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Key Facts

Full name
Roger James

Known as
Roger James

21 October 1975 (age 47)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 188d
Last game: 29y 283d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
Norwood; Port Adelaide

Jumper numbers
Port Adelaide: 38

Recruited from
Norwood (1997)

Family links
Brett James (Brother)

Roger James

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Port AdelaideAFL1997-2005147870.5962%10.066.853.6524

AFL: 10,789th player to appear, 1,356th most games played, 1,245th most goals kickedPort Adelaide: 29th player to appear, 27th most games played, 23rd most goals kicked

Roger James began his senior league career with Norwood, and was a member of the club's 1997 Grand Final defeat of Port Adelaide Magpies. By that time he was also playing AFL football for the Magpies' brother the Power, for whom, after struggling initially to hold down a regular place, he eventually developed into a gritty and highly effective, if frequently under-rated, contributor.

Many of James' best games came in finals, with the most memorable being the Preliminary Final of 2004 against St Kilda when his outstanding all round display was the biggest single factor in the Power's eventual heart-stopping six-point win. James was also prominent in the following week's Grand Final when Port overcame Brisbane. He retired at the end of the 2005 season having played 147 AFL games.

Author - John Devaney


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