Vin Catoggio

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Vin Catoggio
Personal information
Full name Vincenzo Catoggio
Date of birth (1954-05-13) 13 May 1954 (age 63)
Original team(s) Princes Hill
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1973–76, 1978–80 Carlton 71 0(97)
1981–1982 Melbourne 09 0(15)
1983 Sydney Swans 08 00(9)
Total 88 (121)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1983.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Vincenzo "Vin" Catoggio (born 13 May 1954) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League.

He was noted for his outrageous afro haircut[1] and because of this was considered one of the real characters of the game. He is of Italian descent and played for three VFL clubs.

In 1972 he won the Morrish Medal which was awarded to the player voted best and fairest in the VFL 19s.

In 1973 he won the Gardiner Medal which was awarded to the best and fairest player as adjudged by field umpires in the reserves competition. His first full game of VFL league football came in the 1973 VFL Grand Final. However, in 1974 he didn't play any games in the league side. In total he played 70 reserves games during his career.[2]

In 1977 he moved Western Australia to play for Subiaco in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), but returned to Carlton in 1978.[3]

Catoggio moved to Melbourne in 1981 as part of a deal that recruited Greg Wells to Carlton[4] and played nine games over two years.

He is the second son of five siblings of Leonardo and Rocchina Catoggio. Leonardo arrived in Australia in 1938, and Rocchina in 1936. Both Vin's grandfathers, Carmine and Vincenzo, arrived together in Australia, from Montemurro, Italy, in 1927, and their families arrived later. Vin is married to Vicki and has two sons and one daughter.[5] After retiring from playing football he became a painter.[1]

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