Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Mervyn Keane

Known as
Merv Keane

29 July 1953 (age 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 303d
Last game: 31y 34d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Sturt

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 40, 19, 18

Recruited from
Richmond (1985)

Merv Keane

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,477th player to appear, 343rd most games played, 2,620th most goals kickedRichmond: 746th player to appear, 21st most games played, 207th most goals kicked

He may not have been the most glamorous name at Richmond but Mervyn Keane was integral to the Tiger cause, a fact attested to by his selection on a half back flank in the club's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'. Solid, sure and ultra-dependable, Keane was a member of Richmond premiership-winning teams in 1973, 1974 and 1980.

In addition to his normal defensive duties he could do a job on the ball, where his energy, resolve and great courage typically served him well. After 238 games and 36 goals for Richmond between 1972 and 1984 he was appointed playing coach of Sturt, where he remained for four years (the last three in a non-playing capacity). In 1988, however, despite steering the side to finals participation for the second time in his tenure, he was controversially sacked.

Author - John Devaney


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