Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Mark Shea

Known as
Mark Shea

24 April 1883

28 March 1939 (aged 55)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 16d
Last game: 26y 98d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Essendon

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1905)

Family links
Paddy Shea (Brother)Jack Shea (Brother)

Mark Shea

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 741st player to appear, 2,559th most games played, 8,451st most goals kickedFitzroy: 77th player to appear, 417th most games played, 677th most goals kickedEssendon: 123rd player to appear, 264th most games played, 901st most goals kicked

After a tentative start to his league career at Fitzroy, where he played 24 games between 1902 and 1904, Mark Shea really hit his straps after crossing to Essendon. He spent five seasons at the Dons, and was club vice-captain for three of them. Equally at home on a wing or a half back flank, he was gutsy, quick and extremely reliable. He added 71 VFL games to his tally while with Essendon for a career tally of 95; somewhat strangely, however, he kicked only one goal.

Mark Shea was one of four brothers to play football of league standard: 'Paddy', like Mark, played for both Fitzroy and Essendon, as well as Boulder City, while Jack and Tom were both Boulder City stalwarts in the years leading up to World War I.

After retiring as a player, Mark Shea served as an Essendon committee member.

Author - John Devaney


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