John Townsend

Image DOB: 16 June 1943

Debut: Round 11, 1962 against Hawthorn at Glenferrie Oval
Last Game: Round 18, 1972 against Carlton at MCG

From: St Patrick's College, Sale

Number: 16 1962-1972

Premiership Player - 1964
Best and Fairest - 1965, 1969
Leading Goalkicker - 1964, 1965
150 Heroes selection
Best First Year Player - 1962
Life Member - 1971
Night Series winner 1971

Games: 153
Goals: 182
Career Statistics

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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.

1962 670
1963 19220
1964 20354
1965 18340
1966 100
1967 650
1968 16150
1969 20162
1970 17140
1971 18251
1972 1290


Age - 09/04/1966

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Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Monday 12 November 2018 23:49:17 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 23)


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