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I loved this guy. The most tallented goal kicker I have ever seen play in the Red and Blue. Unfortunently he loved the party life too much, trained poorly and was thus injury prone. His career was very short and very sweet. For a couple of seasons he was amazing. Kicked some incredible goals and was simply unstoppable.

What ever happened to him? Where is he today?

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I loved this guy. The most tallented goal kicker I have ever seen play in the Red and Blue. Unfortunently he loved the party life too much, trained poorly and was thus injury prone. His career was very short and very sweet. For a couple of seasons he was amazing. Kicked some incredible goals and was simply unstoppable.

What ever happened to him? Where is he today?

Last heard of he was a prawn fisherman.

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Check this out for a 7 week haul from the great man in 1991:

Round 15 - Sydney SCG - 8.8 (just his 4th game of AFL)

Round 16 - WCE MCG - 6.2

Round 17 - Fitzroy MCG - 6.7

Round 18 - St Kilda Moorabin - 8.5

Round 19 - Carlton PP - 7.4

Round 20 - North MCG - 11.8

Round 21 - Collingwood MCG 5.4

Then check how wayward he was to start 1994

Round 1 - Geelong MCG - 8.8

Round 2 - Hawthorn Waverley - 4.10

Round 3 - BYE

Round 4 - Essendon MCG - 5.0

Round 5 - Brisbane MCG - 6.4

23.22 in just 4 matches. He could've had 35 goals in 4 matches!!!

THE GUY WAS A FREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Check this out for a 7 week haul from the great man in 1991:

Round 15 - Sydney SCG - 8.8 (just his 4th game of AFL)

Round 16 - WCE MCG - 6.2

Round 17 - Fitzroy MCG - 6.7

Round 18 - St Kilda Moorabin - 8.5

Round 19 - Carlton PP - 7.4

Round 20 - North MCG - 11.8

Round 21 - Collingwood MCG 5.4

Then check how wayward he was to start 1994

Round 1 - Geelong MCG - 8.8

Round 2 - Hawthorn Waverley - 4.10

Round 3 - BYE

Round 4 - Essendon MCG - 5.0

Round 5 - Brisbane MCG - 6.4

23.22 in just 4 matches. He could've had 35 goals in 4 matches!!!

THE GUY WAS A FREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was fortunate enough to say that I watched him play. For me he was the most talented person to pull on a pair of football boots for this club.

You went to the game just to watch him. And you never knew whether he would kick 1goal 10 points or 10goals 1 point! The amazing thing was how many possessions he crafted from absolutely nothing.

Just look through the list that BBP has provided. When did you last see a forward getting 16 or 17 shots on goal? Or with Jackovich, if he got 5 goals for the day it probably meant he only collected 6 touches.

Such a great waste of talent, because he simply wouldn't do ANY work on the training track. Gary Lyon provides some insight in his book "Demon Within", and the frustrations of trying to convince him to get off his bum and train with the rest of them.

He had the talent, flamboyance and charisma of Ablett, without the dedication, concentration and work ethic.

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Easily the most excxiting player I have seen. Easily. I will never forget him, I still have a signed photo of him framed on my wall addressed to me.

These days he runs a fishing charter company up in Coffs Harbour.

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I heard he went back up to Darwin for a time and was allegedly busted for something and spent some time in the big house. Maybe it would have been better if we pick up Glen instead. Did not have any skills but could play hard.

More on ...............

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  • 9 years later...

Nothing like the bump of a decade old thread that makes my five year old Demonland account feel insignificant.

In all seriousness, funnily enough, it seems we know about the same as we did ten years ago.

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I have no doubt that radio presenters, journalists, etc. have reached out to him over the years.  Though he had a short careers he had a big profile (original Footy Show panellist, etc). Every 90s football fan knows Allen Jakovich.

 

He is simply someone who chooses to remain hidden.

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46 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

I never saw him play as i moved to Australia in 1998.

But why dont we ever hear about him at all? Has the club actually reached out to him? 

Ahhh dazzle, you have NO IDEA what you missed.

 

A 100%, Rolled gold, unadulterated superstar. The turnstiles whirred like a Gatling gun every time he played early days.....

 

Could out mark a guy 15kgs heavier, and 15cm taller

Knew instinctively when to put himself, to be at the drop of a ball.

Knew his range, regardless of weather.

Was not out muscled by anyone.

Brilliant kick, whether a set shot, or a snap over his shoulder.

God damn this guy was a sensation.

1 of my all time Demon highlights. Would light up today's game also, provided you didn't care about defensive pressure. Honestly, he probably would have been carried, even if he didnt chase in today's game .

 

Look him up on youtube. worth every second.

(to be fair, not many players in the games history would have weighed 15kg more than Jacko)

 

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11 minutes ago, faultydet said:

Ahhh dazzle, you have NO IDEA what you missed.

 

A 100%, Rolled gold, unadulterated superstar. The turnstiles whirred like a Gatling gun every time he played early days.....

 

Could out mark a guy 15kgs heavier, and 15cm taller

Knew instinctively when to put himself, to be at the drop of a ball.

Knew his range, regardless of weather.

Was not out muscled by anyone.

Brilliant kick, whether a set shot, or a snap over his shoulder.

God damn this guy was a sensation.

1 of my all time Demon highlights. Would light up today's game also, provided you didn't care about defensive pressure. Honestly, he probably would have been carried, even if he didnt chase in today's game .

 

Look him up on youtube. worth every second.

(to be fair, not many players in the games history would have weighed 15kg more than Jacko)

 

He was deceptively quick over 3-5 metres so he often got front spot

genius

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On Friday, November 16, 2007 at 11:27 AM, Bring-Back-Powell said:

Check this out for a 7 week haul from the great man in 1991:

Round 15 - Sydney SCG - 8.8 (just his 4th game of AFL)

Round 16 - WCE MCG - 6.2

Round 17 - Fitzroy MCG - 6.7

Round 18 - St Kilda Moorabin - 8.5

Round 19 - Carlton PP - 7.4

Round 20 - North MCG - 11.8

Round 21 - Collingwood MCG 5.4

Then check how wayward he was to start 1994

Round 1 - Geelong MCG - 8.8

Round 2 - Hawthorn Waverley - 4.10

Round 3 - BYE

Round 4 - Essendon MCG - 5.0

Round 5 - Brisbane MCG - 6.4

23.22 in just 4 matches. He could've had 35 goals in 4 matches!!!

THE GUY WAS A FREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That North game was something else.  The phrase "he had the ball on a string" comes to mind.  I have no  doubt that his hack out of mid air to kick a goal over his head will remain on highlight reals for years to come.

In reality, Jacko was just one of the many gun forwards of that era that the MFC couldn't keep on the park long enough together.  Jackovich, Lyon, Bennett, Swartz, Neitz, Smith, Pike, Charles, Farmer, what a ride.

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yes re the North game. In my memory he had 11.1 on the board at 3/4 time that day. Kicked 7 points in the last. He hit the scene like Franklin hit the scene...irrepressible. But didnt take care of his injuries apperantly,  and very amateurish in approach. Next to schwartz was THE big heart ache re injuries Ive had in 40 + years of following the dees. 

 

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