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Key Facts

Full name
Lance Oswald

Known as
Lance Oswald

14 February 1937

19 March 2019 (aged 82)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 65d
Last game: 26y 212d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 22, 24

Lance Oswald

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1957-19631071040.9753%16.003.5034

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,759th player to appear, 2,229th most games played, 1,035th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,039th player to appear, 124th most games played, 56th most goals kicked

Lance Oswald was a brilliant footballer who foreshadowed the modern, expansive, wide-ranging type of centreman who operates and thrives today. In essence, Oswald effectively operated as an extra on-baller racking up numerous possessions and, for a brief time, he was arguably the best centreman in Victoria. If he had a fault it was his tendency to put in an occasional sub-standard performance. A club best and fairest winner in both 1960 and 1961 he represented the VFL both years but when Ian Stewart arrived from Tasmania in 1963 Oswald was displaced from the pivot and consigned to a half forward flank. At the end of the season, still aged just twenty-six, he quit VFL football in order to take up a coaching appointment with Strathmerton.

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.