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Key Facts

Full name
Glenn Archer

Known as
Glenn Archer

24 March 1973 (age 51)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 17d
Last game: 34y 182d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 11

Family links
Jackson Archer (Son)

Glenn Archer

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneAFL1992-20073111430.4659%9.443.703.9838

AFL: 10,312th player to appear, 72nd most games played, 700th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 817th player to appear, 4th most games played, 42nd most goals kicked

Only 78kg in weight when he commenced his senior career with North Melbourne in 1992, Glenn Archer rapidly added some 16kg on the road to becoming something of the equivalent of a human tank. If he sometimes overdid the aggression there could be no doubt that, overall, North were a measurably stronger side with Archer in the line-up. A case in point was the 1996 grand final against Sydney when he produced a Herculean 22 disposal performance to end up with the Norm Smith Medal as best afield. Of course, the number of possessions say nothing about his defensive contribution, which was immense, not least in terms of his role in helping minimise the impact of Swans' potential match-winner Tony Lockett. Capable of playing almost anywhere he probably produced his most memorable football as a defender.

An AFL All Australian in 1996, 1998 and 2002 Archer was selected as an AFL All Australian and he represented Victoria three times during a period when the state of origin concept was losing its appeal (as far as the clubs were concerned, at any rate) and there were in light of this much fewer such matches played.

Between 1992 and 2007 Glenn Archer played 311 games and kicked 143 goals for the Kangas with only Brent Harvey having donned the famous blue and white striped jumper on more occasions. Archer, who is a member of the official North Melbourne 'Team of the Century', was recently accorded the accolade of 'Shinboner of the Century' in recognition that, of all players in the club's history, he most closely conformed to the North Melbourne ideal.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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