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Key Facts

Full name
Warwick Warwick Capper

Known as
Warwick Capper

12 June 1963 (age 59)

Place of birth
Melbourne, VIC (3000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 13d
Last game: 28y 46d

Height and weight
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Senior clubs
Sydney; Brisbane

Jumper numbers
Sydney: 39
Brisbane: 39

Recruited from
Sydney (1988); Brisbane (1991)

State of origin

Warwick Capper

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
SydneyV/AFL1983-1987, 1991903173.5250%8.561.945.0010

AFL: 9,448th player to appear, 1,778th most games played, 108th most goals kickedSydney: 1,117th player to appear, 165th most games played, 11th most goals kickedBrisbane: 42nd player to appear, 145th most games played, 39th most goals kicked

Warwick Capper was a flamboyant, larger than life character, both on and off the field of play, who played a major role in bolstering the image of the Sydney Swans in their adopted city. Capper's trademark was his classically spectacular high marking, but his all round skills were also pretty good - with the exception of kicking for goal, which given that he played for most of his career at full forward was a trifle disquieting. Nevertheless, he did 'top the ton' on one one occasion, bagging 103 goals in 1987, his last season with the Swans, to finish behind only Tony Lockett on the VFL's goal kicking charts.  Only Bob Pratt had previously kicked in excess of 100 goals in a season for the Swans.

In 1988, after 77 games and 279 goals for Sydney, Capper crossed to Brisbane in a much publicised deal reputed to involve payments amounting to $350,000 over three years. Those three years did nothing to embellish his reputation and he managed only 71 goals in 34 matches. before returning for one last season with the Swans which saw him add a final 13 appearances and 38 goals. He later played semi-professionally for QAFL team Southport.

Author - John Devaney


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