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Key Facts

Full name
Patrick O'Brien

Known as
Paddy O'Brien

16 April 1893

25 March 1964 (aged 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 10d
Last game: 33y 71d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 30, 10
Footscray: 10

Recruited from
Yarraville (1913); Carlton (1925)

Family links
Kevin O'Brien (Nephew)Mick Martyn (Great nephew)

Paddy O'Brien

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 1,973rd player to appear, 808th most games played, 5,496th most goals kickedCarlton: 275th player to appear, 59th most games played, 485th most goals kickedFootscray: 34th player to appear, 551st most games played, 793rd most goals kicked

One of the supreme defenders of his or any era, Paddy O'Brien was recruited by Carlton from Yarraville and went on to enjoy an illustrious, 167-game league career with the Blues over the next 12 and a half seasons. He was a regular choice as centre half back in VFL representative teams for much of that time, and was regarded as one of the toughest men in the game, a reputation in which he exulted. On one occasion, after sending the hefty frame of Collingwood's Gordon Coventry crashing to the turf, he is alleged to have added insult to injury by declaring "you won't get toothache where those five teeth were!"

Despite his obvious relish for the physical aspects of the game, Paddy O'Brien was also a superb, clever and dashing footballer. He played in Carlton premiership teams in 1914 and 1915, and captained the Blues in 1924. In 1925 he began the season as Carlton's playing coach, but later in the year he crossed to Footscray, which was making its VFL debut that year. He stayed with the Tricolours until the end of the following season, bringing his final tally of VFL games to 182.

Author - John Devaney


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