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Key Facts

Full name
Stephen Carey

Known as
Stephen Carey

14 October 1959 (age 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 279d
Last game: 26y 292d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Geelong

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 17
Geelong: 25

Recruited from
Essendon (1986)

Stephen Carey

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,190th player to appear, 2,094th most games played, 6,008th most goals kickedEssendon: 878th player to appear, 161st most games played, 538th most goals kickedGeelong: 863rd player to appear, 765th most games played, 1,073rd most goals kicked

Stephen Carey was an old style defender - tough, hard at the footy and in quite obvious thrall to the game's physical aspects. He began his senior playing career with North Launceston, winning a club best and fairest award in 1979, and helping the side to a premiership the same year. In 1980 he joined Essendon where he spent six and a bit seasons, playing 105 VFL games and kicking six goals. He was a member of the Bombers' 1985 flag-winning combination having missed the previous year's victorious grand final with injury. He was also a member of Essendon's 1984 night series premiership-winning side.

Early in the 1986 season Carey was controversially off-loaded to Geelong where he added a final seven VFL games, and no goals. He finished his playing career in the SANFL with West Torrens with whom he made just half a dozen senior appearances in 1988.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


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