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Kelvin Templeton

Image DOB: 30 September 1956

MFC Debut: Round 1, 1983 against Collingwood at MCG
Last Game: Round 16, 1985 against Carlton at Waverley

From: Traralgon/Footscray

Number: 31 1983-1985

Games: 34 (177 total)
Goals: 109 (593 total)
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
1402041.17

Picked up by the Bulldogs after kicking 100 goals for Traralgon in the 1973 Latrobe Valley league, Templeton was an instant sensation with six goals on debut. As his lightly built frame filled out he became one of the deadliest sharpshooters in the competition and bagged 82 goals in 1976, including a haul of nine against South Melbourne.

His 1977 season was ruined by injury, ironically caused by a Melbourne player, but he returned to kick 118 goals for the 11th placed Bulldogs in 1978, including a haul of 15.9. Templeton won the Coleman Medal again in 1979, and added the Brownlow Medal to his trophy cabinet the next year after being moved to centre-half forward. He was eventually named at centre-half forward in the Bulldogs' team of the century.

Templeton was coming off two seasons ruined by injury when Melbourne parted with a substantial amount of cash to recruit the boyhood Demon fan for 1983. Footscray initially refused him a clearance, and Templeton was forbidden from training with his chosen club in late 1982. He took the Bulldogs to the Supreme Court alleging restraint of trade in order to win his freedom. The court action was dropped when he became the first player to front the VFL Appeals Board. The board cleared him to move, and while neither club would discuss the fee it was reported that Melbourne president Dick Seddon and his Footscray counterpart Tony Capes quickly came to agreement on a $150,000 settlement over a bottle of white wine. The Bulldogs had originally demanded $200,000 for the deal.

He would be paid $85,000 a year at Melbourne but his time with the club was riddled with injuries. In his second game for the club Templeton booted eight goals in a narrow win against Geelong, and ended with 38 from 13 games for the year, but was dropped late in the season after a run of poor form before his return was halted by an Achilles injury. In 1984 he had two more hauls of eight, against Hawthorn in Round 3 and his old side in Round 9 on the way to 51 goals in 16 games.

1985 saw Templeton play just five games after missing the first 11 games of the year with a broken foot, and after Melbourne initially denied sacking him during the 1986 pre-season he soon told he wasn't required. Templeton retired from VFL football a month into the season aged just 28 years old, barely unable to kick over the mark because of his injuries. He had two years to run on his contract but came to an agreement with the club to remain as a specialist coach. Despite an average of more than three goals a game at the Demons many considered the move a failure.

Templeton was an assistant coach at Sydney under Tom Hafey and Col Kinnear before serving as CEO of the Swans from 1995 to 2002.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1983 13383
1984 16512
1985 5100

Media
Age - 18/11/1982
Age - 15/12/1982
Age - 22/02/1983
Age - 24/02/1983
Age - 29/07/1983
Age - 10/08/1983
Age - 18/03/1986
Age - 18/04/1986

Notes
May have been paid $60,000 to terminate his contract in 1986 (Inside Football 20/03/1986)

Links
Full Points Footy profile (dead link)
Interview with Templeton - woof.net.au
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Tuesday 19 February 2019 15:19:53 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 29)

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