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ThePope

Premiership Player
Jun 23, 2003
3,565
225
32º 03'S 115º 45'E
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
South Fremantle
This is the list of known deaths of Australian footballers with Wikipedia articles from June 2020 to May 2021. This is the code to retrieve the list from WikiData.

Separate lists for other years are found elsewhere in this thread:
From June 2017 to May 2018
From June 2018 to May 2019
From June 2019 to May 2020


  • Geoffrey Martin; Burnie, Sandy Bay, Ulverstone & Launceston Football Clubs; 92; 16-Jul-27; 12-Jun-20
  • John Kennedy; Hawthorn Football Club; 91; 20-Dec-28; 25-Jun-20
  • Kevin Pay; Collingwood Football Club; 80; 1-Nov-39; 29-Jun-20
  • Bob Gleeson; Richmond Football Club; 88; 17-Jul-31; 3-Jul-20
  • Mark Naley; South Adelaide & Carlton Football Clubs; 59; 11-Mar-61; 6-Jul-20
  • Norm Neeson; North Melbourne Football Club; 86; 19-Feb-34; 16-Jul-20
  • Geoff Williams; Geelong Football Club; 89; 18-Nov-30; 20-Jul-20
  • Shane Tuck; Richmond Football Club; 38; 24-Dec-81; 20-Jul-20
  • John Bradbury; Footscray Football Club; 79; 31-Mar-41; 23-Jul-20
  • Terry Waters; Collingwood Football Club; 76; 14-Dec-43; 27-Jul-20
  • David Darcy; South Adelaide & Footscray Football Clubs; 76; 11-Aug-43; 1-Aug-20
  • Gordon Yea; North Melbourne Football Club; 95; 13-Nov-24; 12-Aug-20
  • Adrian Young; St Kilda Football Club; 77; 10-Mar-43; 12-Aug-20
  • Daryl Gutterson; Carlton Football Club; 67; 8-May-53; 13-Aug-20
  • Phil O'Brien; Hawthorn Football Club; 89; 31-Dec-30; 13-Aug-20
  • Frank Brew; South Melbourne Football Club; 92; 19-Sep-27; 13-Aug-20
  • Fred Clarke; Richmond Football Club; 87; 1-Dec-32; 17-Aug-20
  • Bill Stephen; Fitzroy Football Club; 92; 1-Apr-28; 24-Aug-20
  • Mal Pascoe; Essendon Football Club; 87; 31-Mar-33; 24-Aug-20
  • Neil Sachse; Footscray Football Club; 69; 3-Jan-51; 25-Aug-20
  • Hugh Routley; Geelong Football Club; 80;19-Jun-40; 12-Sep-20
  • Graham Dunscombe; North Melbourne Football Club; 96; 7-Jul-24; 13-Sep-20
  • Jeff Dunne; St Kilda & Richmond Football Clubs; 64; 14-May-56; 14-Sep-20
 
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WillAFLBulldog4

Debutant
Mar 26, 2020
53
39
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Jeff Dunne has died sometime before September 16. He was 64. Played 101 games for St Kilda between 1977 and 1983. Won the club best and fairest in 1979 and 1980. Kicked 20 goals. Played 1 game for Richmond in 1984. Represented Victoria.
 

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rbartlett

Club Legend
Jan 5, 2004
1,308
1,338
Melbourne
AFL Club
Richmond
Other Teams
Richmond
Jeff Dunne has died sometime before September 16. He was 64. Played 101 games for St Kilda between 1977 and 1983. Won the club best and fairest in 1979 and 1980. Kicked 20 goals. Played 1 game for Richmond in 1984. Represented Victoria.
At the moment it appears to be Sept 14, 2020 as the death date
 

Todman

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 7, 2004
7,148
5,873
AFL Club
Hawthorn
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Saints Express News

VALE
🙏
JEFFREY DUNNE
(14 May 1956 – 14.09.20).
Past players and officials are saddened to hear of the passing of former great player Jeffrey Dunne.
Recruited from North Ballarat, Jeff played as a hard running back pocket starting in number 48 and then making the number 8 his own always wear his long sleeves jumper.
Junior Football career:
North Ballarat U/14, 1968-70. Games 20, Goals 11.
Ballarat YCW-CYC Juniors 1971-73.
North Ballarat 1974-77, Games 60, Goals 83.
VFL Career: St Kilda Seniors 1977-1983, Games 101, Goals 20
St.Kilda Best & Fairest 1979 & 1980,
Victorian Representative Team 1980-81.
St Kilda Reserves 1975, 1977-78, 1982-1983, Games 37, Goals 21.
Jeff moved to Richmond in 1984 playing only 1 senior game
Jeff was a very determined player who played close to his opponents giving them no latitude. Jeff was famous for his jet black beard which he wore for most of his career.
Tasmanian career:
East Launceston 1985-86, Games 20, Goals 12 Captain/Coach 1985,
Tasmanian Representative Team 1985-86 Games 5
South Launceston 1986, Games 17, Goals 4 :
North Launceston 1989, Games 4 , Goals 5.
Jeff was a businessman based in Tasmania with his wife and 4 children (3 sons, 1 daughter).
Our thoughts are with Jeff’s family and all past player team mates, & officials.
 

35Daicos

Premium Platinum
Mar 6, 2011
7,161
8,542
Adelaide
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
Collingwood (VFL), Man Utd.
Wonder what the story is, only get one senior game, kicked a goal in a win against a top team ..then ( ).
This probably sums it up quite well: https://www.tigerlandarchive.org/tiki-index.php?page=Bob+Gleeson
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Richmond didn't play finals in 1951, so when the next season started up he wasn't in the side, and didn't get picked again. Melbourne was Richmond's opponent that day, and they in fact finished a long last in 1951, winning just the one game, so perhaps his debut performance wasn't all that great!
 

35Daicos

Premium Platinum
Mar 6, 2011
7,161
8,542
Adelaide
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
Collingwood (VFL), Man Utd.
I'm sure it will be told in this upcoming book...

That looks terrific!

Just on this comment: https://www.footyalmanac.com.au/the-strange-case-of-archie-whitfield/
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I thought you may find this interesting, as the records (AustralianFootball.com & Wikipedia) don't indicate that the two are brothers: We looked into this a while back and found that the two McDougall's, who played one game only (6 years apart) for Collingwood, were brothers. Darcy went on to have a very successful career in SA, and (rather incredibly) returned to Collingwood in 1919 (aged 33), but didn't manage a senior game.
From NSW BDM:
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From Wikipedia:
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More on this here: https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/unusual-short-playing-careers.1191649/page-2#post-60080073
 

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Oliver Gigacz

Premium Platinum
May 14, 2009
729
1,359
Melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
That looks terrific!

Just on this comment: https://www.footyalmanac.com.au/the-strange-case-of-archie-whitfield/
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I thought you may find this interesting, as the records (AustralianFootball.com & Wikipedia) don't indicate that the two are brothers: We looked into this a while back and found that the two McDougall's, who played one game only (6 years apart) for Collingwood, were brothers. Darcy went on to have a very successful career in SA, and (rather incredibly) returned to Collingwood in 1919 (aged 33), but didn't manage a senior game.
From NSW BDM:
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From Wikipedia:
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More on this here: https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/unusual-short-playing-careers.1191649/page-2#post-60080073
Thanks for that Daicos, I've just updated AF with all the new details.
 

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