Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Keith Schaefer

Known as
Keith Schaefer

20 December 1928

21 August 1976 (aged 47)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 120d
Last game: 24y 210d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 22

Keith Schaefer

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1947-1953102220.2238%19

AFL: 5,644th player to appear, 2,371st most games played, 3,503rd most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 660th player to appear, 134th most games played, 304th most goals kicked

Keith Schaefer was a highly skilled centreman who was a swift and fluent mover and whose foot passing was quite exceptional. He arrived at South Melbourne from South Surfers, and made the first of an eventual 102 VFL appearances in 1947. He rapidly developed into a key member of South's side, and in 1948 was selected to represent the VFL in the interstate arena. He enjoyed an exceptional year in 1952, winning his club's best and fairest award, but only a year later, still several months shy of his 25th birthday, he retired. Schaefer died of bowel cancer at the tragically young age of 47 in 1976.

Author - John Devaney


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