Earl Spalding

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Earl Spalding
Personal information
Full name Earl George Spalding
Date of birth (1965-03-11) 11 March 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team Wesley College / Perth
Height/Weight 198 cm / 110 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
109 0(63)
102 (106)
211 (169)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1997 season.

Earl Spalding (born 11 March 1965 in South Perth) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne and Carlton in the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL).

Spalding grew up in Perth, Western Australia, where he attended Wesley College. His father, George Spalding was a well-known West Australian National Football League (WANFL) player with the Perth Football Club.

After leaving school, Spalding played for 63 games for Perth between 1983 and 1986. He also played four games of first-class cricket for Western Australia as a fast bowler, during the 1984/85 season, taking 12 wickets at an average of 25.66.[1]

He started his VFL/AFL career with Melbourne and was there from 1987 to 1991, playing 109 games. The following season he signed with Carlton and played 22 games for the year. He won a premiership with Carlton in 1995, and in 1996 brought up his 200th game of league football. He played his last senior AFL game in 1997. He then returned to Western Australia and switched to play for East Fremantle alongside his brother Scott, who played one game for Carlton in 1993. Earl played 32 games over the next two seasons, including their 1998 WAFL Premiership winning team,[2] retiring after the 1999 season having played 314 senior games of football in the WAFL and AFL.[3]

Spalding was the reserves and assistant coach at East Fremantle in 2000 before becoming the league coach in 2001. He resigned from the position at the end of the 2002 season,[4] and since then has working with the Fremantle Football Club as an assistant coach.


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