Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Kenneth Fletcher

Known as
Ken Fletcher

21 January 1948 (age 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 98d
Last game: 32y 222d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 21

Recruited from
Essendon (1981)

Family links
Dustin Fletcher (Son)

Ken Fletcher

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 7,919th player to appear, 192nd most games played, 1,890th most goals kickedEssendon: 751st player to appear, 11th most games played, 162nd most goals kicked

When a broken leg brought about Ken Fletcher's enforced retirement from league football in 1980 he had achieved virtually everything the game had to offer, other than participation in a premiership, during the course of his 264-game, 55-goal career that stretched back as far as 1967. During that time, he had occupied virtually every position on the field, but it is as a wingman and, later, a half back flanker that he probably played his best and most consistent football. Extremely quick and highly skilled, Fletcher rarely put in a bad game.

Fletcher won Essendon's best and fairest award in 1978 having been runner-up five years earlier. Between 1973 and 1978 he was a virtual ever-present in VFL interstate and Victorian state of origin teams. The closest he came to playing in a premiership team was his appearance on a half back flank in the Bombers' three-point Grand Final loss to Carlton in 1968. After leaving Essendon he spent a couple of seasons as captain-coach of Tatura in the Goulburn Valley Football League. He is the father of Essendon legend Dustin Fletcher.

Author - John Devaney


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