he was beset by recurrent ankle problems, he moved from the ruck to centre half forward with considerable success. Newman captained the Cats in 1974 and 1975, and represented the VFL on eight occasions. He retired in 1980 after 300 VFL games and 110 goals.  

After his retirement, Newman became a prominent, and often controversial, media figure, firstly on Channel 7's World of Sport football panel, and later as a radio commentator and panel member of Channel 9's long-running Footy Show. In 2001, 'Sam' Newman was included in Geelong's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney, with updates by Andrew Gigacz

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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