Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Patrick Walsh

Known as
Paddy Walsh

21 August 1906

3 August 1988 (aged 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 266d
Last game: 29y 332d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 28

Paddy Walsh

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,292nd player to appear, 1,972nd most games played, 3,600th most goals kickedEssendon: 388th player to appear, 136th most games played, 307th most goals kicked

Originally from Ledgerwood in northern Tasmania, Paddy Walsh played a couple of NTFA games for City before being recruited by Essendon. A left footer, he was a slimly built 184 cm in height, and was regarded as "a new breed of more mobile, fast moving, rugged big men that Essendon had and he was big and powerful with plenty of dash and good on the ground"¹.

Walsh gave the Dons some excellent service over the course of a ten season, 115-game VFL career. Equally at home as a follower or across half back, Walsh was extremely highly regarded by his contemporaries, and made no fewer than a dozen appearances in a 'Big V' jumper. He was voted Essendon's best and fairest player in 1933, the season before a serious knee injury undermined the closing phase of his career. He finally called it a day at the end of the 1936 season.

Author - John Devaney


1. Those Magnificent Men by Michael Maplestone, page 87.


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