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Key Facts

Full name
Paul L Weston

Known as
Paul Weston

9 April 1957 (age 66)

Place of birth
Adelaide, SA (5000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 360d
Last game: 28y 172d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Glenelg; Essendon; West Torrens; Norwood

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 28

Recruited from
Glenelg (1983); Essendon (1986); West Torrens (1989)

State of origin

Hall of fame
South Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2002)

Paul Weston

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West TorrensSANFL1986-198849210.43
SANFL1973-1982, 1986-19892682060.77

AFL: 9,418th player to appear, 3,811th most games played, 4,695th most goals kickedEssendon: 899th player to appear, 314th most games played, 413th most goals kicked

Paul Weston was among the most outstanding defenders of his generation, initially at Glenelg, for whom he played 196 league games over ten seasons, then at Essendon where he added another 60 from 1983 to 1985, thirdly with West Torrens whom he captain-coached between 1986 and 1988, adding another 49 senior league appearances to his tally, and finally topped off with a single year stint at Norwood which yielded 23 SANFL games. 

Athletic, immensely mobile, and calm and assured under pressure, Weston was the quintessential big game player, but he was not always blessed with good fortune. In 1974, 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1982 he played in losing Grand Final teams for Glenelg, and after crossing to the VFL he promptly added a sixth such disappointment as the Bombers lost the 1983 Grand Final to Hawthorn. Thankfully, Weston's luck then turned, and in both 1984 and 1985 he was a key contributor to Essendon premiership victories. Other career highlights included club best and fairest awards at Glenelg in 1976 and 1980, the Bays captaincy from 1979 to 1980, and the 1987 West Torrens best and fairest trophy.

Author - John Devaney


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