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John Fidge

Image DOB: 4 May 1966

Debut: Round 4, 1984 against Essendon at Waverley
Last MFC Game: Round 15, 1986 against Essendon at MCG

From: St. Peters East Bentleigh

Number: 44 1984-1986

Honours:
Under 19s Premiership player - 1983
Reserves Premiership player - 1984

Games: 32 (59 total)
Goals: 54 (92 total)
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
1002231.25

Statistical categories led:
Most goals in jumper 44

The 1982 Victorian Teal Cup player and younger brother of Ted Fidge debuted two years later as a 17-year-old, and was a reliable forward in his first two seasons until right foot stress fractures kept him to just six games in 1986. He had been rumoured to be pursued by another league club earlier that season, but for 1987 was cleared to the newly formed Brisbane Bears at the end of that season for $125,000 - their fifth highest transfer fee for a recruit.

Fidge played in the Bears winning first match, and appeared 16 times for them in 1987. After eight matches the next year he was sacked by the Bears three weeks into the 1989 season, apparently after punching Warwick Capper in an intra-club game and abusing coach Peter Knights. He then threatened to take the Bears to court for full payment of his contract.

At the end of the year he was drafted by the Sydney Swans but instead chose to join SANFL side Glenelg where he became their full-forward. In 1990 he booted 124 goals. At the end of that year Essendon picked him with selection 24 in the National Draft, but he did not play a game for them.

Returning to Glenelg in 1992 he kicked 92 goals out of a total of 316 in 69 games for the Bays, then joined Frankston in 1994.

During his playing career Fidge had 20 operations, and later revealed that he played with spondiolythesis (back injury) throughout his time in the game.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1984 12270
1985 16150
1986 4120

Lists
Brisbane Bears
Family
SANFL
VFA

Notes
May have also played for St Paul's McKinnon.

Media
Inside Football - 10/04/1986
Canberra Times - 18/02/1987
Age - 04/05/1989
Age - 27/08/1989
Age - 20/08/1989
Canberra Times - 08/11/1990

Links
Interview with Fidge
Wikipedia profile

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