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Steven Febey

Image DOB: 19 August 1969

Debut: Round 7, 1988 against Hawthorn at MCG
Last Game: Round 22, 2001 against Footscray at Docklands

From: Devonport, Selection #3, 1986 National Draft

Number: 21 1988-2001

Honours:
Night premiership player - 1989
Grand Final team - 1988, 2000
Life Member - 1997
150 Heroes selection
Victorian state representative - 1990
Tasmanian state representative - 1989, 1993
Allies state representative - 1995
Life Member - 1997

Games: 258
Goals: 40
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
130012850.38

Statistical categories led
Most games in jumper 21

Along with his twin brother Matthew, Steven crossed to Melbourne under the proviso that they were either drafted together or would not play at all. While Matthew was re-drafted twice before he played a senior match it took far less for Steven to step up to the big time.

Having only played one senior game before being drafted it was no surprise that he spent his first season in the reserves, wearing number 52, but got his chance early in the 1988 season. By no means a regular he replaced Todd Viney for the Preliminary Final 1988 and kept his spot for the Grand Final. It was a day to forget for the Demons, but Febey had well and truly established himself as a senior player.

He played 20 games in 1989 and picked up his first 3 Brownlow Medal votes in the round 10 victory over North Melbourne. Febey represented Victora in their shock loss to New South Wales in 1990, and later played for both Tasmania and the Allies.

Struggling throughout 1991 and 1992, Febey was a regular but was playing nowhere near his best football. He bounced back, but played just five games in the 1996 season after suffering a knee injury.

Returning for 20 games in the 1997 season, Febey bounced back to be a near permanent fixture in the much improved 1998 squad. Image Febey finished third in the Best and Fairest that year and was made Deputy Vice Captain for 1999. Early that year he signed a three year contract extension, but the year was destroyed by injuries, with a shattered eye socket from a pre-season cup game and finger and hamstring troubles throughout the year.

Despite being put on the Veteran's List alongside brother Matthew, Febey bounced back in 2000 and became the only player to feature in both the 1988 and 2000 Grand Final defeats. The most experienced player in his side he suffered a shocking day, botching two kickouts.

Dropped at one point during 2001 he bounced back to finish fourth in the Best and Fairest. Despite signing a new one year contract with the club at the end of that year, injury finally ruined Febey's career in 2002, and he played just a handful of games for Sandringham before retiring and taking up a coaching position with the club.

Caught up in the 2002 Bali Bombing, Febey was throw across the road by the force of the blast. He later admitted to suffering post-traumatic stress from the horrific scenes he witnessed outside the Sari Club.

Despite his battle with the memories of that night he continued to work as a bench coach, and as host of the DeeTV television program throughout 2003.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1988 1212
1989 2034
1990 2362
1991 1930
1992 1420
1993 2020
1994 2530
1995 2220
1996 500
1997 2020
1998 25712
1999 1201
2000 2120
2001 2070


Lists
First draft picks
Family
Interstate representatives
Interstate recruits
Life Members

Media
"Demons' late draft bonus" - The Age 21/12/1999
"End of season nightmare for players" - The Age 14/10/2002
"Febey finds wounds of the soul can be hardest to hear" - The Age 22/06/2003

Links
melbfc.com.au profile - 2001
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Thursday 05 November 2015 22:25:57 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 30)

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