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Simon Goodwin

Games Played 275

Career 1997 - 2010

Debut 1997

Guernsey Number 36

Date of Birth 26/12/1976

Biography

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 Malcolm Blight Medals 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, and fans were saddened when he announced his retirement. 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 2010.

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.

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
199736104193261193225
1998362186202892916045
1999361922148772254917
20003622152128417746110428
2001362316113701495197390
2002362217162712054766163
2003361913122081373456243
2004361062123651883822
20053624201231323354610764
20063624121236927063910183
200736211082682485169153
20083623332927219646812061
200936214222032854811946
20103616211852174028158
Totals-2751621353326241757431098698

Awards

Premiership

Premiership

1997

Premiership

Premiership

1998

All Australian

All Australian

2000

Malcolm Blight Medal

Malcolm Blight Medal

2000

All Australian

All Australian

2001

Team of the Decade (1991-2000)

Team of the Decade (1991-2000)

2001

Malcolm Blight Medal

Malcolm Blight Medal

2005

All Australian

All Australian

2005

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2005

All Australian

All Australian

2006

Malcolm Blight Medal

Malcolm Blight Medal

2006

Best Team Man

Best Team Man

2006

Club Captain

Club Captain

2008-2010

All Australian

All Australian

2009

AFL Hall of Fame

AFL Hall of Fame

2017

AFL Life Member

AFL Life Member

2018