Kevin James Worthington
25 May 1953 (age 69)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 312d
Last game: 29y 53d
Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 88 kg
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
|WAFL||1971-1976, 1980, 1983-1984||129||59||0.46||—||—||—||—||—|
A ruggedly reliable defender whose aggressiveness was supplemented by a good deal of authentic strength, Kevin Worthington spent fourteen seasons playing elite level football in two states. He began with Claremont in 1971, where he performed a vital enforcing role in a team otherwise renowned for its flair.
After six seasons with the Tigers, Worthington transferred to Collingwood where he rapidly settled down to play some fine football on the last line of defence, helping the Magpies to reach that year's Grand Final after they had finished last the previous year. Unfortunately for Worthington, Collingwood lost in a replay to North Melbourne, and when the side next contested a Grand Final two years later the redoubtable West Australian was unable to prevent another loss, this time to Carlton.
Concerns about a suspect knee prompted him to return home to Perth in 1980 but after another fine season with Claremont it was clear that the knee was stronger than imagined. Consequently, Worthington resumed with Collingwood in 1981, and had taken his tally of VFL games to 95 by the time he returned from Victoria for good at the end of the 1982 season. In 1983 and 1984 he played for Perth, adding a final 27 WAFL games to the 102 he had previously managed with the Monts. Worthington also played four interstate matches for Western Australia, all of them, including the first-ever state of origin match in 1977, against the Big V.
Author - John Devaney