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Key Facts

Full name
John Byrne

Known as
John Byrne

24 February 1956 (age 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 103d
Last game: 26y 38d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 21

John Byrne

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1975-198298710.7265%11.966.692.674

AFL: 8,756th player to appear, 2,436th most games played, 1,506th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 674th player to appear, 137th most games played, 96th most goals kicked

A fearless youngster who looks great as he tears away from packs or downfield with his blond locks flowing. Strong type who has been asked to fill a position on almost every line, but never lets the side down. Now gathering experience and is one who never fails to give good value.¹

John Byrne was a useful player for North Melbourne who might have achieved real greatness had his career not been cruelly curtailed by injury. As it was he played 98 VFL games for the ‘Roos between 1975 and 1982, kicking 71 goals. Mostly utilised as either a defender or ruck-rover he was close to best afield in the latter position in North’s replayed grand final victory over Collingwood in 1977. He also featured in the losing grand finals of 1976 and 1978. A badly broken leg brought his football career to a premature end at the age of just twenty-six.

Author - John Devaney


1. “Football Record”, 24/9/77, page 23.


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; The Complete Book of VFL Finals by Graeme Atkinson, Crème de la Crème


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