Sergio Silvagni

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Sergio Silvagni
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-06-28) 28 June 1938 (age 78)
Original team(s) Parade College
Debut Round 7, 1958, Carlton
vs. South Melbourne, at Lake Oval
Height / weight 183 cm / 95 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1958–1971 Carlton 239 (136)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1978 Carlton 3 (0–3–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1971.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Sergio "Serge" Silvagni (born 28 June 1938) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Recognizable on the field with his bandy legs, stocky build and playing in a long-sleeved jersey with socks down, Silvagni played most of his career as a ruck-rover, forming one of the game's most celebrated on-ball divisions with ruckman John Nicholls and rover Adrian Gallagher.[1]

Early years[edit]

Silvagni's father Giacomo emigrated to Australia in 1924 from Asiago, in the northern Italian province of Veneto.[2] He was an outstanding schoolboy athlete. In 1948, competing for C.B.C. Clifton Hill, he won the Under-11 &5-yard sprint at the Victorian Christian Brothers' Combined Athletic Meeting.[3] In 1949, he was the Under-12 handball champion of C.B.C. Clifton Hill.[4] In 1953 running on a rain soaked he broke the 440 yard record by half second clocking 54.4 seconds[5] and also winning the shot put at the combined Christian Brothers Secondary School sports at North Melbourne.

Silvagni, the cousin of John Benetti,[6] made his debut for the Carlton Football Club on 24 May 1958 (Round 7) — although Carlton were defeated (10.19 (79) to 7.15 (57)) by South Melbourne, Silvagni, along with his cousin (Benetti), was one of the best Carlton players on the ground.[7] He retired at the end of the 1971 season after a stunning career.

Post-football career[edit]

After retiring, Silvagni held various positions at the Carlton, serving as a committeeman before becoming Carlton's reserves coach, and served as the club's caretaker senior coach for a few weeks in 1978 between the departure of Ian Stewart as coach and the appointment of Alex Jesaulenko as captain-coach.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Silvagni married his wife Rita in 1963. He is the first of three generations to play football for Carlton: His son Stephen (born in 1967) played 312 games for Carlton from 1985 to 2001, and his grandson Jack made his debut in 2015.


  1. ^ Reed, Ron (29 April 2016). "Sergio Silvagni follows son Stephen Silvagni as a Carlton legend". Herald Sun. 
  2. ^ De Bolfo, Tony (11 December 2014). "Latte's raised with Silvagni's return". 
  3. ^ Combined Brothers' Secondary Schools' Athletic Meeting: Clifton Hill Wins Aggregate, The Advocate, (Thursday, 28 October 1948), p.22.)
  4. ^ Special Sports Prizes, The Advocate, (Thursday, 29 December 1949), p.8.
  5. ^ Silvagni&searchLimits=sortby=dateAsc
  6. ^ In 1956, Peter Golding, in his "What Goes On" column remarked on "the changing face of Australia", noting "On Carlton thirds' list this season: Cattogio, Puglia, Scarpella, Silvagni, Carbis, Ruggiero . . . . ." (The Argus, (Monday 21 May 1956), p.18.)
  7. ^ Convincing Win to South, The Age, (Monday, 26 May 1958), p.18
  8. ^ Carter, R., "Silvagni to take over", The Age, (Thursday, 20 April 1978), p.30.
  9. ^ Ron Carter (21 April 1978). "Pull up your socks Blues, says Serge". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 28. 

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