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Key Facts

Full name
Silvio Foschini

Known as
Silvio Foschini

18 September 1963 (age 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 205d
Last game: 24y 344d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Senior clubs
Sydney; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Sydney: 46, 6
St. Kilda: 6, 21

Recruited from
Sydney (1983)

Silvio Foschini

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1983-1986, 198869871.2619%
V/AFL1981-1986, 19881071661.5528%11.712.482.6110
Total1981-1986, 19881071661.5528%11.712.482.6110

AFL: 9,236th player to appear, 2,208th most games played, 552nd most goals kickedSydney: 1,092nd player to appear, 412th most games played, 92nd most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,278th player to appear, 220th most games played, 67th most goals kicked

Silvio Foschini played 107 games for South Melbourne/Sydney and St Kilda between 1981 and 1988.

Foschini was aged just 17 in 1981 when he kicked three goals on his league debut for South Melbourne against Hawthorn and finished the season with 37 goals. The club relocated to Sydney the following year and Foschini, again playing as a forward, kicked 42 goals.

Despite his success he was unhappy in Sydney and decided to return to his home state of Victoria in 1983, joining St Kilda. He however had not received a clearance to sign with St Kilda and as a result the issue went to court. In what was a high-profile case at the time, Foschini argued that the VFL's clearance rules breached restraint of trade laws. He won the case and was allowed to play for St Kilda, in doing so helping to abolish the zoning system from the league.

At St Kilda he was used mainly as a rover and played for the club until a shoulder injury ended his career in 1988.

Foschini attended Westall Secondary College in Clayton South, Victoria and Mazenod College in Mulgrave, Victoria. Foschini's parents were both born in Italy and he was shortlisted for the VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century. He played soccer as a child and his son Matthew Foschini plays for Melbourne Victory FC.

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