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Key Facts

Full name
Stephen Copping

Known as
Stephen Copping

3 August 1956 (age 66)

Place of birth
Kingston Se, SA (5275)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 236d
Last game: 27y 283d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Glenelg; Essendon

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 24

Recruited from
Lucindale (1974); Glenelg (1982); Essendon (1985)

State of origin

Stephen Copping

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GlenelgSANFL1974-1981, 1985-19862464601.87

AFL: 9,307th player to appear, 4,681st most games played, 1,230th most goals kickedEssendon: 887th player to appear, 391st most games played, 99th most goals kicked

Stephen Copping was a talented and highly flexible forward who almost always gave good value. Discovered playing for country club Lucindale, he commenced his league career in 1974 with Glenelg and had played a total of 246 senior games for the club by the time he retired following the victorious Grand Final of 1986 against North Adelaide. Copping had also played in the previous season's Grand Final defeat of the same opposition. 

He spent the period from 1982 to 1984 with Essendon in the VFL where he was sometimes hampered by injury, but overall performed well, playing 42 games including the losing Grand Final of 1983 against Hawthorn, and kicking 88 goals. With the Bays he amassed a career tally of 460 goals and was their top goal kicker of the season three times. He represented South Australia on five occasions.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion


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