by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
Most Games: Essendon's Dustin Fletcher is tied with Bernie Quinlan (Footscray and Fitzroy) in sixth place on the all-time games list. Ahead of them are Michael Tuck (426 games, HAW), Kevin Bartlett (403 games, RICH), Robert Harvey (383, STK), Simon Madden (378, ESS), and Craig Bradley (375, CARL). Just behind them are Brad Johnson (364, WB), John Blakey (359, Fitzroy and NM), Bruce Doull (356, CARL), Paul Roos (356, Fitzroy and SYD), and Doug Hawkins (350, Footscray and and Fitzroy).
Most Seasons: This is also Fletcher's 21st season, putting him equal with Robert Harvey. It also puts them ahead of Footscray's Ted Whitten and Michael Tuck, both of whom played 20 seasons.
Most Games Together, Pair of Players: Sydney's Jude Bolton and Adam Goodes played their 289th game together in Round One. They first played together in Round 12, 1999. This puts them equal with Richmond's Kevin Bartlett and Francis Bourke in second place for most games played together. Ahead of them are Adelaide's Tyson Edwards and Andrew McLeod on 307 games together from Round 11, 1995 to Round 11, 2010. Behind them are Brad Johnson and Scott West (WB, 287 games, Round 18, 1994 - Round 6, 2008), Nathan Burke and Stewart Loewe (STK, 280 games, Round 7, 1987 - Round 3, 2002), Rohan Smith and Scott West (WB, 269, Round 1, 1993 - Semi Final, 2006), Brad Johnson and Rohan Smith (WB, 266, Round 22, 1994 - Semi Final, 2006), Chris Grant and Scott West (WB, 264, Round 5, 1993 - Round 22, 2007), Chris Grant and Rohan Smith (WB, 261, Round 1, 1992 - Semi Final 2006), Nathan Burke and Robert Harvey (STK, 253, Round 19, 1988 - Round 19, 2003), Jude Bolton and Ryan O'Keefe (SYD, 253, Round 10, 2000 - Round 1, 2013), Adam Goodes and Ryan O'Keefe (SYD, 250, Round 10, 2000 - Round 1, 2013)
Club Record Games: Eagle Darren Glass played his 243rd game in Round 1, putting him equal with Dean Kemp in sixth place in the club's history. The leaders are Glen Jakovich (276 games, 1991-2004), Guy McKenna (267 games, 1988-2000), Drew Banfield (265 games, 1993-2006), Peter Matera (253 games, 1990-2002), and Dean Cox (252 games, 200-Round 1, 2013). Behind them are Ashley McIntosh (242 games, 1991-2003), Andrew Embley (239 games, 1999-current), and Ben Cousins (238 games, 1996-2007)
150 games: Michael Johnson (FRE)
100 games: Lynden Dunn (MELB)
100 games: Josh Kennedy (WCE)
100 games: Stephen Gilham (GWS)
50 games: Liam Anthony (NM)
50 games as captain: Nathan Van Berlo (ADE)
50 games coached: John Longmire (SYD)
50 games umpired: Jeff Dalgliesh
Most Consecutive Wins against a Grand Final victor: Geelong's win against Hawthorn in Round One is their 10th consecutive victory since losing the 2008 Grand Final. This is the longest streak against a Grand Final winning opponent in league history.
Oldest Coaches: Carlton Coach Mick Malthouse, at 59 years and 223 days old in Round 1, now sits in eighth place as the league's oldest coach, putting him ahead of Ron Barassi. The lea ders are Frank "Checker" Hughes (71 years, 148 days in 1965), Jock McHale (66 years, 266 days in 1949), Kevin Sheedy (64 years, 252 days in 2012), John Kennedy (60 years, 246 days in 1989), Jack Worrall (60 years, 40 days in 1920), Denis Pagan (59 years, 301 days in 2007), George Sparrow (59 years, 291 days in 1929), Ron Barassi (59 years, 188 days in 1995), Allan Jeans (58 years, 341 days in 1992) and John Cahill (58 years, 124 days in 1998).
Largest Age Gap between Players: Dustin Fletcher (ESS, born 5/7/75) is more than three years older than next player on any AFL club list, Brent Harvey (5/14/78). There has not been such an age gap between players in the league since 1938 and it is only the fourth time in VFL/AFL history. The other three are:
1912 - Jack Leith (MELB 8/12/1872), Ted Rowell (COL, 6/15/1876)
1920 - Vic Cumberland (StK, 7/4/1877), Rod McGregor (CARL, 10/19/1882)
1938 - Johnny Lewis (MELB, 9/13/1901), Peter Reville (FITZROY), 10/5/1904)
Source: Patrick Keane, AFL Media Release
Article last changed on Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 1:27 AM EDT