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Key Facts

Full name
Wayne Anthony Blackwell

Known as
Wayne Blackwell

Born
30 August 1960 (age 63)

Place of birth
United Kingdom (Leicester, England)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 214d
Last game: 29y 318d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Claremont; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 8

Recruited from
North Beach (1978); Claremont (1984)

State of origin
United Kingdom (Leicester, England)

Family links
Luke Blackwell (Son)

Wayne Blackwell

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
ClaremontWAFL1978-1983112820.73
CarltonV/AFL1984-1990110800.7357%12.947.354.5115
Total1978-19902221620.73

AFL: 9,476th player to appear, 2,164th most games played, 1,363rd most goals kickedCarlton: 915th player to appear, 153rd most games played, 120th most goals kicked

Recruited by Claremont from North Beach, Wayne Blackwell made his senior league debut in 1978, and went on to play a total of 112 senior league games for the club in six seasons. Tenacious, dogged and courageous, he could fill a variety of positions or do a more than useful job on the ball. He was in the centre when Claremont beat South Fremantle in the 1981 WAFL grand final. Blackwell represented Western Australia on eight occasions. 

In 1984, Blackwell crossed to Carlton, and over the course of seven seasons with the Blues played 110 games and kicking 80 goals, mainly as a wingman cum utility player. His first three seasons in the VFL were outstanding but an injury plagued 1987  cost him a place in the Blues 1987 flag winning combination. Another strong year in 1988 followed but thereafter injuries took their toll and reduced his effectiveness.

Blackwell has continued his involvement in the game through various coaching roles, as well as media involvement.

Author - John Devaney and Adam Cardosi

Sources

Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion

Footnotes

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