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Key Facts

Full name
Phillip Pinnell

Known as
Phillip Pinnell

7 January 1951 (age 73)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 137d
Last game: 30y 199d

Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 15
Melbourne: 7

Recruited from
Carlton (1980)

Phillip Pinnell

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,162nd player to appear, 638th most games played, 4,269th most goals kickedCarlton: 813th player to appear, 56th most games played, 569th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,013th player to appear, 496th most games played, 443rd most goals kicked

Phillip Pinnell was a solid all round footballer who played mostly in defence but could assume a variety of other roles when required. The sort of player who likes to be at the heart of the contest, he backed his judgement repeatedly to telling effect. He was sound overhead and a reliable kick. He joined Carlton from Paramount and his 173 VFL games for the club between 1969 and 1979 included the grand finals of 1969 (lost), 1970 (won) and 1973 (lost). He missed playing in the 1972 play-off against Richmond, which the Blues won, after sustaining an injury earlier in the finals series.

The 1980 season saw Pinnell at Melbourne where he played 28 games in two seasons to round off his VFL career. In 1982 he captain-coached Springvale during that club’s debut season in the VFA. After retiring as a player he maintained his involvement in football by acting as an ‘around the grounds’ reporter for the ABC.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main;


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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