DOB: 30 September 1956
Games: 34 (177 total)
Goals: 109 (593 total)
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.
Melbourne parted with a substantial amount of cash to the boyhood Demon fan to the club in 1983 despite his previous two seasons having been ruined by injury. 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. 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 8 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.
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.
"Templeton goes to court to be a Demon" - The Age 18/11/1982
"Dogs allege Demon offer to Templeton" - The Age 15/12/1982
"$200,000 for Templeton" - The Age 22/02/1983
"Kelvin to wear No 31" - The Age 24/02/1983
"Templeton dropped" - The Age 29/07/1983
The Age - 10/08/1983
The Age - 18/03/1986
"Injuries force Templeton into retirement" - The Age 18/04/1986