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Simon Goodwin

Games Played 275

Career 1997 - 2010

Debut 1997

Date of Birth 26/12/1976

Biography

AFC Debut Number: 77               AFC Debut Game:  Round 1 v Brisbane, 1997
AFC Career Guernsey Number: 36

Few AFL players have been fortunate enough to play in two premierships in their first 25 games, with Simon Goodwin’s double slice of good luck early was only achieved after some challenging times. Although Goodwin impressed for South Adelaide in 1995, he was not among the 20 South Australians called at that year’s national draft. It seemed his promising cricket career, he captained the State under-19 side, would become his priority. That changed when Adelaide selected him at the February pre-season draft.

Injuries and illness stopped Goodwin from playing regularly in his first year at West Lakes and then the following year he copped a severe thigh injury in his AFL debut. However, he won back his spot later in the season and claimed a premiership medal in his tenth AFL game. A year later he had a second premiership medal.

Goodwin’s break-out year was 2000 when he evolved from a half-back flanker into a hardnosed, elite midfielder. He won his first of three Club Championships and was selected as All Australian for the first time. Four more selections would follow, including the veteran’s 2009 season. Those late years saw Goodwin captain the Crows from 2008-2010. In 2010 a lingering ankle injury meant he was unable to play out the season, however he shared a farewell lap of honour with Andrew McLeod, Brett Burton and Trent Hentschel at the end of the season. He was selected in the AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000.

Predictably Goodwin slipped straight into the AFL coaching system. He was an assistant coach at Essendon for four years before Melbourne signed him as their senior coach in 2017. That same year he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame, while he became an AFL Life Member in 2018 when he recorded his 300th game as a player and coach. Goodwin’s legacy also lives on in the SA Football Hall of Fame and AFC Hall of Fame.

In 2021 he was selected as half forward in Adelaide’s “Best 22 of 30 Years”.

Stats

Season No. Games Goals Behinds Kicks Handballs Disposals Marks Tackles
1997 36 10 4 1 93 26 119 32 25
1998 36 21 8 6 202 89 291 60 45
1999 36 19 2 2 148 77 225 49 17
2000 36 22 15 21 284 177 461 104 28
2001 36 23 16 11 370 149 519 73 90
2002 36 22 17 16 271 205 476 61 63
2003 36 19 13 12 208 137 345 62 43
2004 36 10 6 2 123 65 188 38 22
2005 36 24 20 12 313 233 546 107 64
2006 36 24 12 12 369 270 639 101 83
2007 36 21 10 8 268 248 516 91 53
2008 36 23 33 29 272 196 468 120 61
2009 36 21 4 2 220 328 548 119 46
2010 36 16 2 1 185 217 402 81 58
Totals - 275 162 135 3326 2417 5743 1098 698

Awards

Premiership Player

Premiership Player

1997

Premiership Player

Premiership Player

1998

All Australian

All Australian

2000

Club Champion

Club Champion

2000

All Australian

All Australian

2001

AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000

AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000

2001

All Australian

All Australian

2005

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2005

All Australian

All Australian

2006

Club Champion

Club Champion

2006

Best Team Man

Best Team Man

2006

Club Captain

Club Captain

2008-2010

All Australian

All Australian

2009

Australian Football Hall of Fame

Australian Football Hall of Fame

2017

AFL Life Member

AFL Life Member

2018

AFC Hall of Fame

AFC Hall of Fame

2015

Best 22 of 30 Years

Best 22 of 30 Years

2021