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How about Paul Callery? Not in the obscure category...?  Smallest player in the league during his playing time.  I think he also went on to calling games for radio (I don’t live in Melbourne).   Caleb Daniels is 5’ 6” so Callery is an inch shorter (be even shorter now as he turns 70 this month).

Paul Callery (born 18 April 1950) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne, St Kilda and South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1970s.

Callery was a rover and started his career in 1970 with Melbourne, topping their goalkicking in 1971 with 38 goals. He had worked his way into the senior side after impressing in the under-19s where he was a Morrish Medallist. One of the smallest players in the league, Callery crossed to St Kilda in 1974 and went on to play 105 games with the club before finishing his career with a stint at South Melbourne in 1980 which lasted just one game.

Paul Callery
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Date of birth 18 April 1950 (age 69)
Original team(s) Oakleigh YCW
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1970–1973 Melbourne 76 (102)
1974–1980 St Kilda 105 (98)
1980 South Melbourne 1 (0)
Total   182 (200)

 

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2 hours ago, kryton101 said:

How about Paul Callery? Not in the obscure category...?  Smallest player in the league during his playing time.  I think he also went on to calling games for radio (I don’t live in Melbourne).   Caleb Daniels is 5’ 6” so Callery is an inch shorter (be even shorter now as he turns 70 this month).

Paul Callery (born 18 April 1950) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne, St Kilda and South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1970s.

Callery was a rover and started his career in 1970 with Melbourne, topping their goalkicking in 1971 with 38 goals. He had worked his way into the senior side after impressing in the under-19s where he was a Morrish Medallist. One of the smallest players in the league, Callery crossed to St Kilda in 1974 and went on to play 105 games with the club before finishing his career with a stint at South Melbourne in 1980 which lasted just one game.

Paul Callery
Personal information
Date of birth 18 April 1950 (age 69)
Original team(s) Oakleigh YCW
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1970–1973 Melbourne 76 (102)
1974–1980 St Kilda 105 (98)
1980 South Melbourne 1 (0)
Total   182 (200)

 

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Paul "The Count" Callery would be one of the best people I have ever had the privilege to know! 

Underrated but GREAT player, University Doctorate in Sports and Exercise Science AND fully qualified Carpenter/ Builder ( Hows that for Obscure not widely known info) Brilliant Golfer, Excellent Cricketer, Shocking fisherman!

Just a wonderful human being!!

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On 4/8/2020 at 9:34 AM, Jumping Jack Clennett said:

Those players on the MFC site weren't very obscure.

I thought of one....Hayden Robbins. Remember him? Tough half back flanker from ?Gippsland somewhere.

Was a very talented country player.  Came up through the under 19's, originally number 46 then moved to 15.  Followed Swooper Northey to the Tigers.  He ended up a legend at Beaconsfield where he coached them to a number of flags and kicked the ton a few times. He was actually three years behind me in school and ended up at Rusden College with me for a year or so.  I remember in our school footy teams he was the only Year 9 amongst all of the Year 12's!

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13 minutes ago, Swooper1987 said:

Was a very talented country player.  Came up through the under 19's, originally number 46 then moved to 15.  Followed Swooper Northey to the Tigers.  He ended up a legend at Beaconsfield where he coached them to a number of flags and kicked the ton a few times. He was actually three years behind me in school and ended up at Rusden College with me for a year or so.  I remember in our school footy teams he was the only Year 9 amongst all of the Year 12's!

That wouldn't have been Chandler High, would it Swoop?

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Watching Hotter Than Hell right now, Craig Smoker. That's pretty obscure! ?

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On 4/8/2020 at 9:34 AM, Jumping Jack Clennett said:

Those players on the MFC site weren't very obscure.

I thought of one....Hayden Robbins. Remember him? Tough half back flanker from ?Gippsland somewhere.

I remember he looked like a very old school footballer. Short back and sides, socks always pulled up, just had that manner about him. Wore number 15 from memory, possibly trading down from 42?

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6 hours ago, Swooper1987 said:

Was a very talented country player.  Came up through the under 19's, originally number 46 then moved to 15.  Followed Swooper Northey to the Tigers.  He ended up a legend at Beaconsfield where he coached them to a number of flags and kicked the ton a few times. He was actually three years behind me in school and ended up at Rusden College with me for a year or so.  I remember in our school footy teams he was the only Year 9 amongst all of the Year 12's!

I thought him pretty average and slowish!

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Terry Wilkins

Kelvin Clarke

Dennis Clark

Marty Lyons

Daryl Cumming

Peter Thorne

all played some good footy at MFC

Greame and Ken Osborne, the former, a great player over many years for MFC in some dark days

Paul Rowlands,  Phil Rhoden, Obscure but played some footy at MFC, 

Marty Lyons kicked 4 on debut vs Footscray at the G. His son Jarred Lyons should be an MFC Player, we did have the chance and for some reason reneged on the opportunity. Now a great player at Brisbane! Good bloke Marty!

Peter Thorne heck of a nice bloke and once kicked 8 goals in a senior game

Is it just me or do others agree that in many cases the  MFC DIABOLiCAL in developing and nurturing players throughout the ages compared to many other clubs!

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20 hours ago, picket fence said:

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20 hours ago, picket fence said:

Greame and Ken Osborne, the former, a great player over many years for MFC in some dark days

 

graeme osborne (no.7 known as Brylcreem )would be my unbackable nomination for the worst player to ever play 100 senior VFl/AFL games from any club in the history of the competition .

 

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On 4/5/2020 at 6:39 PM, picket fence said:

Brett Bailey IS an Fireman so there is your answer!!

Great footballer, Bailey.

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13 hours ago, kallangurdemon said:

 

Made a few errors onfield, conceded. However, 'Racehorse' (Graeme Osborne) was just about the fastest running footballer I have ever seen - Stawell Gift material but I don't think he took it on ... lacked interest. Played a few exceptional games but these were far apart. 

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15 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

Made a few errors onfield, conceded. However, 'Racehorse' (Graeme Osborne) was just about the fastest running footballer I have ever seen - Stawell Gift material but I don't think he took it on ... lacked interest. Played a few exceptional games but these were far apart. 

And he was an absolutely lousey kick.

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52 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

Made a few errors onfield, conceded. However, 'Racehorse' (Graeme Osborne) was just about the fastest running footballer I have ever seen - Stawell Gift material but I don't think he took it on ... lacked interest. Played a few exceptional games but these were far apart. 

Ozzie was a turnover king. Would have been a perfect fit today!!

Showed early promise but lacked skill and composure. Could be a long field kick but inaccurate particularly kicking for goal. Ran in straight lines and a fumbler. But a good honest trier. Tried at centre half forward, flank and defence but never settled into a position. 

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