Barry Davis (footballer)

Barry Davis (born 15 September 1943) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) with Essendon and North Melbourne, before coaching his original team between 1978 and 1980.

Barry Davis
Personal information
Full name Barry Davis
Date of birth (1943-09-15) 15 September 1943
Original team(s) Essendon High School
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19611972 Essendon 218 0(65)
19731975 North Melbourne 071 0(54)
Total 289 (119)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1978 1980 Essendon 067 (30–36–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1980.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Essendon career

In the summer of 1961 Barry Davis and a school friend asked to train with Essendon in a bid to play in the under 19s. Davis impress many that he was ask to participate in preseason practice matches that included players from the main list. He played in the reserves for round 1 of season 1961. Recruited from Essendon High School Davis made his debut with Essendon Football Club in the VFL in the second round of 1961, Davis played off the half-back line and was quite a prolific player. Davis never played with the under 19s even though he was eligible.

He went on to play 218 games and kick 65 goals for the club, winning the Bombers' best and fairest award three times – in 1968, 1969 and 1971. He captained the side in 1970 and 1971, also winning premierships in 1962 and 1965. He was named in Essendon's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

North Melbourne career

Moving to North in 1973 under the VFL's short-lived "10-year rule", which allowed players with ten years' service at one club to move to another club without a clearance,[1] Davis won North Melbourne's best and fairest in his first year at North. He went on to captain the Roos' first ever premiership side in 1975, his final VFL season. He had played 71 games and kicked 54 goals for North before retiring. He was also named in North Melbourne's team of the century.

Coaching career

Davis coached his original club, Essendon, from 1978 to 1980, with a 30 win, 36 losses and 1 draw record. He resigned and made way for Kevin Sheedy, who coached the club until the end of the 2007 season.

Champions of Essendon

In 2002 an Essendon panel ranked him at 15 in their Champions of Essendon list of the 25 greatest players ever to have played for Essendon.


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league after finals only
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1961 Essendon 321714N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.8N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1962 Essendon 32170N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1963 Essendon 32181N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1964 Essendon 32160N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.0N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1965 Essendon 3212001262314961N/A0.
1966 Essendon 3220122753030582N/A0.
1967 Essendon 3217002923232472N/A0.
1968 Essendon 32221839487481136N/A0.00.417.
1969 Essendon 3219181844690536134N/A0.90.923.54.728.27.1N/A
1970 Essendon 3219172338285467101N/A0.
1971 Essendon 3219112340062462132N/A0.
1972 Essendon 32222237634410106N/A0.
1973 North Melbourne 322119194666753389N/A0.90.922.
1974 North Melbourne 3224211646192553113N/A0.90.719.23.823.04.7N/A
1975 North Melbourne 32261412503106609102N/A0.50.520.
Career 289 119 123 4121 708 4829 1128 N/A 0.4 0.6 18.7 3.2 22.0 5.1 N/A

See also


  1. The 10-year rule was introduced by the VFL in August 1972, in order to render it immune from the sorts of "restraint of trade" difficulties that were being experienced, at the time, in New South Wales in relation to Rugby League footballers. Although twenty-two VFL players were eligible under the rule, only George Bisset, Davis, Carl Ditterich, John Rantall, Adrian Gallagher, and Doug Wade, took advantage of it — transferring to Collingwood, North Melbourne, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Footscray, and North Melbourne (respectively). The rule was rescinded in May 1973.
  2. Barry Davis' player profile at AFL Tables
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