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Key Facts

Full name
José Romero

Known as
José Romero

1 August 1971 (age 52)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 18d
Last game: 29y 354d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne; Australia; Western Bulldogs

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 36, 1
Western Bulldogs: 11, 36

Recruited from
North Melbourne (1995)

Family links
Michael Romero (Son)

José Romero

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1988-199489981.1055%11.336.072.1510
Western BulldogsAFL1995-2001122710.5850%

AFL: 9,980th player to appear, 551st most games played, 547th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 796th player to appear, 149th most games played, 72nd most goals kickedWestern Bulldogs: 849th player to appear, 98th most games played, 89th most goals kicked

José Romero remains the only Chilean ever to reach Australian football's highest level. In 89 games for North Melbourne between 1988 and 1994 he earned a reputation as an energetic, gutsy performer who perhaps fell just a little short of the top rank. A move to Footscray in 1995 obviously suited him, however, and over the next few seasons he played easily the best football of his career, tying for the Bulldogs' best and fairest award with Chris Grant in 1996.

When the re-christened Western Bulldogs repeatedly threatened to 'go all the way' during the second half of the 1990s, the admirably tenacious Romero was often at the forefront of their assaults. Injuries impeded him during the later stages of his 200-plus game career, but at his best he was a vital cog in the Bulldog machine.

Author - John Devaney


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