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Key Facts

Full name
Peter McLean

Known as
Peter McLean

6 May 1941

4 April 2009 (aged 67)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 31d
Last game: 27y 145d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 36
Carlton: 36

Recruited from
Melbourne (1966)

Peter McLean

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,613th player to appear, 3,116th most games played, 5,635th most goals kickedMelbourne: 818th player to appear, 490th most games played, 777th most goals kickedCarlton: 782nd player to appear, 340th most games played, 565th most goals kicked

Peter McLean somewhat perversely managed to be a member of two VFL premiership-winning teams but only spent two quarters on the field of play. In 1964 he was named nineteenth man for the Melbourne side which overcame Collingwood on grand final day, but he spent the entire match warming the bench. Four years later he was twentieth man for Carlton as they fronted up Essendon in the flag decider and this time round he got the nod at half time from coach Ron Barassi to replace the injured Kevin Hall.

Lining up on a half back flank, McLean did everything that could be asked of him, and was an integral part of a premiership triumph as the Blues fended off the Bombers by three points.

Peter McLean’s principal strength as a player was his versatility, and this might paradoxically have undermined his prospects as he was perhaps seen as ‘a jack of all trades and master of none’. Nevertheless, he got to do something very few others have managed - run out onto the MCG in front of 117,000 spectators, and end up savouring the sweet taste of premiership success.

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.