24 July 1960 (age 62)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 282d
Last game: 23y 300d
Height and weight
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 83 kg
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AFL: 9,250th player to appear, 5,491st most games played, 2,997th most goals kickedSydney: 1,095th player to appear, 491st most games played, 257th most goals kickedHawthorn: 693rd player to appear, 863rd most games played, 672nd most goals kicked
Stephen Allender was a powerful, high leaping ruckman who rose to prominence at Port Melbourne where, in 1980, he won both the Liston Trophy and club best and fairest award as well as helping the team claim a premiership. Recruited by South Melbourne, he was in and out of the team - which was re-named Swans in 1982, and Sydney Swans the year after - for three seasons. This was considered something of a disappointment given the way he had dominated in the Association.
After playing 28 VFL games and scoring 28 goals for the Swans, Allender crossed to Hawthorn in 1984 but found it well nigh impossible to break into one of the competition’s strongest teams, playing just twice and kicking one goal for the year. He then returned to Port Melbourne where he continued playing until 1988, making a total of 41 appearances and scoring 69 goals for the club.
Author - John Devaney