Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
John Gill

Known as
John Gill

19 April 1932

3 March 2003 (aged 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 2d
Last game: 25y 155d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 95 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 34, 3

John Gill

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,066th player to appear, 2,184th most games played, 1,418th most goals kickedEssendon: 633rd player to appear, 155th most games played, 114th most goals kicked

John Gill joined Essendon from Longerenong Agricultural College and made an immediate impression, winning the Dons' best first year player award in his debut season. Superb overhead, he was the sort of player who could almost single-handedly dominate a game. He won Essendon's best and fairest player award in 1954, and was a regular VFL interstate representative. On two occasions, Gill was named in the prestigious "Sporting Globe" Team of the Year. He played 107 VFL games for Essendon between 1951 and 1957, kicking 76 goals. He was only twenty-five when he retired, citing pressure of work as his reason.

Author - John Devaney


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