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Key Facts

Full name
Simon Eishold

Known as
Simon Eishold

Born
26 March 1967 (age 55)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 24d
Last game: 26y 155d

Height and weight
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 25
Richmond: 23

Recruited from
Melbourne (1993)

Simon Eishold

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1986-199277500.6568%8.844.322.405
RichmondAFL1993500.0020%8.003.802.000
V/AFL1986-199382500.6165%8.794.292.385
Total1986-199382500.6165%8.794.292.385

AFL: 9,692nd player to appear, 2,910th most games played, 2,012th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,082nd player to appear, 224th most games played, 148th most goals kickedRichmond: 953rd player to appear, 866th most games played, 1,158th most goals kicked

Originally from amateur club Ormond, Simon Eishold attracted attention from VFL clubs when he starred for a VAFA representative team in a match against a VFA combination. Melbourne it was who persuaded him to try his hand at big time football and he made his senior VFL debut for them in 1986. His progress at first was somewhat stuttering, although he did take part in the infamous 1987 preliminary final which saw the Demons lose out to Hawthorn thanks to a goal kicked after the siren. He missed the following season’s grand final clash with the same opponent after breaking his collarbone.

Between 1989 and 1991 Eishold was a regular merer of the Demons’ senior line-up. Best described as a utility, he perhaps produced his most effective football as a centreman, albeit one who liked to go forward and kick a goal. In 1992, a knee injury sustained in a pre-season practice match kept him on the sidelines for most of the year and he managed just five League appearances.

The 1993 season saw Eishold crossing to Richmond but he struggled to have an impact, and after playing just five games for the year he left the club. He later captain-coached Goulburn League club Echuca to a premiership in 1997 having two years earlier won the Morrison Medal for best and fairest in the competition. His last port of call as a player was Bundoora, where he played in 1999.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; http://demonwiki.org/Simon+Eishold

Footnotes

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