List of VFL/AFL players of Indigenous Australian descent

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Adam Goodes is the current record-holder of most games played by an Indigenous player with 372 games for Sydney from 1999 to 2015.

Since the Victorian Football League (VFL), which is now known as the Australian Football League (AFL), was formed in 1897, there have been 178 known players of Indigenous Australian heritage that have played in a senior VFL/AFL match. A senior VFL/AFL match is an Australian rules football match between two clubs that are, or have been in the past, members of the VFL/AFL. A senior VFL/AFL match is played under the laws of Australian football, and includes regular season matches, as well as finals series matches. It does not include pre-season competition matches, interstate matches or international rules football matches. The list is arranged in alphabetical order by surname.

The first recognised Indigenous Australian player to play in a senior VFL/AFL match was Joe Johnson who played 55 games for Fitzroy from 1904 to 1906, and was a member of Fitzroy's dual premiership-winning sides of 1904 and 1905. Gavin Wanganeen (Essendon and Port Adelaide) was the first Indigenous Australian player to play 300 games, and Andrew McLeod is the current record-holder of most games played by an Indigenous player with 340 games for Adelaide from 1995 to 2010.

There were a record number of Indigenous players on AFL lists during the 2009 AFL season with 82 senior and rookie-listed players listed with AFL clubs.[1] This figure surpassed the previous record of 73 players set in the 2008 season.[1]

Players[edit]

Players are listed in alphabetical order, and statistics are for AFL regular season and finals series matches only. "Career span" years are from the season of the player's debut in the AFL to the year in which they played their final game in the AFL and have since been removed from the playing list. Currently listed players are shaded in green and their career span is listed as "(year of debut)–present". Statistics are correct to the end of the 2011 AFL season.
Legend

Players named in the Indigenous Team of the Century are indicated by a # next to their name.
  Currently listed players

VFL/AFL players of Indigenous Australian descent
Name Club(s) Seasons Games Goals Notes
Abraham, WinstonWinston Abraham Fremantle
North Melbourne
19952001 110 150
Ahmat, MatthewMatthew Ahmat Brisbane Lions
Sydney
19911994 8 1
Ah Mat, RobertRobert Ah Mat Collingwood
Sydney
19952001 67 68
Anderson, JoeJoe Anderson Carlton 20072010 17 0
Armstrong, TonyTony Armstrong Adelaide
Sydney
Collingwood
20102015 35 2
Atkinson, JarrodJarrod Atkinson Essendon 20082011 17 5
Bamblett, LesLes Bamblett Melbourne
Footscray
19831988 48 71
Bateman, ChanceChance Bateman Hawthorn 20002012 174 67
Bellotti, LaurieLaurie Bellotti West Coast 19992000 24 2
Bennell, HarleyHarley Bennell Gold Coast
Fremantle
2011–present 81 92
Bennell, JamieJamie Bennell Melbourne
West Coast
20092016 87 26
Betts, EddieEddie Betts Carlton
Adelaide
2005–present 262 507
Bird, PeterPeter Bird Fitzroy 19951996 15 7
Bloomfield, AlanAlan Bloomfield North Melbourne 19701971 13 7
Blurton, AshleyAshley Blurton West Coast
Richmond
19951999 24 9
Bond, ShaneShane Bond West Coast
Port Adelaide
19942000 91 31
Bond, TroyTroy Bond Carlton
Adelaide
19941999 94 77
Burgoyne, PeterPeter Burgoyne # Port Adelaide 19972009 225 189
Burgoyne, ShaunShaun Burgoyne Port Adelaide
Hawthorn
2002–present 328 262
Burns, RonnieRonnie Burns Geelong
Adelaide
19962004 154 262
Byron, NormNorm Byron Fitzroy 1918 2 1
Cable, BarryBarry Cable # North Melbourne 1970, 19741977 115 133
Cable, ShaneShane Cable West Coast 1987 1 0
Campbell, FredFred Campbell Sydney
St Kilda
19992000 12 7
Campbell, MattMatt Campbell North Melbourne 20072012 67 70
Campbell, WarrenWarren Campbell North Melbourne 19941995 19 17
Caton, KevinKevin Caton West Coast
Fitzroy
Brisbane Bears
19881990 18 18
Charles, SeanSean Charles Melbourne
Carlton
St Kilda
19921998, 2000 56 66
Chisholm, ScottScott Chisholm Fremantle
Melbourne
19952000 81 33
Christensen, AllenAllen Christensen^ Geelong
Brisbane Lions
2011–present 98 82
Clarke, RaphaelRaphael Clarke^ St Kilda 20042012 82 8
Clarke, XavierXavier Clarke St Kilda
Brisbane Lions
20022008, 2010 106 49
Eric Clarke St Kilda 1980 6 6
Che Cockatoo-Collins Essendon, Port Adelaide 1994–2003 160 215 Brother of David and Donald Cockatoo-Collins.
David Cockatoo-Collins Melbourne 1996–1997 2 0 Twin brother of Donald and brother of Che Cockatoo-Collins.
Donald Cockatoo-Collins Melbourne 1996–1998 9 3 Twin brother of David and brother of Che Cockatoo-Collins.
Adam Cockie West Coast 2009 7 3
Richard Cole Collingwood, Essendon 2002–2007 63 6
Clayton Collard Fremantle 2007 1 1
Cyril Collard Hawthorn 1957–1958 13 3
Troy Cook Sydney, Fremantle 1997–2007 193 77
Reuben Cooper South Melbourne 1969 2 0
Anthony Corrie Brisbane Lions, Collingwood 2004–2009 56 50
Shannon Cox Collingwood 2007–2009 25 6
Percy Cummings Hawthorn 1964–1965 5 1
Robert Cummings Fitzroy 1990 1 0 Brother of Trent Cummings.
Trent Cummings Fitzroy, West Coast 1994–1997 29 19 Brother of Robert Cummings.
Aaron Davey Melbourne 2004–2013 150 152
Alwyn Davey Essendon 2007–2013 100 120
Leon Davis Collingwood 2000–2011 225 270
Courtenay Dempsey Essendon 2006–2016 133 35
Gary Dhurrkay Fremantle, North Melbourne 1995–2000 72 66
Brad Dick Collingwood 2009–2011 27 32
Willie Dick Essendon 1992 7 6
Nathan Djerrkura Geelong, Western Bulldogs 2009–2012 12 4
Shane Edwards Richmond 2007–present 191 131
Alf Egan Carlton, North Melbourne 1931–1935 51 27
Chris Egan Collingwood 2005–2009 27 22 Nephew of Phil Egan.
Phil Egan Richmond, Melbourne 1982–1989 & 1991 126 17 Uncle of Chris Egan.
Graham Farmer Geelong 1962–1967 101 65
Jeff Farmer Melbourne, Fremantle 1995–2008 249 483
Cameron Faulkner Western Bulldogs 2004–2007 18 9
Fabian Francis Melbourne, Brisbane Bears, Port Adelaide 1991, 1993–1995 & 1997–2001 109 61
Lance Franklin Hawthorn, Sydney 2005–present 256 814
Jeff Garlett Carlton, Melbourne 2009–present 155 272
Cruize Garlett North Melbourne 2009–2012 32 9
Adam Goodes # Sydney 1999–2015 372 464
Colin Graham Melbourne 1975–1978 35 32
Jonathon Griffin Adelaide, Fremantle 2007–present 92 33
Antoni Grover Fremantle 1999–2012 202 27
Curtly Hampton Greater Western Sydney, Adelaide 2012–present 60 12
Jarrod Harbrow Western Bulldogs, Gold Coast 2007–present 190 52
Roger Hayden Fremantle 2002–2004 & 2006–2011 128 14
Des Headland Brisbane Lions, Fremantle 1999–2010 166 177
Bradley Hill Hawthorn, Fremantle 2012–present 104 65
Josh Hill Western Bulldogs, West Coast 2007–present 169 222
Stephen Hill Fremantle 2009–present 178 106
Eddie Hocking Adelaide 1991 11 4
Rhan Hooper Brisbane Lions, Hawthorn 2006–2010 54 56
Eddie Jackson Melbourne 1947–1952 84 10
Syd Jackson Carlton 1969–1976 136 165
Jarrhan Jacky Adelaide 2008 3 1
Shadrach James Fitzroy 1940–1941 18 20
Russell Jeffrey St Kilda, Brisbane Bears 1987–1992 50 4
Leroy Jetta Essendon 2007–2014 93 80
Neville Jetta Melbourne 2009–present 103 24
Lewis Jetta Sydney, West Coast 2010–present 141 106
Graham Johncock Adelaide 2002–2013 227 120
Bert Johnson North Melbourne 1965–1968 31 5
Chris Johnson # Fitzroy, Brisbane Lions 1994–2007 264 172
Johnson, Joe|Joe Johnson}} Fitzroy 19041906 55 15
Michael Johnson Fremantle 2005–present 218 65
Percy Johnson North Melbourne 1951–1955 52 4
Bob Jones St Kilda 1988–1989 20 2 Father of Liam Jones.
Liam Jones Western Bulldogs, Carlton 2010–present 83 84 Son of Bob Jones.
Liam Jurrah Melbourne 2009–2012 35 81 Cousin of Liam Patrick.
Adam Kerinaiua Brisbane Bears 1992 3 1
Dale Kickett Fitzroy, West Coast, St Kilda, Essendon & Fremantle 1990–1992 & 1994–2002 181 64
Derek Kickett North Melbourne, Essendon, Sydney 1989–1996 152 179
Steven Koops Fremantle, Western Bulldogs 1996–2004 89 49
Andrew J. Krakouer Richmond, Collingwood 2001–2007 & 2011–2013 125 137 Son of Jim Krakouer, nephew of Andrew L. and Phil Krakouer and cousin of Nathan Krakouer.
Andrew L. Krakouer North Melbourne 1988–1989 8 8 Brother of Jim and Phil Krakouer and uncle of Andrew J. and Nathan Krakouer.
Jim Krakouer North Melbourne, St Kilda 1982–1991 147 236 Brother of Andrew L. and Phil Krakouer, father of Andrew J. Krakouer and uncle of Nathan Krakouer.
Nathan Krakouer Port Adelaide, Gold Coast 2007–2011 53 15 Nephew of Andrew L. Krakouer, Jim and Phil Krakouer and cousin of Andrew J. Krakouer.
Phil Krakouer North Melbourne, Footscray 1982–1989 & 1991 148 231 Nephew of Andrew L. Krakouer, Jim and Phil Krakouer and cousin of Andrew J. Krakouer.
Jamie Lawson Sydney 1991–1994 61 29
Shawn Lewfatt Essendon 1995 3 2
Chris Lewis # West Coast 1987–1998 & 2000 215 259
Rex Liddy Gold Coast 2011 4 0
Michael Long # Essendon 1989–1993 & 1995–2001 190 143
Andy Lovell Melbourne, West Coast 1988–1998 164 166
Andrew Lovett Essendon 2005–2009 88 93 Cousin of Nathan Lovett-Murray.
Ted Lovett Fitzroy 1963–1964 9 2
Wally Lovett Collingwood, Richmond 1982–1984 28 17
Nathan Lovett-Murray Essendon 2004–2013 125 64 Cousin of Andrew Lovett.
Malcolm Lynch Western Bulldogs 2007 2 0
Neil Marshall West Coast 1997–1998 4 0
Brandon Matera Gold Coast 2011–present 97 117 Son of Wally Matera and nephew of Peter and Phillip Matera.
Peter Matera West Coast 1990–2002 253 217 Brother of Phillip and Wally Matera and uncle of Brandon Matera.
Phillip Matera West Coast 1996–2005 179 389 Brother of Peter and Wally Matera and uncle of Brandon Matera.
Wally Matera West Coast, Fitzroy 1987–1990 56 65 Brother of Peter and Phillip Matera and father of Brandon Matera.
Steven May Gold Coast 2011–present 9 0
Adrian McAdam North Melbourne 1993–1995 36 92 Brother of Gilbert and Greg McAdam.
Gilbert McAdam St Kilda, Brisbane Bears 1991–1996 111 89 Brother of Adrian and Greg McAdam.
Greg McAdam St Kilda 1985 10 13 Brother of Adrian and Gilbert McAdam.
Norm McDonald # Essendon 1947–1953 128 3
Ashley McGrath Brisbane Lions 2001–2014 214 170 Brother of Cory and Toby McGrath.
Cory McGrath Essendon 2001–2006 78 18 Brother of Ashley and Toby McGrath.
Marty McGrath Richmond 2004–present 4 6 Cousin of Ashley, Cory and Toby McGrath.
Michael McLean Footscray, Brisbane Bears, Brisbane Lions 1983–1989 & 1991–1997 183 40
Andrew McLeod # Adelaide 1995–2010 340 275 Norm Smith Medallist 1997 & 1998.
Clem Michael Fremantle 1998–2000 43 11 Son of Stephen Michael.
Terry Milera St Kilda 2012–2014 30 31
Harry Miller Hawthorn 2005–2006 18 13
Michael Mitchell Richmond 1987–1991 81 103
Gavin Mitchell Fremantle, St Kilda 1996–2000 88 82
Daniel Motlop Kangaroos, Port Adelaide 2001–2011 130 208 Brother of Shannon and Steven Motlop and cousin of Marlon Motlop.
Marlon Motlop Port Adelaide 2008–2009 5 2 Cousin of Daniel, Shannon and Steven Motlop.
Shannon Motlop Kangaroos, Melbourne 1999–2006 64 36 Brother of Daniel and Steven Motlop and cousin of Marlon Motlop.
Steven Motlop Geelong 2010–present 121 164 Brother of Daniel and Shannon Motlop and cousin of Marlon Motlop.
Robert Muir St Kilda 1974–1978, 1980 & 1984 68 23
Justin Murphy Richmond, Carlton, Geelong, Essendon 1994–2005 185 151
Allan Murray Port Adelaide, St Kilda 2002–2006 16 13 Brother of Derek Murray.
Derek Murray Port Adelaide 1999–2002 23 7 Brother of Allan Murray.
Mark Naley Carlton 1987–1990 65 74 1991 Magarey Medallist
Phil Narkle St Kilda, West Coast 1984–1987 & 1990 66 55
Murray Newman West Coast 2012–2015 6 4
Doug Nicholls Fitzroy 1932–1937 54 2
Jarrad Oakley-Nichols Richmond 2006–2009 13 1
Michael O'Loughlin # Sydney 1995–2009 303 521 Brother of Ricky O'Loughlin.
Ricky O'Loughlin Adelaide 2000–2001 9 2 Brother of Michael O'Loughlin.
Liam Patrick Gold Coast 2011–2013 13 6
Danyle Pearce Port Adelaide, Fremantle 2005–present 252 126
Derek Peardon Richmond 1968–1971 20 1
Carl Peterson Hawthorn 2010 17 13
Jared Petrenko Adelaide 2009–2014 76 50
Byron Pickett # North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Melbourne 1997–2007 204 177
Lionel Proctor Richmond 1998–2001 20 4
Albert Proud Brisbane Lions 2007–2010 29 10
Elkin Reilly South Melbourne 1962–1966 51 2
Cyril Rioli Hawthorn 2008–present 185 273 Nephew of Maurice Rioli and cousin of Dean Rioli.
Dean Rioli Essendon 1999–2006 100 91 Nephew of Maurice Rioli and cousin of Cyril Rioli.
Maurice Rioli # Richmond 1982–1987 118 80 Uncle of Cyril and Dean Rioli.
Relton Roberts Richmond 2010 2 0
Jason Roe Collingwood, Brisbane Lions 2006–2009 50 7
Lachlan Ross Essendon 1994 2 1
Shannon Rusca Brisbane Lions 2000 2 0
Patrick Ryder Essendon Port Adelaide 2006–present 191 135
Ashley Sampi West Coast 2002–2006 78 97
Eddie Sansbury North Melbourne 2004–2008 40 21
Sam Sheldon Brisbane Lions 2009–2012 43 11 Son of Ken Sheldon.
Casey Sibosado Fremantle 2011 1 1
George Simmonds Melbourne 1924 4 4
Dwayne Simpson Fremantle 2001 2 1
Zephaniah Skinner Western Bulldogs 2011–2012 8 5
Brennan Stack Western Bulldogs 2009–2011 21 17
Brian Stanislaus Sydney 1991 1 0
Charlie Stewart Footscray 1961 20 4
Cameron Stokes Hawthorn 2008–2010 20 10
Mathew Stokes Geelong Essendon 2006–2016 200 209
Byron Sumner Sydney 2011 1 0
Richard Tambling Richmond, Adelaide 2005–2013 124 62
Garth Taylor Fremantle 1999–2000 15 13
Kevin Taylor South Melbourne, Fitzroy 1981 & 1984 15 25
Troy Taylor Richmond 2010 4 0
Lindsay Thomas North Melbourne 2007–present 201 322
Wade Thompson Port Adelaide 2009 2 0
Alan Thorpe Sydney, Western Bulldogs 1992–1994 15 28
Shane Tongerie Adelaide 1994 4 3
Troy Ugle West Coast 1988–1993 43 43
Keren Ugle Fremantle 2001 4 2
Travis Varcoe Geelong Collingwood 2007–present 182 148
Rod Waddell Carlton, Geelong 1981–1984 25 12
Andrew Walker Carlton 2004–2016 202 139
Michael Walters Fremantle 2009–present 103 185
Jim Wandin St Kilda 1952–1953 17 3
Gavin Wanganeen # Essendon, Port Adelaide 1991–2006 300 202
Elijah Ware Port Adelaide 2005 2 1
Gerrick Weedon West Coast 2011 1 0
Isaac Weetra Melbourne 2008 2 0
Sharrod Wellingham Collingwood, West Coast 2008–present 167 73
Daniel Wells North Melbourne, Collingwood 2003–present 247 153
Mark West Western Bulldogs 1996–1998 16 3
Matthew Whelan Melbourne 2000–2009 150 15
Darryl White # Brisbane Lions 1992–2005 268 165
Djaran Whyman North Melbourne 2007 3 4
Mark Williams Hawthorn, Essendon 2002–2010 115 247
Russell Williams Essendon 1994 3 1
Zac Williams Greater Western Sydney 2013–present 62 15
Nathan Wilson Greater Western Sydney 2012–present 61 14
Chad Wingard Port Adelaide 2012–present 115 196
Nicholas Winmar St Kilda 5 2 Nephew of Nicky Winmar.
Nicky Winmar St Kilda, Western Bulldogs 1987–1999 251 317 Uncle of Nicholas Winmar.
David Wirrpanda West Coast 1996–2009 227 131
Clinton Wolf Fremantle 1995 4 0
Austin Wonaeamirri Melbourne 2008 & 2010–2011 31 37
Dion Woods Fremantle 2001–2005 59 7
Peter Yagmoor Collingwood 2012–2012 2 0
Chris Yarran Carlton 2009–2015 119 90

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murnane, Jason (9 February 2009). "82 Indigenous players on AFL lists in 2009". AFL Players Association (AFLPA). Retrieved 29 November 2009. 

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