Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Patrick Shea

Known as
Paddy Shea

17 March 1886

29 May 1954 (aged 68)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 58d
Last game: 32y 146d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Essendon

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 14, 18

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1908)

Family links
Mark Shea (Brother)Jack Shea (Brother)

Paddy Shea

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
EssendonV/AFL1908-1915, 19181421561.1056%0
V/AFL1904, 1908-1915, 19181551641.0657%0
Total1904, 1908-1915, 19181551641.0657%0

AFL: 944th player to appear, 1,178th most games played, 562nd most goals kickedFitzroy: 96th player to appear, 553rd most games played, 377th most goals kickedEssendon: 175th player to appear, 84th most games played, 37th most goals kicked

After 13 games with Fitzroy in 1904 'Paddy' Shea followed a well-worn path westwards to the West Australian goldfields. He spent the next three seasons playing for Boulder City, carving out a reputation for himself as a cool and canny half forward with excellent goal sense. An early exponent of the 'banana', or 'checkside' punt kick, he was widely regarded as the finest player on the goldfields during his time there.

In 1908, Shea returned to Melbourne where he joined Essendon. He was an important player for the Same Old in 142 games over the next decade, including prominent performances in the 1911-12 Grand Final winning sides. He also spent a brief time back on the goldfields with Railways.

After his retirement as a player he coached Essendon Association for a time.

Brothers Jack, Mark and Tom all played football of league standard.

Author - John Devaney


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