Max Gawn changes number

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LeverPuller

BigFooty Tanker
Jun 23, 2011
30,991
33,955
Q49, Olympic Stand
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Newcastle United Seattle Seahawks

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FootyGuy13

That Guy in the Back Corner
Feb 21, 2018
315
362
AFL Club
Melbourne
Thank you sir.

Was actually hoping that Oliver was going to take #1
Players usually only change numbers when they've been traded and their old number is already taken, or they've started to string together good games and have requested a lower number. May was always going to get No.1 due to being a captain of the Suns and usually players only go for lower numbers if they originally got a number higher than 25-30. Though, every so often, a player will stay with the high number. Shaun Rehn played 167 games for Adelaide and Hawthorn between 1991 and 2002 and Ben Brown of North Melbourne is gonna play his 100th in Round 1. They're the only 100+ gamers with numbers being 50+ (Rehn was 52, Brown is 50)
 

AmericanAFL

Club Legend
Oct 8, 2018
1,388
1,191
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Philadelphia Eagles
Thanks. Early on in my time here at Big Footy, I ended up in a discussion about numbers on the Brisbane board. I came away with the impression that single digit numbers were the most prestigious. It’s very possible I misunderstood.
 

ponsdale

Premiership Player
Sep 20, 2012
4,011
4,355
Sydney
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Sydney Swans
Thanks. Early on in my time here at Big Footy, I ended up in a discussion about numbers on the Brisbane board. I came away with the impression that single digit numbers were the most prestigious. It’s very possible I misunderstood.
Generally lower = more prestigious. But that has changed over time.

Now clubs have particular numbers that are special, usually due to past champions having made that number famous. For example at the Demons, 2 was Robbie Flower's, 11 was Jim Stynes, 31 was Ron Barassi. See Demonwiki.

Clubs will try to market them as historical and prestigious and bestow particular ones on young players - often with the past champion giving his blessing to the allocation. We tried for a few years to give 31 to our highest draft pick each year, but we were so crap at drafting that we devalued it. So, ironically, we gave it to Fritsch who is honouring it superbly.
 

FootyGuy13

That Guy in the Back Corner
Feb 21, 2018
315
362
AFL Club
Melbourne
Thanks. Early on in my time here at Big Footy, I ended up in a discussion about numbers on the Brisbane board. I came away with the impression that single digit numbers were the most prestigious. It’s very possible I misunderstood.


Player​



Games​



Years​



Number​



Percy Beames​



213​



1931-44​



24​



Jack Mueller​



216​



1934-50​



12​



Norm Smith​



210​



1935-48​



4​



Don Williams​



205​



1953-59, 1964-68​



25​



Ron Barassi​



204​



1953-64​



31​



Brian Dixon​



252​



1954-68​



9​



Tassie Johnson​



202​



1959-69​



8​



Stan Alves​



226​



1965-76​



15​



Gary Hardeman​



219​



1967-77, 1981​



33​



Greg Wells​



224​



1969-80​



11​



Robert Flower​



272​



1973-87​



2​



Steven Smith​



203​



1974-85​



35​



Garry Lyon​



226​



1986-99​



3​



Brett Lovett​



235​



1986-97​



17​



Todd Viney​



233​



1987-99​



12​



Jim Stynes​



264​



1987-98​



11​



Steven Febey​



258​



1988-2001​



21​



David Neitz​



306​



1993-2008​



9​



Adem Yze​



271​



1995-2008​



13​



James McDonald​



251​



1997-2010​



23​



Russell Robertson​



228​



1997-2009​



24​



Jeff White​



236​



1998-2008​



34​



Cameron Bruce​



224​



2000-10​



32​



Brad Green​



254​



2000-12​



18​



Nathan Jones​



264+​



2006-XX​



2​

Of every 200+ gamer for Melbourne, 7 played in a single-digit number for most of their career. The 5 numbers mentioned twice are 2, 9, 11, 12 and 24 (though 31 and 4 rank above all for being Ron Barassi and Norm Smith)
(Special mention numbers include 14 (Dual Brownlow winner Ivor Warne-Smith) and 6 (Fred "Kicked 18 goals in 1 game" Fanning))

The number doesn't make the player, the player makes the number
Edit: The Table was not that big when I was making it​
 
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