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Key Facts

Full name
Nathan Burke

Known as
Nathan Burke

6 February 1970 (age 54)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 92d
Last game: 33y 184d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; Australia

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 48, 29, 3

Recruited from
Pines (1987)

Family links
Nick Bloom (Uncle)Alice Burke (Daughter)

Nathan Burke

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1987-20033231240.3842%14.477.023.4695

AFL: 9,837th player to appear, 51st most games played, 857th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,335th player to appear, 3rd most games played, 41st most goals kicked

As St Kilda's games played record holder with 323 appearances between 1987 and 2003, it goes without saying that Nathan Burke was the epitome of consistency and durability. He was also a supremely gutsy and talented footballer who was an inspiration to team-mates with his attitude and demeanour. A triple club best and fairest winner, Burke's status as one of the game's premier on-ballers was emphasised with his selection in no fewer than four AFL All Australian teams. He was St Kilda's co-captain along with Stewart Loewe from 1996 to 1998 and skippered the side in his own right in 1999 and 2000. A regular Victorian representative, he donned the Big V jumper a total of 11 times. In 2002 he was selected in a forward pocket in the Saints' official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney


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