DOB: 11 March 1965
Games: 109 (211 total)
Goals: 63 (169 total)
Nicknamed "The Duke", Spalding was a former Western Australia state fast bowler who had played first class matches against Sri Lanka and taken four wickets in a Sheffield Shield game. His shield record stood at 12 wickets in four matches when he gave the game away to concentrate on footy.
Having finished second in the Perth best and fairest award in 1986 and after 63 games with them Spalding was given the opportunity to join the Eagles in their first year but chose to cross to Melbourne instead. A big, solid key position player who was a fine mark Spalding kept Demon fans on the edge of their seats with his wayward kicking.
Citing a belief that his career wasn't progressing as he would have hoped, Spalding decided to leave Melbourne at the end of 1991, but after negotiations with Richmond and West Coast fell through he made a deal with Carlton.
Spalding joined Carlton in return for pick 5 in the 1991 National Draft which Melbourne used to select Jason Norrish. He played 102 games for the Blues between 1992 and 1997, and played in both their 1993 Grand Final and 1995 Premiership sides. He and Jeff Farmer are the only players to play 100 games for Melbourne and another club.
Notoriously unreliable kick for goal who nonetheless finished with a positive goalkicking record over his career (169.163). Spalding returned to the WAFL after his career with the Blues finished and he racked up another 32 games with East Fremantle before retiring.
In 2000 he served as an assistant coach and reserves coach for the side. The next year was he was the senior coach, and remained in the role until the end of 2002 when he joined Fremantle as an assistant.
Coached Perth in 2018.
Spalding's brother Scott played one senior game for Carlton in 1993.
|Round 22, 1987||Striking||Not Guilty|