Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
John Reilly

Known as
John Reilly

11 January 1942 (age 82)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 100d
Last game: 27y 217d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
South Fremantle; Carlton; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 28
Footscray: 32

Recruited from
South Fremantle (1962); Carlton (1966)

John Reilly

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South FremantleWANFL1961, 1970-19725390.17
WANFL1961, 1970-19725390.17

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,330th player to appear, 2,597th most games played, 8,056th most goals kickedCarlton: 747th player to appear, 399th most games played, 850th most goals kickedFootscray: 547th player to appear, 240th most games played, 731st most goals kicked

A tall, strong marking forward, John Reilly began his league career with South Fremantle before embarking on an eight-year stint in the VFL which comprised spells with Carlton (39 games from 1962-5) and Footscray (55 games, 1966-9). While with the Blues coach Ron Barassi transformed him into a full back, and he continued as a defender on his return home to South Fremantle in 1970. Showing all the benefits of his time in the nation's premier football competition he achieved selection in Western Australia's interstate team for the first time, and at the end of the year had the satisfaction of playing in a premiership-winning team as South comfortably overcame Perth.

Author - John Devaney


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