John Duckworth (footballer)

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John Duckworth
Personal information
Full name Arthur John Duckworth
Nickname(s) Whatsa
Date of birth (1949-01-19) 19 January 1949 (age 68)
Place of birth Lake Grace, Western Australia
Original team(s) Dudinin
Height / weight 193 cm / 96 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1970, 1974–1976 Fitzroy 58 (24)
1977–1978, 1981–1983, West Perth 120 (?)
1979–1980 Central District 42 (?)
Total 220 (?)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1977–1978 Western Australia
South Australia
3 (0)
3 (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1985.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Arthur John Duckworth (born 19 January 1949) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL), West Perth in the West Australian National Football League (WANFL), and Central District in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). He is the older brother of former Essendon footballer Billy Duckworth.

Born in Western Australia, Duckworth started his football career in Victoria with Fitzroy. He had been in Melbourne due to National Service training and after approaching Fitzroy found himself recruited for the 1970 season. Duckworth played 11 games that year but did not play again until 1974 as a result of both his military commitments and a stint in Vietnam. His last VFL season was in 1976 and the following year he returned to Western Australia where he joined West Perth. He played 44 games over two years, during this time he represented his state at interstate football.

In 1979 he was picked up by SANFL club Central District and in his debut season won the Magarey Medal, topped the club's goalkicking and played interstate football for his second state. A ruptured kidney at the start of the 1980 season kept him out for most of the year and at the end of the season he decided to return to West Perth to finish his career. He played 42 games for Central District and finished with a total of 120 games for West Perth. John was known as the longest kick seen in VFL and was regularly seen to kick over 80 metres including one at Waverley of over 90 metres. The pack would stand to close to John and then turn and run after the ball.

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