|Full name||Bernie Quinlan|
|Date of birth||21 July 1951|
|Height/Weight||193 cm / 97 kg|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1986 season.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1995.
Renowned for his prodigious long kicking, which earned him the nickname "Superboot", Quinlan played his best football late in his career, earning most of his individual accolades after he had turned 30.
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Quinlan was recruited from Traralgon, which was in Footscray's zone, and arrived at Footscray halfway through the 1969 VFL season. Teammate Barry Round also made his debut in the same year, and coincidentally they would tie for the Brownlow Medal 12 years later in 1981, both by that time playing at different clubs.
Quinlan played 177 games for the club, playing mostly at centre half-forward (also occasionally playing as a centre half-back). The 1970s were a tough time financially for the Bulldogs, and many quality players were cleared to other clubs. Quinlan was cleared to Fitzroy in 1978 for 70,000 dollars. In December 1979, the Lions and the football public were shocked when it was announced by club president Frank Bibby that Quinlan had told the committee he wanted to devote more time to his farm. With a year remaining on his contract, Fitzroy were desperate to retain his services and made Quinlan a substantial financial offer to stay. Quinlan relented and returned for the 1980 VFL season.
Fitzroy had an ordinary season in 1980. He played 189 games for the Lions, marking himself as one of their all-time greats (and also the only player to have played 150 games or more for two clubs), before retiring in 1986. He won the Brownlow Medal in 1981, tying with his former Bulldog team mate Barry Round (who had left the Bulldogs too by this stage). He also twice kicked more than 100 goals in a season: 1983 and 1984. Quinlan led a formidable forward line in the mid-1980s with the likes of Michael Conlan, Garry Wilson, David McMahon and Gary Sidebottom. Together with Paul Roos and Gary Pert in the back line, they propelled Fitzroy to their most successful years in the post-war era.
He was a prodigious kicker of the football which earned him the nickname "superboot". He regularly featured in the World of Sport kicking competitions (a sports program which was popular in Melbourne for three decades).
|Led the league for the Season only*|
|Led the league after finals only*|
|Led the league after Season and Finals*|
*10 games required to be eligible.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Post Playing career
Quinlan first joined the ABC football commentary team when they had the broadcasting rights in 1987, and then switched to the Seven Network when they regained the rights in 1988. He commentated with Seven up until the mid-1990s.
The Brisbane Lions mascot Bernie "Gabba" Vegas is partially named as a tribute to Quinlan.
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- Carter, Ron (22 September 1981). "Quinlan, Round tie with 22". The Age.
- "Quinlan quits". The Age. 13 December 1979.
- If the Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions are considered separate entities, Marcus Ashcroft becomes the second to play 150 games for two clubs
- Bernie Quinlan's player profile at AFL Tables
- Butler, Steve (15 June 2007). "Lloyd can finish with grand total: Quinlan". The Age.
- Bernie Quinlan's statistics from AFL Tables
- Profile at Australian Football
- AFL Hall of Fame - Players
- Hall of Fame Inductee: Bernie Quinlan on YouTube
|Brownlow Medallist (tied)
|Fitzroy Football Club coach