Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Peter Laughlin

Known as
Peter Laughlin

5 March 1956 (age 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 91d
Last game: 24y 164d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Norwood

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 25, 35

Recruited from
Richmond (1981)

Peter Laughlin

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,915th player to appear, 5,912th most games played, 2,139th most goals kickedRichmond: 790th player to appear, 466th most games played, 156th most goals kicked

Originally from Nyah, Peter Laughlin joined Richmond and ascended through the ranks until making his senior debut in 1977. He went on to play 25 VFL games and kick 46 goals in four seasons with the Tigers. In 1977 he played in the club's reserve grade grand final-winning team.

Boasting good all round skills and extremely hard working, Laughlin was able to play in numerous different positions, but the Richmond list at the time was inordinately talented and he found it difficult to break into the team. In 1981 he crossed to Norwood who were being coached at the time by a former Tigers team mate in the shape of Neil Balme. Laughlin, who initially at least tended to be used on a half forward flank, impressed right from outset. He went on to play 67 SANFL games and boot 81 goals for the Redlegs between 1981 and 1986. The highlight of his time in South Australia was the 1984 grand final in which he lined up at full forward, changing on the ball with Michael Aish. Norwood duly won the match after only qualifying for the finals in fifth place. Another career highlight was being chosen to represent South Australia in a 1982 interstate clash with Western Australia in Perth.

Author - John Devaney

Sources; The Complete Book of SANFL Records 2004 edition by Dion Hayman


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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