28 April 1951 (age 71)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 62d
Last game: 29y 362d
Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Barry Besanko (Brother)
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
AFL: 8,063rd player to appear, 788th most games played, 6,263rd most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,143rd player to appear, 63rd most games played, 655th most goals kickedEssendon: 857th player to appear, 427th most games played, 829th most goals kicked
Dashing half back flanker who uses his obvious speed to break up opposition attacks with great determination.¹
Neil Besanko was a regular fixture in the St Kilda defence during the 1970s. Nicknamed 'Racehorse' (he was also a professional sprinter) Besanko gave 10 seasons of fine service to the Saints in 149 matches between 1968 and 1977, and was a member of the Saints' losing 1971 Grand Final against Hawthorn. Besanko later played 35 games for Essendon over four seasons before retiring at the end of 1981. Besanko's brother Barry also played three games for the Bombers in 1981.
Author - Andrew Gigacz
1. “Football Record”, 25/9/71, page 6.