|Full name||Dustin Andrew Fletcher|
|Date of birth||7 May 1975|
|Original team(s)||Western Jets (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||(F/S), 1992 National Draft|
|Height/Weight||198 cm / 92 kg|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2015 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2015.
Dustin Andrew Fletcher (born 7 May 1975) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is widely acknowledged as one of the finest defenders in the league's history.
Fletcher was recruited by the Essendon Football Club in the 1992 National Draft. He played his first senior game for the Bombers against Carlton in his senior year of high school at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.
With his father, Ken, Fletcher currently hold the record for the most VFL/AFL career games played by a father and son, with 664 games between them.
Playing in his 384th career game in Round 7, 2014, he moved into third on the all-time VFL/AFL games list, overtaking Robert Harvey.
Fletcher played his 400th game in Round 9, 2015, against Richmond, becoming the third player in VFL/AFL history to reach the milestone, after Michael Tuck and Kevin Bartlett. It would end up being his final game, as he was unable to recover from a groin injury sustained during the match.
On 12 January 2016 Fletcher was named as one of 34 past and present Essendon players found guilty over their use of illegal supplements during the 2012 AFL season. As a result, Fletcher was suspended from playing at all levels for twenty four months, backdated to the 31st of March 2015, however, as he has already retired, his suspension cannot be served.
Fletcher's execution of the torpedo punt was often used as a set-play clearing strategy by coach Kevin Sheedy. In a game in 2007, he kicked a torpedo punt goal from more than 70 metres. According to The Sunday Age, it was the fifth longest kick in the history of the VFL/AFL.
International rules series
Fletcher served as the Australia international rules football team's goalkeeper for four series: the 2005 series, the 2006 series the 2010 series and the 2014 series. Along with Barry Hall, Fletcher was one of Australia's co-captains for the 2006 series. He is regarded as Australia's greatest keeper throughout the series. He retired from football with a final International rules match, at the 2015 series in Ireland.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
- Anderson, Jon (27 May 2010). "Pick 1: Fletcher or Scarlett?". Herald Sun.
- Baum, Greg (21 March 2014). "Essendon ignores drama to notch memorable win". The Age. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- Anderson, Jon (6 May 2015). "Essendon’s Dustin Fletcher is the second-oldest player to play the game as Michael Tuck lauds his longevity". The Age. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- "Dustin Fletcher: Facts and figures of 400 games". Herald Sun. 29 May 2015.
- Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- Clough, Michael (24 April 2007). "AFL Round 4 Review". Ohmy News. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- Dustin Fletcher set for Irish farewell tour after fitness test
- Dustin Fletcher's profile on the official website of the Essendon Football Club
- Dustin Fletcher's statistics from AFL Tables
|Essendon Best & Fairest Award winner