John Birt (footballer)
|Date of birth||29 January 1937|
|Original team(s)||Ballarat, Victoria|
|Height||174 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||69 kg (152 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1967.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Birt was a rover and after being recruited to Essendon from Ballarat, he made his VFL debut in 1957. The following year he had one of his finest seasons, finishing 6th in the Brownlow Medal and topping Essendon's goalkicking charts with 31 goals. He was a premiership player in 1962 and 1965 as well as playing in two losing Grand Finals, and won the W. S. Crichton Medal for his club's Best and Fairest in 1961, 1965 and 1967.
However, Essendon only won four games in the 1971 season. In 1972 he was replaced by Des Tuddenham.
Footscray then picked him up and he served as their assistant coach Between 1972 and 1976.
- Maplestone, M., Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1996, Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-9591740-2-8
- John Birt's statistics from AFL Tables
- John Birt at AustralianFootball.com
- Champions of Essendon Profile: John Birt
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