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Key Facts

Full name
Paul Hopgood

Known as
Paul Hopgood

Born
21 July 1973 (age 49)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 270d
Last game: 27y 9d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 30, 15

Paul Hopgood

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneAFL1993-2000113100.0940%8.894.512.102
Total1993-2000113100.0940%8.894.512.102

AFL: 10,408th player to appear, 2,040th most games played, 4,991st most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,147th player to appear, 139th most games played, 442nd most goals kicked

Chelsea product and former Victorian Teal Cup skipper Paul Hopgood was a tough, tenacious defender who was sometimes let down by poor disposal skills. He commenced with Melbourne in the under nineteens and gradually worked his way up through the ranks. He was a member of Melbourne's losing reserves grand final team in 1992 and made his senior debut the following year. More positively, when shifted to the midfield he was capable of breaking up opposition forward forays with his relentless attack on both player and ball, thereby often enabling team mates to obtain possession and mount counter attacks.

Hopgood's career with the Dees saw him play 113 AFL games and kick 10 goals between 1993 and 2000. His career came to an end in a highly frustrating and disappointing way when he missed selection in Melbourne's grand final team to face Essendon despite having recovered from the calf injury which had seen him sidelined for the first half of the season. The Bombers emphatically won the match, and while a fit and focused Hopgood would not have altered the result it might, just conceivably, have helped reduce the deficit. Be that as it may, he was de-listed at the end of the 2000 season.

Paul Hopgood later coached Mt Eliza to a premiership in 2005.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

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

Footnotes

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