John Waddington (footballer)

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John Waddington
Personal information
Full name John Waddington
Date of birth (1938-05-24) 24 May 1938 (age 80)
Original team(s) South Bendigo
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1958–1966 North Melbourne 132 (30)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1966.
Sources: AFL Tables,

John Waddington (born 24 May 1938) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Waddington, a half forward, topped the Bendigo Football League goal-kicking in 1957, with 72 goals for South Bendigo. The following year he arrived at North Melbourne and played all possible 20 games in his debut season.[1] This included their four-point semi final win over Fitzroy, in which he contributed three goals.[1]

He remained a regular fixture in the team for the next eight years, mostly as a defender. It was as a centre half-back that he was selected for the Victorian interstate side in 1964.[2]

At the end of the 1966 season he left North Melbourne to become senior coach of Benalla in the Ovens & Murray Football League.[3] He won the 1968 Morris Medal.

He later played with Morningside in Queensland.[4]


  1. ^ a b AFL Tables: John Waddington
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  3. ^ The Age,"Waddington for Benalla", 31 October 1966, p. 16
  4. ^ "Morningside". Full Points Footy.