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Key Facts

Full name
Stanley Archibald Penberthy

Known as
Stan Penberthy

Born
3 June 1906

Died
31 March 1989 (aged 82)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 332d
Last game: 31y 107d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Subiaco; Footscray; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 17, 3, 33, 27
Melbourne: 27

Recruited from
Subiaco (1932); Footscray (1937)

Stan Penberthy

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
SubiacoWAFL1927-193180
FootscrayV/AFL1932-193775220.2936%14.404.604
MelbourneV/AFL19371100.0055%9.502.170
WAFL1927-193180
V/AFL1932-193786220.2638%11.733.274
Total1927-1937166220.13

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,887th player to appear, 2,800th most games played, 3,469th most goals kickedFootscray: 146th player to appear, 174th most games played, 242nd most goals kickedMelbourne: 559th player to appear, 762nd most games played, 1,203rd most goals kicked

Stan Penberthy was a tough, muscular follower who knew how to use his weight and strength to advantage, and visibly revelled in doing so. He commenced his league career in 1927 with Subiaco, and proved to be a worthy foil for the great Tom Outridge, then in the twilight of his career. Penberthy played 80 games in five seasons with the Maroons, besides which he played seven times for the state, including matches at the 1930 Adelaide carnival.

Between 1932 and 1937 Penberthy played in the VFL, initially for Footscray (75 games) and then briefly with Melbourne (11 games). His relentlessly vigorous approach made him an admired figure, and while there might have been a fair number of more spectacular and talented ruckmen than Stan Penberthy there were few who could match his capacity for hard work or all round impact on the game.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion

Footnotes

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