DOB: 16 June 1943
From: St Patrick's College, Sale
Number: 16 1962-1972
Despite playing six senior games in his first year, and winning the Best First Year Player award, Townsend still finished runner-up in the Reserves Best and Fairest award.
He became a regular in 1962 and from there the goalkicking rover won a premiership, a Best and Fairest and was leading goalkicker twice. A serious knee injury in a social game shortly after the 1965 season derailed his career, restricting him to seven games over the next two seasons. His start to 1966 was derailed by the knee injury and Townsend initially retired before returning to training a month into the season.
Townsend didn't line up until Round 9, and that was his only match for the season. He broke down again in the 1967 pre-season, and after returning for a Reserves game early in the year was injured again and didn't play seniors until midway through the year. He added just six more games to his total. With his career on the line Townsend underwent an operation to graft ligament into his knee. The operation was a success and he played in the first game of 1968.
Townsend returned to form to win his second B&F in 1969 and played until 1972. He then finished his career with Prahran in the VFA where he played in a premiership in his first season, coached them from 1975 to 1976 and was named in their team of the century.
After moving to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast he coached a local football club.
"Townsend, Dixon facing tests in match play" - The Age 09/04/1966