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Key Facts

Full name
Wayne Walsh

Known as
Wayne Walsh

Born
7 May 1946 (age 76)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 349d
Last game: 32y 20d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 41, 10, 7, 31
South Melbourne: 10

Recruited from
Richmond (1969); South Melbourne (1972)

Wayne Walsh

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
RichmondV/AFL1968, 1972-1975, 1977-197888300.3469%13.822.912.362
South MelbourneV/AFL1969-19726350.0832%17.462.323.3018
V/AFL1968-1975, 1977-1978151350.2354%15.352.662.7520
Total1968-1975, 1977-1978151350.2354%15.352.662.7520

AFL: 8,020th player to appear, 1,250th most games played, 2,632nd most goals kickedRichmond: 698th player to appear, 182nd most games played, 224th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 955th player to appear, 253rd most games played, 634th most goals kicked

Wayne Walsh began his senior VFL career with Richmond in 1968 but he was unable to force his way into the powerful Tiger line-up on a regular basis, and after just five games he was cleared to South Melbourne. From 1969 until midway through the 1972 season he played 63 games for the Swans, earning a reputation as a top quality defender, and representing the 'Big V' in 1970.

In 1972, however, Walsh fell out with coach Norm Smith and quit the club, whereupon Richmond snatched him up again. His second stint at Punt Road was much more successful than the first, and he represented the club in the losing Grand Final of 1972 against Carlton, and the wins in 1973 and 1974 against Carlton and North Melbourne respectively. By the time he retired in 1978 he had proved himself a fine performer in 88 VFL games for the Tigers, and his problems during his initial spell with the club had been well and truly forgotten.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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