Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
John Waddington

Known as
John Waddington

24 May 1938

6 July 2019 (aged 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 323d
Last game: 28y 81d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 32

John Waddington

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1958-1966132300.2340%13.881.973.429

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,897th player to appear, 1,624th most games played, 2,940th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 497th player to appear, 79th most games played, 193rd most goals kicked

John Waddington commenced his senior football with Bendigo Football League club South Bendigo and topped the competition’s goal kicking list with 72 goals in 1957. The 1958 season saw him embark on a VFL career with North Melbourne. A half forward at this stage of his career he later developed into a swift moving, long kicking defender. In 1964 he represented Victoria at centre half back. When he left the Kangas at the end of the 1966 season he had played 132 VFL games and kicked 30 goals.

In 1967 Waddington was installed as captain-coach of Ovens and Murray Football League club Benalla and the following year he won a Morris Medal as the best and fairest player in the competition. He later moved to Queensland where he played for Morningside.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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