John Gastev

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John Gastev
Personal information
Full name John Gastev
Date of birth (1964-08-11) 11 August 1964 (age 50)
Original team West Perth
Draft 2nd overall, 1989 Pre-season Draft
Height/Weight 177 cm / 76 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
West Coast
Brisbane Bears
30 (31)
113 (41)
143 (72)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Western Australia
International team honours
1990 Australia 3 (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1994 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1990.
Career highlights

John Gastev (born 11 August 1964) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the VFL/AFL.

A cult figure and "crowd favourite" standing at only 177 cm and weighing just 73 kg, Gastev debuted with the West Coast Eagles in their inaugural season in 1987 after playing for West Perth. After only two seasons and 30 games, Gastev was dumped and joined the Brisbane Bears in 1989.[1] Gastev’s main roles were as a tagger, though he occasionally played as a forward in his early years. In an upset with over the Sydney Swans early in 1989, Gastev kicked seven goals after half-time, a feat made more remarkable by the fact that he kicked no other goal in the first thirteen rounds of 1989. In this first year at the Bears he won the best and fairest, repeating the feat in 1992.

After 1990, Gastev played chiefly in defence, and his career was ended when he suffered a major hit at the hands of Gary Ablett in a match in 1994 at Kardinia Park. Gastev announced his retirement during the off-season,[2] despite being only thirty years old.

His other honours include playing for Western Australia in State of Origin.


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 223. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ 1994 Bears

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