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Athol Webb

Image DOB: 13 September 1935

Debut: Round 12, 1955 against St. Kilda at MCG
Last Game: Round 12, 1959 against Richmond at MCG

From: Scottsdale

Number: 15 1955-1959

Honours:
Premiership Player 1956, 1957
Grand Final team 1958
150 Heroes selection

Games: 74
Goals: 146
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
5811578.37

Webb debuted in Tasmanian football in 1951, and was signed by Melbourne to take part in 1953 pre-season matches. He said he had no intention of remaining in Victoria that season but simply wanted to say he had trained and played on the MCG, and returned to play a full season at Scottsdale where he won the best and fairest award at 17-years-old.

He eventually moved to the Demons in 1955. His clearance was initially held up during a dispute between the Tasmanian League and the VFL. The Tasmanians eventually relented - citing 'special circumstances' but he was restricted to eight games in his debut season.

Though he only played eight games that year, those appearances stamped him as a player to watch for the future and it was a surprise when he was dropped for the Grand Final side. Failure to perform in the second half and inaccurate kicking during the Semi Final cost him dearly.

In 1956 he suffered a severely bruised chest and bruised shins when he ran at full speed into a goalpost during the Round 6 clash against North Melbourne. That year he booted five goals in the Grand Final victory over Collingwood.

In 1957 he played for a Victorian B side against Tasmania and contributed three goals to the winning Grand Final effort.

He twice injured an ankle outside of games in 1959. The first injury took place at training, but the second was the result of tripping on a faulty lino at a club dinner dance. He played just five games for the year.

The elusive forward was often used by Norm Smith as the decoy for Robert B Johnson, and played in a winning side nearly in 79% of his career matches but left the club at the end of 1959. He was offered a highly paid deal to move to West Perth before accepting a job as captain/coach New Norfolk in the Tasmanian league. He then moved on to East Launceston for 1962 and 1963.

In 1964 he moved to Sydney as player/coach for Western Suburbs, where he remained through 1965. He then coached The Rock-Yerong Creek from 1966 to 1968, before stepping down as coach and playing another seven years before retiring.

In 2006 he was inducted to the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1955 8140
1956 20280
1957 21565
1958 20440
1959 541


Lists
Interstate recruits

Media
"Scottsdale winger for Melbne" - Examiner - 30/03/1953
"Tasmanian stand on clearances" - The Age 30/03/1955
"VFL will query Tasmanian ban" - The Argus 07/04/1955
"Primmer up for clearance" - The Age 28/06/1955
"Athol Webb dropped in shock move" - The Age 16/09/1955
"Faulty Lino Upsets Webb" - The Age 10/06/1959
"Webb may go to Tasmania" - The Age 17/10/1959
"Webb to coach New Norfolk" - The Age 26/11/1959
"Kick to Kick" - The Age 02/07/1965

Links
Boyles Football Photos profile
"The Dashing Demon Decoy" - Boyles Football Photos
Wikipedia

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