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Key Facts

Full name
Xavier Tanner

Known as
Xavier Tanner

2 May 1956 (age 67)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 365d
Last game: 29y 51d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 49, 25
Melbourne: 25

Recruited from
North Melbourne (1984)

Family links
Gerald Tanner (Father)

Xavier Tanner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1976-1983100680.6861%11.634.902.495

AFL: 8,826th player to appear, 2,121st most games played, 1,491st most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 684th player to appear, 132nd most games played, 100th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,056th player to appear, 774th most games played, 588th most goals kicked

Recruited from Wodonga, Xavier Tanner gave North Melbourne precisely 100 VFL games of high quality service, mainly as a centreman, between 1976 and 1983. He boasted plenty of pace and courage, and his distribution skills were first rate. He was a fine player for the Kangas in the drawn Grand Final of 1977 against Collingwood, and more particularly in the replay, which North won. In 1984 he crossed to Melbourne, linking up once more with Ron Barassi, who had coached the 'Roos between 1973 and 1980, but managed just 11 games in two years before calling it a day.

Author - John Devaney


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