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Key Facts

Full name
David Dickson

Known as
David Dickson

Born
12 May 1952 (age 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 339d
Last game: 24y 108d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 27

David Dickson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1972-1974, 197666230.3564%12.333.714.642
Total1972-1974, 197666230.3564%12.333.714.642

In a career punctuated and ultimately abbreviated by knee problems David Dickson nevertheless managed to fulfil every footballer’s dearest aspiration, playing in a winning grand final. He first played senior football with Preston in the VFA in 1971, and it was while with the Bullants that he first came to the attention of Carlton. A year later he was a member of the aforementioned premiership team as he helped the Blues to a 28.9 (177) to 22.18 (150) grand final defeat of Richmond. Producing a typically vibrant display on a wing, he was widely listed among the victors’ best players.

The knee problems first surfaced in 1974, after he had been a near regular in the side for two seasons. Initially, he merely strained one of his knees, but this still visibly slowed him down. Late in the season he twisted the other knee, and thereafter, although he still managed to play several more games, his career was on a downward spiral. At the end of the 1976 season, after playing 66 VFL games and scoring 23 goals in five seasons with the Blues, he was swapped with Collingwood’s Peter McKenna. However, his knees were by this stage close to useless, and he never played a senior game for the Magpies.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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