Barry Young (footballer)

Barry Young (born 26 June 1970) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Richmond, Essendon and Hawthorn in the Victorian/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL).

Barry Young
Personal information
Full name Barry Young
Date of birth (1970-06-26) 26 June 1970
Original team(s) St Arnaud
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1989 1993 Richmond 053 (23)
1994 1999 Essendon 076 (45)
2000 Hawthorn 013 0(0)
Total 142 (68)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2000.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Young, who could play both ends of the ground, began his league career at Richmond and made his debut in the 1989 VFL season.[1] A St Arnaud recruit, he missed a total of eight games in 1990 through two separate suspensions, for kneeing in round one and striking later in the year. However, when he did play in 1990, he performed well enough to be selected in the Victorian team to play Tasmania. After his fifth season with Richmond, Young left the club and was selected with pick 20 by Kevin Sheedy's Essendon in the pre-season draft.

After a 19 disposal effort in Essendon's one point preliminary final loss to Sydney in 1996, Young suffered a series of injuries in 1997 and 1998 which limited his appearances. In 1999 he played 20 games for the first time, including another one point preliminary final loss. He averaged 16.55 disposals a game for the year and had seven Brownlow Medal votes, his best return.[2] Young, who had eight visits to the AFL Tribunal during his career, left Essendon after failed contract negotiations and was picked up by Hawthorn for the 2000 season with the sixth selection of the pre-season draft.[3] He spent just one season and his new club before announcing his retirement, with his last game being Hawthorn's semi final loss to the Kangaroos at the MCG.


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  2. "Barry Young". AFL Tables.
  3. "Essendon Football Club - Team Players - Barry Young". Essendon F.C. Archived from the original on 26 February 2011.
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