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Key Facts

Full name
John Townsend

Known as
John Townsend

16 June 1943 (age 80)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 21d
Last game: 29y 50d

Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 66 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; Prahran

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 16

Recruited from
Melbourne (1973)

Family links
Marcus Ashcroft (Nephew)

John Townsend

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,405th player to appear, 1,264th most games played, 473rd most goals kickedMelbourne: 805th player to appear, 59th most games played, 31st most goals kicked

John Townsend was a pacy and energetic goal kicking rover who served Melbourne well in an 11-season, 153-game VFL career that saw him kick 182 goals. Recruited from St Pat's College, Sale, he made his league debut in 1962, and two seasons later topped the Demons' goal kicking list with 35 goals. He was a member that same year of the winning Grand Final team against Collingwood.

Townsend won the club's best and fairest award in 1965, but played little football in 1966-7 after injuring himself in a social game. He battled his way back to full fitness, however, and after showing glimpses of his best form in 1968 he enjoyed an excellent 1969 season which yielded a second club best and fairest award.

In 1973 John Townsend moved to Prahran and at the end of the year had the considerable satisfaction of being close to best afield as the Two Blues comfortably overcame Oakleigh in the VFA First Division Grand Final. Appointed senior coach in 1975, he spent two seasons in charge, but was unable to get the team into the finals. He did, however, win Prahran's best and fairest award both years. In 2003, he was selected on the interchange bench in the Two Blues' official 'Team of the Century'.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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