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Kelvin Templeton

DOB: 30 September 1956

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

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

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
1402041.17

From: Traralgon/Footscray

Number: 31 1983-1985

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 in 1976 he bagged 82 goals, including a haul of nine against South Melbourne.

His 1977 season was ruined by injury, ironically caused by a Melbourne player, but his return in 1978 was nothing short of sensational. 118 goals for the year, in a team which finished 11th, included 15.9 against St. Kilda in what was up until that point the highest score in VFL history.

He won the Coleman Medal for a second straight year in 1979, and added the Brownlow 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.

After Templeton suffered injury wracked 1981 and 1982 seasons, Melbourne parted with a substantial amount of cash to the boyhood Demon fan to the club in 1983. Initially Footscray refused a clearance for their player, and Templeton was forced to train alone and take the Bulldogs to the Supreme Court alledging restraint of trade in order to win his freedom.

Forbidden from training with his chosen club November 1982 onwards Templeton eventually dropped his court action when the VFL Appeals Board was formed. He was the first player to go in front of the board, and while neither club would discuss the fee, after the board cleared his way to move it was believed 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.

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 8 goals in a narrow win against Geelong, and ended with 38 from 13 games for the year. In 1984 he had two more hauls of eight, against Hawthorn in Round 3 and his old side in Round 9 en route 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 was told he wasn't required soon after.

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
"Templeton goes to court to be a Demon" (external link) - The Age 18/11/1982
"Templeton a Demon" (external link) - The Age
The Age (external link) - 18/03/1986
"Injuries force Templeton into retirement" (external link) - The Age 18/04/1986

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


Created by Supermercado6566009 points . Last Modification: Wednesday 08 October 2014 21:39:44 EST by Supermercado6566009 points . (Version 20)

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