Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Donald Hooper

Known as
Don Hooper

14 April 1914

16 December 1990 (aged 76)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 16d
Last game: 29y 122d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 18
St. Kilda: 15

Recruited from
Melbourne (1936); St. Kilda (1943)

Don Hooper

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1932-1935, 194356300.5432%14.006.0012
St. KildaV/AFL1936-1937610.1783%0
V/AFL1932-1937, 194362310.5037%14.006.0012
Total1932-1937, 194362310.5037%14.006.0012

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,873rd player to appear, 3,695th most games played, 2,882nd most goals kickedMelbourne: 492nd player to appear, 296th most games played, 235th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 719th player to appear, 1,016th most games played, 995th most goals kicked

Melbourne recruited Don Hooper from Dandenong High School, and when he broke into league ranks in 1932 he was one of the youngest followers in the VFL. Powerful, hard working and a capable mark and kick, it would probably be fair to suggest that he never fully realised the potential shown in his first couple of seasons. After four seasons with Melbourne he crossed to St Kilda but failed to hold down a regular senior place, managing just half a dozen games in two years. In 1943, following a seven year break from league football, he returned to the big time for one last season with Melbourne, taking his final tally of senior games with the club to 56.

Author - John Devaney


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