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Key Facts

Full name
Steven Clark

Known as
Steven Clark

Born
15 May 1961

Died
12 November 2005 (aged 44)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 66d
Last game: 30y 346d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Melbourne; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 41, 12
Melbourne: 32
St. Kilda: 19

Recruited from
Essendon (1990); Melbourne (1992)

Steven Clark

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
EssendonV/AFL1985-198953731.3860%8.554.282.042
MelbourneAFL1990-199121170.8162%8.434.571.902
St. KildaAFL1992671.1750%5.002.830.670
V/AFL1985-199280971.2160%8.254.251.904
Total1985-199280971.2160%8.254.251.904

AFL: 9,644th player to appear, 2,979th most games played, 1,091st most goals kickedEssendon: 913th player to appear, 335th most games played, 120th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,112th player to appear, 568th most games played, 334th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,384th player to appear, 1,036th most games played, 527th most goals kicked

After trying out unsuccessfully with Fitzroy in 1983 Steven Clark was offered a second chance to make it in the big league by Essendon midway through the 1985 season. The Bombers lacked rovers at the time, and Clark, whose exceptional pace and energy were fuelled by an acute football brain, fitted the bill perfectly. After being used initially as a back-up to more established senior players, such as Tony Elshaug and Alan Ezard, he became a regular senior player during a 1986 season which saw him display such consistently exceptional form that he was selected for the Victorian state of origin team.

Between 1985 and 1989 Clark played 53 VFL games for the Bombers, kicking 73 goals. Towards the end of his time with the club his form fell away and after the 1989 season he was traded to Melbourne where he overcame injury problems early on to produce some good football. However, after being suspended for the Demons' 1991 finals campaign he was deemed surplus to requirements and, with 21 games and 17 goals in two seasons to his credit, was traded to St Kilda. He spent the last season of his V/AFL career with the Saints, adding a final half a dozen appearances and seven goals.

Steven Clark died prematurely, aged forty-four, in November 2005 after a two year battle with cancer.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; http://demonwiki.org/Steven+Clark

Footnotes

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