Graham Leydin

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Graham Leydin
Personal information
Full name Graham William Leydin
Date of birth 21 March 1940
Original team Moonee Valley[1]
Height/Weight 173 cm / 67 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1959-61, 1964 Essendon 35 (18)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1964 season.

Graham William Leydin (born 21 March 1940) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Nicknamed Yabbie, Leydin won a Best and Fairest at the Essendon Under-19s in 1958.[1][2][3]

He played mostly as a rover or at half forward and arrived at Essendon from Moonee Valley. Leydin usually came off the bench during his VFL career, which is from where he started the 1959 VFL Grand Final, which Essendon lost to Melbourne.[3] He made 16 appearances in each of his first two seasons but played just two games in 1961.[3]

Due to his employment, he had to move to the country in 1962 and began playing for the Wangaratta Rovers.[2] Leydin briefly returned to Essendon in 1964 and after adding just one more game to his VFL tally, finished the season at Brunswick. His time with Brunswick included a stint as captain and ended when he joined the Doutta Stars as captain-coach in 1972.[4] He guided the Stars to a premiership in his first year and then retired as a player, but remained as coach until 1975.[2]

His coaching career took him back to Moonee Valley, where he was in charge for two seasons, before acting as senior coach of Strathmore in 1978 and 1979.[2] Leydin coached Essendon's Under-19s side for a season in 1981 and then spent six years as a member of the North Melbourne coaching staff, working as a junior development officer and assistant coach.[2] He returned to Strathmore in 1988 for another two year stint as senior coach.[2]

He was also a proficient cricketer and during the early 1960s represented the Victorian Country team which hosted both South Africa and the Marylebone Cricket Club.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Essendon Football Club: Leydin, Graham Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c AFL Tables: Graham Leydin Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  4. ^ The Age,"Rose to miss next game" (23 April 1969) p. 13. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  5. ^ CricketArchive: Other matches played by Graham Leydin (2) Retrieved July 5, 2011.