Des Meagher

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Des Meagher
Personal information
Date of birth 7 March 1944
Date of death 9 March 2011(2011-03-09) (aged 67)
Original team(s) Old Xaverians
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1966–1976 Hawthorn 198 (96)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1976.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Des Meagher (7 March 1944 – 9 March 2011[1]) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Hawthorn in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Meagher was a left footed wingman and was recruited to Hawthorn from Old Xaverians. He debuted for Hawthorn in 1966 and such was his swift rise that by the following season he was playing interstate football for Victoria. In 1971 he played his part in the Hawks' winning Grand Final side against St Kilda. Meagher also play in the 1975 Grand Final as a reserve. He retired at the end of 1976 and accepted a position as coach of Kilsyth.

He was coach of the Hawthorn's reserves team which consistently played finals during the 1980s and won a Premiership in 1985.


Meagher suffered a stroke and died on 9 March 2011, two days after his 67th birthday.


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