Glenn Archer

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Glenn Archer
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Archer in 2006
Personal information
Full name Glenn Archer
Date of birth (1973-03-24) 24 March 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Victoria, Australia
Original team Noble Park
Height/Weight 182cm / 91kg
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992 – 2007 North Melbourne 311 (148)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2007 season.
Career highlights

Glenn Archer (born 24 March 1973) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played his entire career with the North Melbourne Football Club.

Archer had a reputation as one of the most courageous players ever to play the game. The AFLPA awarded him the Robert Rose Award for Most Courageous Player six times in nine years between 1998 and 2006, the most of any player in the award's history. In recognition as one of the best players in the AFL, Archer achieved All-Australian selection three times and also represented Victoria in State of Origin.

Archer is one of the North Melbourne Football Club's greatest players, a dual-premiership and Norm Smith Medallist, he holds the second most games record for North Melbourne, is a member of the North Melbourne Team of the Century and is recognised with the title the "Shinboner of the Century" as the North Melbourne player who most embodies the Shinboner spirit.

Early life[edit]

He supported the Collingwood Football Club.[1] He played senior football with the Noble Park Football Club. Then lightly framed but hard at the ball Archer trialled with North Melbourne's under 19s; however, he was not a standout performer. Although the Carlton Football Club had some interest in recruiting him, North Melbourne rookie listed him as a long term prospect.[2] He attended Carwatha College, Noble Park (Melbourne, VIC).

Football career[edit]

Archer playing for North Melbourne during the 2007 AFL Season

Debuting in 1992, Archer was an inconsistent and undersized player.

Break out season - 1996[edit]

Continuous work on his 182 cm frame resulted in a weight increase to 94 kilograms in 1996, and led to his becoming a more notable on-field presence and a more consistent performer.

In 1996 Archer was offered a lucrative 3-year contract worth $450,000 over three years from the Sydney Swans, which he turned down. The man behind the deal, Ron Joseph, is now "Arch's" manager.

In 1996 he won All-Australian selection, and was named best on ground in the Kangaroos 1996 premiership team, winning the Norm Smith Medal. Although Glenn was part of the losing Grand Final squad to Adelaide in 1998, Archer tasted premiership success once more in 1999. Amongst winning other awards from his club and the AFL, Archer was voted "Shinboner of the Century" by North Melbourne in 2005, Shinboners being a nickname the North Melbourne Football Club.

2007 season and retirement[edit]

300 children lined up in a Guard of Honour for Glenn Archer's 300th career game in 2007.

2007 was a great year for Glenn Archer, with a resurgence of his beloved North Melbourne Football Club on the field, mainly due to an influx of youth and the maturation of a number of second tier players. Personally, Archer had somewhat of a renaissance of his own performance as a player, with impressive outings on a number of occasions.

During Round 13, against the Western Bulldogs, Archer celebrated his AFL milestone 300th game with another excellent performance. At this game, 300 kids lined up to create a 'Guard of Honour' for the champion in respect for his career so far and 300th game.[3]

The banner at Archer's record breaking game against Carlton ("Glenn Archer / Club Record / 307 Games")

On Saturday 25 August 2007 in a game against Carlton at Telstra Dome, Archer passed Wayne Schimmelbusch as the Kangaroos' games record-holder, playing his 307th in a career that began during Schimmelbusch's final year as coach in 1992. When asked about the record, Archer commented: "Schimma's a legend of our club and of the AFL, and when I walked into the club 17 years ago and saw Wayne Schimmelbusch's name up on the wall with 306 games, I never thought I'd come anywhere near that. It's certainly a bit surreal for me".[4] Archer's eventual tally of 311 games was surpassed by Brent Harvey in Round 12, 2011.

Archer was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame on 13 June 2012.

Post-AFL career[edit]

Archer as a celebrity racer at an event prior to the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.

Archer owns his own business with former AFL player and North Melbourne team mate, Leigh Colbert, called Kode Entertainment Group.

Archer is currently a director of Stride Sports Management.[5]

He and former Kangaroos teammate Anthony Stevens played a match for the Caulfield Grammarians Football Club.[6]

Before season 2008, the Archer-Hird Medal was created honouring Archer and former Essendon Football Club star James Hird. Since 2008, the medal has been awarded to the player showing the most determination, courage and skill in matched between the Kangaroos and the Bombers.[7]

Archer played for the Warrandyte Football Club in the 3rd division of the Victorian Eastern Football League in the 2010 season.

Archer is an Executive Producer on the Australian film Blinder released in 2013. Shot around Torquay, Victoria, the film is about a legendary former local footballer, Tom Dunn of the Torquay Tigers. Once embroiled in a major club scandal, Dunn returns home after ten years away, to clear his name and pull the club back together.


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Preceded by
Greg Williams
Norm Smith Medallist
Succeeded by
Andrew McLeod