Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Stanley Booth

Known as
Stan Booth

3 December 1933

30 August 2007 (aged 73)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 243d
Last game: 25y 255d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Sandy Bay

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 2

Recruited from
Moonee Valley (1952); Essendon (1960)

Stan Booth

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Sandy BayTANFL1960-1961

AFL: 6,265th player to appear, 2,331st most games played, 885th most goals kickedEssendon: 653rd player to appear, 167th most games played, 60th most goals kicked

From that point Fitzroy wilted. Defenders lost position, other star players were hobbling, and in a flash young Stan Booth rattled on three goals to clinch the game.¹

A fast-moving, elusive rover who was often among the goals, Stan Booth joined Essendon from Moonee Imperials and spent some time in the lower grades before making his senior debut in 1952. He went on to play 102 VFL games for the Dons in eight seasons, kicking 116 goals. He was a member of the club's 1952 seconds premiership team, and was on a half forward flank for the seniors when they lost the 1957 grand final to Melbourne. In a home and away game against the Demons earlier that year he was controversially penalised for kicking the ball deliberately out of bounds with only seconds left to play and Melbourne kicked the winning goal from the free. Booth captain-coached TANFL club Sandy Bay in 1960 and 1961. He later coached Aberfeldie junior sides.

Author - John Devaney


1. “The Argus”, 20/4/53, page 10. The Bombers ultimately won by 23 points, 17.9 to 12.16, after leading by just seven points at the last change. John Coleman contributed 10 goals to Essendon’s score.


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