Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Patrick McNamara

Known as
Pat McNamara

10 January 1912

11 April 1983 (aged 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 136d
Last game: 28y 213d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 28
South Melbourne: 12

Recruited from
Melbourne (1939)

Family links
Bill McNamara (Father)

Pat McNamara

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1939-19402230.1418%0

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,164th player to appear, 3,106th most games played, 7,089th most goals kickedMelbourne: 527th player to appear, 303rd most games played, 1,190th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 547th player to appear, 552nd most games played, 721st most goals kicked

In 1933 Pat McNamara joined Melbourne from Carlton, where he had failed to play a single senior game. He made his senior debut with the Demons the following year, and quickly developed into a handy wingman. Between 1934 and 1938 he played 54 VFL games without registering a goal.

The 1939 season saw him at South Melbourne where over the course of that season and the next he added a final 22 VFL games plus his first three goals to his respective tallies. In 1941 he captain-coached the seconds and won that year’s Gardiner Medal awarded to the competition best and fairest player at that level.  

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.