Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Peter Motley

Known as
Peter Motley

24 September 1964 (age 59)

Place of birth
Adelaide, SA (5000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 193d
Last game: 22y 219d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
Sturt; Australia; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 2

Recruited from
Sturt (1986)

State of origin

Family links
Geof Motley (Father)

Peter Motley

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AFL: 9,687th player to appear, 6,703rd most games played, 6,805th most goals kickedCarlton: 937th player to appear, 582nd most games played, 612th most goals kicked

Peter Motley, the son of former Port Adelaide legend Geof Motley, made his league debut with Sturt, and went on to enjoy a sparkling four season, 92-game SANFL career with that club before heading east. He won consecutive club best and fairest awards in 1984-5, and represented South Australia half a dozen times. He achieved All Australian selection in 1985. The following season he embarked on a VFL career with Carlton.

Supremely accomplished in all facets of the game, it was hard, at 22, not to imagine Peter Motley eventually becoming one of football's all time greats. Tragically, that was the age at which his football career, and very nearly his life, came to an end on a Melbourne road, when he was involved in a horrendous traffic accident. Motley was in his second season playing for Carlton at the time, having participated in a losing Grand Final team the previous year. His VFL career was thus prematurely, and peremptorily, finished after just 19 games.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion


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