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Key Facts

Full name
Steven Smith

Known as
Steven Smith

Born
22 May 1956 (age 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 333d
Last game: 28y 347d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 35, 1

Steven Smith

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1974-19852031440.7131%9.223.094.0214
Total1974-19852031440.7131%9.223.094.0214

AFL: 8,646th player to appear, 594th most games played, 677th most goals kickedMelbourne: 933rd player to appear, 24th most games played, 49th most goals kicked

Steven Smith gave Melbourne solid service, first as a forward and later as a full-back, over 12 seasons from 1974 to 1985, playing 203 games and kicking 144 goals. The return of Ron Barassi to the Melbourne coaching role in 1981 heralded a move to full back for Smith, and he rewarded Barassi with a fine season in his new defensive post. Smith he himself was rewarded in that season when he took out the Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal as the club's best and fairest player.

One of Smith's more unusual claims to fame is that he was the first 'Little League' player to go on and play the game at the highest level. Smith also holds a rare unwanted record — he is one of only four players (the others being his teammate Gary Hardeman and Saints Trevor Barker and Geoff Cunningham) to have played 200 or more V/AFL matches with playing a final.

In 2015, Smith's attention turned from winter sport to summer when he was elected president of Melbourne Cricket Club, a position he held until 2019.

Author - Andrew Gigacz


Footnotes

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