Steven Alessio

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Steven Alessio
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-11-08) 8 November 1971 (age 42)
Original team St Olivers
Debut 23 May 1992, Essendon
v. Carlton, at Princes Park
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–2003 Essendon 184 (193)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2003 season.
Career highlights

Steven Alessio (born 8 November 1971), is a former Australian rules footballer with the Essendon Football Club.

Of Italian descent and named in the VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century in 2007, Alessio made his debut in 1992, and was renowned as one of Essendon's great ruckmen. He was reportedly recruited after walking into the clubhouse and asking for a trial, instead of being selected through the player draft.[1] He was given the no. 27 (which had been made famous by Essendon's champion ruckman Simon Madden and has been given to ruckmen ever since). He played in their 2000 premiership team. At the end of 2002, Alessio was delisted and then re-drafted by Essendon, and accepted only match fees during his final season in 2003. At the end of the 2003 season, Alessio called it a day, having played 184 games.

He is now employed by the Essendon FC in a football operations role

Alessio is the uncle of Carlton's 2010 first round draftee, Matthew Watson.[2]


  1. ^ Jim Main, Aussie Rules: For Dummies (2nd edition, 2008) p 15
  2. ^ Carlton Football Club, Selection 18 - Matthew Watson, 18 November 2010, Retrieved 23 March 2011.