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Key Facts

Full name
Russell Philip Ellen

Known as
Russ Ellen

8 February 1954 (age 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 79d
Last game: 23y 67d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; West Perth

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 30

Recruited from
Essendon (1978); West Perth (1984); Wembley (1985)

Russ Ellen

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West PerthWAFL1978-1983108570.53
South Broken Hill1985-1986

AFL: 8,548th player to appear, 5,146th most games played, 6,327th most goals kickedEssendon: 804th player to appear, 432nd most games played, 555th most goals kicked

Ruckman Russell Ellen was recruited by Essendon from Marnoo and commenced in the under 19s in 1971. He made his league debut in 1973 but struggled to hold down a regular spot in the team in light of the competition from Graham Moss and Simon Madden and managed just 35 games in five seasons. In 1978 he crossed to West Perth and gave the club consistently solid service in 108 WANFL games over half a dozen seasons. 

Always a disciplined and resolute footballer, some of his best games were played as a strong marking back pocket after the fashion of an illustrious predecessor in the Cardinals team, Bill Dempsey. In 1984, Ellen crossed to amateur club Wembley as coach, and steered the side to that year's WAAFL A Grade premiership. The 1985 season saw him back at Marnoo, but towards the end of the year he joined South Broken Hill. In 1986 he won the Broken Hill Football League's best and fairest player award.

Author - John Devaney


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